Welcome to Atlanta, Where Cliff Lee Pitches

Welcome to Atlanta, Where Cliff Lee Pitches

With the Astros and Mets in their rear-view, the Phillies will kick off a three-game set in Atlanta this weekend against the team many believe to be the biggest competition for the Fightins on their quest for a fifth straight NL East crown.

The Braves added some pop this offseason in the form of slugging second baseman Dan Uggla, which many believe gives their lineup a slight edge over the Utley-less Phillies.

Atlanta may have added Uggla, but the Phillies added Clifton Phifer Lee, who will make his second start of the season tonight. Advantage: Philadelphia.

Atlanta is off to a 3-4 start and is already looking up at the Phillies after only two series into the 2011 campaign. They've also struggled a bit against lefties in the early goings:

Atlanta is batting an anemic .193 (11-for-57) with 11 strikeouts and  just one extra-base hit against lefties. So the prospect of facing Lee  -- who was utterly dominant in his first start of the season -- and  Hamels is a challenging one this weekend.

The Phils will go with their same lineup, with Benny batting fifth and Raul hitting sixth. They'll go up against Tim Hudson (1-0, 1.29).

It will be the first of what could turn into a nice little rivalry this season. The Phils know not to overlook the Braves this seaosn.

"You always have to watch out for Atlanta," Ryan Howard said after Thursday's game. "Uggla's no stranger to us, what he's capable of doing. It should be a pretty good series. We gotta go down there ready to play".

7:35 start from Atlanta. Never too early to start working on that divition lead.

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In an interesting aside to this evening's game, the Braves will unveil a wild card banner at Turner Field, as the team that beat them for the division in 2010 sits across the diamond in the other dugout.

Here's a pop quiz for you: can you name the manager of the Atlanta  Braves? Weird not having Bobby Cox around, isn't it? The answer is  former Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez.

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Cliff Lee high school photo via, photoshopped by @dhm

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract. 

Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.  

In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015. 

Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016. 

In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries. 

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]