Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Lunchtime Extras: Eagles and Phillies Edition

Cool A Phillie A Day feature on this blog, featuring anecdotes and tales of their greatness, and some artwork. Today is a two-for-one, with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco sharing the spotlight, though I'm not sure Utley should ever share the spotlight with anybody. [Alright, I'll Write]

An Eagles trade rumor has legs. The Browns will be discussing a possible deal with the Birds possibly up until the draft, when they'll agree to send a mid-round pick in exchange for... Chris Gocong? Well, that's boring. [National Football Post]

Another way to gauge how impressive the Phillies are defensively: last year they led the league in fewest unearned runs allowed with 36. By comparison, the Nats frequently shot themselves in the foot, allowing a whopping 86. The Nats... ha ha ha. [Sports Illustrated]

As we attempt to track and decipher the never-ending stream of McNabb-to-Team X rumors, there's another piece of the puzzle worth figuring out: who these mysterious sources are. "Sources close to the situation..." what is that? Wait a second, this has become a situation?! [Iggles Blog]

Will 2011 be the final season Jimmy Rollins is in a Phillies uniform? He'll be faced with the difficult decision to choose staying in the place he played his entire career and attempt to continue winning championships, or going wherever the most money is offered. Professional athletes are mercenaries, and this one likely won't be any different. [The Fightins]

Donovan McNabb would like to play for the Cardinals. Some day. Supposedly. According to sources "close to McNabb." The Cardinals would like to get some use out of former first round pick Matt Leinart. This season. Probably. According to me. [Yahoo! Sports]

The Phillies bullpen will have some new faces, but even the guys that have been there awhile will find their roles are not necessarily the same anymore. The comparison to the 2006 team does not do much to instill confidence in the current setup. [Beerleaguer]

The McNabb trade rumors have spawned a rash of articles that claim he is and generally always has been mistreated. They generally point to his being booed on draft day, his lack of weapons in the early part of his career, the Rush Limbaugh incident, and of course, the fact that he's now on the trading block. Did I miss anything? It's tired. We all know how these stories read as soon as we see the headline, but it's simply business as usual in the NFL. All I can say is I'm glad somebody put it out there. [On The DL]

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.