Kendrick Deals (Yes, Really) While Bats Remain Hot, Win Day Game 8-1

Kendrick Deals (Yes, Really) While Bats Remain Hot, Win Day Game 8-1

Kyle Kendrick earned his paycheck on Wednesday afternoon as the Phillies spot starter put in seven very solid innings of work, with a first inning longball to Logan Morrison his only real blemish on the day. KK's final line: 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks.

"Some of the greatest things about him is he don't miss a turn. He'll pitch whenever you want him to," Charlie Manuel said of Kendrick after the game.

The bats did their part as well, staying hot and smacking around rookie Elih Villanueva for 8 earned runs in only 3 innings of work. The Phils put up a run in each of the first two innings, but it was a huge 6-run third frame that put this game away.

Chase Utley started things off by getting nicked on the foot by a pitch. Howard followed that up with a walk to put two men on for Dom Brown. The hot rookie grounded out to first, but Ben Francisco worked a walk to load the bases.

That's when Wilson Valdez cleared them with a rare triple for the goateed Mr. Everything. Valdez played third today, and delivered three hits and three RBIS as well as a run scored.

Jimmy Rollins topped his pal Wilson's RBI count with a third inning homer of his own. Jimmy finished the day 2-5 with 4 RBIs and a run scored. When J-Roll gets hot, this team is dangerous, and Jimmy's been great this series.

All around great win this afternoon. And Roy Hallday pitches in a few hours for the series victory.

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

Even Mike Trout wants to see Sam Bradford's return to Philly

When Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout's six-year, $144.5 million contract ends in 2020, the Millville, New Jersey, native will be in his prime at 29 years old, and Phillies' fans dream of seeing Trout playing at Citizens Bank Park could be come true.

For the time being, though, Trout, a season-ticket holder, is just chilling at Lincoln Financial Field as the Eagles play the Vikings on Sunday because the Angels are almost as bad as the Phillies and even he couldn't stay away from Sam Bradford's return to Philadelphia.

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton return to practice

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers welcomed two more players out on to the rink for their practice following Saturday’s 6-3 win over Carolina. 

Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Scott Laughton (lower body) returned to the ice for the first time since suffering injuries within days of each other. Before Sunday’s light practice, Del Zotto and Laughton had skated two consecutive days prior to work on their conditioning. 

“It’s nice to see them back with the group,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. 

Laughton, who injured himself during a training camp practice after losing an edge, was a bit more forward than Del Zotto on when he hopes to return. 

“I would say within the next five to seven days,” Laughton said.

The 22-year-old pointed to Saturday’s game with Pittsburgh as his target to return. 

As for Del Zotto, the defenseman didn’t want to jinx anything, saying it’s a “day-by-day” situation. He would like to think he’s working on the same timetable as Laughton. If that’s the case, he would be back either a few days before or right on cue with the projected four to five weeks he was scheduled to miss after suffering an injury to his left knee in the preseason against the New York Rangers on Oct. 6. 

“It’s kind of trial and error,” Del Zotto said. 

Above all else, though, the two were just happy to be back with their teammates. Del Zotto said that being around everyone really rejuvenated his spirits. 

“Just being back around the guys and having that team chemistry and camaraderie and being able to joke with the guys,” Del Zotto said, “it’s probably been the best thing for me.”

This past month has especially been hard on the two because of the timing and how last season ended for them. 

While there’s never an ideal time to suffer an injury, the pair saw training camp and the approaching start of the regular season in a different light than most of their teammates.

It was supposed to be their new start. Last season, Del Zotto missed the final few months, including the postseason, after ligament damage to his left wrist. He was having a strong preseason, arguably the top defenseman in camp at the time before suffering his setback.

“Being out so long last year and having to sit and watch playoffs than having six months of grueling rehab to get back into it … that made it sting that much more,” Del Zotto said. “That’s part of the game. It’s a contact sport. I signed up for this.”

The same can be said for Laughton, who experienced a scary injury in Game 4 against Washington after being dumped head first into the boards. 

“I was really excited to have camp and start the year here,” Laughton said. 

The two will be traveling to Montreal with the rest of the Flyers for Monday’s contest. They will each do the morning skate with another bag skate afterward.