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Doc vs. Rock: Halladay and Hudson Bring Another Possible Pitchers Duel

Doc vs. Rock: Halladay and Hudson Bring Another Possible Pitchers Duel

So, yesterday's outing was pretty frustrating, with Joe Blanton giving up homers to the first two batters he faced and the Phillies getting no-everything'd through five innings. Joey B settled down after the first, but the Phils wilted under the weight of a brilliant Jair Jurrjens start. A late-inning comeback attempt fell short while the Braves expanded their lead as the middle relief trio of JC Romero, Kyle Kendrick, and Danys Baez combined to walk four batters and give up four hits in just two total innings. And to top it off Starks got ejected Shane Victorino got nicked up.

The good news is we have a doctor in the house today, with Roy Halladay set to face Tim Hudson in the rubber match.

Hudson's having a solid season so far, including a win over the Phillies in early April. The Fightins hung eight hits on him, but only three runs. Hudson is coming off of a loss to the Nationals, but his previous start was a complete game shutout of the Brewers.

Not long after the bottom of the lineup got Carlos Ruiz back, the top of the lineup will be without Victorino for a bit, although he's not expected to go on the DL. Michael Martinez will replace him in the lineup, with John Mayberry Jr. getting the start in right field and batting seventh, per Ryan Lawrence.  

With both staffs boasting some serious pitching, the season series should be pretty interesting and tough to predict. The Phillies' rivalry with the Braves is based on more than regional hate, and we're in a pretty good chapter of it.

It's also the MLB's Civil Rights Game. Not exactly sure why the teams wore their Negro League throwbacks yesterday and will wear modified 1974 throwbacks today, but that is the case. If anyone knows, feel free to let us know in the comments. Both sets of unis look pretty sweet, so no complaints here. Love the ol' powder blues...

I've recovered just enough from an afternoon and evening spent drinking away the Phillies' and Union's inept offensive efforts (thanks, Troegs Flying Mouflan!) to ya know, start drinking and watching baseball again. Enjoy your Sunday.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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J.P. Crawford on critics: 'I'm just trying to shut them up'

J.P. Crawford on critics: 'I'm just trying to shut them up'

J.P. Crawford doesn't have anything to say.

But he is hungry to stop others from talking.

Crawford is fully aware of some national minor-league baseball experts souring on his major-league potential. Earlier this month, it happened twice. On the At the Yard podcast by CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Baseball America editor John Manuel said he no longer viewed Crawford as an "impact player." And ESPN's Keith Law wrote that he had "nothing but negative reports on him from scouts and execs."

Since then, Crawford has started to look like the Phillies' top prospect, which many deemed him as entering the 2017 season.

A little motivated by the critics?

"Yeah, definitely, the haters out there, all of us are going to read stuff on social media and what not," Crawford said Thursday on CSN's Philly Sports Talk. "I'm just trying to shut them up."

The 22-year-old shortstop prospect is doing his part, hitting .316 with four home runs, three doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs and 15 runs scored in 15 games since July 9. Dating back to May 25, Crawford has raised his batting average from .175 to .229, while walking as many times as he has struck out (33). His hot stretch through July even saw him hit an inside-the-park grand slam on Wednesday night.

"You don't really see that too often, practically ever," Crawford said. "Just to clear the bases and help my team win a game, that's always the best feeling."

A good feeling for Crawford is being comfortable in the box instead of complicating his mindset and approach, which he admitted was the result of his early funk.

"Especially when you're not doing so well, you're always thinking about something, like where your hands should be or timing, this and that, instead of just having fun out there," Crawford said.

"I was scuffling around the first couple months, and this month, just got comfortable again, try not to do too much — just be myself.

"Go out here every day and try to get better in someway — swinging-wise, defensively, I just try to get better every day and help my team win that night."

The victories are piling as the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs are 64-41 and 35-18 at Coca-Cola Park, where Crawford is slowing becoming a must-see attraction again.