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Sixto Sanchez shows flashes of greatness in season debut

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Sixto Sanchez shows flashes of greatness in season debut

All aboard the Sixto Sanchez hype train.

Sanchez is a consensus top-25 prospect and, while he didn't have the start to the season that he would have liked, he showed flashes of what Phillies fans hope will make him a top-of-the-line starting pitcher in a few years.

Signed in 2015 out of the Dominican Republic, Sanchez will turn 20 in three months and already has more than 175 innings of minor league baseball under his belt. Last season he spent most of the year with Lakewood and posted a 2.41 ERA over 67.1 innings with 64 strikeouts and just nine walks. He was called up to finish the season with Clearwater where he posted a 4.55 ERA over 27.2 innings.

This season, Sanchez started the year back in Clearwater where he made his first start of the season Sunday against Bradenton where he, surprisingly, allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks in four innings. For many top prospects, however, sometimes it’s not all about the numbers in the minor leagues, it’s what flashes of ability you can show. Sanchez did just that in this video tweeted out by Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Woodell.

He’ll look to build off his sour overall performance today and have a big year that could set him up for a potential look at the major leagues sometime next season.

Brent Celek would rather retire than play for Cowboys

Brent Celek would rather retire than play for Cowboys

Need another reason to love Brent Celek?

Probably not — the standing ovation he got at the Sixers game in March just hours after being cut by the Eagles gives you a sense of the connection he has with Philadelphia fans.

But appearing Friday on 97.5 The Fanatic, Celek did the one thing guaranteed to get you in any Eagles fan's good graces — diss the Cowboys.

"Hell no. Do you think I would play for the Cowboys? Philly is my home," Celek said. "If they offered me 10 million, I still wouldn't go."

While Celek said back in March before being cut that he wasn't planning to retire, it sounds like his mind has shifted. He has a hard time imagining himself playing anywhere besides Philadelphia.

"I think I'm leaning more toward retirement," Celek said. "I've had a few offers, but none of them are worth leaving a city that I have been in for 11 years where I won the Super Bowl in my final year. It wouldn't feel right to put another uniform on."

Like seeing Brian Dawkins in a Broncos uniform, it would be bizarre to watch Celek suit up for another team. 

If he does find a new home, we know it definitely won't be Dallas. 

You can listen to the full interview with Celek here

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Mets pitcher records 1st MLB hit off Scott Kingery, jokes on social media

Mets pitcher records 1st MLB hit off Scott Kingery, jokes on social media

When someone gets a bloop single or a broken bat hit, they’ll often say “it looks like a line drive in the box score.” Does the same apply when your first major-league hit came off Scott Kingery lobbing pitches over the plate?

Thursday, in the midst of the Mets' 20-run victory, the Phillies used position players to record the final nine outs of the game. Roman Quinn pitched first and regularly registered in the upper 70s with his offerings, but Kingery on the other hand …

In the eighth inning, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was called on to hit for just the fourth time in his 12-year MLB career and he delivered with an RBI single off the soft-tossing rookie infielder. 

After the game, Blevins took to social media to make a joke about his first hit.

Mets fans had some fun with the moment, too.

While Dodgers fans, just didn’t get it.

The Phillies went on to win the second game of the twin bill, aided by a solo home run from Kingery. The Phils also gained a half-game on the Atlanta Braves in the standings, so we can have a laugh at this one.

Congratulations, Jerry, it’s a line drive off Kershaw in the box score.

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