If you weren't already excited for Scott Hartnell officially earning an invite to this weekend's All-Star Game in Ottawa, his reaction to hearing the news and sharing it with linemate Claude Giroux will make you all warm and fuzzy.
"I gave (Giroux) a big hug last night," Hartnell said. "He's a big part
of me being selected, me having a great year so far. We have a lot of
chemistry, a lot of good times on and off the ice. I'm pretty fortunate
(to play with him). And to see Kimmo go, 36 years old, his fourth or
fifth All-Star Game, to see him get recognized for his hard work, all
the shots he blocks, all his passes."
Hartnell also said his dad will be sticking around a little bit longer
now to make the trip to Ottawa. Hartnell said his mom will join them in
Ottawa, as will a brother who lives in the city and works for the
Canadian government, as well as another brother, who will fly in from
"He (his father) is extending his trip a few more days to come out to
Ottawa," Hartnell said. "Hopefully he can keep this wave of luck going
tonight in Florida."
That's chemistry, people.
And we're awfully happy that Mr. Hartnell is going to listen to the sage advice of Jaromir Jagr and stick around a bit longer.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P