The pitch at PPL Park in Chester, PA has seen its fair share of talent over the first two seasons of its existence, but for one night this summer, it's going to be jam packed with the best MLS has to offer.
The Union have sent out a press release regarding a "significant soccer announcement" that will take place on Tuesday at Philadelphia's City Hall with Mayor Michael Nutter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber on hand. We believe they'll likely announce that PPL Park will host the 2012 MLS All-Star game.
PPL Park and the Union have been fantastic for the MLS, filling their stadium under the bridge and along the river night in and night out. The Union will get a chance to showcase those fantastic television views when the league's best come to Philly and play for a national audience.
Let's just hope a couple of Union players can represent us well in the match.
From today's Union release:
Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City of Chester Mayer John Linder will join
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Philadelphia Union CEO
& Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz in making a significant soccer
announcement at a press conference Tuesday at City Hall.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr. has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Griffey, the first No. 1 draft pick to be selected for enshrinement, played 22 big-league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseball's so-called Steroids Era.
A 13-time All-Star selection and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all-time, and drove in 1,836 runs.
Griffey also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons, and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.
In the 1995 ALDS, he became just the second player in major league history to hit five home runs in a postseason series.
The Eagles are reportedly bringing back a familiar face at quarterback, and no, it's not Tim Tebow.
The team will re-sign quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
With the addition, the current roster will be capped out at 90 after the reported signings of former Villanova LB Don Cherry and Alabama S Nick Perry go through (see story).
The Eagles first signed Bethel-Thompson in February to pair with Mark Sanchez at the lone quarterback on the roster. A lot has changed since then, with the team re-signing Sam Bradford and drafting Carson Wentz. Bethel-Thompson was then cut by the Eagles in May.
Bethel-Thompson has been in the NFL since 2011, after going undrafted out of Sacramento State. The 6-foot-4, 230 pounder has spent time with the Dolphins, the Vikings twice, Patriots and the 49ers three times. He has never played in a game.
It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to make the roster with the quarterback position locked up with Bradford, Chase Daniel and Wentz.
Going for the series win today, Pete Mackanin has shaken up the lineup.
Maikel Franco is still out. After taking a pitch off the wrist on Friday, Franco was listed as day to day with a sore wrist (see story). Andres Blanco will again hit and play third.
Both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz crack the lineup today. Ruiz has caught Vince Velasquez just once this season, a five inning shutout with 10 strikeouts vs. the Marlins on May 17.
Ruiz replaced Cameron Rupp in the third inning of Saturday's game as a precaution after Rupp took a pitch off the helmet. (see story).
After being on fire for much of the past month, Peter Bourjos has posted consecutive 0 for 5 nights in the leadoff spot. He will drop down to ninth today, allowing another hot hitter, Cesar Hernandez to hit leadoff.
Odubel Herrara will remain in the two-spot, where he has looked resurgent in this series, going 6 for 9 with four runs scored.
Much like Bourjos, Cody Asche has not yet recorded a hit in this series and will be lowered to the seven-hole, while Freddy Galvis will hit sixth.
Velasquez takes the mound for the Phillies today. In his four starts since returning from a biceps injury in early June, Velasquez has been arguably the team's best pitcher. In those starts, the flamethrower has been going deeper into ball games than earlier this season, averaging six innings per start, while allowing just five runs during that span.
Here is today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez 2B
2. Odubel Herrara CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz C
6. Freddy Galvis SS
7. Coday Asche LF
8. Peter Bourjos RF
9. Vince Velasquez P