As Giants Land Big Bat, Manuel Makes His Desires Clear

As Giants Land Big Bat, Manuel Makes His Desires Clear

The buzz before the Phillies game this evening at Citizens Bank Park is the looming trade that will land the San Francisco Giants switch-hitter Carlos Beltran, one of the prized bats of the 2011 deadline season.

"I guess I don't have to talk about Beltran no more, do I?" Charlie Manuel said with a chuckle in the Phils dugout.

"He's been playing good. He can still play in the outfield. He's definitely going to help them. Not only with the bat, but he's going to help them because he knows how to play."

But can one player change the complexion of a race?

"Yeah, but like I said before, it depends on who that guy is. Sometimes you can make one adjustment to your lineup and it definitely makes it better -- without a doubt."

Whether the Phillies and Ruben Amaro Jr. are willing to pay a big price in prospects for a serious piece, perhaps a guy like Hunter Pence, remains to be seen.

But one thing is clear, Charlie Manuel wants to win now.

"From our organization, I think we look at it as 'forever.' I look at it as 'now.' I think every manager in baseball would feel that way," Manuel said. "I see more of a window with our pitching situation that we have here in Philadelphia, and our core players that we have aboard, I see a solid 2-3 year time to win -- a real good chance of always getting to the playoffs and a chance to win the World Series. It's kinda hard for me to look any further than that down the road."

I think Chuck's feelings are well known. Only time will tell what the trade market dictates and what Ruben believes.

As for tonight's game, scheduled starter Matt Cain (8-6, 3.06) will stay in his slot, with Tim Lincecum's ability to start on Thursday uncertain after being scratched last night. Cain will take on Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) who looks to become the first NL pitcher to reach 13 wins.

Tonight's Lineup: Rollins, Martinez, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez, Brown, Ruiz, and Hamels.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05. Keep an eye on those rumor mills.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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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

Requirements

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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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Jake Arrieta pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning to held the defending World Series champion Cubs close their deficit to 3-1. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected for the second time in this series in the eighth, and a packed Wrigley Field crowd watched Davis get Cody Bellinger to ground into a game-ending double play.

Maddon was heavily criticized for not using Davis during a 4-1 loss in Game 2. This time, the Cubs closer threw 48 pitches to finish the job.

Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs. Bellinger and Justin Turner connected for the Dodgers, who had won a team-record six straight playoff games.

Game 5 is Thursday, with Jose Quintana pitching for Chicago against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (see full recap).

Tanaka, Yankees blank Astros to take ALCS lead
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans (see full recap).