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This is one of the times where I'd like to give myself a little pat on the back for reason No. 1 of my preseason "Reasons to get excited for the 2014 Phillies" post: "At least we get to watch Cliff Lee every fifth day."
I know, I really went out on a limb there. But it's true. Enjoy it.
Clifton Phifer Lee has certainly enjoyed pitching in Los Angeles during his career with the Phils and that trend continued on Monday night as Lee was absolutely dominant for eight innings of shutout ball. His final line: 8.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts and the Phillies 7-0 victory.
It was the first time the Phillies got their starting pitcher a win in thirteen games. The last guy to do it? Cliff Lee in Chicago.
Oh, and Cliff Lee didn't just entertain on the mound. He earned himself a hit with the bat in his hand.
And in perhaps one of the best "this guy really is awesome" moments of the season in the top of the eighth inning, Lee took some swings in the on-deck circle in the midst of retiring 18-straight Dodgers and took the time to high five a couple of young Phillies fans who had some pretty sweet seats.
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Watch Lee get his high-fives with the kids behind home plate above.
Ryan Howard continued swinging a hot bat and launched one into the L.A. night while Carlos Ruiz got his first RBIs of the season, four of them to be exact.
A.J. Burnett takes the mound on Tuesday night (late today, technically) and Cole Hamels makes his season debut on Wednesday night. Not a bad run for the Fightins' here.
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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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.