Charlie Manuel Talks About Beating the Defending Champion Giants

Charlie Manuel Talks About Beating the Defending Champion Giants

Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) and the World Champion San Francisco Giants are in Philadelphia this evening to take on Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02) and the Phillies. There are some painful memories from the last time these two teams met on this field, but this is a new season, and while the Phils know they may need to go through the Giants in the postseason, that's a long ways down the road. But as far as a late July series goes, this should be a fun one.

(UPDATE: Tim Lincecum has been scratched from his start this evening due to the flu. Barry Zito (3-2, 4.78), who was scheduled to go tomorrow, will start tonight in Timmy's place.)

"It's a good series. It's good for the fans, it's good for the media, it's good for us probably," Manager Charlie Manuel said in the dugout before the game.

"They're having a good year. They're in first place in their division, we're in first place in ours. Lincecum's pitching tonight. He's always tough," Manuel added. "We got our work cut out for us, we gotta come out and out play them and beat 'em. Keep our same old boring way of going about it and win."

After last season's disappointment, does Charlie Manuel feel like he's got to go through the Giants to climb the mountain top?

"I think we're about 61 games ahead of ourselves," Manuel said, noting that there is plenty of season left before any crowning gets done.

But when somebody beats you, there's an innate desire to get back at them, right?

"When people beat my team, I always want to get back and get revenge on them. I want to be the last guy standing."

Perhaps it was legendary professional wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka's presence in the clubhouse before Tuesday night's game, but Manuel then put his bravado face on. We know from last year's NLCS, Charlie loves him some professional wrestling quips.

"There will be a reckoning day," Charlie said with a smile.


Photo from Jimmy Rollins on Twitter


Tonight's lineup against the Giants right-hander: Rollins, Martinez, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez, Brown Mayberry, Schneider, and Worley. (UPDATE: Once Lincecum was scratched, Charlie went with Mayberry over Dom in right)

Charlie said it's just a day of for Chooch. Nothing to be alarmed about.

No Pat the Bat this week in Philly, as the former Phils slugger is on the DL.

Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

The700Level Show's video gurus (nerds) took a trip over to Citizens Bank Park last week when the Phillies were promoting Pokemon Go lures at all of the PokeStops inside of the stadium. 

Some random quotes from the Pokemon fans, in their own words:

"There's like a million lures right now, so I might not actually sit down. I might just walk laps so I can catch like a million Pokemon."

"I'm kind of fighting the urge to walk around the stadium instead of watch the game right now."

"My egg just hatched."

"I'll be playing Pokemon Go at Wawa."

"People are like, 'get a life!'"

"I walked directly into a car, that was interesting."

"Constant loss of my dignity for being an adult and playing a children's game."

There you have it. Catch 'em all!

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NEW YORK -- The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall.

The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late in the season.

Manning retired from the NFL a month after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves "different lines of inquiry and witnesses."

Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it


Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

Seventh-round draft pick Jalen Mills was one of the standouts of the Eagles' offseason program, quickly climbing the depth chart and impressing on the field. But on the first day of training camp, the rookie cornerback stood out for a far different reason.

As you can see, Mills' hair is green.

The LSU product turned some heads and even got a few chuckles from onlookers. Don't expect that to persuade him to go back to a more conventional look anytime soon though. Mills said he got the color done about a week ago and thinks he'll stick with it.

"Just joking with one of my friends," Mills said of how the new hairdo came about. "Then the joke, I actually came through and I actually kind of like it a little bit, so I'm gonna keep it for sure."

As for Mills' teammates, well, they've got jokes too. Let's just say the green hair has inspired some new nicknames for the first-year defensive back.

"Green Goblin. The Joker. I've heard Lime Green Skittle. Starburst," Mills said, rattling off some of the nicknames going around the locker rom. "I've been getting an earful."

Of course, Mills isn't the first Eagles player or even defensive back to sport team pride by changing the color of his locks. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie showed up to training camp with a green stripe in his hair back in 2012.

Hopefully it works out better for Mills than it did DRC, who went on to have a disastrous season. Fortunately, the 22-year-old seems to have his head on straight and is not merely vying for a roster spot, but perhaps serious playing time this season.

Mills opened up the first day of training camp with rookies and selected veterans by breaking up several passes, building on a strong offseason that saw him working with the first-team defense as the nickel corner. As for how he's gone from late-round pick to in the mix so fast, Mills credits hard work, along with his coaches and teammates.

"Just being focused and being determined," said Mills. "We've got a great coaching staff helping me, great players in the defensive back room as well, just everybody being able to help me put my first step forward.

"I'm really trying to give my all for this team and it's showing through."

It's showing through quite literally at the moment.

When you finish your first #EaglesCamp practice...

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