Sorry, Phillies fans. Wilson Valdez is not in the starting lineup for the Cincinnati Reds this evening as they face Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park. But a couple of other former Phillies do crack the Reds lineup this evening with Scott Rolen playing third and Miguel Cairo manning first.
In other news that could sadden Fightins fans, Hector Luna has been optioned to Lehigh Valley while Placido Polanco has been activated and will start at second base tonight.
Halladay (6-7, 3.80) will take on right-hander Mike Leake (6-7, 4.29) this evening in the first of four between the clubs. Roy is coming off a mediocre outing in Florida in which he allowed 6 hits and 3 earned over 7 innings while striking out 7. He's been much better over his last three starts overall, posting a 1.64 ERA over 22 innings of work with 20 Ks and just 2 BBs.
While the Reds may be one of the best teams in the NL this season, the Phillies have actually won six-straight games against Cincy and 11 of the last 12.
Wilson Valdez may not be starting, but that doesn't mean there isn't a chance you could see him pitching long after midnight.
Will you be flipping back and forth between the Phils/Reds and the Birds/Pats? Two TV setup?
Tonight's 7:05 Lineup:
Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?
Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.
Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.
Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."
If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.
Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.
Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.
"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."
The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag.
“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”