Cole Hamels' Turn Tonight in South Florida

Cole Hamels' Turn Tonight in South Florida

As Rev mentioned earlier this morning, these are historic times for your Philadelphia Phillies. Part of the joy in savoring these bountiful days comes from the starting pitcher, night after night, being of the highest caliber in the game today. There are no Chad Ogeas. There are no Adam Eatons these days.

It's Cole Hamels turn tonight in Florida.

Hamels (13-7, 2.58), who bounced back in a big way after his DL stint, will take on familiar right-hander Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.34). Cole has been fantastic against the Fish as of late, going 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA over his last 5 starts against them. That after putting up an awful 0-6, 4.62 ERA in his previous 10 starts against them. Positive turnaround there.

Did you know Cole also has the lowest WHIP at 0.966 of any starter in the NL this season? What's up, Doc and Cliff?

Nolasco recently became the Marlins career leader in strikeouts surpassing a guy we recently saw on the Reds, Dontrelle Willis. Nolasco hasn't beaten the Phillies this season, 0-1, but has put up solid numbers (2 ER in 13.1 IP).

Tonight's lineup: Vic, Polly, Utz, Howard, Pence, Raul, Ruiz, Valdez, and Hamels.

7:05 start from South Florida. Let's put Sun Life Stadium out of its misery with a sweep, what'dya say?

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.