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Hits as a Phillie for Jimmy Rollins, most in franchise history

Two events in less than one week, funding a rescue effort for his friends and spending time with a young boy with cancer, demonstrate why it’s so easy to root for Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Losing is becoming dangerously close to being acceptable in our town. Eric Fisher blanches at the notion that losing can be a good thing.

Michael Carter-Williams has flourished since Tony Wroten exited the lineup with a knee injury. Can their games complement each other? In addition to examining that issue, Eric Fisher highlights the contributions of Robert Covington, tells you who represented the Sixers at a ceremony for Wilt Chamberlain, and looks ahead for the Sixers’ next win.

First-and-10

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Open practice at Linc Eagles hold first of 2 open practices today at Lincoln Financial Field.

2. Report: Eagles, Bradford talking extension ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Eagles have started negotiations on contract extension to keep QB Sam Bradford an Eagle beyond this season. Bradford has 1 year remaining on contract that pays him nearly $13 million per season. After suffering torn ACL in each of last 2 seasons, Bradford unlikely to get long-term extension. Bradford full participant in 1st day of training camp, says he feels great, expects to be starting QB. Bradford was limited participant during mini-camp.

3. Boykin rips Kelly after trade Eagles trade CB Brandon Boykin to Steelers for conditional 5th-round selection. which could rise to a 4th-round pick, in 2016 NFL Draft. Boykin, who had been slot CB, but never got opportunity to start, told Comcast SportsNet’s Derrick Gunn in text that Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture,” raising racial angle LeSean McCoy raised and Tra Thomas repeated. “He can’t relate and that makes him uncomfortable,” Boykin wrote. Kelly says he is surprised by the comments, noting that he shook Boykin’s hand and hugged him Saturday after informing him of the trade. Kelly also says LB Mychal Kendricks, the subject of trade rumors, “is not going anywhere.”

4. Rollins returns with Dodgers Jimmy Rollins makes 1st trip to Citizens Bank Park since offseason trade as Phillies open series with visiting Dodgers tonight (7 p.m.). Jerome Williams starts for Phillies. Alex Wood starts for Dodgers.  In his 1st game of rehab assignment at Class AAA Lehigh Valley, Chase Utley (ankle) goes 2 for 3 in 4-0 defeat.

5. Long tears ACL again LB Travis Long tears ACL in left knee, same injury that caused him to miss all of last season. Long’s season-ending injury leaves Eagles thin at outside LB behind starters Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham. Eagles sign U. of Delaware receiver Mike Johnson to fill roster spot created by Brandon Boykin trade.

6. Eagles, Phillies trades, Flyers talk Listen as Gordon Glantz, Ron Opher and Eric Fisher discuss the potential impact of the race issue on Chip Kelly and the Eagles, questions and concerns about the Eagles as they begin training camp, the Phillies’ trades involving Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Ben Revere, and the Flyers’ commitment to Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier during PhillyPhanatics.com’s Blog Talk Radio show. To listen to the show, please click here(To listen to past shows, please click here.)

7. Phillies trade Hamels to Rangers Phillies trade Cole Hamels to Rangers in multi-player deal. Hamels, reliever Jake Diekman would go to Rangers in exchange for starting pitcher Matt Harrison, 5 prospects. Harrison won 18 games in 2012, but has missed most of the past 3 seasons dues to injuries. Prospects coming to Phillies would be catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff. The final start of Hamels’ 10-year tenure with Phillies was no-hitter last Saturday. Hamels gets no-decision in 1st game with Rangers because bullpen blows lead, with former Phillie Hunter Pence delivering tying hit and then game-winner homer in 11th inning for Giants.

8. Mets move into 1st place Mets maul Marlins, 12-1, and Diamondbacks beat Nationals, 6-4, moving Mets into 1st place in NL East. Mets have won 4 straight games, including weekend sweep of Nationals.

9. Kenseth triumphs at Pocono Kyle Busch, aiming for his 4th straight win and his 5th victory in 6 races, runs out of gas late in race, allowing Matt Kenseth to pass him and win Windows 10 400, his 1st career victory at Pocono. Joey Logano, who leads most of race, and Martin Truex Jr. — in top three with Busch — also run out of fuel. Brad Keselowski finishes 2nd, followed by Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle. Gordon solidified place in Chase for Sprint Cup with only 5 races remaining to qualify. Keselowski, Earnhardt battle back from earlier accidents to finish in top 5. Busch, who finishes 21st, still 13 points out of top 30 in standings. He must make top 30 to qualify for Chase despite missing 11 race due to broken leg and foot.

10. Taggart, Soul crush Voodoo Tommy Taggart rushes for 3 TDs, catches another TD as Soul destroy visiting Voodoo, 61-28, to post undefeated record at home. Dan Raudabaugh completes 19 of 28 passes for 144 yards, 5 TDs before sitting out latter stages of game. Soul, who have clinched homefield advantage throughout playoffs, finish regular season next Saturday (7 p.m.) at Cleveland.

(Listen live to PhillyPhanatics.com’s weekly Internet Blog Talk Radio program this Sunday from 6:30-7 p.m. — or call in to express your opinion or ask a question — by calling 805-727-7014. To listen to past shows, please click here.)

WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Phillies 9, Braves 3

Saturday
Phillies 12, Braves 2
N.Y. Red Bulls 3, Union 1

Sunday
Braves 6, Phillies 2
Soul 61, New Orleans 28

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
No games scheduled

Tuesday
Dodgers at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Dodgers at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Dodgers at Phillies, 1 p.m.

Friday
Phillies at San Diego, 10:10 p.m.

Saturday
Phillies at San Diego, 8:40 p.m.
Soul at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
(Regular-season finale)
Union at Orlando, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday
Phillies at San Diego, 4:10 p.m.

FOR LEAGUE-WIDE SCORES AND STANDINGS, CLICK ON THE LINKS UNDER THE “STANDINGS” HEADING IN THE SIDEBAR TO THE RIGHT, OR IN THE HEADING AT THE UPPER-RIGHT OF THIS PAGE

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The love for Cole Hamels never quite matched his accomplishments. Rather than debate the reasons why Hamels wasn’t fully embraced by Phillies fans, Eric Fisher reminds us why we should appreciate Hamels and why we’re going to miss him.

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Phillies trade Hamels to bolster future

July - 30 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

The Phillies agreed to trade ace Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Matt Harrison and five prospects as they try to turn the page from their past and build toward the future.

Predicting Birds’ roster

July - 29 - 2015 Reporter: Gordon Glantz Respond

As we count down to the start of Eagles training camp, Gordon Glantz counts off the 53 players whom he predicts will make the Eagles’ final roster, leaving familiar names such as safety Earl Wolff (pictured) on the outside looking in.

Chances to make Chase dwindling

July - 29 - 2015 Reporter: Eric Fisher Respond

Carl Edwards (pictured), virtually has a place in the Chase wrapped up because he’s reached victory lane this year, but drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne enter Sunday’s race at Pocono needing a win to assure themselves of a Chase berth.

RIP, Roddy Piper