It's going to be another one of those action packed Philadelphia sports weekends. Head to your local beer distributor and plan accordingly.
Things start out light and easy tonight with Roy Halladay throwing at Citizens Bank Park to kick off the Fightins four-game set with the Chicago Cubs. Then things really get busy tomorrow with the Sixers kicking off their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Bulls in Chicago at 1:00 p.m. on CSN. Then later in the evening both the Phils and Union are in action. Then Flyers wrap things up with the opening game of their Stanley Cup playoff series with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday after another Phils appetizer to start the day.
It's left-hander Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36) against Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) this evening in what looks like could be a chilly Citizens Bank Park. Kulp took a look at the 6-13 Cubs earlier in the day, so go read that for a quick primer.
Stock the fridge. Tip your bartenders. Go team.
7:05 first pitch tonight. Dress warm.
Charlie's lineup: 1. Pierre, 2. Polanco, 3. Rollins, 4. Pence, 5. Victorino, 6. Wigginton, 7. Ruiz, 8. Galvis, 9. Roy
Encouraging Game Note: BAT TO LIFE?: Over their last three games (2-1), the Phillies are hitting .327 (36-110) with 13 extrabase hits (7 2B, 3B, 5 HR) and have scored 20 runs (6.7 runs/game) ... In that same span, the Phils are hitting .435 (10-23) with runners in scoring position ... Through the first 16 games of the season, Philadelphia hit .239 (129-540) with 27 XBH (19 2B, 3B, 7 HR), scored a total of 43 runs (2.7 runs/game) and batted .219 (28-128) with RISP.
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It's still unclear whether or not the Eagles will have Ronald Darby for Monday night's game, but at least they'll have their linebackers.
Both Jordan Hicks (calf) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) will be OK to play against Washington on Monday night, head coach Doug Pederson said.
"Both of them will practice today," Pederson said on Saturday morning. "They're both doing well. Just to get a couple extra days of rest. And Mychal has actually practiced all week. Jordan's been the one we've kept out. Both of them will go today and we'll get a better understanding of where they're at but they'll be fine for the game."
Hicks, Kendricks and Darby were the only three Eagles who were limited in Friday's practice.
Darby (ankle) will be listed as questionable for the game, but earlier in the week Pederson said "stars have to align" for the cornerback to play this week. The 49ers game on Oct. 29 is probably more likely.
Darby, who dislocated his right ankle in Week 1, returned to practice for the first time this week.
"[Darby has] looked well. It's just day by day with him," Pederson said. "We'll get through today's practice with him. Obviously, have limited his reps during practice. He is doing well and we'll get through today and tomorrow to make a decision for [the game]."
The Eagles will practice on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. and the injury report will come out later in the afternoon.