Game Chat: The Joe Blanton Experience with Some Wacky Weather

Game Chat: The Joe Blanton Experience with Some Wacky Weather

They say that animals have a sixth sense, so when the Phillies beat's resident koala says the forecast in Minneapolis tonight calls for "large hail" and "funnel-like storms," well, you best believe it's gonna get nasty.

But the Phillies obviously don't face the Twins again this year unless the two last place squads somehow miraculously face off in the World Series, so there could be plenty of waiting around this evening. Set your DVRs for that Rain Delay Programing.

That and Joe Blanton is looking to avoid a tying a franchise-worst sixth-straight outing in which five earned runs or more are given up. Should be a fun night!

Jim Thome will look to continue his torrid tear of Twins pitching as the DH and cleanup hitter for the Phils tonight. As we mentioned earlier, his 4-RBI performance last night pushed him over Matt Stairs in the Phillies record books for Oldest Slugger Who Is Awesome And Lovable.

The small balling of Juan Pierre gets the night off as John Mayberry Jr. starts in left with Ty Wigginton thankfully not playing third, instead rocking a first baseman's mitt.

The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. Ty Wigginton, 1B
8. John Mayberry, LF
9. Michael Martinez, 2B

As for who the offense will face, that'd be left-hander Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61.). Here's what you need to know from CSN:

Diamond is a 25-year-old Canadian who was signed as an undrafted free
agent by the Braves in 2007. He arrived in Minnesota as a Rule 5 pick in
Dec. 2010.

Diamond was never a top-flight prospect and has
mediocre minor league numbers in exactly 600 innings -- a 3.70 ERA and a
1.40 WHIP. There is little reason to believe that he’ll sustain the
success he’s had to this point.

And one last thing of note. The afformentioned Matt Gelb is tweeting from Minnesota that it is not looking promising for baseball. So there's that.

8:10 start if it happens.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.