Lieber and Pedro Duel

Lieber and Pedro Duel

Lieber and Pedro both pitched extremely well, but it was the bullpen for the Phil's which cost them the game.  BS&S hit the nail on the head when discussing a move Manuel made to pinch hit for Lieber in the top of the 7th which pretty much backfired.  Terry Adams came in and did nothing but give the Mets a 3 run lead.  I turned it off as soon as Beltran hit a bomb to right.  He is on my fantasy team, and it figures he starts producing when I don't want him to.

Jose Offerman is now batting a whopping .158 for the season.  In happier thoughts, Chase Utley continued to show he can be an everyday player.  Chase went 2-3 and scored the only run for the Phils on a heady base running move.  Now if only we could get him in the lineup everyday, my fantasy team would be happy.

Link: Balls, Sticks, & Stuff: Second-Guessing Manuel.

During the top of the seventh inning, the Phillies had a little rally going, managing to score their only run (due to some aggressive base-running by Chase Utley, who was on third-base, on a ball that was hit weakly to the third-baseman...Utley took off for home when the fielder threw to first-base).  However, with two outs and a runner on second, Charlie Manuel elected to pinch-hit for Jon Lieber in an attempt to break the 1-1 tie.  Jose Offerman, the pinch-hitter failed to drive the run in, and Terry Adams was brought in to face the Mets in the bottom of the inning.

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
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. Aaron Nola, P