Talent Show! San Diego Possible Future Phillies in Town for Scorching Weekend Set

Talent Show! San Diego Possible Future Phillies in Town for Scorching Weekend Set

The Phillies are linked to just about every available right-handed bat and relief arm on the market right about now, marking yet another player movement period in which they, like the Eagles and Flyers, are the playground of agents and sportswriters alike.  

With the trade deadline ever nearer, and the sell-mode Padres in town this weekend, we're bound to be treated to quite a few more speculative stories. So be sure to pay close attention to the guys trotting in from right field while drowning yourselves in beverages, alcoholic and otherwise, over the next four nights. To those who like to hang over the bullpen fence in Ashburn Alley, be sure to say nice things to Mike Adams. We want him changing bullpens to the lower deck sometime soon.  

Pitching matchups for the weekend (provided no one gets they ass traded) below:

Friday, 7:05  Cole Hamels vs. Cory Luebke (L)

Saturday, 4:10  Kyle Kendrick vs. Mat Latos (R)

Sunday, 1:35  Roy Halladay vs. Tim Stauffer (R)

Monday, 1:05  Cliff Lee vs. Aaron Harang (R)

A bit of a traffic advisory—there'll be folks on their way to the shore tonight, the Phils, plus the Soul at the Wells Fargo Center. Tomorrow, the Phils play in the late afternoon, and the Linc will host the Union and Real Madrid, which will draw a big crowd. I'd say to take public transportation if possible, but that's what I'm planning to do, and nobody likes a crowded Orange Line car.

Finally, if you have an extra minute, please go cast a vote for our friend Tug Haines, who you probably know from TheFightins and CasualFan. He's been on the road all summer catching baseball at a variety of minor league parks, and he's in contest over at MLB.com. Tug's a great Phils fan and an even better tailgate burger chef. VOTETUG!

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P