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Video: Darin Ruf Hits Walk-off Home Run, Walks Off to IronPigs

Video: Darin Ruf Hits Walk-off Home Run, Walks Off to IronPigs

26-year-old Darin Ruf’s spring got off to a slow start, but
the slugger was starting to come around. He was batting .130 as of March 4, but
had since increased his average to .246 in the 11 games since. His slugging
percentage rose from .174 to .456 over the same span.

What’s more, Ruf was enjoying a great deal of success
against the Phillies’ upcoming opening day opponent, the Atlanta Braves. On
Friday he went 2-for-4 versus the Bravos, including smashing the game-winning
home run to give the Phils a 7-6 victory. In three tilts with the NL East
rivals, Ruf was 6-for-10 with five runs and three RBIs.

But when the Phils open their season in Atlanta on April 1,
Ruf will not be in the dugout. Shortly after jacking his second bomb of the
spring, the 2012 Eastern League MVP learned he was being optioned to Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley.

The move doesn’t come as a total shock. Besides Ruf’s early
struggles at the plate, the converted first baseman has had a hellacious
experience in left field.
Not only that, but he’s caught up in a numbers game
on the roster, with Delmon Young working his way back from offseason surgery,
and Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte showing some promise. Plus, Laynce Nix is still in the picture, along with Ben Revere, John
Mayberry, and of course Dom Brown who's had an amazing spring.

Meanwhile, Ruf skipped Lehigh Valley entirely after breaking
the club’s minor league record for home runs in a season with 38. A few more ABs
and some refined defensive play probably couldn’t hurt.

Chances are he’ll be back in the show before you know it.
Still, a lot of people were hoping if not anticipating Ruf making the team out
of camp this year. It was not to be, but I suppose there’s no need to be
impatient – that is at least until you see this shot:

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Rhys Hoskins refuses to go into a slump

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Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Rhys Hoskins refuses to go into a slump

Phillies (60-91) vs. Dodgers (96-55)
7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App

Well, this series hasn't gone as planned.

Despite facing Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, the Phillies have beaten the Dodgers on back-to-back nights to force at least a split. 

For L.A., it continues a miserable four-week stretch. The Dodgers were 91-36 on Aug. 25 and have gone 4-19 since.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are 31-33 since the All-Star break and 17-14 since Aug. 6.

More on tonight's game and the series in general:

• Last night was yet another fantastic game for Rhys Hoskins, who hit the game-deciding three-run double, drove in four runs in all and reached base three times. 

It appeared Hoskins was going into a slump after he went 0 for 11 with six strikeouts against the Athletics this past weekend, but he's responded by reaching base in five of seven plate appearances against the Dodgers. 

Through 39 games, Hoskins has hit .299/.428/.739 with five doubles, 18 homers and 43 RBIs. He has 29 walks and 33 strikeouts.

Odubel Herrera hit his 40th double of the season last night, becoming the first Phillie since Jayson Werth in 2010 to reach 40. 

The Phils had just one player hit 40 doubles in 2008 (Chase Utley), 2009 (Jimmy Rollins) and 2010 (Werth) and then none from 2011-16.

• Another scoreless inning last night from Luis Garcia, who's allowed one run in his last 18 appearances and has a 2.43 ERA in 61 games.

Nick Williams picked up his 11th infield single of the season last night. That kind of speed will allow him to maintain a higher batting average on balls in play than most players (see story).

• The Phillies face left-hander Alex Wood, who's had a career year. Wood is 15-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 140⅓ innings this season, with 144 strikeouts, 37 walks and just 13 home runs allowed. 

Lefties and righties alike have struggled against Wood, but he's been much more hittable since the All-Star break. Wood had a 1.56 ERA in the first half and has a 4.07 ERA since.

In his last start, Wood shut out the Nationals over six innings with eight strikeouts. In his previous three starts, he allowed 12 runs and six homers in 17 innings.

• Two Phillies, in particular, have seen Wood well: Freddy Galvis is 7 for 13 with a double; Cesar Hernandez is 5 for 11 with a double and three walks. 

Mark Leiter Jr. starts for the Phillies. He's allowed 17 runs in 15⅓ innings in three September starts.

• The Phillies would need to go 2-9 or worse the rest of the way to reach 100 losses. If the season ended today they'd pick second in the 2018 draft. The Giants are 1½ games worse.