Phils Dropped by AL's Worst, Clearwater Fans Prepare Utley for Return North

Phils Dropped by AL's Worst, Clearwater Fans Prepare Utley for Return North

We can't complain about the offensive output, but the song remained the same as the Phillies lost the series opener in Minnesota, 11-7. The Twins got out to an early 5-0 lead but the Fightins slugged their way to an impressive comeback that made things interesting at 5-4 in the 5th. Unfortunately, it got even more interesting in the bottom of the frame when Hunter Pence made one of the worst outfield plays ever witnessed in right, misplaying a ball bouncing just under his glove. As Phillies despondency correspondent ZooWithRoy put it, "Pence just made a play that you'd scream at the guy wearing jeans on your work softball team for."  
To make matters worse, some kid in the first row showed Pence how the glove works in the 7th. With two outs and Mike Fontenot making his way through foul territory to catch the third, a young Phillies fan reached up and robbed him of the catch, keeping Twins RF Ben Revere at the plate. Revere then added some insurance to the board and dirt to the Phils' coffin. 
More on the game, and how Chase Utley's rehab stint went, below. 
With Kyle Kendrick allowing 6 ER in 4 IP, Joe Savery charged with 3 more and BJ Rosenberg another pair, even a 14-hit, 7-run night couldn't allow the Phils to keep up with the slugging done by the AL-worst Twins. Jimmy Rollins' 4-hit night was wasted, as was another strong night at the plate for Jim Thome. 
Since joining the lineup as the DH during interleague play, Thome has eight hits and six RBI in four games. His two-out, bases-loaded single (yes really!) to left in the 6th inning continued a Phillies rally and brought the Phils to within one, but a Shane Victorino flare froze their scoring line. 
Looking at the standings this morning, it's hard not to hear Ed Rooney reading Ferris' absence report. Two weeks into June, the Phils are 9.5 games back in the East. 
Chase Utley WatchUts went 0-5 with 3 Ks in his first rehab start in Clearwater. He even got a smattering of boos as he struck out in his final AB. 

Everyone needs to be onboard with getting him ready to rejoin the big club, right?

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.