Jayson Werth Returns to Citizens Bank Park This Evening, J-Roll Leads Off

Jayson Werth Returns to Citizens Bank Park This Evening, J-Roll Leads Off

The Phils are back in action after an off day on Monday following their frustrating loss on Sunday night to the New York Mets in extras where the action on the field was over shadowed by world events and the way fans at Citizens Bank Park reacted.

Fan reactions will once again be a popular discussion point surrounding tonight's game, with Jayson Werth making his return to the spot where he became a WFC as the Nationals come to town for a three game set, but honestly, we're kind of tired of the "to boo or not to boo?" story lines. If you wanted my opinion, you give him the Pat Burrell treatment: a nice ovation to start and then boo the heck out of him the rest of the way. Pay your respects for what he achieved here, then let him know what you think of the uniform he is wearing. Pretty simple.Werth's absence in right field at CBP hasn't been all that noticeable, with Ben Francisco getting off to a nice start to the season before cooling off a bit. Still, Francisco has picked up plenty of the RBIs left behind in Werth's former spot in the order. Francisco has 18 RBIs on the year to Werth's 7 RBIs in a much less potent Nationals batting order. Benny's  batting average is a cool 30 points higher as well, but Werth's defense may have been missed on a couple of balls Francisco hasn't played perfectly this season. Werth's arm is certainly missed in the outfield as well. They both have a pair of stolen bases, but Benny has been thrown out two more times as well.

J-Roll Leading Off

Aside from the return of Jayson Werth, and perhaps of more interest to Phils fans, Charlie Manuel is reinserting Jimmy Rollins into the spot at the top of his order, with Rollins leading off followed by Shane, Polanco, Howard, Francisco, Ibanez, Orr, Schneider, and Hamels.

To me it's a clear move of Charlie Manuel trying to mix things up in order to breath some life into a lineup that has been hot and cold leaning towards mostly cold. While Jimmy batting atop the order could give J-Roll some swagger, we're not sure what in the world can help Raul Ibanez get out of his almost record-breaking funk. Is Ibanez done? We'll stick with Charlie's approach to let him hit out of it, but it's not looking promising.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05 from the bank. Have fun out in right field.

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Sixers sign Chasson Randle to second 10-day contract

Sixers sign Chasson Randle to second 10-day contract

It looks like point guard Chasson Randle has earned himself some more time in Philadelphia. 

The Sixers on Friday announced that they signed Randle to a second 10-day contract. 

Randle was first signed by the Sixers on Jan. 9 and has appeared in two games, thanks in large part to a wrist injury that forced starter T.J. McConnell to msis some time and pushed backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez into the starting lineup. 

Randle scored a career-high 10 points in 16 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks, shooting 50 percent from the field (3 for 6) and beyond the arc (2 for 4), while also adding two rebounds and an assist. 

He played in 19 games this season for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League before signing with the Sixers, leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game, including back-to-back games of 38 and 36 points in December. 

Randle went undrafted in 2015 after a four-year career at Stanford. 

Source: Sixers claim, then waive Mo Williams

Source: Sixers claim, then waive Mo Williams

Updated: 6:13 p.m.

Mo Williams was barely a Sixer.

The Sixers on Friday claimed the 34-year-old point guard, then waived him, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. The Sixers followed it with the re-signing of guard Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.

ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the news of the Sixers' claiming Williams.

Per the report, the Sixers made the claim in order to get $2.2 million closer to the salary floor while preventing the Nuggets from doing so after Denver acquired Williams in a trade with the Hawks.

It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Williams, who was traded from the Cavaliers to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal. Williams was then shipped to the Nuggets, who then waived him.

Now he's been claimed and waived by the Sixers in the same day.

Williams, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons, last played for 2015-16 championship-winning Cleveland, where he played 41 regular-season contests and averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.