Photo: The Eagles are removing the giant DeSean Jackson banner on side of Linc [UPDATE]

Photo: The Eagles are removing the giant DeSean Jackson banner on side of Linc [UPDATE]

That was fast.

As you can see in the above photo, the Eagles have already removed the giant DeSean Jackson billboard/banner that hung on the side of Lincoln Financial Field.

Here's our post when it first went up when McNabb left town. The Eagles like to make the banner art somewhat ambiguous as not to 100% resemble McNabb or DeSean, but real fans know what's up there.

Nothing is up there for the time being. Which player would you like to see be the new face of the building?

UPDATE: According to a team spokesman, the banner being removed was not of DeSean Jackson. It's not meant to resemble any particular player. It was removed as part of planned renovations that were scheduled a while ago.

Top photo by Tom Finer, bottom photo by Kevin Wheeler

Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Brewers 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Brewers 3


After winning just one of their last 20 series of at least three games from April 24 through July 16, the Phillies have now won two in a row.

The offense stayed hot Sunday afternoon in a 6-3 win over the Brewers. It was the seventh straight game the Phillies scored at least five runs, their longest single-season streak since 2005. Yes, 2005.

Nick Williams hit another home run, Howie Kendrick came up clutch, Jerad Eickhoff spun a quality start and the bullpen that owns the majors' best ERA since June 26 made the lead stand up.

The Phillies are 34-62 as they welcome in the relentless bats of the Houston Astros.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff had an efficient and mostly stress-free afternoon, allowing two runs on just three hits and facing the minimum in four of his six innings.

Eickhoff's only two walks came in the fifth inning and both Brewers came around to score on Jonathan Villar's bloop single over third base. 

Eickhoff (2-7, 4.71) struck out six and finished his outing by getting Domingo Santana to ground into a double play.

Eickhoff has been very good in two of his three starts since returning from a back strain, striking out 22 in 17 innings.

Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra, their opening day starter, lasted just four innings and was lifted in the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs. All three runs came around to score.

Guerra walked three, struck out three and didn't have any 1-2-3 innings.

Bullpen report
Pat Neshek pitched yet another scoreless inning (with two strikeouts) to lower his ERA to 1.12. The Phillies' top trade candidate has allowed runs in only two of his 43 appearances this season.

Joaquin Benoit allowed a run in the eighth on Ryan Braun's opposite-field double.

Luis Garcia picked up his first save since 2015 with a perfect ninth inning. Hector Neris had pitched two days in a row, and Garcia has been lights-out of late so it was an easy decision for Pete Mackanin.

Garcia's last 15 appearances: 17⅓ scoreless innings, seven hits, 17 strikeouts.

At the plate
The Phillies' four-run rally in the fifth inning was started by an Eickhoff single. He entered Sunday with just one career multi-hit game before singling in each of his two at-bats.

Kendrick had the key hit in the fifth, a bases-loaded single up the middle to plate two runs. 

Williams, who hit a two-run homer an inning earlier, drove in a third run with a groundball that Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia failed to glove. 

Odubel Herrera capped it off with an RBI single over the shortstop's head.

Williams continues to do major damage to left and center field. His opposite-field home run off Guerra in the fourth inning made him 21 for 39 (.538) with four homers, four doubles and two triples when going up the middle or to the opposite field.

Beyond their record, the Phillies have looked like the worst team in baseball for much of this season, but not right now. With Cesar Hernandez and Kendrick back, Williams and Herrera raking and Maikel Franco seeing the ball well, this lineup is pretty deep at the moment.

Franco walked twice, flipping the bat excitedly after the second free pass. Over his last 35 games, Franco has as many walks (15) as strikeouts.

Up next
The Phillies' 10-game homestand continues with a series against the American League-best Houston Astros (65-32). 

All three games are 7:05 p.m. start times.

Monday: Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.14) vs. Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.49)

Tuesday: Nick Pivetta (3-5, 5.58) vs. Charlie Morton (7-4, 4.18)

Wednesday: Aaron Nola (7-6, 3.38) vs. Mike Fiers (7-4, 3.59)

Now with Big3, Rashard Lewis praises Sixers' signing of former teammate JJ Redick

Now with Big3, Rashard Lewis praises Sixers' signing of former teammate JJ Redick

How time flies.

JJ Redick first played with Rashard Lewis on the Magic in 2007, Redick’s second season in the NBA. Ten years later, the 33-year-old Redick has signed a massive one-year, $23 million contract to be one of the Sixers’ leaders. Lewis, 37, is currently competing in the BIG3 league. 

Both Redick and Lewis are in different places in their careers than when they were teammates. Lewis sees Redick excelling in this new chapter. 

“He’s the veteran player here, but when I played with him in Orlando he was a young fella,” Lewis said. “He’s learned a lot playing with Orlando as well as the Clippers. I’m sure he’ll share a lot of his knowledge with these guys because they’ve got a very young team.”

Redick’s NBA insight came from doing a lot of observing early on. He didn’t start off as the main offensive option. Instead, he was a student of the game in his early days with the Magic while Lewis was one of the go-to players. 

Redick averaged just 6.0 points as a rookie and 4.1 points in 8.1 minutes per game during his second season. He clocked a total of 10 minutes during a 2008 postseason in which the Magic reached the Eastern Conference semifinals. The following season in 2009, though, Redick averaged over 20 minutes during their NBA Finals run. The Magic also made it to the Eastern Conference finals the next year.

“The chemistry we had was great,” Lewis said. “I think he’s going to bring that here to Philly.”

Over time, Redick developed into one of the best long-range threats in the league. He holds a 41.5 percent career three-point shooting percentage, sixth among all active players. The Sixers have been in need of go-to scorers, especially from beyond the arc. 

“He’s going to help this team,” Lewis said. “He’s going to open it up because he’s a shooter.”

The Sixers are entering an important phase this coming season. They finally have a foundation in place and a core to build upon for years down the road, not just the time being. The younger players will benefit from listening to Redick during practices, games, team flights, and all the other scenarios in which they can soak up his experiences. That could include the playoffs, too, in the suddenly wide-open Eastern Conference. 

“The way he played the game, he’s not only a good shooter but he’s a smart player,” Lewis said. “He has a high basketball IQ. That’s why he’s still playing in the league. A lot of teams have a lot of respect for him.”