As our friend Gonzo wrote yesterday, things down at Citizens Bank Park feel a bit like the days of old... only a little different. So with playoffs out of the picture, we've got to look for other small pleasures, like 90s retro night and... Spacehog.
Yes, it's 1990s retro night at the ball yard and the Phillies will be rocking the throwback unis during the game and fans will be treated to a Spacehog performance pregame.
It's gonna get weird. Vance Worley takes on Bronson Arroyo. No Kevin Frandsen tonight, sadly. Polly is back in the lineup at third.
7:05 lineup per usual.
Here's a list of some of the special happenings at CBP tonight, per the Phillies:
PHILLIES 1990’S RETRO NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
Utley51639 4 x 6§ Retro Uniforms:
Both the Phillies and the Reds will be wearing 1991-era uniforms, the final season the Phils wore burgundy pinstripes.
‘90s Reunion Party in Ashburn Alley, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Special celebrity look-alikes and characters from 1990’s TV and movies.
Phanavision Player Headshots:
Phillies players will be featured as TV & movie characters from the 1990’s.
Plenty of 1990’s entertainment:
Tommy Greene, author of a 1991 no-hitter and member of the 1993 NL Champions, will throw the ceremonial first pitch and take part in a pregame autograph session at the Phillies Authentics Shop on the Main Concourse from 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Pregame performance by Spacehog
Phanatic Spice will join the Spice Girls for their second reunion of the summer!
Return of the Wolf Pack!
Pregame reunion of popular radio personalities from ‘90s stations 103.9 WDRE and Y100 at McFadden’s from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Special ‘90s version of Citizens Bank Phan Trivia Challenge
Plus, plenty of in-game treatment from 1990’s music, movie clips, TV, trivia and more!
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.
The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.
In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.
Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.
Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.
- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.
Updated - 5:55 p.m.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.
The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.
Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).
In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”