Tonight: Hollywood Hamels

Tonight: Hollywood Hamels

Cole Hamels will take the ball tonight for your Philadelphia Phillies for the first time this season as Ryne Sandberg's club looks to take the series from the Dodgers while playing within a Matt Stairs-moonshot-distance of the famous "Hollywood" sign up in the hills.

There a couple of mixed trends for Hamels season debut against the Dodgers tonight. Cole has been pretty awful in his first starts of the season, but he's had great career numbers against the Dodgers.

From the game notes:

Over the last five years, however, Hamels’ first start of the season has not been kind to him ... Since 2009, he is 1-4 with a 9.55 ERA (23 ER, 21.2 IP) in his season debuts and has not lasted longer than 5.1 innings in any of those starts ... But on the bright side, Hamels has thrived against the Dodgers in his career ... In 11 starts (including the postseason), he is 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA (20 ER, 74.2 IP) against the Boys in Blue, including a 3-0 record and 2.22 ERA (7 ER, 28.1 IP) in four starts at Dodger Stadium.

Sandberg is once again looking for solid defense behind Cole and will have the impressive Freddy Galvis at third base instead of Cody Asche who is still trying to find his way out of an early-season slump. Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb points out that this is the 6th time in 11 games that Asche starts the game on the pine.

The lineup will have their hands full with righty Zack Greinke who is 3-0 this season with a 2.42 ERA. Tony Gwynn Jr. has four hits off Greinke (1 HR) in six plate appearances so I'm surprised he's not in the lineup again. Chase Utley and Ben Revere have hit Greinke relatively well but the rest of the lineup not so much.

Another 10:10 pm EST start time for the Fightins. I've been able to stay up the past two nights to watch the complete games but it has not been easy. Hoping Hamels can make quick work of the Dodgers and really give this team some serious momentum.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.