Ruf Round Two: Phils Rook Gets Second-Straight Start Tonight

Ruf Round Two: Phils Rook Gets Second-Straight Start Tonight

Hit a home run in your first big-league start and Charlie Manuel is likely to reward you by putting you back in the lineup the following night. After last night's awesome and hilarious first-career hit for Darin "Babe" Ruf, Manuel has the 26 year old penciled in to play left and bat in the seventh hole against the Washington Nationals this evening.

The Phillies will look to play spoiler for the second-straight night to the Nats in their hopes of securing home field throughout the National League playoffs. Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) will look to even his season win-loss total and will face the evil left-hander John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) for the Nationals.

As for the lone bit of news from the pregame, Roy Halladay is still scheduled to start on Saturday in Miami to finish off his lackluster 2012 season. Many believed he would be shut down for the season, but that will not be the case unless he has a setback before Saturday.

7:05 start. Sad days as we count down the final games at CBP until the winter comes and goes.

Tonight's Lineup:

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

Former Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans joins 49ers coaching staff

About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans. 

Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach. 

The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff. 

After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012. 

While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building. 

While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense. 

Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach. 

1992 interview between Donald Trump and Randall Cunningham surfaces

1992 interview between Donald Trump and Randall Cunningham surfaces

Philadelphia Magazine's Dan McQuade unearthed a YouTube video of a 1992 interview former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham did with real estate tycoon Donald Trump from his short-lived interview special titled Randall Cunningham’s Celebrity Rap.

Apparently, it was a show on WCAU where Cunningham sat down with random celebrities. As McQuade points out, it is pretty weird.

And one of those celebrities just so happened to go on to become president of the United States.

There isn't a whole lot about sports. Trump briefly mentions Randall's career with the Eagles and also discusses Mike Tyson and his rape conviction. Trump appears sympathetic to Tyson's struggles.

Mostly it's a puff piece in which Trump talks somewhat aimlessly from topic to topic. If you don't want to waste 15 minutes watching it, Philly Mag summarized the most bizarre moments