Phils Back at It in Milwaukee, Doc's on the Mound

Phils Back at It in Milwaukee, Doc's on the Mound

With the NL division races largely wrapped up and the Braves nearly a lock for the Wild Card, the last month of the Major League Baseball season is looking, well, rather boring.

That is, of course, unless you're a Phillies fan who gets to watch Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee do their best to one up each other for the Cy Young Award over the next three weeks.

Tonight, it's Doc's turn.

Halladay enters this evening's match up with a 16-5 record, 2.49 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. His last start came in the form of that awful-5-4-Florida-Marlin-Joe-West-replay-debacle, a game in which Halladay was uncharacteristically pulled after just six innings and ultimately granted a no decision. That said, just one appearance prior, Doc stymied the Cincinnati Reds, allowing just 2 hits and 0 runs in 7 innings of work during an away start at the Great American Ballpark.

Standing opposed for the Brewers is 29-year-old, right hander Shaun Marcum. Marcum (12-5, 3.11, 1.09) has been quite impressive in last five starts, surrendering just six runs over the month-long stretch. In his last start, a 4-0 shut out of the Houston Astros, Marcum gave up just 1 hit in his 7 innings pitched.

On the injury front for the Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro stated earlier today that second baseman Chase Utley is more than likely out for the remainder of the series with a mild concussion. Utley was hit on the helmet during an at-bat Wednesday night and has been out of the lineup since.

Fortunately, the GM sees no reason for long term worry, “It’s very mild, we think it’s very slight, but it’s a concussion nonetheless,” Amaro said. “Chase is already feeling better. He’s getting some rest. We’ll know more Saturday.”

In better news, shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been activated from the disabled list, and Ryan Howard is back in action at first base following yesterday's "maintenance day."

Charlie's lineup for tonight:

Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P

See you post-game.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”