Raul Ibanez bashed his 12th home run of the season for the Yankees in the eighth inning of their tied contest with the Toronto Blue Jays. The bases were jacked, good for a grand slam to put the Yankees ahead 6-2 in the Bronx. They'd go on to earn the win.
The 40-year old still has something left.
His 12 home runs is good for double what the Phillies have gotten out of the left field position this season.
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Photo Caption: July 16, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees
left fielder Raul Ibanez (center front) is congratulated by teammates
second baseman Robinson Cano (left), first baseman Mark Teixeira
(right), third baseman Alex Rodriguez (center) after hitting a grand
slam in the eighth inning to break up the tie against the Toronto Blue
Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P