Worley Schneider = Phils Win Again, Of Course

Worley Schneider = Phils Win Again, Of Course

A look at the Phils' 6-3 win over the Braves, the company Vance Worley is now keeping among Phillies pitchers, the Schneider Effect, and a reward for ticket-holders to last night's game.

"The race to 90 wins is won by the Phillies!" yelped Tom McCarthy
at the end of tonight's rain-delayed 6-3 win against the Braves. It's a
race a lot of us probably didn't even realize the Phils were competing
in all that strenuously, but one we'll gladly put in the books anyway,
as the Fightins do in fact become the first team in the majors to mark
themselves as ten away from triple digits, and are now nine-and-a-half
games up on the lowly 82-win Braves, who now need an absolute act of God
to be even slightly competitive in the NL East race down the stretch
(knock on everything).

And the man of the hour, once again, is
Vance "Called Third Strike" Worley. The Fridge won his 11th game of the
season with his six-inning, two-run performance, giving the team its
mind-boggling 14th straight win in outings when V-Man takes the hill. As
has often been the case over this incredible and unlikely streak—which
is now the longest for any rookie since the Reds' Wayne Simpson in 1970
and for any Phillie since Carlton in '72—Worley was unspectacular but
good enough, giving up seven hits and three walks, but also racking up
six strikeouts, including a couple big third outs. Stutes, Lidge and
Madson combined for just one earned run in three innings of relief, and
the Braves were kept at arm's length until Ryan's third strike on final
out Dan Uggla.

The team's 3-6 hitters were huge tonight, with
Chase opening the scoring for the Phils with his first home run since
August 21st and his tenth on the season on a long shot to right-center.
Ryan and Hunter both scored two runs, with the former picking up a big
insurance tally with a groundout in the seventh, and Raul went 3-4
with 3 RBIs over the course of the evening.

Schneider Effect
But the most important player
of the night may have been someone whose contributions won't show up in
the box score—because, technically speaking, they might not actually
exist. Brian Schneider, now officially Philly's greatest good luck charm
since Kate Smith, went 0-3 to drop his average to a desert-parched .171
for the year, but once again started in a team win—the 18th straight
game the team has won with Schneider starting behind the plate. The last
time the Phils lost with the Schneid as their starting backstop? May
friggin' 7th. Holy crap, this guy.

Up Next
Likely without either their pitching or catching rabbit's feet in the
lineup, the Phils face the Braves tomorrow night on ESPN with the chance
for the sweep. Winning the first two games of the series by a combined
score of 15-3 has been a nice little ego boost for our Fightins, and to
finish it with a third whomping of Los Bravos would be sweetness
personified. Roy Oswalt gets the start against Brandon Beachy in a
chance to put the Braves 10.5 games back, a lead so formidable they'd
barely even register as a smudge in our rearview mirror. Goood times.

Bonus Baseball: Ticket Reward
By the way, a note for our washed-out readers who didn't feel like
braving the elements in the Phils' two-plus-hour delay tonight—all fans
with tix for tonight's game may exchange them for a one of six selected
home games in the upcoming 2012 season. Pretty decent move for a team
that certainly doesn't need the good PR or juked attendance numbers.

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Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

The700Level Show's video gurus (nerds) took a trip over to Citizens Bank Park last week when the Phillies were promoting Pokemon Go lures at all of the PokeStops inside of the stadium. 

Some random quotes from the Pokemon fans, in their own words:

"There's like a million lures right now, so I might not actually sit down. I might just walk laps so I can catch like a million Pokemon."

"I'm kind of fighting the urge to walk around the stadium instead of watch the game right now."

"My egg just hatched."

"I'll be playing Pokemon Go at Wawa."

"People are like, 'get a life!'"

"I walked directly into a car, that was interesting."

"Constant loss of my dignity for being an adult and playing a children's game."

There you have it. Catch 'em all!

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NEW YORK -- The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall.

The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late in the season.

Manning retired from the NFL a month after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves "different lines of inquiry and witnesses."

Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

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Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

Seventh-round draft pick Jalen Mills was one of the standouts of the Eagles' offseason program, quickly climbing the depth chart and impressing on the field. But on the first day of training camp, the rookie cornerback stood out for a far different reason.

As you can see, Mills' hair is green.

The LSU product turned some heads and even got a few chuckles from onlookers. Don't expect that to persuade him to go back to a more conventional look anytime soon though. Mills said he got the color done about a week ago and thinks he'll stick with it.

"Just joking with one of my friends," Mills said of how the new hairdo came about. "Then the joke, I actually came through and I actually kind of like it a little bit, so I'm gonna keep it for sure."

As for Mills' teammates, well, they've got jokes too. Let's just say the green hair has inspired some new nicknames for the first-year defensive back.

"Green Goblin. The Joker. I've heard Lime Green Skittle. Starburst," Mills said, rattling off some of the nicknames going around the locker rom. "I've been getting an earful."

Of course, Mills isn't the first Eagles player or even defensive back to sport team pride by changing the color of his locks. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie showed up to training camp with a green stripe in his hair back in 2012.

Hopefully it works out better for Mills than it did DRC, who went on to have a disastrous season. Fortunately, the 22-year-old seems to have his head on straight and is not merely vying for a roster spot, but perhaps serious playing time this season.

Mills opened up the first day of training camp with rookies and selected veterans by breaking up several passes, building on a strong offseason that saw him working with the first-team defense as the nickel corner. As for how he's gone from late-round pick to in the mix so fast, Mills credits hard work, along with his coaches and teammates.

"Just being focused and being determined," said Mills. "We've got a great coaching staff helping me, great players in the defensive back room as well, just everybody being able to help me put my first step forward.

"I'm really trying to give my all for this team and it's showing through."

It's showing through quite literally at the moment.

When you finish your first #EaglesCamp practice...

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