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New-look Phillies finalize 1-year deal with Lannan

New-look Phillies finalize 1-year deal with Lannan

PHILADELPHIA (AP) John Lannan could hardly beat the Philadelphia Phillies, so he joined them.

Lannan signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract on Tuesday, adding depth to a rotation that lost starter Vance Worley when he was traded away.

The 28-year-old Lannan was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the NL East-champion Washington Nationals this year. He also made 24 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, going 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA.

Lannan struggled against the Phillies over the years. He was 3-13 with a 5.53 ERA against them, including a 6.49 ERA in eight career starts at Citizens Bank Park.

``I think it's more me not executing,'' Lannan said. ``That's what it comes down to, and it's against really good Philly lineups. So I think it comes down to me executing pitches. It doesn't really matter where you're pitching. This park is smaller. You've just got to execute your pitches.''

Lannan's deal includes performance incentives. He gets $200,000 each for 150, 160, 170, 180 and 190 innings, $250,000 each for 200 and 210 innings and $250,000 for 31-34 starts.

Overall, Lannan was 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 games - all starts - in six seasons for Washington. Worley was dealt to Minnesota along with minor-league righty Trevor May for center fielder Ben Revere.

``It's a great opportunity,'' Lannan said. ``I feel like the Phillies have a great shot of winning the NL East and going to the World Series.''

After finalizing the deal for Lannan, the Phillies introduced new third baseman Michael Young. The seven-time All-Star arrived in a trade with Texas earlier this month.

``I couldn't be more excited to be a member of this organization right now,'' Young said. ``This is a team with a really strong history of winning over here the past five or six seasons. Great history and a great fan base. A loud, intense and fun ballpark. All those things really appealed to me.''

A former AL Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Young hasn't played third base regularly since 2010. He made 40 starts at first base, 25 at third base, 14 at second base and four at shortstop last year. Young feels he will benefit from concentrating on one position.

``My time at third will be easier because I can donate all my reps to third,'' he said. ``The toughest part of playing different spots is dividing your reps. Taking 25 percent of your balls at third because you have to go to short, second and first. I'm looking forward to that and getting down to Clearwater and getting a lot of reps under my belt.''

Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 2012, a down year for him. From 2003-11, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBIs.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.