Shane Victorino's Zoolander Moment in Trenton

Shane Victorino's Zoolander Moment in Trenton

Shane Victorino was back in the Philly area on Sunday playing a rehab game with the Reading Phillies who were just over the river at Mercer County Waterfront Park taking on the Trenton Thunder.

Shane and fellow Phillie-on-the-mend Brad Lidge both contributed to the R-Phillies victory on the day, but it was a Victorino foul ball in the first at-bat of the game that would be most talked about after the game.

Victorino drilled a ball deep down the line in left and he thought he had just hit a home run. He even got his tater trot on and got all the way past third base before the R-Phillies Manager informed him at was actually ruled a foul ball.

Anthony Coleman of the Trenton Times writes:

In his funny moment, the crowd of 7,023, as well as Victorino,
thought he led off the game with a homer off Manny Banuelos. Victorino
rounded the bases just to be stopped after touching third by manager
Jeff Parent to tell him the ball was foul, which umpire Tim Russo
signaled as such after Victorino rounded first. From the cheers of the
crowd, Victorino thought it was fair, and first-base umpire Doug Vines
never stopped him at second to tell him it was foul.

“Parent stopped me at third and said, ‘It wasn’t a home run,’” the
two-time Gold Glove winner said. “I said, ‘Well, I appreciate you
letting me trot around the bases.’ No one stopped me. It was an
embarrassing moment.”

Poor Shane and his embarrassing minor league moment. The good news for him is he's scheduled to rejoin the team in Chicago and could see action this week at Wrigley Field. Because nothing awkward has ever happened to Shane at Wrigley Field.

>>Rehab stints a success for Shane Victorino, Brad Lidge [The Times]

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).