Vanimal Making Possible Final Start of Season As Phils Battle Nats, Rain

Vanimal Making Possible Final Start of Season As Phils Battle Nats, Rain

The Phillies are back at it tonight as they attempt to finish up their final two regular season home games on a better foot.

Hunter Pence is out of the lineup again and had an MRI that shows a patellar tendon strain. He says he's fine and should play this weekend, although if it were up to him, he'd have been out there tonight.

Tonight could be Vance Worley's final start of the season as the Phils tries to ready their rotation for the playoffs. It's been a hell of run for the Vanimal as a starter this season, but look for Charlie to try and ease him into a bullpen roll for the postseason.

The Nats will counter with John Lannan, who has not fared well against the Phils as of late.

First pitch set for 7:05. There will be rain. So brace for it.

Cazmon Hayes' 20 points not enough for Delaware in loss to Charleston

Cazmon Hayes' 20 points not enough for Delaware in loss to Charleston

BOX SCORE

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrell Brantley scored 21 points, Joe Chealey added 20 and they both had a double-double in Charleston's 78-65 victory over Delaware on Thursday night.

Charleston (22-8, 13-4 Colonial Athletic Association) has won three straight and remains a game back of UNC Wilmington atop the conference standings. Delaware (12-18, 5-12) has lost consecutive games after winning three in a row.

Brantley and Chealey grabbed 10 rebounds apiece, and Marquise Pointer added 11 points for the Cougars, who made 25 of 29 (86 percent) free throws. Chealey also had seven assists and Brantley blocked three shots.

Cazmon Hayes scored 20 points to lead the Blue Hens.

Charleston closed the first half on an 8-2 surge and led 34-28 at the break. The Cougars opened the second half on a 20-6 run, including a Brantley dunk and capped by Pointer's 3-pointer for a 20-point lead. Delaware pulled within 10 points but didn't get closer.

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

Joel Embiid really looking forward to facing Nerlens Noel

In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).

While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.

The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center.