Game Chat: Blanton Goes For Series Win, Lee to DL

Game Chat: Blanton Goes For Series Win, Lee to DL

All good things must come to an end. The Padres snapped Philadelphia's 13-game winning streak at Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday night, a run that dated all the way back to 2008 -- ah, those were the days.

Roy Halladay wasn't his sharpest in his first loss of the season, but despite experiencing some control issues early, Doc held the Pads to two runs over seven innings. Naturally the Phillies bullpen and offense hung their ace out to dry. Michael Stutes was tagged for three runs in the eighth, while the Fightins couldn't get anything going at the plate until the ninth -- far too little, too late, falling 5-1.

It's a new day though, and the Phils can still capture their second series victory of the season. Joe Blanton takes the ball against San Diego's Anthony Bass.

Blanton (1-2, 4.26) is 1-1 as a starter this season, looking fantastic against the Marlins 10 days ago (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), but more recently faltering in San Francisco (5 IP, 11 H, 4 ER).

The 4-12 Padres would seem like a good team to rebound against. Heavy B is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts at Petco. However, centerfielder Cameron Maybin has had success against the big righthander. Maybin is 7-for-16 with three extra base hits off Blanton.

San Diego's Bass (0-2, 3.38) is still relatively green, particularly as a starter. A 6-2, 190-lbs. righty in his second big league season, Bass has five career starts, two this year. He's 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 2012, and has yet to last deeper than five innings.

The Phillies have seen Bass once, a relief appearance last July. He allowed a hit and struck out one in 0.2 innings.


MEANWHILE, we'll have to wait for Cliff Lee's encore. Coming off his historic 10-inning performance against the Giants, the Phils have added Lee to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.

Ruben Amaro told reporters the injury actually occurred in the 10th inning, but is optimistic Lee won't miss much time.

“He was sore the next day. It has improved each day, but we're being very cautious with this. There's no reason for him to completely blow it out. It's an injury that if he really pulls it, we could lose him for a long time. We'll be cautious with him, shut him down, and get him right. Hopefully he only misses a couple of starts.”

While the Phillies truly need all hands on deck at this point,
it's moments like these we are grateful to have Kyle Kendrick, who will
fill in Lee's spot. Kendrick was 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 15 starts last

>> Phillies place Lee on DL with oblique strain

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).