Doc Looks to Stop the Bleeding in Houston, Avoid First Sweep of the Season

Doc Looks to Stop the Bleeding in Houston, Avoid First Sweep of the Season

After taking the brooms to the Atlanta Braves last week, the Philadelphia Phillies are the last team in Major League Baseball that have yet to fall victim to a series sweep in the 2011 season. With a starting rotation featuring one "stopper" after another, its been thought that his team might never get swept. We'll find out today.

Standing between the Phillies and the same disappointment shared by 29 other clubs—Mr. Roy Halladay.

Halladay enters this afternoon's match up against the Houston Astros sporting a 17-5 record, 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. In his last start, a 5-3 victory over the Brewers, Doc surrendered just 1 run in 8 innings of work, K—ing 9 and walking 3.

Standing opposed for the Brewers, Bud Norris is the owner of a 6-9 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.

Fortunately for those of the "let's not get swept by the freaking Astros" mindset, the Phillies have already gotten to Norris once in 2011. In his first start of the season, an April 3rd contest at Citizens Bank Park, the twenty-six-year-old right-hander lasted just 4 innings, after getting tagged for 6 hits and 5 earned. All 5 runs were scored via the long ball, with Ryan Howard going yard twice and then-starter Ben Francisco taking Norris deep to left.

If the Big Piece can get to a guy in April, surely he can do it during his favorite month of September. Right?

I mean...let's just not get swept by the Astros.

Manager Charlie Manuel's 9/14 lineup:

1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, LF
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. Pete Orr, 2B
8. Michael Martinez, SS
9. Roy Halladay, P

First pitch is scheduled scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

"Sweep, sweep, sweep / It's all up to you, [Doc]."

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate comments to fan during Sixers game

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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate comments to fan during Sixers game

NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for responding to a fan with inappropriate language.

Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA' executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine Sunday.

Irving spoke to a fan at halftime of Boston's 102-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night (see story). 

The NBA fined Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for language he used toward a fan late in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday night in the season opener.