Quotestart: Bowa Bullish, Roseman's Proposal, MLS Proud of Philly, Collins on Yoga, Lavvy on Shootout

Quotestart: Bowa Bullish, Roseman's Proposal, MLS Proud of Philly, Collins on Yoga, Lavvy on Shootout

The morning's news in key quotations…

Phillies
Former
manager/player Larry Bowa: "I'd be shocked if they don't get to the
World Series," the former Phillies shortstop and manager and current MLB
Network analyst said Tuesday. "I just think their pitching is too good.
They've got a good lineup. They've helped their bench. I think it might
be a better team than it was last year." [Reading Eagle]

Eagles
GM Howie Roseman: “I don’t like to talk about, ‘What ifs,’
” Roseman said Tuesday. “We were 8-8, and we have work to do. We’ve got
to look at everything we’re doing and make sure we evaluate it honestly
and learn from our mistakes. We’ll study everything around the league,
the way everybody else does things, and we’ll get better.

“I’m not going to sit here in a bubble and say, ‘We’re so great.’
When we look back, there are things we wish we had done better. I can
get better, we all can get better.” [CSNPhilly


Union
Manager Peter Nowak on Sebastien Le Toux likely leaving for
Bolton: “I think for every player, regardless of their age, if an
opportunity like that presents itself, then you've got to grab it by the
horns,” Nowak said. “We’ll see what happens next but that’s the story
right now.” And, CEO Nick Sakiewicz: “If we can give a player an
opportunity like this and capitalize from it and reinvest that money
into the team to get better, we’ll do that.” [PhiladelphiaUnion]

Yesterday also saw the announcement that the 2012 MLS All-Star Game
will be hosted by the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester. There's
a lot online about that, but I liked this quote in particular from
league commish Don Garber: "We have broken through in Philadelphia...
Frankly, it's worked a little better here than we thought it would
have." [The Goalkeeper]

Sixers
Head coach Doug Colins on the team's new training element
to stay limber in a rapid-paced season: “We have erred on the side of
rest, just trying to keep our guys as mentally fresh as possible,”
Collins said. “As a result we have had a lot of slippage in what we
would like to do offensively, but I think we have the better chance to
win, rather than come in and try to practice for 40 minutes we are
better off letting our guys come in and relax and get a nice session of
yoga while being together.” [CSNPhilly.com]

Flyers
Lavvy on what the Flyers are doing to get better at the shootout:

Get Ya on Yer Way

Today's lineup: Phillies try to salvage game against struggling Anibal Sanchez

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Today's lineup: Phillies try to salvage game against struggling Anibal Sanchez

Justin Verlander mowed down the Phillies last night in a 3-1 Tigers victory, but the Phils have a chance to strike back this afternoon against a struggling pitcher who hasn't had much career success against them.

Anibal Sanchez will take the hill for the Tigers and oppose Aaron Nola in today's series finale (1:10 p.m. on CSN). To say Sanchez hasn't had a great start to his season would be an understatement. He's 3-5 with a 6.32 ERA and opponents are batting .270 against him.

In his career against the Phillies, Sanchez is just 4-8 with a 4.94 ERA. Granted, most of those numbers came in the early part of his career with the Florida Marlins, when he regularly faced powerful Phillies lineups. As one might expect, Ryan Howard, who is again in the lineup today as the designated hitter and batting fifth, has seen Sanchez plenty of times. His 42 at-bats against Sanchez are tied for third-most against the 32-year-old righty. Howard's done OK against Sanchez — 9 for 31 (.290 average) with two homers and four RBI. Maybe some familiarity will finally lead to a breakout game for Howard. But, if his massive slump is any indication, maybe not.

For as poor as Sanchez's start to the season has been, Aaron Nola's first six weeks of 2016 have been at the other end of the spectrum.

Today's Phillies starter is 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA. But he's been better than those numbers show.

His .900 WHIP is third in the NL, as is his 5.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 6.45 hits allowed per nine innings is fourth in the NL, as is his 1.65 walks per nine innings. His 64 strikeouts rank eighth in the NL. Imagine if he got more than the 2.89 runs of support he's been getting in his starts.

As for the rest of the Phillies' lineup today, the only changes see Andres Blanco getting the start for Cesar Hernandez, batting seventh and Cameron Rupp behind the plate, batting sixth.

Phillies
1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Maikel Franco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Ryan Howard DH
6. Cameron Rupp C
7. Andres Blanco 2B
8. Tyler Goeddell LF
9. Peter Bourjos 1B

Tigers
1. Cameron Maybin CF
2. J.D. Martinez RF
3. Miguel Cabrera DH
4. Victor Martinez 1B
5. Nick Castellanos 3B
6. Steven Moya LF
7. James McCann C
8. Mike Aviles 2B
9. Jose Iglesias SS

Watch: Miguel Cabrera gives Jeremy Hellickson thumbs up for fooling him on nasty pitch

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Watch: Miguel Cabrera gives Jeremy Hellickson thumbs up for fooling him on nasty pitch

The Phillies once again couldn't find much offense and fell to the Tigers in Detroit last night by a final of 3-1.

But at least the pitching showed something.

There was a fun moment between Jeremy Hellickson and Miguel Cabrera after Hellickson threw quite a nice pitch that fooled Miggy.

Here's how Jim Salisbury described the fun battle:

Hellickson served up a down-the-middle fastball to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning and Cabrera swatted it for an RBI double. He has four RBIs in the first two games against the Phillies.
 
In the third inning, Hellickson struck Cabrera out on a nasty changeup for the third out. The pitch was so good that Cabrera flashed Hellickson a thumbs-up before spiking his helmet to the ground.
 
Hellickson’s changeup has been very good lately.
 
“I really feel comfortable with it right now and I’m throwing it for a lot of strikes,” he said.

And here's the thumbs up:

Eagles 2016 training camp schedule features 2 open practices

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Eagles 2016 training camp schedule features 2 open practices

Eagles rookies, quarterbacks, and select veterans will report to training camp on Monday, July 25. 

The rest of the veterans will report on July 27, with the first full-team practice of training camp taking place on Thursday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m., the team announced Wednesday. 

The majority of training camp practices this summer under Doug Pederson will take place at the NovaCare Complex, beginning at 8:15 a.m., which is earlier than the team practiced during camp under former head coach Chip Kelly. The early practices hark back to training camps under Andy Reid at Lehigh, although now the team will have its walkthroughs in the afternoon. 

The Eagles will have two practices open to fans at Lincoln Financial Field: Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Both open practices are free and don't require tickets. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Eagles will have several off days throughout camp: Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 12. And camp ends on Aug. 16, with the preseason opener vs. the Tampa Bay Bucs in the middle, on Aug. 11.