We can't complain about the offensive output, but the song remained the same as the Phillies lost the series opener in Minnesota, 11-7. The Twins got out to an early 5-0 lead but the Fightins slugged their way to an impressive comeback that made things interesting at 5-4 in the 5th. Unfortunately, it got even more interesting in the bottom of the frame when Hunter Pence made one of the worst outfield plays ever witnessed in right, misplaying a ball bouncing just under his glove. As Phillies despondency correspondent ZooWithRoy put it, "Pence just made a play that you'd scream at the guy wearing jeans on your work softball team for."
To make matters worse, some kid in the first row showed Pence how the glove works in the 7th. With two outs and Mike Fontenot making his way through foul territory to catch the third, a young Phillies fan reached up and robbed him of the catch, keeping Twins RF Ben Revere at the plate. Revere then added some insurance to the board and dirt to the Phils' coffin.
More on the game, and how Chase Utley's rehab stint went, below.
With Kyle Kendrick allowing 6 ER in 4 IP, Joe Savery charged with 3 more and BJ Rosenberg another pair, even a 14-hit, 7-run night couldn't allow the Phils to keep up with the slugging done by the AL-worst Twins. Jimmy Rollins' 4-hit night was wasted, as was another strong night at the plate for Jim Thome.
Since joining the lineup as the DH during interleague play, Thome has eight hits and six RBI in four games. His two-out, bases-loaded single (yes really!) to left in the 6th inning continued a Phillies rally and brought the Phils to within one, but a Shane Victorino flare froze their scoring line.
Looking at the standings this morning, it's hard not to hear Ed Rooney reading Ferris' absence report. Two weeks into June, the Phils are 9.5 games back in the East.
Chase Utley WatchUts went 0-5 with 3 Ks in his first rehab start in Clearwater. He even got a smattering of boos as he struck out in his final AB.
Everyone needs to be onboard with getting him ready to rejoin the big club, right?
Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?
Well take a look at this.
How about now?
Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.
Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.
"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."
Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley.
Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.
"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy.
"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.
To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.
The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it.
The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told CSNPhilly.com. ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.
Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June.
The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents.
After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by Al.com's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015.
Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.