Dom Brown, Cliff Lee to Represent Phillies in 2013 All-Star Game

Dom Brown, Cliff Lee to Represent Phillies in 2013 All-Star Game

The results are in, and there are no real surprises here. Major League Baseball announced the participants for the 2013 All-Star Game on Saturday, and while no Phillies were voted in by the fans, two were deemed worthy of inclusion on the National League roster.

For Cliff Lee, this is nothing new. The 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner was named an All Star for the fourth time in six seasons, the lone exceptions coming last season and in ’09. It was something of a no-brainer, as it typically is with Lee. He ranks among the best pitchers in the NL with 10 wins (t-3rd), a 0.980 WHIP (5th), and 199 119 strikeouts (4th).

Lee faces stiff competition to start the game however. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw leads the NL in earned run average and hits per nine innings, while young Mets’ hurler Matt Harvey is tops in WHIP and strikeouts, and has a potential home-town edge. The game is at Citi Field in New York.

For 25-year-old Domonic Brown, this is a special honor as a first-time selection – and the main attraction for Phillies fans who have been enjoying his breakout season.

Brown did not finish in the top 15 in fan voting, likely in large part due to his slow start and his relative anonymity nationally until he won back-to-back Player of the Week awards at the end of May. The numbers speak for themselves though, and it was hard to argue there were seven NL outfielders – the total on the roster – who are having better seasons.

Entering Saturday night, Brown was still second in home runs (22), as well as sixth in slugging (.549) and extra-base hits (39).

That’s not all for Brown. Jim Salisbury adds the newly-minted All-Star will participate in the home run derby if asked, which seems likely. This is a departure from roughly one month ago when in the midst of his hot streak Brown told reporters he would not do the event for fear it would alter his swing.

Phillies of note who did not make the cut include Jonathan Papelbon, who likely hurt his chances with a recent string of four blown saves in eight days, and Chase Utley who is posting very good numbers for a second baseman – arguably better than Marco Scutaro for San Francisco, who is on the team – but missed a month of the season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is the NL manager.

There are no Phillies on the "Final Vote" ballot for fans online.

The mid-summer classic at is approaching fast, little more than a week away in fact. Will you be watching for Brown and Lee?

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4

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Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4


Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Notable goals
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
Goalie report
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
Power play
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Power-play points
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
Penalty kill
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
Big hit
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
Third line
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
Up next
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.

Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests. 

A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.

Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).

The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”