Marlins Park the Site of NL Least Bowl This Weekend

Marlins Park the Site of NL Least Bowl This Weekend

Despite the fanfare surrounding Chase Utley's return, the second half of the Pirates series did not go according to plan. In dropping the latter portion, the Phillies gained nothing on a Wild Card opponent, spoiled a 10-game a homestand, and missed a golden opportunity against a seemingly inferior club.

With that in mind, and the All-Star break looming, the Phils travel to South Beach for a three game set at the Marlins' new digs. While it's always fun to tour a new ball park, the only scenery we can focus on now is the view in the standings: 9.0 back of Washington, 5.5 back of the Wild Card -- with seven teams ahead of them.

Miami is one of the teams in front of the Phillies, both in the NL East and the WC, but only by a half-game. That means the good guys have a legitimate shot at putting a rival behind them this weekend, and perhaps finally crawl out of the basement for good.

After going 21-8 during the month of May, the Marlins have fallen on hard times in June, with just six victories in 24 games, and just three since June 3. Only the Dodgers' offense has scored fewer runs per in the NL, and they at least have the excuse of missing their best player, while only the Rockies -- with their ridiculous four-man rotation -- have a higher ERA.

These are the 2012 Phillies though, and they know a little something about letting awful teams hang around so they can steal one or two. We promise not to do anything crazy, like predicting Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72) pick up win number one tonight. This is Lee's first start versus Miami this year, but he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the fish in 2011.

Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96) is on the hill in the opener for the Marlins. After a bumpy start, Johnson has been on a roll. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start since May 4 -- and more than two only twice over his last nine -- a period over which he's amassed a 4-2 record and lowered his ERA from 6.61 to 3.96. The Fightins shelled a different guy back in April, when they chased the All-Star pitcher from the game in the fourth.

As for the new stadium, it looks... interesting. I wouldn't pass judgment on it without actually visiting in person, but in photographs Marlins Park looks like something that was designed for a video game, or imagined in a futuristic movie. I'm sure we'll get plenty of unique looks during the broadcast.

But that structure in center field. Wow. Okay, I feel confident enough to say that thing is patently absurd.

Utley is back in the lineup tonight, and I dig Polanco and Mayberry in the seven and eight holes. Could add some support at the back end, especially if Cliff is swinging the bat well. Go get 'em.

1. Rollins, SS
2. Pierre, LF
3. Utley, 2B
4. Ruiz, C
5. Pence, RF
6. Victorino, CF
7. Polanco, 3B
8. Mayberry, 1B
9. Lee, P

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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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.

The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, but the Lakers made a charge despite a poor shooting night from rookie Lonzo Ball.

Reserve Jordan Clarkson had 24 points for the Lakers, but Ball shot just 3 for 13 for eight points. He did have 13 assists and eight rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and scored 20 points in his first appearance for the Lakers. Rookie Kyle Kuzma also had 20.

E'Twaun Moore, who went 0 for 5 in his last game, added 19 points for the Pelicans (1-2), while Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark each had 14 (see full recap).

Wiggins' heave banks in, leads Timberwolves past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.

Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).

Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder (see full recap).

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Nets beat Hawks
NEW YORK -- Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, DeMarre Carroll had 17 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-104 on Sunday.

Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell each had 16 points to help the Nets improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory.

Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroeder went down with an apparent ankle injury with 3:37 left and had to be helped off the court.

Brooklyn found a way to win once again without Jeremy Lin, who was lost for the season on opening night with a knee injury, holding off the Hawks after leading by 16 points late in the third (see full recap).