Bucs at Phils: Lefty On Lefty in the Cold

Bucs at Phils: Lefty On Lefty in the Cold

The offense did knock the cover off the ball but you have to look at the Phillies coming away with a win in Jonathan Pettibone's MLB debut as a positive for Charlie Manuel's club. Now they look to build off that victory by handing their ball to their ace, Cole Hamels.

[Before we get to the game, how about Chuck manning first base during BP this afternoon as seen in the photo above? Reminds me of a story I wrote about him throwing BP to Pat Burrell back in the day. Which I couldn't find a link to. Anyone?]

Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.4) is still looking for his first victory of the season and will take on fellow left-hander Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17) for the Buccos. Let's hope Cole doesn't go on a Cliff Lee-like run last season and have to start checking off the win-less months.

Cole has been much improved over his last two starts, allowing just 4 earned runs -- after a miserable 13 earned runs in his first two starts of 2013. The Phils have gone 0-4 over those four starts. Friendly game note we may have just jinxed: the Phillies have NEVER lost 5 consecutive starts made by Colbert Hamels.

Hamels will not have the support of one Chase Utley in the lineup this evening -- although Chase did just fine when he was used as a pinch hitter last week. Freddy Galvis gets the start at second as Utley gets a regular-old rest day. The team is in the midst of a 17-games-in-17-days run. So rest now seems logical.

Chooch Cometh

Carlos Ruiz will begin a rehab assignment tonight in Clearwater and will appear in Reading this weekend. He'll be eligible to return to the Phillies this Sunday, April 28th when the take on the Mets in New York.

7:05 pitch per usual. Hope you brought your winter coat because it's cold as _____.

Tonight's Lineup: Rollins, Galvis, Young, Howard, Mayberry, Brown, Revere, Kratz, Colbert

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.