MONDAY ROUNDUP: Charlie Manuel Wants Your Tweets, Philly Media [AUDIO]
AUDIO (CSN Philly): Charlie Manuel essplains hisself for leaving out righty Michael Martinez (entered Sunday with a .171 average, .466 OPS) to face lefty Jake McGee with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Phils first Sunday loss to the Rays. (There were two.) Charlie Manuel refuses to essplain hisself for leaving out the possibility of Mike Fontenot when first essplaining hisself, essplodes, says we should “tweet” him our suggestions. Opens Pandora’s box, methinks.
AUDIO (CSN Philly): Cole Hamels isn’t sweating the small stuff, which, here, means anything after his starts. (He went seven scoreless with seven strikeouts and only three hits and walks in an eventual 3-2 loss.)
AUDIO (Flyers.com): Paul Holmgren says he’s pleased with the Flyers 2012 NHL draft. (Code: The entire class…and team…and zamboni guy…on the trade block, effective immediately.)
AUDIO ( ): Kevin Youkilis‘ last standing O in Beantown. Ever. (And no, not to bring him to Philly.) Cody Ross says Youkilis had something — that totally wasn’t tears… — in his eyes. Bobby Valentine channels Barney Stinson. Dustin Pedroia terms the deal a win-win.
SCRIPTUALS (USA Today): For the Cole Hamels “Yeah, I Voted For Bryce Harper For The All-Star Game” scoopage…
SCRIPTUALS (Glamour): Everything you need to know about the 24-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winner who told us everything we needed to know about the behind-closed-doors horrors of Jerry Sandusky and State College.
SCRITPUALS (SI): Michael Rosenberg tells us, hopefully for the last time, “Be Careful Who You Make Your Hero” to (hopefully) close the book on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation/trial/verdict.
SCRIPTUALS (Columbus Post-Dispatch): Iffy on Jared Sullinger coming to Philly? OK. Maybe, probably, definitely, writes Bob Baptist, you totally should be.
SCRIPTUALS (Frank Seravalli): Sergei Bobrovsky dealt, Flyers No. 2 goalie spot vacant, Paul Holmgren hints he might turn to Michael Leighton. Or, another way: Backup (maybe) traded because of pressure he invokes with incumbent, who fears backups with successful playoff stretches and bears. Team GM, executor of said stress-relieving trade, might turn to backup with successful playoff stretch nicknamed The Bear. Apropos.
SCRITPUALS (Toronto Sun): Luke Schenn (dealt to Philly for JVR Saturday) seems pretty ambivalent about this whole “Work And Play With Baby Bro” thing. Excited for Philly, but nostalgic for Toronto.
SCRIPTUALS (Washington Post): It’s all “U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials down, London and Usain Bolt to go” for Justin Gatlin.
STATISTICALS (Elias): The Rays defeated Cliff Lee in the second game of Sunday’s split doubleheader to drop his record to 0-4 in 12 games this season. Lee is the first former Cy Young Award winner to string together 12 straight starts without a victory since Greg Maddux went 0-5 over a span of 14 starts for the 2008 Padres. Lee is the second pitcher to begin a season with 12 or more winless starts after winning that award. Vida Blue was 0-5 in 14 starts (the entire season) for the 1983 Royals.
STATISTICALS (ESPN Stats and Info): The Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 3-2 win in the first game of their doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies thanks to Carlos Pena’s eighth inning three-run homer. It was Pena’s sixth go-ahead homer in the eighth inning or later with the Rays, the second-most such homers in team history.
David Price earned his 10th win of the season with seven innings of one-run ball. Price’s fastball averaged 96.7 MPH, matching his fastest this year. With two strikes, he upped it to 97.5 MPH, and the Phillies went hitless in 7 two-strike at-bats ending in a heater.
PHILLIES-PIRATES PROBABLES (MLB.com):
Monday @ CBP (7:05 p.m. EST): RHP Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
Tuesday @ CBP (7:05 p.m. EST): RHP Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78 ERA) vs. LHP Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13 ERA)a
Wednesday @ CBP (7:05 p.m. EST): TBA vs. RHP James McDonald (6-3, 2.19 ERA)
Aside: When’s the last time you said to yourself, “No A.J. Burnett?!? How LUCKY are WE?!?!?”
ON THIS DAY:
1968 – Bobby Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit a grand-slam in his first game with the Giants. He was the first player to debut with a grand-slam.
1985 – ABC’s “Monday Night Football” debuted a new crew: Frank Gifford, Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson.
1985 – New York Yankees officials enacted the rule that mandated that the team’s bat boys were to wear protective helmets during all games.
1997 – The NHL officially approved expansion to 30 teams by the year 2000 with the announcement of new teams in Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville.
2002 – Muhammad Ali received a humanitarian award at the second-annual BET awards.
2003 – Todd McFarlane bought Barry Bonds 73rd home run ball at auction for $517,500.