Video: James van Riemsdyk Hits Home Run at Citizens Bank Park

Video: James van Riemsdyk Hits Home Run at Citizens Bank Park

A group of Flyers came over to Citizens Bank Park after their morning skate around to take batting practice before Monday's Phillies-Cardinals series finale.

James van Riemsdyk, who we've seen play soccer with the Philadelphia Union, stole the show from his teammates this afternoon, crushing a couple of balls to the warning track before finally hitting a home run over the left field wall.

"He's a complete player, eh?" teammate Claude Giroux said of JVR's power.

If van Riemsdyk was the Ryan Howard of the Flyers' bunch, Giroux was the Shane Victorino, spraying base hits all across the field. Both played baseball a little growing up, but never at any high level.

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Two Phillies players who came out to watch the Flyers take some hacks were Pete Orr and Brian Schneider, both with Canadian connections.

"I want to do a skate around with them," Orr said.

A native of Toronto, Orr said he still plays hockey on Saturdays in the winter. "Our first game is October 14th. I don't think I'm going to make it."

Shane Victorino briefly stuck his head out of the dugout to talk some smack to the orange and black.  We'd tell you what he said exactly, but it was an inaudible string of words from where I was standing.

Scott Hartnell was having none of it.

"Stick around and watch. Take notes," Hartnell said. "The Flyin' Hawaiin doesn't skate or what?"

Hartnell wasn't all that successful at the plate, chirping that he needed a right-handed pitcher, but he did cover a whole lot of ground fielding flyballs out in right center.

And yes, Harts hit the grass on numerous occasions.

"Good thing he's not wearing white shorts," Giroux joked of Hartnell.

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Other Flyers who took some hacks included Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Jody Shelley, and Max Talbot.

Photos and video by The700Level.com

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.