No Phillie should be considered untouchable as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Eric Fisher examines a list of players who might be traded and what the Phillies should receive in return.
A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…
1. Phillies lose in Lee’s return Cliff Lee allows 12 hits, 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings in 1st game after 2 months on disabled list as Phillies fall to visiting Giants, 7-4. Phillies generate 14 hits, but all are singles. Jimmy Rollins singles home 2-runs in 2nd inning, Ryan Howard bloops check-swing single with bases loaded in 4th inning to regain lead, 4-3. But Giants strike back with 3 runs in top of 6th to take lead for good. Giants bullpen hurls 6 scoreless innings. Cody Asche had 3 hits for Phillies and made 2 terrific defensive plays, including diving stop of Hunter Pence’s hard-hit ball with bases loaded and 2 outs in 4th inning. Pence finishes with 3 hits, 2 RBI. Roberto Hernandez starts tonight (7 p.m.) as Phillies continue series with Giants.
2. Eagles camp opens Friday Eagles training camp opens Friday at NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. Players must report by Friday. First practice is Saturday. Practice on Mon., July 28 will be at Lincoln Financial Field and is open to public.
3. Listen to Eagles, Phillies talk Listen to Gordon Glantz and Eric Fisher discuss storylines to watch as the Eagles open training camp and which Phillies may be sent away before the trade deadline during PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To listen to the show, please click here. (To listen to past shows, click here)
4. Eagles safety Johnson arrested Safety Keelan Johnson, who played 2 games for Eagles last season after spending most of season on practice squad, arrested late Friday night in Tempe, Ariz., following altercation with police officer. Johnson charged with aggravated assault on police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct. Johnson allegedly push officer into tree, causing officer’s head to strike tree. Johnson attended Arizona State, which is located in Tempe.
5. Phillies shuffle roster To make room on roster for pitcher Cliff Lee, catcher Wil Nieves and infielder Reid Brignac — all returning from disabled list — Phillies designate outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment, outright catcher Koyie Hill off 40-man roster and send infielder Cesar Hernandez to Class AAA Lehigh Valley. In other injury news, catcher Carlos Ruiz continues rehab assignment in Clearwater as he recovers from concussion.
6. Trade deadline approaching Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. Phillies have veterans to trade, will attempt to acquire prospects in return. Pitchers Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels are top attractions, although Phillies may not get enough in return to part with them. Outfielder Marlon Byrd, reliever Jonathan Papelbon, starting pitchers A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick more likely to be traded. Infielders Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley would have to agree to waive no-trade clauses if Phillies were to consider deal involving them. Angels acquire closer Huston Street from Padres in 6-player deal mostly consisting of prospects.
7. McIlroy prevails at British Open Rory McIlroy shoots 1-under-par 71 to finish at 17-under for tournament, holding off charges by Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, who 66 and 67, respectively, on Sunday to finish 2 shots behind McIlroy. This is third major tournament victory for McIlroy, who led at end of every round. Tiger Woods shoots 3-over 75 — 3rd straight day over par after opening-round 69.
8. Soul slam SaberCats Soul break open tight game with 3 straight TDs in second half to secure 42-20 victory over visiting San Jose and keep playoff hopes alive. SabreCats, in first place in Pacific Division, pull within 1 point midway through 3rd quarter, but Soul defense keeps them off board rest of game. Derrick Ross (14 carries, 63 yards, 3 TDs) scores on 7-yard run with 3:44 remaining in third quarter, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh connects with Markee White for 10-yard TD pass 5 seconds into 4th quarter and then Ross scores on 3-yard run with 7:22 remaining. Soul (9-8) can clinch playoff berth Saturday (5 p.m.) with win over Pittsburgh in regular-season finale.
9. Union salvage tie Sebastien Le Toux scores on penalty kick in 1st minute of extra time to help Union salvage 1-1 tie at Chicago. Penalty kick called for hands violation. Le Toux has converted penalty kicks in his last 2 games. Five of Le Toux’s team-leading 8 goals have come in past 6 games.
10. Austin snaps streak Austin defeats host Freedoms, 21-18, to snap Freedoms’ 5-match winning streak.
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Braves 6, Phillies 4
Freedoms 22, Boston 14
Phillies 2, Braves 1
Union 1, Chicago 1
Braves 8, Phillies 2
Soul 42, San Jose 20
Freedoms 22, Boston 21
Giants 7, Phillies 4
Austin 21, Freedoms 18
Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Boston at Freedoms, 7 p.m.
Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Washington at Freedoms, 7 p.m.
Giants at Phillies, 1 p.m.
Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Crystal Palace at Union, 5 p.m.
Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Soul at Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
Diamondbacks at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
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