El Bastardo! Rauuuul! Magnifique!

El Bastardo! Rauuuul! Magnifique!

Pretty damn impressive Major League debut from the Dominican fireballer Antonio Bastardo last night in San Diego, eh? While most scouting reports put his fastball at 90-91 mph, the 23-year-old was consistently hitting 94-95 on the radar. Not only was he bringing the heat, but he looked composed on the mound and never let a sticky situation blow up. His six innings of four hit ball, giving up the lone Adrian Gonzalez homer while striking out five and walking only one were exactly what old Uncle Cholly and Rich Dubee were looking for. Well done, Bastardo.

The above photo was sent in by reader Kaitlin N. who was one of thousands of Phillies fans in San Diego last night. Late in the game, Petco seemingly turned into South Philly West with "Rauuuul!" and E-A-G-L-E-S chants being clearly audible on the television broadcast. An image of what happens to Philly fans in San Diego after the jump.

 

Entering the game with a big lead is as much as the kid could hope for, and Carlos Ruiz called a great game for him, relying heavily on Bastardo's monster fastball. At times, his control seemed a little erratic, but his composure won out, allowing him to walk only one batter, while hitting another.

Charlie was down right happy with Bastardo's performance.

"[Bastardo's] adrenaline was going," said manager Charlie Manuel,
unable to suppress a grin throughout his postgame news conference. "He
was on a rush, and you couldn't have slowed him down if you had to. But
he did one thing real good: He was aggressive and he wasn't afraid to
throw the ball."

Chan Ho Park came in with a bucket and mop, and he looked more apt to
using them literally rather than figuratively, giving up four ER in an
inning.

San Diego's former Cy Young winner, Jake Peavy, looked more like Chan Ho Park than Antonio Bastardo on this night.

Peavy came down with a quick-onset case of Phillies-induced flu (not to be confused with swine flu, which has possibly been found in the Mets organization). I've never seen a guy get the flu in 20 minutes, but that's how sick this lineup is. One of the best pitchers in the league, in his gigantic home park, got lit up for four runs in the first inning, then went to the nurse's office and got out of the rest of the beating that was set to come his way.

The Phillies got to the Padres pitching early and often and the usual suspect, Raul Ibanez, had quite the night on his 37th birthday with 2 HRs including a blast to dead center.

Phillies look to continue their great play this evening as they go for the sweep in San Diego and welcome back J.C. Romero.

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jaylen Brown sank a 3-pointer from the right corner while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, part of a five-point possession for Boston that lifted the Celtics to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

The Celtics were down 96-95 when Brown connected while being fouled by Marcus Morris. Brown missed the ensuing free throw, but Detroit couldn't come up with the rebound, and Tobias Harris was called for a loose-ball foul. Marcus Smart added two free throws to put Boston up 100-96.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, but he went 1 of 11 on free throws and was taken out for some key possessions toward the end to prevent Boston from fouling him.

Lakers crushed by Spurs in first home game since front office shakeup
LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Lakers 119-98 on Sunday in Los Angeles' first home game since Magic Johnson took over the franchise's basketball operations.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won four straight and nine of 11.

Pau Gasol added 15 points against his former team, and the Southwest Division leaders had little trouble with the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 15 of 19.

Five days after owner Jeanie Buss put Johnson in charge of basketball operations, the Lakers' dismal season still hasn't changed much, although new Lakers acquisitions Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis got limited playing time.

Rookie Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 22 points as the Lakers fell to 19-41, ensuring their fourth consecutive non-winning season (see full recap).

Antetokounmpo scores 28 as Bucks hold off Suns
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, Tony Snell made a clinching 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Phoenix Suns, 100-96 on Sunday.

Michael Beasley added 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 as the Bucks swept the two-game season series with the Suns. Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and Snell had 13.

TJ Warren led the Suns with 23 points. Alan Williams scored a career-high 17 points and tied his season high with 15 rebounds, while Devin Booker added 15 points and Eric Bledsoe had 11.

Clinging to a one-point lead, the Bucks came out of timeout with Monroe inbounding the ball to Antetokounmpo. He dribbled the clock down before passing to Brogdon, who whipped the ball to Snell in the corner. Snell hit a 3 with a defender flying at him.

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks.

The Kings will pair Bishop with Jonathan Quick in a remarkable veteran goaltending tandem down the stretch of the regular season. Quick returned only Saturday from a 59-game absence with a serious groin injury.

The Kings gave up Budaj, junior defenseman Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and another conditional pick. Los Angeles received Bishop and Tampa Bay's 2017 fifth-round pick.

Both teams are scrapping to get into playoff position over the next six weeks. The Kings (30-27-4) are just outside the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference, while the Lightning (27-25-8) are seven points back of a playoff spot (see full story).

Report: Wild get Martin Hanzal from Coyotes
A person with knowledge of the trade says the Minnesota Wild have acquired Czech center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Details on the return to Arizona were not immediately available.

Hanzal was considered one of the top rental players available ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.

The move signals an aggressive approach from the Wild, who lead the Central Division and Western Conference by three points over the Chicago Blackhawks.