AUDIO (CSN Philly): The Phillies brandiest new twentysomething (he's 26) Jeremy Horst was pretty impressive in his 2012 debut, in yesterday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates. Started the ninth. Finished it. Give two freebies. Struck out two, one being Andrew McCutchen, whose doors Horst pretty defiantly blew off. Onlookers -- namely Jimmy RollinsJuan Pierre and Shane Victorino, due up in a ninth inning in which they'd actually have a chance for once, and Jim Thome and Carlos Ruiz, who Charlie Manuel put in pretty winless (but necessary) pinch-hit positions with two in scoring position in the frame before -- nodded approvingly. Horst said he was a little anxious , but not nervous or scared. Not even against McCutchen . And not because he knew in advance that McCutchen's apparently atrocious against lefties. He didn't .

AUDIO (Sixers.com): Moe Harkless is pumped to play in Philly, it being close to his home in New York and all. Said his moms was pretty happy about it, too. Though Harkless said she was just happy in general. (Typical mommydom.) More substantial: Fielded the white elephant question -- "So, uh, Moe. They did tell you you're basically the exact same guy as (...carry the seven...) three guys on the roster, right?" -- pretty poorly. Still thinks he'll fit in well in Philly, provided that he gets stronger. (Thus effectively differentiating himself from said "exactly the same guys." No, no -- I know.) On his work ethic: Highbrowed a bit when he said he didn't think I'd be able to work this hard. (What does that mean?) Same reaction to this, when he said Sixers tipped their hand to him about their interest. Twice. (Don't know if that's the industry standard in basketball. Certainly isn't in football.)

AUDIO (ESPN): David Stern booed.

AUDIO (ESPN): Anthony Davis wants to be the best he can be.

AUDIO (ESPN): Austin Rivers knows he's better for being Papa Doc's son.

AUDIO: Lukas Rosol admits he was the better man Thursday . Better than Rafa Nadal, at least.

SCRIPTUALS (ESPN): Jayson Stark floats Jim Thome as a name the Phillies are shopping to AL teams ThursdayBuster Olney Wednesday charts the Orioles and Rangers as seeming fits, especially since Texas came this close to signing Thome this past offseason.

SCRIPTUALS (Pro Football Talk): Donovan McNabb says he's found three -- THREE?!? -- suitors beckoning for his services. Guess all that sitting, waiting, wishing -- and selling -- paid off.

SCRIPTUALS (ESPN): Ron Jaworksi taps Mike Vick No. 12 on his endlessly glorified NFL QB rankings.

SCRIPTUALS (ESPN): The Mag released the list of 27 sports stars it stripped to the nude, to adequately celebrate the human body. (Calls it "The Body" issue.)

STATISTICALS (TIP): Phillies in 2012 are 32-13 (.711) in games in which they've posted at least four runs. Were 73-14 (.839) in such games a year ago, when they stuck the franchise record for single-season wins, 80-23 (.766) when they won the World Series in 2008 and 83-21 (.798) when they lost is in 2009.

STATISTCALS (Elias): The 2012 Phillies are a shell of last year's juggernaut. They didn't lose their 42nd game until August 16 last year - when they were also 36 games above .500 and on their way to a franchise-record 102 wins.

Phillies at Time of 42nd Loss - Last 2 Seasons

DateAugust 16June 28
Games over .50036-6
NL East rank1stLast*

STATISTICALS (ESPN Stats and Info): Moe Harkless is the highest-drafted player from St. John's since 1992 (Malik Sealy) and first to go in the first round since 2001 (Omar Cook).

STATISTICALS (ESPN Stats and Info): Arnett Moultrie makes for the first Mississippi State player selected in the first round since 1996. (Erick Dampier, Dontae Jones)


Friday (7:10 p.m. EST): LHP Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72 ERA) @ RHP Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96 ERA)

Saturday (4:10 p.m. EST): LHP Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03 ERA) @ LHP Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55 ERA)

Sunday (1:10 p.m. EST): RHP Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87 ERA) @ RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 4.78 ERA)


1897 - The Chicago Cubs scored 36 runs in a game against Louisville, setting a record for runs scored by a team in a single game.

1941 Joe DiMaggio got a base hit in his 42nd consecutive game. He broke George Sisler's record from 1922.

1958 Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 in the World CupPelé, at age 17, scored a goal in the game.

1998 - With negotiations on a new labor agreement at a standstill, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that a lockout would be imposed at midnight.



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