The Phillies plan to ask MLB to review Howard's single that could be a double to give him rare cycle

The Phillies plan to ask MLB to review Howard's single that could be a double to give him rare cycle

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The Phillies and Rockies played a high scoring affair on Sunday out in Colorado. Ryan Howard's bat was smoking all day long.

The Phillies slugger notched a single in the first, a 2-run home run in the third, a rare triple for the Big Piece in the 6th, and a single in the 7th that very easily could have been ruled a double. That would have been the first Phillies cycle since David Bell pulled off the feat in 2004.

The umpire score keeper took the cycle away from Ryan Howard and instead ruled the play a single with an error on the right fielder that allowed Howard to reach second.

You can watch the play in question here or in the above video.

According to Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury, the Phillies plan to ask MLB to take another look at the scoring:

Howard might end up with another extra-base hit in the coming days. The Phillies will ask Major League Baseball to review the scoring on his seventh-inning RBI single. The ball got by rightfielder Brandon Barnes after he tried to make a shoestring catch. It was scored a single and an error. Sandberg believed the play should have been scored a double, which would have given Howard the cycle.

Howard kept the ball just in case the call is reversed.

“The goal was to get the run home, and it’s what I was able to achieve,” he said. “Anything else would have been a bonus. If it turns out being a cycle, that’d be great. But I’m still going to keep the ball as a memento. I still got four hits so it will be special anyway.”

More importantly the Phils avoided the sweep at the hands of the Rockies and head to L.A. on a winning note.

Also, how terrifying is the Rockies dino mascot named Dinger dressed up like an Easter Bunny?

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

NEW ORLEANS — Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to coexist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right foot fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."