Sign of the Times: Hunter Pence Drafts Lesean McCoy, Looks for Him on Twitter

Sign of the Times: Hunter Pence Drafts Lesean McCoy, Looks for Him on Twitter

Sunday was a strange day. With the Phillies off and the remnants of the hurricane passed through the Delaware Valley by the early afternoon, we weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves.

With the Phillies getting to Cincy a couple of days early, a number of them used the extra free time to prep for and draft their fantasy football teams.

In a sign of just how meta the Internet is getting, Phillies fan-favorite Hunter Pence announced to the world that he selected Eagles fan-favorite Shady McCoy with the sixth overall pick in his draft. Shady's going to be a very good fantasy back, worthy of a first round pick. But at sixth overall, it could be argued that Pence had a little hometown reach. Hopefully for Hunter's sake it's a PPR league.

Oh, and Jimmy Rollins was locked into the MTV Video Awards last night. Big Adele fan.

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The draft went well...my first pick at 6 was LeSean McCoy!  I believe he is @cutondime25 ?less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet ReplyHunter Pence
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Adele is dope!!! Her album is fire tooless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyJimmy Rollins
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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
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. Aaron Nola, P