Urbina: Say Hello to My Lil' Machete

Urbina: Say Hello to My Lil' Machete

Everybody hates when people steal their guns.. although not quite as much as when people hold your mother hostage for millions of dollars.  Throw in some machetes, gasoline poured on people who are then lit on fire, a few disobedient workers and you have yourself just another day in the life of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Venezuela is a scary place for professional athletes.  It reminds me of this one time when I was in Jamaica taking a "cab" back to our hotel from a night of Red Stripe and wet tee shirt contests.  We haggled with the driver to give us a ride back for 200 "Jay"and all was well in the world.  During the drive, the "Cabbie", while smoking a joint and drinking a beer, told us we would have to pay 400 "Jay."  "But we had just agreed to 200", we told him.  He proceeded to uncover a giant machete that was under his seat and somehow we remembered agreeing to pay 400 real quick.

Machetes are scary: (Inky)

Phillies relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina has
been questioned about his role in a bloody brawl Sunday on family
property in Venezuela, according to newspaper reports.

The incident occurred after a welcome-home party for the pitcher.
Urbina went out to eat, then returned about 2 a.m. with several people
to the farm in the town of Ocumare del Tuy, about 25 miles south of
Caracas, several Venezuelan newspapers reported.

According to one of the farm workers, Urbina started asking about a
firearm that had disappeared. The worker, 21-year-old Ricardo Osal,
told police that Urbina and others rounded up the workers, beat them,
attacked them with a machete, then splattered gasoline and paint
thinner on them and burned them.

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.