Phils to Spot Pirates a Few All-Stars in Sweep Bid

Phils to Spot Pirates a Few All-Stars in Sweep Bid

When Charlie Manuel handed over Saturday night's lineup card—the first with 'Pence' scrawled below 'Howard'—it included a whopping eight players who have been All-Stars at least once in their career. In fact, all but two have been All-Stars more than once. Here's a look at the ASG resumes of last night's Phillies starters, plus today's lineup and pitching matchup.

Jimmy Rollins (2001, 2002, 2005)
Shane Victorino (2009, 2011)
Chase Utley (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Ryan Howard (2006, 2009, 2010)
Hunter Pence (2009, 2011)
Raul Ibanez (2009)
Placido Polanco (2007, 2011)
Carlos Ruiz
Cliff Lee (2008, 2010, 2011)  

Now, we all know the process of becoming an All-Star isn't the purest representation of the league's elite talent in a given season, from fan voting to manager selections and franchise representation, but that's still pretty amazing.

Today, Polly will get some rest, with Michael Martinez taking over at the hot corner. Chooch also gets the afternoon off, and obviously Clifton won't be in the lineup today (although if there's a need for a pinch-hitter…).

Vance Worley will face righty Jeff Karstens, who boasts a nice 8-5, 2.41/1.07 line. Karstens topped the Phillies on June 3rd, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks over seven innings. Since that time, he's pitched three zero-ER starts and not allowed more than three earned in any outing.

Hunter Pence's career numbers against Karstens? 8-19 for a .421 average, a homer and two RBI. 

Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshman Ryan Daly scored 27 points and Delaware avenged its worst loss of the season, upsetting Northeastern 69-62 on Thursday night for the Blue Hens' first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season.

Cazmon Hayes added 13 points and Eric Carter 11 for Delaware (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a six-game losing streak that had included a 36-point loss, 90-54, to the Huskies on Jan. 5.

T.J. Williams scored 28 points, the only Huskies player to reach double figures. Northeastern (12-7, 5-2) lost its second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Three-pointers by Devonne Pinkard and Daly gave Delaware the lead for good at 46-41 with 11 minutes left. A 14-2 run with eight points each from Carter and Daly made it a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.

Delaware made 17 of 22 free throws to 7 of 14 for Northeastern.

Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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ELON, N.C. -- Tyler Seibring scored a career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Steven Santa Ana added 22 points and Elon beat Drexel 93-73 on Thursday night.

Seibring scored 20-plus for the third time this season, hitting 4 of 6 from distance, and Elon led from start to finish. It was Santa Ana's sixth career 20-plus game in just his sophomore season.

The Phoenix hit double-digit 3-pointers (10) for the 10th time this season.

Dainan Swoope scored 16 points, Brian Dawkins 13 and Dmitri Thompson 12 for Elon (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which hit 25 of 28 free-throw attempts -- including 17 of 18 in the second half.

Elon scored the first nine points of the game and had a 10-point lead at halftime.

Kurk Lee and John Moran each scored 15 points for Drexel (7-12, 1-5). Miles Overton added 13 points and Sammy Mojica 10.