Penn State wants a cupcake

Penn State wants a cupcake

Paw Print Cupcakes, originally uploaded by Flickr member sadepugh

Kevin covers Penn State football on a daily basis for Examiner, and also is a regular contributor at Nittany White Out.

No, Penn state does not have a bye week, but it sure does feel like it. The Nittany Lions return home to Beaver Stadium to play Tony Romo's Alma mater, Eastern Illinois, for the first time in history. Penn state should cruise to a victory today and you can take a break from the Phillies post season run today to soak it in on ESPN Classic - although this game should hardly be a "classic".

Penn State found their running game last week at Illinois, a game in which both Stephfon Green and Evan royster passed the century mark on the ground. Quarterback Daryll Clark saw his consecutive game with a touchdown streak come to an end but he did chip in with a pair of touchdown runs himself.

Eastern Illinois is not a total pushover. They are coming off their first defeat of the season to Eastern Kentucky and are ranked in the top 25 of the FCS ranks. But no matter what kind of adrenaline rush they start off with today, Penn State still has the advantage in every facet of the game.

So for those of you looking to kill some time before tonight's late first pitch for the Phillies in Colorado, feel free to leave a comment during the Penn State game.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.