Late Night Game Chat: Heavy B in L.A. Plus Three Great Phillies Links

Late Night Game Chat: Heavy B in L.A. Plus Three Great Phillies Links

Before we get to tonight's late start in Los Angeles, three Phillies links worth your time.

1.) Todd Zolecki thinks the only way Cole Hamels signs with Philadelphia prior to the trade deadline is if Ruben Amaro Jr. blows him away. Zo doesn't see that happening, and if it doesn't, he believes the Phillies should trade Hamels. So basically Zo thinks Hamels will get traded baring a blow-away offer from the Phils. Sad face.

A quick aside, Hamels has been credited with 28% of the Phillies' wins this season (11 of 39), the highest such percentage in the majors, per Elias.

2.) Charlie Manuel talks to Sirius (Siri) on his iPhone. Must read from Yahoo!'s Dave Brown.

3.) Charlie Manuel addresses the team to talk about Breaking Bad's Season 5 premier (spoilers) in which Shane Victorino gets a machine gun. Must read from Zoo with Roy's Alan Sepinpenguin.

Now, on to tonight's action in which Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) takes on Dodger right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21).

Coming off a series win to kick off the second half, the Phillies still find themselves 11 games out of the Wild Card. Still plenty of baseball to be played, but expectations aren't really the playoffs any longer. Just try to win some series here.

In his last outing before the break, Heavy B was roughed up against the Braves to the tune of 5 earned on 9 hits over 6.1 in a loss. He has had good control, leading the legue in BB/9.0 IP at 1.31 and SO/BB ratio at 5.94, but he continues to give up the long ball at a damaging clip.

Roy Halladay will return from the DL and is scheduled to start on Tuesday night.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley return to the linup this evening. Howard has not been sharp since returning from an extended rehab and is hitless since the ASG and is in a current 0-13 streak.

10:10 start from the West Coast.

The full lineup:

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).