Phils Win Game One, Turn to Cliff Lee Tonight to Inch Closer to NL East Crown

Phils Win Game One, Turn to Cliff Lee Tonight to Inch Closer to NL East Crown

Phillies fans must be encouraged after Kyle Kendrick went out and pitched 5.0 solid innings, giving up only two hits on the way to earning the victory. The win moved the Phils magic number to 3. Oh, and they turn to Clifton Phifer Lee tonight to try and knock another off that total and setup a potential division-clinching day on Friday.

In order for the Phillies to clinch the NL East crown on Friday, they need a win tonight against the Marlins, a win tomorrow against the Cardinals, and a Braves loss tomorrow night against the Mets in a game that starts at 7:35.

Today's 3-1 Victory

After Kendrick flirted with a no-no for four innings, Logan Morrison blasted a homer, but it was the only real damage done against KK.

Stutes pitched two solid scoreless innings, but Bastardo didn't look particularly sharp, walking a batter and giving up a hit while recording only one out in the eighth.

Is Bastardo's slight loss of velocity and recent stumbles a situation worth worrying about?

"We gotta get him back out there just like today, and get him throwing the ball  good again. We've got time. I think he'll be all right. I feel confident he's going to be okay," Charlie Manuel said of Bastardo following the game.

Madson gave up a pair of hits in the ninth, but it never really felt like he didn't have control of the victory.

As for the scoring, Hunter Pence scored Placido Polanco to put the Phils up early and Raul later plated Pence with a double off the wall. Ten straight years for 30 doubles or more for Raul. Quite a feat.

The highlight of the game for me was clearly Pete Orr's defensive prowess. Woo, Pete Orr! And Raul Ibanez actually threw a guy out at the plate late in the game. A rare sight.

Tonight's 7:35 Game

You've got to feel good about having Cliff Lee 16-7, 2.44) take the hill against green right-hander Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00). Lee's been a Cy Young pitcher the past few months and on a stretch as good as we've ever seen.

We'll update the post with tonight's lineup when it's posted, but look for Chase Utley to get a start. He came in to pinch hit tonight and ripped a single up the middle.

7:35 start time for game two.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.