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The Reading Phillies name change to the Reading Fightin Phils was greeted with mixed results. But one thing nobody can argue with is the fact that real live ostriches are awesome. And they're going to have a pair at the stadium if you go check out a Fightins game this summer.
Here's what the Fightins website has to say about the birds:
Fans can now experience and learn about farming and these unique
animals from Africa just by attending a Fightin Phils game," said
Fightin Phils General Manager Scott Hunsicker. "We hope that families
can fall in love with both farming and baseball from the allure of these
Honoring the newfound struthious logo of the Fightin Phils, the
ostriches will celebrate Berks County's long-lasting farming connection
like no other minor league team has ever done.
They're both females. So let's hope the crazy hot dog vendor guy doesn't get too close to them when they're in heat.
Fans can submit names for the new duo. I suggest naming at least one of them "Enrico."
>>Area's Farming Heritage to be Celebrated by Live Ostriches
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.