Ryan Howard Makes 'Em Pay

Ryan Howard Makes 'Em Pay

Phillies fans across the country -- from living rooms in South Philly
to the sea of red in the stands at Petco Park -- all had the same exact
thought last night as Padres manager Bud Black opted to intentionally
walk Jimmy Rollins in the 11th inning to get to Ryan Howard (who was
sporting a golden sombrero for the second time in three days): "Please,
please, please make them pay."

The Big Piece delivered, lifting a
ball to the opposite field that would have been a home run in most ball
parks but was good for a double and the two RBIs that put the Phillies
up for good. It felt just as good for Phillies fans as it did for Howard.

[watch Howard's clutch double here, and check out the fan reactions]

Joe Blanton pitched a very nice game and kept the Phils in it before
handing it over to the 'pen which did a fantastic job in their own
right. Baez, Bastardo, Kendrick, and Madson all did their jobs to
perfection, with Bastardo's three outs all on K's was extra enjoyable.

And let's not forget Placido Polanco, on his "off night," coming in
off the bench to lead off the 11th with a hit. All Polly does is hit.

Nice fight from the Phils last night to start their west coast swing out with three straight victories.

We often joke about Nationals Park in DC being dubbed "CBP South,"
but damn if Petco doesn't turn into 'CBP West.' The Phillies contingent
that was shown repeatedly on television last night was a thing of
beauty. Red overran that ball park, on and off the field it seems as of
late as the Fightins have now won 10 straight games there.

Roy Halladay looks to make it 11 this afternoon.

>>'Motivated' Howard makes Padres pay as Phils win [CSN]

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy WR Bryce Treggs getting reps with Eagles' starters, could debut soon

Speedy Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs, who hasn’t yet been active for a game, could be soon.

Treggs said after practice Thursday he got more reps with the first-team offense this week than he has all year.

“Way more,” Treggs said. “I feel like they’re comfortable with me now, where they don’t have to tell me what to do. I know the plays and I know where to be.”

Does that mean Treggs will make his NFL debut against the Vikings Sunday? Not necessarily. But it does mean he’s at least on the Eagles’ radar.

Treggs began his rookie preseason with Chip Kelly and the 49ers but didn’t play during the preseason because of a preexisting knee injury.

When the 49ers released him as part of final cuts, the Eagles claimed him. He was cleared medically last month and has been gradually learning the Eagles’ offense since. He’s been on the 53-man roster all year but inactive for all five games.

Treggs has 4.31 speed and ranked eighth in NCAA Division I last year with 21.2 yards per catch as a senior at Cal.

Treggs potentially could give the Eagles something they’ve lacked all year: a deep threat.

The Eagles have connected on just eight pass plays of 25 yards or more this year, and only five NFL teams have fewer.

Jordan Matthews has four of those, and running back Darren Sproles has two, which leaves just two for the rest of the Eagles’ other wideouts — one for Nelson Agholor, one for Dorial Green-Beckham and none for Josh Huff.

The Eagles have been using Green-Beckham more and more each week — he played a season-high 42 snaps in the loss to the Redskins Sunday.

Agholor has been a disappointment, with just 16 catches for 181 yards this year, no catches over 35 yards and no catches of 20 yards since opening day. In 18 NFL games, the former first-round pick has never had 65 yards in a game.

Treggs said he feels comfortable with both outside spots and the slot and has gotten practice reps at all three spots this week.

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Eagles Injury Update: Bennie Logan (groin) misses second straight practice

Every injured Eagles player returned on Thursday except for one.

Defensive tackle Bennie Logan (left groin strain) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday and it doesn't seem likely he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Vikings.

If Logan can't play on Sunday, backup Beau Allen will get the start.

"Bennie was playing well [against Washington]," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Thursday. "He was one of the few guys in this game that was playing well. You know, it will be more reps for guys like Beau [DT Beau Allen], and maybe even a little bit more for a guy like Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox]. We'd like to rotate those guys as much [as we can], but sometimes you're not able to. And then a guy like Destiny [DT Destiny Vaeao], who has been a part-time player and made a couple plays, but also he's given up a couple. He needs to be more consistent. We've also used some defensive ends inside the rush on third down. That helps alleviate a little bit."

While Logan was still out, several other key Eagles returned to practice after missing Wednesday: Jason Kelce (foot), Ron Brooks (calf) and Marcus Smith (groin). Brooks was the only limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Kelce missed Wednesday's practice because he got a cortisone shot on Monday.

Furthermore, several Eagles who were limited on Wednesday -- Jordan Matthews (knee), Allen Barbre (ankle), Mychal Kendricks (ribs) -- were full participants on Thursday.