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Years since a Phillies catcher batted leadoff before Andrew Knapp did so Sunday

First-and-10

Posted by Eric Fisher On July 8

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news…

1. Short break for PhillyPhanatics.com PhillyPhanatics.com will take a break from July 9-19. New stories and information will be posted again on July 20.

2. Nola is Phillies’ lone star Phillies ace Aaron Nola named to NL All-Star team, but no other Phillie selected. Nola is 11-2 with 2.41 ERA, 116 strikeouts. Neither Odubel Herrera nor Rhys Hoskins selected for All-Star Game, which takes place July 17 in Washington, D.C. In other Phillies news, pitcher Jerad Eickhoff experiences tingling in fingers while throwing to batters in Clearwater, will return to Philly for further evaluation by doctors. Eickhoff has spent all season on disabled list, first with strained lat and then with finger issue.

3. Pirates halt Phillies’ streak Phillies manage just 4 hits in 4-1 loss to host Pirates, ending 6-game winning streak. Nick Williams’ solo home run in top of 4th inning ties score, but Pirates score 3 times in bottom of 4th inning to account for final score. With doubleheader Monday, Drew Anderson comes up from Lehigh Valley, hurls 5 innings as starter. Zach Eflin, Aaron Nola scheduled to start doubleheader Monday (Game 1 at 4:10 p.m.). Andrew Knapp bats leadoff, 1st time a Phillies catches has batted leadoff since 1920. Enyel De Los Santos, scheduled to start Class AAA All-Star Game this week, will reportedly start Tuesday for Phillies instead.

4. Lakers display Hart in win over Sixers Villanova product Josh Hart scores 24 points as Lakers defeat Sixers, 96-79, in Las Vegas Summer League. Zhaire Smith scores 16 points to pace Sixers, who drop to 0-2 in round robin portion of schedule. After scoring 40 points in summer league opener against Celtics, Furkan Korkmaz scores just 4 points, making 1 of 9 shots from field, including 0 for 7 from 3-point range. First-round draft pick Landry Shamet will miss rest of summer league after spraining right ankle in opener. Markelle Fultz working on his shot in California rather than play for Sixers’ summer league teams. Sixers wrap up round-robin portion of Las Vegas Summer League on Monday (5:30 p.m.) against Wizards.

5. Croatia ousts Russia Croatia wins on penalty kicks, 4-3, to defeat host Russia, advance to World Cup semifinals. Game tied after regulation, then Croatia scores on header off corner kick in 1st extra session, but Russia ties game again on header off free kick late in 2nd extra session. Croatia’s semifinal opponent will be England, a 2-0 winner over Sweden. On Friday, Belgium scores twice in 1st half, hangs on for 2-1 upset victory over Brazil in World Cup quarterfinals. Belgium’s semifinal opponent will be France, which posted 2-0 victory over Uruguay. Semifinals to take place on Tuesday.

6. Sixers sign forward Sixers reportedly agree to 1-year contract with power forward Nemanja Bjelica, the 2015 EuroLeague MVP who shot 41.8 percent from 3-point range last season while averaging 6.8 points with Timberwolves. Sixers reportedly will use mid-level exception ($4.4 million) to sign Bjelica (6-foot-10, 240 pounds). Sixers acquire wingman Wilson Chandler, draft considerations for minimal cash considerations, according to multiple reports. Sixers seem to be absorbing final year of Chandler’s $12.8 million contract in exchange for getting Nuggets’ 2nd-round pick in 2021 and option to switch 2nd-round picks in 2022. Sixers, guard JJ Redick agree to 1-year contract that brings him back to team. Redick, 34, averaged 17.1 points while making 46 percent of shots from 3-point range last season. Sixers also re-sign backup center Amir Johnson to 1-year contract, reportedly at veteran minimum.

7. Flyers sign defenseman Flyers sign right-handed defenseman Christian Folin (6-foot-3, 204 pounds), who led Kings in hits last season. Folin was with Wild previous 3 seasons. Flyers sign left wing James van Riemsdyk at start of free-agent signing period. ESPN’s John Buccigross reports contract is for 5 years, $35 million. Drafted 2nd overall by Flyers in 2007 NHL Draft, van Riemsdyk spent last 6 seasons with Maple Leafs, scoring 36 goals last season. With top-6 wing checked off, Flyers still looking for veteran defenseman, third-line center.

8. Upsets continue as top seed Halep loses Su-Wei Hsieh wins final 5 games to stun top-seeded Simona Halep, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, to advance to 4th round in upset-filled women’s Wimbledon draw. In other women’s matches, 25th-seeded Serena Williams avoids upset with 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over Kristina Mladenovic, 7-5, 7-6 (2); Evynia Rodina, ranked 120th in world, knocks off 10th-seeded Madison Keys, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4; unseeded Alison Van Uytvanck, who ousted defending champion Garbine Muguruza in 2nd round, advances to 4th round with 6-2, 6-3 win over Anett Kontaveit; and Ekaterina Marakova, who knocked out 2nd-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in 2nd round, rallies past Lucie Safarova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. In men’s draw, 9th-seeded John Isner, who survived 2 match points to escape with 5-set win in 2nd round, has easier time in 3rd round with 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Radu Albot; top seeded Roger Federer breezes into 4th round with 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win over Jan-Lennard Struff; 2nd-seeded Rafael Nadal cruises into 4th round with 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Alex De Minaur; and Gael Monfils ousts 11th-seeded American Sam Querrey Jr., 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

9. Atlanta shuts out Union Josef Martinez, Hector Villalba score in 2nd half to boost Atlanta, which leads Eastern Conference, past host Union, 2-0.  Union (6-9-3) will visit Chicago on Wednesday (8:30 p.m.). Union exercise 2019 contract option for Haris Medunjanin, keeping veteran midfielder for at least one more season.

10. Soul lose to Albany Soul fall behind by 16 points by halftime, never able to catch Albany in 71-57 loss in regular-season finale. With victory, Albany (8-4) finishes in 1st place after Soul, Albany Baltimore enter final day of regular-season tied for first place. Soul (7-5) get 3rd seed, will host 2nd-seeded Baltimore (8-4) in 1st round of playoffs on Sun., July 15 (6 p.m.). Baltimore will host 2nd game of 2-game playoff series on Fri., July 20. If teams split games, team with best total score moves on to Arena Bowl.

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Phillies 17, Pittsburgh 5
Las Vegas Summer League
Celtics 95, Sixers 89

Saturday
Phillies 3, Pittsburgh 2
Albany 71, Soul 57
(regular-season finale)
Atlanta 2, Union 0
Las Vegas Summer League
Lakers 96, Sixers 79

Sunday
Pittsburgh 4, Phillies 1

LOCAL SCHEDULE
(July 9-15)

Monday
Phillies at Mets, 4:10 (Game 1)
Phillies at Mets, TBD (Game 2)
Las Vegas Summer League
Sixers vs. Wizards, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Phillies at Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday
Phillies at Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Union at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday
Phillies at Baltimore, 6 p.m.

Friday
Phillies at Miami, 7:10 p.m.

Saturday
Phillies at Miami, 4:10 p.m.
Eintracht Frankfurt at Union, 7 p.m.
(friendly)

Sunday
Phillies at Miami, 1:10 p.m.
Freedoms at Orange County, 8 p.m.
(season opener)
Arena Football League playoffs
Baltimore at Soul, 6 p.m.

LOCAL SCHEDULE
(July 16-22)

Monday
Freedoms at San Diego, 10 p.m.

Tuesday
MLB All-Star Game, 8 p.m.

Wednesday
Freedoms at New York, 7 p.m.
U.S. Open Cup

Orlando City SC at Union, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Orange County at Freedoms, 7 p.m.
(home opener)

Friday
Padres at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Washington at Freedoms, 7 p.m.
Arena Football League playoffs
Soul at Baltimore, 7 p.m.

Saturday
Padres at Phillies, 7 p.m.
L.A. Galaxy at Union, 7 p.m.

Sunday
Padres at Phillies, 1:30 p.m.
Freedoms at Springfield, 7 p.m.

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