Video: James van Riemsdyk Hits Home Run at Citizens Bank Park

Video: James van Riemsdyk Hits Home Run at Citizens Bank Park

A group of Flyers came over to Citizens Bank Park after their morning skate around to take batting practice before Monday's Phillies-Cardinals series finale.

James van Riemsdyk, who we've seen play soccer with the Philadelphia Union, stole the show from his teammates this afternoon, crushing a couple of balls to the warning track before finally hitting a home run over the left field wall.

"He's a complete player, eh?" teammate Claude Giroux said of JVR's power.

If van Riemsdyk was the Ryan Howard of the Flyers' bunch, Giroux was the Shane Victorino, spraying base hits all across the field. Both played baseball a little growing up, but never at any high level.

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Two Phillies players who came out to watch the Flyers take some hacks were Pete Orr and Brian Schneider, both with Canadian connections.

"I want to do a skate around with them," Orr said.

A native of Toronto, Orr said he still plays hockey on Saturdays in the winter. "Our first game is October 14th. I don't think I'm going to make it."

Shane Victorino briefly stuck his head out of the dugout to talk some smack to the orange and black.  We'd tell you what he said exactly, but it was an inaudible string of words from where I was standing.

Scott Hartnell was having none of it.

"Stick around and watch. Take notes," Hartnell said. "The Flyin' Hawaiin doesn't skate or what?"

Hartnell wasn't all that successful at the plate, chirping that he needed a right-handed pitcher, but he did cover a whole lot of ground fielding flyballs out in right center.

And yes, Harts hit the grass on numerous occasions.

"Good thing he's not wearing white shorts," Giroux joked of Hartnell.

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Other Flyers who took some hacks included Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Jody Shelley, and Max Talbot.

Photos and video by The700Level.com

Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshman Ryan Daly scored 27 points and Delaware avenged its worst loss of the season, upsetting Northeastern 69-62 on Thursday night for the Blue Hens' first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season.

Cazmon Hayes added 13 points and Eric Carter 11 for Delaware (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a six-game losing streak that had included a 36-point loss, 90-54, to the Huskies on Jan. 5.

T.J. Williams scored 28 points, the only Huskies player to reach double figures. Northeastern (12-7, 5-2) lost its second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Three-pointers by Devonne Pinkard and Daly gave Delaware the lead for good at 46-41 with 11 minutes left. A 14-2 run with eight points each from Carter and Daly made it a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.

Delaware made 17 of 22 free throws to 7 of 14 for Northeastern.

Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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ELON, N.C. -- Tyler Seibring scored a career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Steven Santa Ana added 22 points and Elon beat Drexel 93-73 on Thursday night.

Seibring scored 20-plus for the third time this season, hitting 4 of 6 from distance, and Elon led from start to finish. It was Santa Ana's sixth career 20-plus game in just his sophomore season.

The Phoenix hit double-digit 3-pointers (10) for the 10th time this season.

Dainan Swoope scored 16 points, Brian Dawkins 13 and Dmitri Thompson 12 for Elon (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which hit 25 of 28 free-throw attempts -- including 17 of 18 in the second half.

Elon scored the first nine points of the game and had a 10-point lead at halftime.

Kurk Lee and John Moran each scored 15 points for Drexel (7-12, 1-5). Miles Overton added 13 points and Sammy Mojica 10.