Delmon Young a Five-Tool Player in Phillies Win

Delmon Young a Five-Tool Player in Phillies Win

Two days ago people were calling for an end to the Delmon Young experiment, or at least for Charlie to sit the guy down for a few days anyway. Now all of a sudden he’s a five-tool player, hitting bombs, tearing up the base paths, and patrolling the outfield.

Young was a big reason why the Phillies were able to salvage two of three in Miami this week. One day after going 2-for-4 with a couple of runs batted in, he followed that performance by making his impact felt in every phase of the game on Wednesday in a 3-0 victory.

The right fielder got the offense started by crushing (no exaggeration) his second home run in as many days in the fourth inning, this solo shot going to nearly the exact same place as the one before, about 400 feet away to left center. Maybe Delmon actually likes that tacky contraption the Marlins have out there.

[ Watch Delmon Young kill a baseball ]

Young scored another run after reaching first on a two-out infield single in the sixth, nubbing the ball past Wade LeBlanc as he dived off the mound, leaving no play for second baseman Derrick Dietrich. The next batter was Domonic Brown who crushed a triple to deep center to bring him home. Freddy Galvis then singled for a little insurance.

Not that the Phillies needed it, because Delmon had it going on in the outfield as well. Half a frame earlier he was showing off that cannon attached to his right arm, gunning down Chris Coghlan from a foot or two in front of the warning track in right field as the runner attempted to tag from first. Great leather by J-Roll. Not. Even. Close.

[ Watch the Delmon Young Hose Report ]

Oh, and that Cliff Lee guy pitched sort of magnificently, too. Lee picked up his first complete-game shutout since recording six in 2011, surrendering three hits and striking out five as he increased his record to 5-2 while his ERA dropped to 2.48.

Back to Young, he has a long way to go before he wins over a lot of fans, but his power was on full display these last two days. He swatted a few that would have been in the seats at most ballparks, and if this is any kind of sign that the right-hander is finding his stroke, that might help the club survive the recent rash of injuries.

The Fightins may have hit a bump in the road with their embarrassing loss on Monday – not to mention a bunch of other places along the way – they did manage to salvage two of three in Miami with back-to-back wins. And it may not always look pretty, but the Phils have now won seven of the last 10 games as well.

For the first time in nine tries since falling below .500 on April 15, the Phillies are within one game of climbing back to even. The Nationals are also just one game ahead in the standings, as the teams prepare to meet for the first time this year on Friday.

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The NFL shortened overtime to 10 minutes and people want to make sure Donovan McNabb knows

The NFL shortened overtime to 10 minutes and people want to make sure Donovan McNabb knows

First reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL owners have voted today to shorten overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes as a move to reduce playing time to aid in player safety.

People on Twitter wanted to make sure Donovan McNabb knows about the change.


Although nearly nine years have passed since the Eagles and Bengals played to a 13-13 tie, it seems the former Eagles' QB still hasn't lived down the fact that he didn't know that could happen in the NFL.

"I've never been a part of a tie," McNabb said after the game ended. "I never even knew that was in the rule book."

McNabb wasn't alone, as several other of his teammates, including DeSean Jackson and Correll Buckhalter also did not know the game could end in a tie.

Now, more games will likely end in a tie and fans probably won't ever let McNabb forget it.

NFL to allow group celebrations, use of football as prop

NFL to allow group celebrations, use of football as prop

CHICAGO -- The NFL wants to put some flair back into touchdown celebrations, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground again if they choose.

In an email from Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to fans in an effort to deliver "a more exciting game experience," the commissioner said the new guidelines came after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.

The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.

"Players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves," Goodell wrote.

That freedom had been stripped in many cases, with fans and media criticizing the NFL as being the "No Fun League." A 15-yard penalty often was the price paid for excessiveness.

Goodell's email also mentioned how the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. To go with that, he said the league knows "that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown."