Sixers Choke.. Again

Sixers Choke.. Again

They were up 15 points in the second half and ended up losing.. again.  The Sixers had the ball down a bucket and Allen Iverson drove to the lane and got rejected but the Sixers kept the ball.  The Sixers still had a chance to tie or win the game with about 12 seconds left.  The final shot the Sixers got off was an attempted drive to the hoop by Kyle Korver.  The three point specialist who can do nothing right but shoot three pointers took the final shot of the game and got rejected.  Sixers Lose.  I'm beginning to wonder if we should start rooting against them in hopes of getting a few lottery balls.  The problem with that theory is that the East is so pathetic the Sixers will still probably make the playoffs.

Some of you may have been wondering what this picture last week of center court at the Wachovia Center was about.  I got a chance to play in the Junior Achievement of the Delaware Valley's Battle on Broad Street Shoot Out Tournament.  It was for a great cause and all of the teams that participated got to stay the evening for the Sixers v. Wizards game in catered club boxes.  There were 48 teams of four players.  My team put in a solid showing, but came up just a bit short, finishing in 5th place.

There was a raffle at the event and I happened to win!  What did I win you ask?  Somewhat ironically, I won a Kyle Korver autographed basketball.  Awesome!  I tried to trade it with some middle aged lady who won a signed Iguodola jersey.  "Kyle Korver looks like Ashton Kutcher!" I told her to no avail.  I think she thought I was trying to punk her.  She had no idea who Iguodola was and when I asked her how to pronounce his name she laughed at me.  Oh well.

-Sixers Fall to Denver [Yahoo]
-2nd Annual Battle on Broad Street [Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley]
-Sixers v. Wizards [The700Level]
-Kyle Korver Sucks [The700Level]
-Don't Trade Allen Iverson, Ever [The700Level]

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P