Stop, Drop... Ruf's Riding the Pine on Day One with Phillies

Stop, Drop... Ruf's Riding the Pine on Day One with Phillies

The Babe has finally arrived at Citizens Bank Park. That would be Eastern League MVP Darin "Babe" Ruf who broke Ryan Howard's old Reading Phillies record of 37 home runs by besting him with 38.

We're not going to pretend we know a whole lot about Ruf other than the fact he was mashing mad taters for Reading this summer. Heck, even the Phillies aren't sure what they've got, but they know a home run when they see it. Hopefully they'll see a few from the enigmatic slugger over the next few weeks.

Here's a snippet of what Reading Eagle beat writer Mike Drago told Beerleaguer about Ruf:

Ruf played at Double-A at an advanced age (26) and has never played
an inning at Triple-A. He didn't start hitting home runs consistently
until the second half of last season at Clearwater.
He's more than a home run hitter, as his numbers indicate. He was three
singles short of an Eastern League Triple Crown. He has gained plate
discipline and impressed scouts with the consistent contact he makes.

He's not overly athletic and doesn't run well, and he's just learning
to play left field. He didn't get serious time there until late July.
He can handle himself at first base, but he'll need a full offseason and
spring training to refine his work as an outfielder. Hopefully he's not
exposed to that position in the major leagues, at least not right away.

Go read the full report for more.

Sadly, for the assuming-soon-to-be-created Ruf Ryders fan group, their fearless leader is not in the lineup tonight.

The Babe will wear No. 18 for the Phillies this evening.

Charlie's nine:

7:05 per usual from CBP. Could be a tad chilly even. Will the Phillies keep the dream alive? Mr. August/September Kyle Kendrick is your Phillies starter as he'll take on left-hander Wade LeBlanc (1-2, 3.51) for the Fish.

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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.