Dan Carcillo gives Flyers fans the metaphorical finger in 4-1 Rangers win

Dan Carcillo gives Flyers fans the metaphorical finger in 4-1 Rangers win

One upset Flyers fan gave Dan Carcillo the middle finger and Carbombs didn't have to say a word.

That's the kind of night it was in South Philadelphia on Tuesday as the Flyers fell behind early and never really found a way to battle back. The Rangers looked like they'd been studying up on Dikembe Mutombo Geico commercials.

Philly's best chance to get back into it came with about ten minutes left in the third when the orange and black found themselves on a power play when Dan Carcillo got called for hooking at 11:24. It was a rather rinky-dink call and Carbombs was clearly upset at the zebras, rightly so.

His anger quickly turned to absolute elation as he found himself breaking towards Ray Emery upon exiting the penalty box with an outlet pass from Brian Boyle that Carcillo simply redirected pass the Flyers netminder.

The post-goal interaction between Carcillo and aforementioned Flyers fan said it all. Sadly.

4-1 Rangers and Emery got pulled for Steve Mason who was apparently healthy enough to play but not start.

The Flyers trail in the series 2-1.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.