Video: Darin Ruf Hits Walk-off Home Run, Walks Off to IronPigs

Video: Darin Ruf Hits Walk-off Home Run, Walks Off to IronPigs

26-year-old Darin Ruf’s spring got off to a slow start, but
the slugger was starting to come around. He was batting .130 as of March 4, but
had since increased his average to .246 in the 11 games since. His slugging
percentage rose from .174 to .456 over the same span.

What’s more, Ruf was enjoying a great deal of success
against the Phillies’ upcoming opening day opponent, the Atlanta Braves. On
Friday he went 2-for-4 versus the Bravos, including smashing the game-winning
home run to give the Phils a 7-6 victory. In three tilts with the NL East
rivals, Ruf was 6-for-10 with five runs and three RBIs.

But when the Phils open their season in Atlanta on April 1,
Ruf will not be in the dugout. Shortly after jacking his second bomb of the
spring, the 2012 Eastern League MVP learned he was being optioned to Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley.

The move doesn’t come as a total shock. Besides Ruf’s early
struggles at the plate, the converted first baseman has had a hellacious
experience in left field.
Not only that, but he’s caught up in a numbers game
on the roster, with Delmon Young working his way back from offseason surgery,
and Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte showing some promise. Plus, Laynce Nix is still in the picture, along with Ben Revere, John
Mayberry, and of course Dom Brown who's had an amazing spring.

Meanwhile, Ruf skipped Lehigh Valley entirely after breaking
the club’s minor league record for home runs in a season with 38. A few more ABs
and some refined defensive play probably couldn’t hurt.

Chances are he’ll be back in the show before you know it.
Still, a lot of people were hoping if not anticipating Ruf making the team out
of camp this year. It was not to be, but I suppose there’s no need to be
impatient – that is at least until you see this shot:

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Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.

The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.

The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.

It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.

While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.

This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.

The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.

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Watch: Joel Embiid can't get over how much he trusts the process

Watch: Joel Embiid can't get over how much he trusts the process

Joel Embiid really trusts the process. 

And he'll tell you as much over and over.

In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.

By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.

And he does. Trust the process.