Cole Hamels' Fine-tuning Continues Today Against Baltimore

Cole Hamels' Fine-tuning Continues Today Against Baltimore

While Dom Brown had successful surgery on his right hand this morning and mum is the word on Chase Utley's knee, the rest of the Phillies are back in action today in Clearwater as they take on the Baltimore Orioles.

Much of the conversation down in Florida this spring has revolved around the injuries, but one guy who is feeling just fine and appears to be in the best shape of his life, Cole Hamels, will take the mound today and look to continue his prep work for what most are anticipating being a huge year for the former World Series MVP.

Cole has been sharp all spring and has only given up two hits in his six innings of work while striking out five and walking only two batters. Just a reminder that despite all the injury panic, there are plenty of positives to focus on from Florida.

Listen to today's game on here and follow along on gameday here.

Ben Francisco will get the day off due to a stiff neck and Delwyn Young will get the nod in right.

1:05 scheduled start time from Bright House Field.

Jimmy Rollins photo taken on Sunday, March 6th by flickr group member drc151

Union drop season finale, but still clinch playoff spot

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Union drop season finale, but still clinch playoff spot

CHESTER, Pa. -- With little to gain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Union went into Sunday’s match looking for a spark.

Instead, they found more of the same.

Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his scoring dominance over MLS, as the Red Bulls easily dispatched the lifeless Union, 2-0, in the regular season finale at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union, who have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011, enter the postseason riding a seven-game winless run and three-game losing streak. They will face Toronto FC in a one-game playoff at BMO Field on Wednesday or Thursday.

The Red Bulls clinched a first-round BYE and the No. 1 seed in the East.

With the playoffs practically clinched heading into the match, Union manager Jim Curtin selected to start Roland Alberg for Tranquillo Barnetta, Fabian Herbers for C.J. Sapong and Eric Ayuk for Chris Pontius.

But the fresh legs wouldn’t help the Union, as Wright-Phillips notched his 24th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Aurelien Collin split the Union defense with a brilliant pass that broke the MLS leading scorer on a breakaway. Chipping the ball over an aggressive Andre Blake, Wright-Phillips followed up the volley for the 1-0 Red Bulls lead.

Alex Muyl doubled the Red Bulls’ lead in the 57th minute.

Though he didn’t need the scoring effort on Sunday, for the second time in three seasons, Wright-Phillips won the MLS Golden Boot for the most goals, edging out New York City FC’s David Villa. Luis Robles earned the five-save shutout.

What in the world was Carson Wentz wearing after win over Vikings?

What in the world was Carson Wentz wearing after win over Vikings?

While Carson Wentz may not have got a failing grade for his play on the field against the Vikings on Sunday, he bombed the sartorial decision he made postgame. 

Wentz wore a bold blue check sports coat over what looked like an Under Armour v-neck.

The consensus on TV and Twitter may have been that Wentz bombed, there was one big supporter in the locker room.

According to a source, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie actually complimented Wentz on the blazer after the win.


Future Phillie Mike Trout was loving the Eagles win, sung the fight song

Grading the Eagles' 21-10 win over the Vikings