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Game 1 of Phillies-Nationals doubleheader has one of the smallest crowds you'll ever see

Game 1 of Phillies-Nationals doubleheader has one of the smallest crowds you'll ever see

You never know what you're gonna see at the ol' ballyard.

On Monday, there were multiple flamethrowers in the infield.

On Tuesday, there were ... multiple fans in attendance.

The crowd for Game 1 of the Phillies-Nationals doubleheader is the smallest in memory at Citizens Bank Park. There were approximately 500 fans in their seats at first pitch. It was so quiet that you could hear most individual fans' encouragement or criticism.

Have a look.

The Phillies had 39 players, including 20 pitchers, active for the doubleheader. So there were nearly 10 percent as many people in the Phillies' dugout and bullpen as there were in the stands when Nick Pivetta took the hill.

Even though few were there to see it as the doubleheader began, this is a hugely important day for the Phillies. Because of the doubleheader, the Phils can make up more ground on the Braves Tuesday than any day the rest of the season. They entered the day a season-high five games back in the NL East.

The Phillies have split all three doubleheaders they've had this season. All were against inferior teams in the Mets, Mets and Padres.

This is the first time since 2011 the Phillies have played four doubleheaders in a season and the first time since 2006 they've had three doubleheaders after the All-Star break.

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At The Yard Podcast: Andrew McCutchen reaction, latest on Manny Machado

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At The Yard Podcast: Andrew McCutchen reaction, latest on Manny Machado

On this edition of At The Yard, Jim Salisbury (live from Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings) and Corey Seidman react to the Phillies' signing of Andrew McCutchen. Where does he fit in the outfield and the lineup? Do the guys think he still has a lot left in the tank?

Plus, the latest on Manny Machado and J.A. Happ. 

Also, are the Phillies really willing to trade top prospect Sixto Sanchez?

1:00 — Phillies sign Andrew McCutchen.
6:30 — Latest on J.A. Happ. Can the Phillies lure Manny Machado away from the Yankees?
10:30 — Should Sixto Sanchez be on the trade block?
13:00 — Phillies are open for business.

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Manny Machado plans to visit Citizens Bank Park, per source

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Manny Machado plans to visit Citizens Bank Park, per source

Manny Machado plans to visit Citizens Bank Park on his free-agent tour, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury has confirmed. 

Shortly after the McCutchen news broke, Salisbury and Corey Seidman sat down to analyze the move, what's next, and the latest on Machado on their At The Yard podcast. Check it out here.

"I've been able to confirm that is the plan. They would like to bring him in and have him take a look around," Salisbury said. "I still think the Yankees are the place that Machado wants to be. But if the Phillies make the right proposal, they could end up with Manny Machado. They could end up adding him to Segura and Andrew McCutchen. If they get J.A. Happ, who knows, you're looking at a pretty good winter if all these balls align."

If the Phillies do end up with Machado, check out this potential lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Jean Segura, SS
3. Manny Machado, 3B
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Andrew McCutchen, OF
6. Odubel Herrera, OF
7. Roman Quinn, OF
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Pitcher

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