Robot to Throw Out First Pitch at Phillies-Brewers Day Game

Robot to Throw Out First Pitch at Phillies-Brewers Day Game

J.C. Romero is headed to the DL after contorting himself all goofy-like during last night's loss, straining his calf in the process. He'll be replaced by Mike Zagurski, but that's only because it's 2011. In another couple of years, he could be replaced by a robot like the one throwing out the first pitch at Wednesday's Phillies game. From the AP:

But the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by engineers at the  University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch  before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee  Brewers.

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They started with a Segway, gave it a robotic arm and added a third  wheel. They also gave it a pneumatic cylinder, which delivers a burst of  compressed carbon dioxide to power the pitch.

Did you know Paulie's robot from Rocky has its own wiki entry? "I wanted a sports car, not no walking trash can!"

In the future, pitchers might not even need to eat real human food like doughnuts, as robots could potentially be playing the game and writing the recaps as well. We're all screwed.

At least we know the robot can't do much worse than notable first pitch failures like Babba Booey or Barack Obama. Or Kyle Kendrick for that matter.

>>Robot to throw first out pitch at Phillies game [AP]

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.