Raul Valdes Is Tonight's Starting Pitcher

Raul Valdes Is Tonight's Starting Pitcher

If you still have one of those Rauuuuul T-shirts, tonight's the night to wear it.

At 34 years old, Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) will make his second career start in the Majors on Wednesday, and first since 2010. Valdes, who has been bouncing around professional baseball for nearly a decade, gets the call on a staff that includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels.

Due to the rain-out on Friday and subsequent double header on Sunday, all five members of the rotation as it's currently made up were used over four days. That means since it's Kyle Kendrick's turn, he would have to pitch on short rest if he were to go as planned tonight.

The Phillies will avoid that by throwing their bullpen instead. Valdes will work a maximum of three innings to lead off, likely followed by Joe Savery for up to three more, and so on, all of which pretty much gurantees Chad Qualls will eventually pitch. We know you are excited about that.

What could possibly go wrong?

Here's the good news: this unconventional setup will play out against the Pirates. No offense in MLB has been less productive than Pittsburgh's, which averages 3.5 runs per game. If there was ever a time for the bullpen to carry the Phillies, this is their moment, there's no doubt about that.

Who knows, a strong effort here may even be the catalyst for a turnaround for a few of these guys.

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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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award. 

At least, he's now the favorite. 

The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. 

Here's the top five: 

1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200

Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite. 

It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games. 

Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. 

The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award. 

The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24. 

Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.