Oswalt's Turn as Fish Come to Town

Oswalt's Turn as Fish Come to Town

Although an established and talented pitcher, Roy Oswalt probably feels a little like a comedian about to take the stage after Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais did their acts. Little Roy gets the start tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the Florida Marlins and will attempt to follow up a pair of complete games from Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee down in DC on Wednesday and Thursday.

After Oswalt's first start of the season, Roy talked a bit about what it's like to follow those pitchers' impressive performances, "First two guys come out and throw unbelievable. You don't want to be the odd man out."

So expect Roy to go nine innings tonight, right?

"If Roy can go nine, Roy will go nine," Charlie Manuel said prior to this evenings game, noting that getting the win always trumps whether a guy finishes a game, but also added that any of his five starters can go the distance on any given night.

Oswalt (2-0, 2.25) will take on the Marlins righthander Javier Vasquez in the first meeting of the season between the two teams this evening.

Two big changes to the Phils lineup this evening as Ross Gload will start in rightfield in place of Ben Francisco and will bat sixth behind Raul Ibanez. Gload has great career numbers against Vazquez with a .457 BA, 1.215 OPS over 35 at bats. Pete Orr will also start at second and bat eighth behind Carlos Ruiz.

A very nice yet chilly night at the ball park in South Philly. Almost feels a little weird to only have the Phillies in action with the Sixers and Flyers having the night off. But hey! The Soul are in town.

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See Charlie Manuel get his warm up on before the game

See Carlos Ruiz meet Carlos Ruiz: Chooch and Pescadito

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The Phillies will honor Jackie Robinson this evening as every player will wear No. 42 as their jersey number for the game against Florida.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.