Retry: Phillies Host Rays At CBP for First Time Since '08

Retry: Phillies Host Rays At CBP for First Time Since '08

Rain washed away Game 1 of the Phillies' series with the Rays, forcing a double header on Sunday. Cliff Lee's start was moved back until then, further delaying his first win of the season, whether that's tomorrow, his next outing, or beyond. (By the way, he's reportedly not happy about how his preparation was handled, either.) The Phils call Kyle Kendrick to the mound in Lee's stead.

Exluding the On-Deck Series in '09, tonight is the first time the Rays have business in Philadelphia since Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske to clinch the 2008 World Series -- ah, the good ol' days. The clubs last squared off in a meaningful series at Tropicana Field later the following year, during which Tampa Bay took two of three.

The Rays present a match-up problem for the Phils, that being they're not an awful team. TB is 3.5 back of the Yankees in the AL East, and currently own one of the Wild Card spots. Their pitching staff is in possession of the second-best ERA in the league (3.49), and they 34 of the club's 38 wins this season occurred in games where they held their opponent to four runs or less.

Last night's probable James Shields (7-4, 3.72) still takes the hill today. He earned Tampa's lone win in Game 2 of the WS, holding the once-potent Phillies to zero runs over 5.2 frames. However, not too many guys who would've seen Shields that night are in the lineup this afternoon, especially with Shane Victorino resting -- just Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz.

Rollins was 0-for-3 off Shields during the postseason, and went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in their lone regular season face off back in 2006. Ruiz has only a pair of post-season at bats, going 1-for-1 with a double.

There are several players in the dugout who have seen quite a bit of Shields though, none more effective than Placido Polanco. The third baseman is 8-for-17 lifetime with a pair of home runs against Shields. Jim Thome (1) and Ty Wigginton (2) have also taken Shields over the fence.

Until recently, Kendrick (2-7, 5.29) had been reliable in a starting role for the Phillies, but recently has come down with a case of the Joe Blantons. He's surrendered at least five earned runs in each of his last three appearances, growing his ERA over a full point in that short amount of time. He's never pitched against Tampa Bay, so maybe he'll have the element of surprise today.

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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Sixers-Raptors observations: Not much life without Joel Embiid in blowout loss

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Sixers-Raptors observations: Not much life without Joel Embiid in blowout loss

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TORONTO — The Air Canada Centre has become a tough place for the Sixers.

Nothing has changed with a new season.

The Raptors defeated the Sixers, 128-94, Saturday night for their 16th win in the past 17 games against the Sixers, including 10 in a row at the Air Canada Centre.

The Sixers have problems beating the Raptors at home as well as away, which pretty well takes care of all the possibilities.

Say this for the Sixers, after falling behind by 17 points during the first quarter, they had the lead down to eight in the second quarter on a pair of free throws by former Raptor Jerryd Bayless. It was 62-49 for Toronto at the half.

Then there was the second half.

The Raptors raced out to a 72-51 lead early in the third quarter, with Serge Ibaka scoring eight of their first 10 points. Kyle Lowry finished the scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer to increase Toronto’s lead to 102-71.

• Amir Johnson got the start at center with Joel Embiid missing the second half of a back-to-back to rest his left knee. Johnson knows his way around the Air Canada Centre, having played for the Raptors for six seasons before going to the Boston Celtics for the past two seasons. He received a nice cheer during the pregame introductions and then scored the game’s first basket on a dunk.

• Jahlil Okafor took over at center 5:27 into the first quarter and quickly scored to tie the game at 13, but he was out of the game after playing 2:49 after picking up three quick fouls.

• Ben Simmons had his third consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had eight assists. He already had accomplished something never done before in franchise history entering the game against the Raptors. The rookie forward recorded double-doubles in his first two career NBA games against the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics. He is the 11th player in NBA history to do so.

• Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game because of flu symptoms. No such luck for the Sixers, he was in the starting lineup and looked quite well as he pumped in 15 points in the first quarter on 4 for 4 shooting from the field and a telling seven free throws in eight attempts. He finished with a game-high 30 points.

• As if the discrepancy in free throws has not been enough of a problem in the early going for the Sixers, Markelle Fultz missed three of his first four free-throw attempts against the Raptors. Toronto was 24 for 28 from the line in the first half and the Sixers were 12 for 18. Toronto made 30 of 36 foul shots on the game and the Sixers made 22 of 36. 

• Toronto reserve Lucas Nogueira scored on a breakaway dunk during the third quarter, which may redefine garbage time.

• For those who thought the 17 turnovers committed by the Sixers in each of their first two games were bad, what do you think of 20 turnovers Saturday night?

• Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was restricted to 15 minutes (five points, four rebounds) because of a sprained left ankle. He had a double-double in the team’s opening game win over the Chicago Bulls.