Before we get to tonight's late start in Los Angeles, three Phillies links worth your time.
1.) Todd Zolecki thinks the only way Cole Hamels signs with Philadelphia prior to the trade deadline is if Ruben Amaro Jr. blows him away. Zo doesn't see that happening, and if it doesn't, he believes the Phillies should trade Hamels. So basically Zo thinks Hamels will get traded baring a blow-away offer from the Phils. Sad face.
A quick aside, Hamels has been credited with 28% of the Phillies' wins this season (11 of 39), the highest such percentage in the majors, per Elias.
2.) Charlie Manuel talks to Sirius (Siri) on his iPhone. Must read from Yahoo!'s Dave Brown.
3.) Charlie Manuel addresses the team to talk about Breaking Bad's Season 5 premier (spoilers) in which Shane Victorino gets a machine gun. Must read from Zoo with Roy's Alan Sepinpenguin.
Now, on to tonight's action in which Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) takes on Dodger right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21).
Coming off a series win to kick off the second half, the Phillies still find themselves 11 games out of the Wild Card. Still plenty of baseball to be played, but expectations aren't really the playoffs any longer. Just try to win some series here.
In his last outing before the break, Heavy B was roughed up against the Braves to the tune of 5 earned on 9 hits over 6.1 in a loss. He has had good control, leading the legue in BB/9.0 IP at 1.31 and SO/BB ratio at 5.94, but he continues to give up the long ball at a damaging clip.
Roy Halladay will return from the DL and is scheduled to start on Tuesday night.
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley return to the linup this evening. Howard has not been sharp since returning from an extended rehab and is hitless since the ASG and is in a current 0-13 streak.
10:10 start from the West Coast.
The full lineup:
Position Title: Intern
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
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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TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation loss of the season with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.
Matt Martin, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-0). Mitch Marner added two assists.
Toronto has won at least seven of its first nine games for the first time since the 1993-94 season and just the seventh time overall in franchise history.
Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis scored for Los Angeles (6-1-1), which had won four in a row. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots.
Toronto defenseman Roman Polak made his season debut after signing a $1.1 million, one-year deal on Sunday. He had one assist and played 12-plus minutes (see full recap).
Couture, Jones lead Sharks past struggling Rangers
NEW YORK -- Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped 33 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.
Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.
Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.
With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.
San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period (see full recap).