Another Wet Double Header On Tap Today

Another Wet Double Header On Tap Today

The Phillies final home series of the 2011 regular season kicks off with a double header today against the Washington Nationals and guess what? Rain is in the forecast.

Not only could today's doubleheader once again be impacted by rain, but you're getting a beast of a lineup out of Charlie Manuel's Phils in game one.

Victorino CF, Valdez SS, Mayberry 1B, Pence RF, Francisco LF, Kratz C, Orr 2B, Martinez 3B, and  Kendrick P.


Eric Kratz will be making his Phillies debut but he did have a cup of coffee with the Pirates last season. He hit .288 with 15 home runs in Lehigh Valley this season. He's also a local guy so today is likely a special one for him.

What I want to know is when will Hunter Pence get a little rest? Sure, the guy is a walking ball of energy, but even the Duracell Bunny needs to change his batteries every now and then.

And what happened to Dom Brown? Has he really fallen so far from where he once was (or projected to be) that he can't see some action in a mostly meaningless game against the Nats?

It's Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) making his second start since returning to the rotation from the pen going up against left-hander Tommy Milone (1-0, 4.60).

First pitch set for 1:05. Bring your poncho.


Here's the Nats Lineup:

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Washington Nationals 9/20 Game 1 lineup: Desmond SS, Bernadina RF, Ankiel CF, Marrero 1B, Nix LF, Espinosa 2B, Flores C, Lombardozzi 3B, Milone P
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Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs, who hasn’t yet been active for a game, could be soon.

Treggs said after practice Thursday he got more reps with the first-team offense this week than he has all year.

“Way more,” Treggs said. “I feel like they’re comfortable with me now, where they don’t have to tell me what to do. I know the plays and I know where to be.”

Does that mean Treggs will make his NFL debut against the Vikings Sunday? Not necessarily. But it does mean he’s at least on the Eagles’ radar.

Treggs began his rookie preseason with Chip Kelly and the 49ers but didn’t play during the preseason because of a preexisting knee injury.

When the 49ers released him as part of final cuts, the Eagles claimed him. He was cleared medically last month and has been gradually learning the Eagles’ offense since. He’s been on the 53-man roster all year but inactive for all five games.

Treggs has 4.31 speed and ranked eighth in NCAA Division I last year with 21.2 yards per catch as a senior at Cal.

Treggs potentially could give the Eagles something they’ve lacked all year: a deep threat.

The Eagles have connected on just eight pass plays of 25 yards or more this year, and only five NFL teams have fewer.

Jordan Matthews has four of those, and running back Darren Sproles has two, which leaves just two for the rest of the Eagles’ other wideouts — one for Nelson Agholor, one for Dorial Green-Beckham and none for Josh Huff.

The Eagles have been using Green-Beckham more and more each week — he played a season-high 42 snaps in the loss to the Redskins Sunday.

Agholor has been a disappointment, with just 16 catches for 181 yards this year, no catches over 35 yards and no catches of 20 yards since opening day. In 18 NFL games, the former first-round pick has never had 65 yards in a game.

Treggs said he feels comfortable with both outside spots and the slot and has gotten practice reps at all three spots this week.

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Every injured Eagles player returned on Thursday except for one.

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (left groin strain) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday and it doesn't seem likely he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

If Logan can't play on Sunday, backup Beau Allen will get the start.

"Bennie was playing well [against Washington]," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Thursday. "He was one of the few guys in this game that was playing well. You know, it will be more reps for guys like Beau [DT Beau Allen], and maybe even a little bit more for a guy like Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox]. We'd like to rotate those guys as much [as we can], but sometimes you're not able to. And then a guy like Destiny [DT Destiny Vaeao], who has been a part-time player and made a couple plays, but also he's given up a couple. He needs to be more consistent. We've also used some defensive ends inside the rush on third down. That helps alleviate a little bit."

While Logan was still out, several other key Eagles returned to practice after missing Wednesday: Jason Kelce (foot), Ron Brooks (calf) and Marcus Smith (groin). Brooks was the only limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Kelce missed Wednesday's practice because he got a cortisone shot on Monday.

Furthermore, several Eagles who were limited on Wednesday -- Jordan Matthews (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle), Mychal Kendricks (ribs) -- were full participants on Thursday.