Back at the Bank: Phils Face a Different Tim Lincecum

Back at the Bank: Phils Face a Different Tim Lincecum

Well, the Phillies loss on Wednesday night, despite how it may have felt, did not actually mark the end of the Phillies season. They're still 13.5 out in the East and 10 back of a Wild Card berth. The fight goes on and it goes on tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils welcome in the San Francisco Giants (51-41) back to the scene of their 2010 NLCS-clinching victory. Little Timmy Lincecum (3-10, 5.93) will take the hill for San Fran tonight but he has not been the Cy Young-caliber pitcher of year's past.
While he's coming off one of his better starts this season, Lincecum has not been able to put it together in 2012, particularly on the road. According to CSN's "what you need to know:" Lincecum has a 9.00 ERA in 10 road starts this season, allowing 47 earned runs in 47 innings.

So the Phillies have that going for them.

The Fightins, however, are a lowly 17-27 (.386) at Citizens Bank Park this season, but if they want to make a legit effort to turn 2012 around, they're going to have to flip that trend on its head. That's not up for debate. Gotta get better at home.

Charlie, however, is a little worried about that dang nabbit ugly grass in center field thanks to Roger Waters.

It's Vance Worley's turn to try and put in a solid effort from the rotation, which has been real impressive of late. From the notes: Phillies starters have allowed three earned runs or less in each of their last seven games for an ERA of 2.45 (13 ER, 47.2 IP).

Tonight's Lineup is the Best Lineup: 1) Jimmy Rollins 2) Shane Victorino 3) Chase Utley 4) Ryan Howard 5) Carlos Ruiz 6) Hunter Pence 7) Juan Pierre 8) Placido Polanco 9) Vance Worley

7:05 start from CBP. Could be a little soggy.

Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator. 

Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

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Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

The Philadelphia Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.

Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack. 

“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”

King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.

“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said.  “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”