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.

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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
season.

>> Phillies place Lee on DL with oblique strain

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.