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Phillies’ lineup getting closer and closer to an opening day look

Phillies’ lineup getting closer and closer to an opening day look

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Tonight’s Phillies lineup against the Yankees in Tampa is the closest yet to what could be their opening day lineup. 

Still no Odubel Herrera (hamstring) or Cesar Hernandez (strained hip flexor), though both are expected to return very soon, perhaps as soon as this week. Hernandez could be in one of the Phillies’ split-squad lineups Thursday.

Maikel Franco, who appeared to tweak his hip last Friday night going for a ball while being shifted over toward shortstop, is back in the lineup for the first time as the designated hitter. 

Here’s the lineup for the 6:35 p.m. game, which is not televised:

1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
2. Jean Segura, SS
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto, C
6. Maikel Franco, DH
7. Aaron Altherr, CF
8. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
9. Scott Kingery, 3B

Zach Eflin pitches for the Phillies. Masahiro Tanaka pitches for the Yankees.

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Brian Dawkins schools Phillies prospects on how to handle boos

Brian Dawkins schools Phillies prospects on how to handle boos

A group of Phillies prospects was in town this week for the organization’s annual prospects education seminar.

One of those lessons came from a legend.

Brian Dawkins, the most motivational athlete this city has ever seen, shared with the group his thoughts on playing in Philadelphia and responding to the passionate fan base.

“Playing in Philadelphia is different,” Dawkins said. “If you get on the field, there is a 99.99 percent chance you will be booed. The thing I always knew though was that you may boo me that one time but I’m not gonna make the same mistake again.”

The group included Alec Bohm, the Phillies’ top offensive prospect, and Cristopher Sanchez, a pitching prospect with a 100 mph arm profiled here by Jim Salisbury.

Check out the video here if you’re seeking some extra juice at the gym or just want to see Weapon X drop some jewels.

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Gabe Kapler and Giants make historic coaching hire with Alyssa Nakken

Gabe Kapler and Giants make historic coaching hire with Alyssa Nakken

With all of the chaos currently consuming the league, it may have been overlooked that the Giants and Gabe Kapler have made a historic coaching hire.

Alyssa Nakken has been named one of Kapler's assistant coaches. She will be the first woman on a major-league coaching staff.

Can anyone say girl power?

Nakken is also a chairperson for the Giants' Employee Resource Group. This group promotes diversity and equality within the organization.

And as a female, with her intelligence and determination and hunger and drive to excel — I understand some of her responsibility is keeping her fingers on the pulse of the culture — it’s invaluable. She’ll broaden the scope and perspective, and I applaud Gabe for doing this.

-Kathy Strahan, Nakken's former coach in an interview for the San Francisco Chronicle

This is a moment that could change the mold of the league in the new decade.

Women belong in sports and are here to stay. And this single hire has the potential to open numerous doors in the future for both the league and anyone who wants to be a part of it.

You can read more about the hire and get to know Nakken at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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