A hot stove anecdote from MLB.com:
Talk circulated earlier in the day that the teams were closing on a
trade that would have included Phillies veteran starter Jon Lieber and
Brewers outfielders Kevin Mench or Geoff Jenkins and possibly relievers
Derrick Turnbow or Jose Capellan.
It just so happens that Kevin Mench is a native of Delaware and an Eagles season ticket holder. The picture above is from SI.com's photo gallery of players with tattoos. A much larger version of the photo here.
Phillies.com speculates on more possible moves:
First, the Phils would trade center fielder Aaron Rowand back to the
White Sox with right-handers Ryan Madson or Gavin Floyd for righty
Freddy Garcia, lefty Mark Buehrle or righty Javier Vazquez. Even a
separate White Sox-rumored acquisition of righty Ervin Santana and
third baseman Chone Figgins (for Garcia and third baseman Joe Crede)
would still leave the White Sox with excess to trade.
Secondly, having landed a pitcher, the Phillies would ship righty Jon
Lieber to the Brewers for some combination of outfielders Kevin Mench
and Geoff Jenkins and right-handed relievers Jose Capellan and Derrick
I have faith that Gillick can bolster our pen and perhaps even our starting rotation before the meetings end. Get us excited Pat.
>>Brewers turn attention to trade market [MLB]
>>Phils have a few deals in the works [Phillies.com]
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P