Phillies 2012 Schedule Highlights Include Baltimore Takeover

Phillies 2012 Schedule Highlights Include Baltimore Takeover

The Phillies will kick off the 2012 season on Thursday, April 5th on the road in Pittsburgh, a destination close enough that could allow for a nice Philly fan presence. The Fightins will make their 2012 Citizens Bank Park debut against the renamed Miami Marlins on Monday April 9 in a 1:05 game.

Inter-league Road Trip Potential

East Coast road trips for inter-league games are always some of the most exciting of the season. Having made trips in recent years to Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, it's exciting to see Baltimore on the schedule for a weekend series in June 2012. In addition to an inter-league trip to Hamsterdam, the Phils will also travel to play games in which their pitcher will not have to bat in Toronto and Minnesota. The BAL>MIN>TOR trip will span from June 8-17.

Inter-league At Home

The Phillies will once again welcome the Red Sox to Philly in a weekend series in May (18-20). Tampa Bay will come to CBP for a three game set from June 18-21.

August At the Bank

The Phillies will have a 9-game home stand and a 10-game home stand in August at CBP.

Final Series

After a weekend series at Miami on the final weekend of September, they'll finish up the season on the road in Washington for the first three days of October. Not that the final few games of the year have been all that important in reason years.

Other Random Notes

The Phils will travel to San Francisco in April (16-18) for a mid-week series followed by a weekend set in San Diego (19-22 of April) and finishing up in Arizona (23-25). There are only two road games in Chicago this year and they're mid-week at that (May 16-17) so that really puts a damper on the potential for one of the best road trips a baseball fan can make each year.

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.

Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.

Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.

Sixers fan ejected for flipping Russell Westbrook the double bird

Sixers fan ejected for flipping Russell Westbrook the double bird

Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)

A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....

earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs

The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.