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Rhys Hoskins failed to hit a home run Monday night — don't think his teammates didn't notice

Rhys Hoskins failed to hit a home run Monday night — don't think his teammates didn't notice

Rhys Hoskins failed to hit a home run on Monday night but despite the rookie's lack of longball power, the Phillies still somehow managed to defeat the Braves by a final of 6-1.

And I guess Hoskins still contributed to the win despite not hitting a home run. He did rip an RBI double and added a single later in the game.

But again, Hoskins -- who has hit home runs at a record clip since joining the Phillies just a few short weeks ago, did not hit a home run last night, which was a bummer.

Don't think Hoskins' lack of home runs on the night went unnoticed. From Jim Salisbury's game recap.

"I didn't even want to give him a high five," Cameron Rupp deadpanned. "I said, 'Dude, that's not good enough.' I mean, look what he's been doing the last 10 days. Where's that at? Where's that been the last four at-bats?"

Rupp had a point. Hoskins had slugged himself into the game's national spotlight by smacking 11 homers in his first 64 big-league at-bats, faster than anyone in major-league history. Hoskins' home run streak ended at five straight games Monday night, but he still managed the game's biggest hit. His first-pitch double down the left-field line with one out in the sixth inning gave the Phils a 2-1 lead.

"I told him I’m not mad at him," manager Pete Mackanin said. "The double was OK. If you’re not going to hit a home run, I’ll take a double."

Longtime Phillie-turned-broadcaster John Kruk questioned whether Hoskins should be sent down due to his lack of a home run on the night.

"Disappointing," Kruk said. "I'm sure they're probably discussing about sending him out. A double? Single? An RBI, a run scored? Come on. Who can't do that."

Hoskins will have a chance to redeem himself and get back in Philly's good graces with a home run Tuesday against the Braves at 7:05 p.m.

Meek Mill kicks off Sixers-Heat Game 5 by ringing bell

Meek Mill kicks off Sixers-Heat Game 5 by ringing bell

Could you have scripted it any better?

The Sixers, in Philly, with a chance to win their first postseason series since 2012, got a special guest to ring in Tuesday night's festivities.

Yep — Meek Mill.

Just hours after being released from prison, the beloved Philly rapper, rocking a Joel Embiid jersey, rung the bell to kick off the Sixers-Heat Game 5 at the Wells Fargo Center (which you can watch in the video above).




Mill was officially released after spending the last several months in prison. In November, he was sentenced for two to four years for violating the terms of his probation. 

His arrival rocked the Twittersphere as his impending release was learned around 4:30 p.m.

Before the game, Ben Simmons was excited about the prospect of Mill's return.

"I hope he comes, that would be amazing," Simmons said. "Glad he's out. Looking forward to it."

Simmons, who visited Mill in prison along with Markelle Fultz in early April, knew that this would be a big, big moment.

“Having someone that looks out for us, all of us here, would just mean a lot,” Simmons said. “Getting him back in here in Philly would be huge.”

Embiid also visited Mill in December and shared a moment with him before tip-off.

And with that, the night was on.

Meek Mill out of prison, will be bell ringer for Sixers-Heat Game 5

Meek Mill out of prison, will be bell ringer for Sixers-Heat Game 5

Updated: 7:32 p.m.

Hold up, wait a minute! 

Meek Mill is out of prison. And it’s just in time for him to get to the Wells Fargo Center before tonight’s Game 5. 

Oh, and by the way, he has arrived. He will also be the pregame bell ringer, chief executive officer Scott O'Neil said on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Sixers Pregame Live.

What did Mill do upon getting his freedom back? He posted about the Sixers of course. 

Let’s go @sixers

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on

Mill was officially released after spending the last several months in prison. In November, he was sentenced for two to four years for violating the terms of his probation. 

Comedian and Philly guy Kevin Hart, along with Sixers minority owner Michael Rubin, confirmed Mill was getting out.

On the way to the sixers game let’s go!!!! #meekfree

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During the Eagles’ improbable Super Bowl run, Mill’s song “Dreams and Nightmares” became the unofficial anthem of the team. The Eagles even used it as their entrance music in the postseason and it became a staple of postgame locker room celebrations. 

The Sixers are up in their series against the Heat, 3-1, and can finish the series tonight (8 p.m./NBCSP).