Dom Browns Big Break? No Timetable for Delmon Young to Play

Dom Browns Big Break? No Timetable for Delmon Young to Play

When the Phillies acquired Delmon Young, Ruben Amaro Jr. all
but grabbed the lineup card out of Charlie Manuel’s hand and wrote the 2012
ALCS MVP’s name in at right field himself. Domonic Brown may still have
something to say about that though, especially while Young isn’t even able to
get on the field.

Reports from spring training on Friday say Young, who
underwent microfracture surgery on his ankle in the offseason, has yet to be cleared
to play by doctors.
And when might the troubled-yet-talented righthander become
available? Maybe not even in time for opening day.

"The ankle is feeling good but
I'm not a doctor," Young said. "So when the doctor tells me when
everything will be ready, I'll be out there. I'm not going to put any date on

While Young is taking cuts in the cage and presumably does
whatever it takes to keep his weight down, Brown should be putting in some
serious work in right field. If the 25 year old impresses, he could finally
seize a job in the Phillies’ outfield, especially if Young’s absence becomes

Not much of a competition when only one player is competing.

It’s not a given Young will miss that much action, but
obviously the person with the most to gain from this is Dom Brown, who tells
reporters he would prefer to either sink or swim. Honestly, that
might be all he needs – an opportunity to go out and play every day. Looks like
he might get that chance for now at least.

We’re definitely rooting for Brown, who has already
experienced some of the highs and lows of playing in Philadelphia during his
short career. That said, Young's bat can help the Phillies if he’s healthy and in
shape, so we hope this situation doesn’t last very long.

>> Phillies Delmon Young offers no timetable for

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Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry of how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 - the last previous time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a massive one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.