With the game tied in the top of the eighth yesterday, Pat Burrell came to the plate with two men on, and you just knew he was going to come through. That's the way things have been going for the Bat lately, and he and Chase Utley have combined to lead the majors in home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage so far. Chase leads the league with 10 homers, followed by Pat at 8; The Machine is first in RBI with 25, and Chase is in a three-way tie for second with 21. The pair also share the top slots in slugging percentage, with Utley in first at .835 and PTB in second at .750. Who leads the league in OPS? You guessed it. Utley (1.288) and Burrell (1.224).
Chase is also second in the bigs in batting average at .385, and Pat comes in at ninth (.355). Not a bad little April for the Phillies sluggers, and it's taken some of the pain away from not having the 1 and 2 hitters in the lineup. Now if only Ryan Howard could muster anything resembling his MVP swagger...
It looks like point guard Chasson Randle has earned himself some more time in Philadelphia.
The Sixers on Friday announced that they signed Randle to a second 10-day contract.
Randle was first signed by the Sixers on Jan. 9 and has appeared in two games, thanks in large part to a wrist injury that forced starter T.J. McConnell to msis some time and pushed backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez into the starting lineup.
"It’s a great feeling to know that I get another shot at this and (get to) be around this team, be around this staff another 10 days," Randle said. "I’m just thankful."
Randle scored a career-high 10 points in 16 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks, shooting 50 percent from the field (3 for 6) and beyond the arc (2 for 4), while also adding two rebounds and an assist.
"You just watched him play in Milwaukee and you saw somebody take his length and come up with loose balls and deflections," Brett Brown said. "You saw somebody come down and had sort of a swagger and a confidence where he could rise up and make a three. He's a four-year Stanford graduate that comes with a very distinct pedigree and intellect and maturity that adds to team. Albeit new, he really adds to what we're trying to build in relation to the guys that we invite in our program. He's a high character guy."
Randle played in 19 games this season for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League before signing with the Sixers, leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game, including back-to-back games of 38 and 36 points in December.
He went undrafted in 2015 after four years at Stanford, and spent last season overseas with CEZ Nymburk of the National Basketball League in the Czech Republic.
Updated: 6:13 p.m.
Mo Williams was barely a Sixer.
The Sixers on Friday claimed the 34-year-old point guard, then waived him, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. The Sixers followed it with the re-signing of guard Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the news of the Sixers' claiming Williams.
Per the report, the Sixers made the claim in order to get $2.2 million closer to the salary floor while preventing the Nuggets from doing so after Denver acquired Williams in a trade with the Hawks.
It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Williams, who was traded from the Cavaliers to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal. Williams was then shipped to the Nuggets, who then waived him.
Now he's been claimed and waived by the Sixers in the same day.
Williams, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons, last played for 2015-16 championship-winning Cleveland, where he played 41 regular-season contests and averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.