Phils Turn to Halladay at Chavez Ravine to Prevent Losing Streak

Phils Turn to Halladay at Chavez Ravine to Prevent Losing Streak

Yes, the Phillies are coming off a loss yesterday in San Francisco, but check out how bad things are for other teams. The Phils hold a pretty substantial record discrepancy over the team they'll face this evening. The Phillies, with a record of 74-40, currently sit 34 games above .500 while the Dodgers, with a record of 52-61, are 9 games below even for the season. Pretty amazing considering some pundits thought the Dodgers might be a playoff contender coming into the season.

Charlie Manuel's squad will wrap up their 20-in-20 stretch at Dodger Stadium over the next three days and they kick it off tonight with Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55) on the mound. The Fightins have fared quite well when Doc starts for them, holding a record of 19-4 in game's he has started for them this season. He'll take on right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (7-13, 2.96) who was the subject of plenty of trade rumblings pre-deadline but didn't want to be dealt. He'll be the second most talented Kuroda in action in the L.A. area this evening.

While the Dodgers were a formidable foe for the Fightin Phils just a few short seasons ago, today, they're a franchise with a proud history fallen on very hard times with ugly ownership issues and a whole lot of debt.

Matt and I played the "word association" game with the "Dodgers" earlier today. He came up with "Moonshot" while I came up with "Broxton." What do you think when you think Dodgers?

First pitch scheduled for 10:10. Get your post work nap in now so you can see the Doc later.

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As of this posting, there was no update on Placido Polanco's hip, but we'll update you if we hear anything.

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Finally, we leave you with this, from when Stephen Colbert took over the MLB's Twitter account on Friday afternoon. He probably had Dodgers fans on the mind, I'm sure.

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Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.