Day Game: Cliff Lee Looks to Salvage Another Split

Day Game: Cliff Lee Looks to Salvage Another Split

As fans, it seems as though we've all come to expect something around the level of mediocrity from the current iteration of the Philadelphia Phillies. That's fine. It's still fun at times to cheer on a team that you know isn't a playoff favorite. There's still a chance and all that.

But what still really pisses you off is when fundamentals get thrown out the window. When a guy makes a boneheaded decision to attempt to stretch a single into a double or gets thrown out at home. Base running blunders are seemingly among the most infuriating. These people have been playing baseball for their entire lives. They should have this stuff down by now.

That's why Wednesday night was so damn annoying to watch. Not because the offense failed to rally late or because the bullpen couldn't hold on -- those things are part of the game, they happen sometimes, even on good teams. But mental mistakes and dumb plays that a professional baseball player should make nine times out of ten, those things are what really make you want to change the channel.

Thankfully, I guess, they're back at it today at 1:05 with Cliff Lee on the hill. If there's a guy who can show up on your TV and make you feel pretty good about baseball two hours later, it's Cliff. He'll face James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) for the Buccos.

The major note this afternoon is that Ben Revere mercifully gets a rest. Michael Young gets a breather as well after his hitting streak came to an end.

1. Rollins
2. Frandsen
3. Utley
4. Howard
5. Nix
6. Brown
7. Carrera
8. Kratz
9. Lee

Let's not ruin a perfectly nice day, whatdya say, Phils?

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.