Lil Roy vs. Dodgers, Plus Charlie's Watching Tom Gordon's Kid

Lil Roy vs. Dodgers, Plus Charlie's Watching Tom Gordon's Kid

CBP -- It's a hot one tonight in South Philly as the Phillies will try to beat the Dodgers for the second straight evening. Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) will take on young right-handed L.A. prospect Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80). Charlie Manuel's scouting report on the righty, "He's got a good fastball and he's got a curve/changeup. He throws hard and he's supposed to be a good prospect. That's what I know about him."

The other interesting note from the Dodgers lineup today is their leadoff man getting his first career start, Dee Gordon, son of former Phillie Tom Gordon. Charlie Manuel loves the super speedy 23-year old who went first-to-third last night in an amazing clip.

"I want to trade for him. I do," Manuel said. "I want him."

Utley Off Day Tomorrow?

Another guy Manuel wanted in his lineup for the majority of the first two months of the season, Chase Utley, will make his fifth straight start tonight at second base. But look for Chase to get one of those off-days tomorrow they talked about so much when Utley first returned. Charlie just can't seem to put Utley on the bench.

"More than likely stay away from Chase tomorrow," Charlie said. "There's a good chance of that."

J-Roll Could See DL

Don't look for Jimmy Rollins back in the next few days, an MRI showed a deep bone bruise. "He was doing better yesterday, hopefully he was doing better today too," Manuel said.

That was before Ruben Amaro Jr. informed us that Rollins will be reevaluated in the next 24-48 hours and could possibly land on the DL.

Oswalt Against the Dodgers

Lil Roy wasn't thrilled to be pulled from his last start early against the Nationals, but the Phillies desperately needed some offense. He'll look to continue his solid post-DL work against a Dodgers team he's fared well against -- 5-0, 1.49 ERA in 42.1 IP over his last 6 starts against the Dodgers.

The Phils Lineup this evening: Vic, Polly, Utley, Howard, Raul, Chooch, Dom, Wilson, Oswalt.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05 from CBP.

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.