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Bryce Harper raises awareness for Australia fires with Koala Challenge

Bryce Harper raises awareness for Australia fires with Koala Challenge

Bryce Harper is busy getting ready for his first full spring training with the Phillies, and he used Thursday's workout to flex some muscle while helping a good cause.

Harper posted a video of himself at the gym Thursday, participating in the "Koala Challenge," a social media-based challenge started by Australian athlete James Newbury to raise awareness about — and money for — the victims of the ongoing Australian brush fires, and the firefighters battling the blazes.

The Koala Challenge itself looks pretty silly, and is absolutely impossible for 99.9 percent of Phillies fans, but Harper basically nailed it:

Shoutout to all the people in the background, particularly the rowing machine user on the right, who are absolutely baffled by Harper. Same, dude.

Plenty of commenters wondered how Harper climbing all over a lifting bench would actually help, but it does: Newbury partnered with fitness drink company FITAID to donate $5 to wildlife protection services in Australia each time someone posted a Koala Challenge video. Beyond his own $5, Harper spreading the challenge to his millions of Instagram followers could lead to way more entries.

Elsewhere this week, nine different NBA players — including the Sixers' Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden, both of whom hail from Australia — donated $750,000 toward the relief and recovery efforts.

It's pretty easy to root for Philly's sports teams, and doubly so when the city's athletes are constantly using their platforms for good.

If you want to help the relief efforts but know you can't complete a Koala Challenge, you can head here to donate.

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Phillies get a break Friday night with Jacob deGrom scratched

Phillies get a break Friday night with Jacob deGrom scratched

The Phillies have received a break even before playing the New York Mets on Friday night. Jacob deGrom, the Mets' scheduled starter, has been scratched with a stiff neck. The Mets will start right-hander Walker Lockett.

DeGrom, 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season, won the last two National League Cy Young awards. He was scheduled to face Phillies rookie Spencer Howard. Howard is still scheduled to make that start, his second in the big leagues. 

The Phillies made a roster move prior to Friday night's game. Lefty reliever Austin Davis was sent to the training complex in Lehigh Valley and lefty JoJo Romero was added to the active roster. Romero, who has never pitched in the majors, gives the Phillies a lefty reliever capable of pitching multiple innings.

Here is the Phillies' lineup for Friday night's game:

1. Andrew McCutchen, DH
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Didi Gregorius, SS
6. Jean Segura, 2B
7. Jay Bruce, LF
8. Alec Bohm, 3B
9. Roman Quinn, CF

Spencer Howard, RHP

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Phillies Talk podcast: Could we see front-office shakeup if Phils miss playoffs?

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Phillies Talk podcast: Could we see front-office shakeup if Phils miss playoffs?

If the Phillies miss the playoffs again, even in a shortened season, could we see a front-office shakeup? What would it mean for GM Matt Klentak? Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discussed on Friday's Phillies Talk podcast.

• Are Phils even capable of going on a hot streak with this bullpen?

• Starting pitching has also stumbled some, blowing four multi-run leads.

• How much more money has J.T. Realmuto made himself with his ridiculous start?

• The excellence of Harper and Realmuto has been wasted so far.

• The impact of Alec Bohm on Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Phillies' infield.

• Factors that will play into Realmuto's free-agent decision.

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