Papelbon peeved at positioning pertaining to potential game-ending play (The Phils lost again).

Papelbon peeved at positioning pertaining to potential game-ending play (The Phils lost again).

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Two issues with last night's walkoff loss in Texas, the second night in a row the Phillies came up on the short end of a walkoff.

The first issue is obviously Jonathan Papelbon. Putting inflated salary aside, he's simply nothing close to resembling a shutdown closer to finish last season and begin the 2014 campaign. Seven of the eighth batters Papelbon faced reached base. The walkoff walk seemed like a foregone conclusion before the at-bat even started.

And the other thing that had me scratching my head was the positioning of the infield in the bottom of the ninth when a double play would have ended it. Instead Leonys Martin singled up the middle to tie the game with one out.

Jonathan Papelbon was scratching his head too.

The Inquirer's Matt Gelb got the skinny:

But, later, Papelbon was perturbed at his teammates' defensive alignment. He said McClure visited the mound and said, "OK, let's get a ground ball." Bench coach Larry Bowa signaled for "three" depth, which meant the priority for the infielders was eliminating the runner at third on a grounder, but a double play was still possible because the infield was not completely brought in.

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"Obviously I don't know whether that's called for the bench or called from the middle infielders, but less than two outs I'm thinking ground ball and I'm thinking let's get this double play and go home," Papelbon said. "Obviously I'm not going to second-guess my teammates or my coach."

You can watch the play in question here.

So instead of wrapping up a nice winning series in Texas and enjoying an off-day in Chicago before taking on the Cubs for a weekend set, the Phils have to sit for a day an a half with the sour taste of a losing record.

Kyle Kendrick put in work and the Big Piece went real deep but all was for naught after the bottom of the ninth.

It's only been three games and that feeling that it's going to be one of those seasons is starting to appear.

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T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.

McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.

McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.

Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).

“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.

Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.

Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
 
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
 
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.

11,700 feet and she said YES! I Love you @cryscorey 💛#SimmondsandSimmonds

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It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!