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Sixto Sanchez shows flashes of greatness in season debut


Sixto Sanchez shows flashes of greatness in season debut

All aboard the Sixto Sanchez hype train.

Sanchez is a consensus top-25 prospect and, while he didn't have the start to the season that he would have liked, he showed flashes of what Phillies fans hope will make him a top-of-the-line starting pitcher in a few years.

Signed in 2015 out of the Dominican Republic, Sanchez will turn 20 in three months and already has more than 175 innings of minor league baseball under his belt. Last season he spent most of the year with Lakewood and posted a 2.41 ERA over 67.1 innings with 64 strikeouts and just nine walks. He was called up to finish the season with Clearwater where he posted a 4.55 ERA over 27.2 innings.

This season, Sanchez started the year back in Clearwater where he made his first start of the season Sunday against Bradenton where he, surprisingly, allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks in four innings. For many top prospects, however, sometimes it’s not all about the numbers in the minor leagues, it’s what flashes of ability you can show. Sanchez did just that in this video tweeted out by Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Woodell.

He’ll look to build off his sour overall performance today and have a big year that could set him up for a potential look at the major leagues sometime next season.

Photos of Sidney Crosby appear in urinals at Wells Fargo Center

Photos of Sidney Crosby appear in urinals at Wells Fargo Center

By clicking on this article, urine store for some low-brow comedy.

Photos have trickled through on social media of the No. 1 player on the Penguins, Sidney Crosby, inside urinals at the Wells Fargo Center.

You read that right, every urinal features a different photo of Crosby.

He’ll get a healthy stream of boos today, but this is taking the rivalry to a whole new, and kinda gross, level.

Chase Utley reunites with cancer survivor turned teammate

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Chase Utley reunites with cancer survivor turned teammate

It’s funny sometimes how life comes full circle and how one act of kindness can go a long way. Little did Chase Utley know, when he met then-10-year-old Devin Smeltzer, he would be meeting a future cancer survivor and a teammate.

Smeltzer, from Voorhees, New Jersey, and a graduate of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 9 and not only beat it, but went on to become a fifth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he is a pitcher in their organization.

Utley took a moment out of his day to sign an autograph for a youngster who was battling cancer at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and then was reunited with him as professional baseball players in the same organization.

SportsNet LA captured the moment on its "Backstage Dodgers" program and posted the video to its Twitter page.

As Dave Roberts said in the video, “That’s just Chase being Chase.”

It sure is.

UPDATE: Click here to see the entire segment.