The Phillies will attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the Reds today in an early 12:35 start time in Cincinnati. They'll turn to rookie right-hander Vance Worley who the team has fared quite well with over the past three months.
Some fantastic Worley stats from the game notes: The Fightins have won in each of Worley's last 12 starts which is the longest streak for any Phils starter this season. The streak is the longest for any MLB rookie since 1986 when Texas won 12 straight for Bobby Witt. Vance is 7-0, 2.30 ERA over that current stretch (since June 18th). The last time the Phils lost in a Worley start was all the way back on May 29th against the New York Mets. The only Phillies pitcher with a longer single-season streak is Steve Carlton who had a 15-start streak in 1972.
With another win today, the Phillies would move to 41 games over .500, the highest number of games above .500 the team has ever been. They reached that epic level twice during the 1976 season. But never higher. Let's shoot for a new record, eh?
Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley.
It's a good time to be a Phillies fan. That's for sure.
Today's Lineup: Victorino, Martinez (3B), Utley, Howard, Pence, Ibanez, Schneider, Valdez (SS), and Worley.
12:35 start in Cincy.
Updated: 7 p.m.
Flyers winger Matt Read will miss approximately a month with an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Predators when he was checked by Filip Forsberg. Sources tell CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio the injury is an oblique muscle pull in Read's upper torso.
The 30-year-old has six goals and four assists for 10 points through 27 games. Five of those goals came in the Flyers' first five games.
To replace Read's roster spot, the Flyers recalled Taylor Leier and sent Scott Laughton to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. That likely means penalty-kill specialist Boyd Gordon (back), who is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve, will be activated.
Leier, 22, has been playing well with the Phantoms, posting six goals and 14 assists in 22 games (see Future Flyers Report). This is Leier's second stint of the season with the Flyers, albeit his first was short — one game on Oct. 25 in which he was a healthy scratch. He made his NHL debut last season and played six games.
Laughton was a healthy scratch the past five games.
If for some reason Gordon is not activated, the Flyers can call up another forward from Lehigh Valley. Jordan Weal is tied for second in the AHL with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, while veteran winger Colin McDonald is an experienced, bottom-six option.
A popular food vendor at Citizens Bank Park who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired.
Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after "publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."
Youcis, aka "Pistachio Girl," tweeted Monday that she was let go last week.
Youcis was involved in a tussle last month outside the conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group. Youcis tried to interview protesters, asking questions like: "Do you hate white people?" A protester spray-painted Youcis' hair and a photographer was bloodied. Some protesters were taken into police custody.
The conference drew headlines after some attendees evoked Adolf Hitler's Third Reich with cries of "Heil Trump" and use of the Nazi salute.
CSNPhilly.com added to this report.