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Carlos Ruiz launches long home run in big game

Carlos Ruiz launches long home run in big game

CHOOOOOOOOOOCH!

He may be 40 years old and gone from Major League Baseball but Carlos Ruiz is still launching bombs.

Down 3-2 in a seven-game series, Ruiz’s Chiriqui team in Panama needed a win to force a Game 7 in the Major National Baseball Championship and the former Phillie helped in a big way, hitting a solo home run Tuesday night to propel his team to a decisive Game 7 with an 8-0 win.

We last saw Ruiz in the majors in 2017 with the Seattle Mariners. Despite expressing his desire to play in the bigs in 2018, Ruiz is now playing in Panama, in the city where he played high school baseball.

Information on this baseball league is pretty sparse on the Internet, so there's not much more information available, but it’s just nice to see Ruiz out there still playing the game he loves.

Here’s hoping that maybe we’ll see Carlos back in Philadelphia some day, perhaps as a coach in the city where he made so many memories.

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The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillie Phanatic was surprisingly good at 'Pictionary' on MLB Network

The Phillies may not have played a game yesterday due to the weather down in Washington but that didn't stop the Phanatic from getting his game on.

The big green fella was a guest on MLB Network to play "Central Scribbles" which is basically Pictionary.

He teamed up with Ken Rosenthal and Lauren Shehadi to try and come up with players associated with the National League East. Some names were much more challenging than others. Spoiler: Nobody was able to get Adam Eaton.

You can watch and enjoy the Phanatic's artistic skills in the below video.

Phillies and Nationals postponed for second straight night

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Phillies and Nationals postponed for second straight night

Here we go again.

After a rain delay of about two hours, the Phillies and Nationals have been rained out for a second straight night. Tonight’s game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sept. 24.

After nearly three hours of waiting on Monday, the series opener was postponed and scheduled to be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Wednesday (1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.), but Tuesday’s postponement will cause even more issues for both teams.

Different from Monday, there was steady rain falling throughout the night and, perhaps, with a day game on Wednesday, it got too late to give this one a go. The Phillies have announced that Zach Eflin will start game one and Jake Arrieta will start game two. It appears Patrick Corbin will try again for Washington, however the Nationals may be searching for a second starter after a freak accident during batting practice resulted in a broken nose for their ace, Max Scherzer, whose status is TBD. (see video)

While a doubleheader is difficult from a pitching standpoint, the Phillies will welcome two extra days for J.T. Realmuto and Jay Bruce to mend. Not in the posted lineup for either of the games that were postponed due to rain, Gabe Kapler did indicate that Realmuto would start one game on Wednesday and Bruce was available to pinch hit on Tuesday if needed.

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