The Phillies split their series against the Mets this week but ended it in the worst way with an 11-3 loss. The last game of that series saw the return of left fielder Domonic Brown from a sore achilles. Third baseman Cody Asche left Wednesday’s 6-2 win with a hamstring strain after a single and taking a turn at first base. Also on Monday, outfielder Casper Wells was placed on the DL for vision problems and infielder Pete Orr was called up from Triple A to replace him. Ryne Sandberg makes his return to Wrigley Field this weekend since being a manager with Chicago’s Triple A affiliate.
The Eagles have big decisions ahead this Saturday with the final cuts to trim the roster to 53 players. Chip Kelly has assured the media and fans that he will have the final say in who is cut. The Eagles dropped their last preseason game to Jets 27-20 and finished the preseason with a 2-2 record. This game wasn’t a lost cause for players like Emmanuel Acho who is trying to make the roster. Acho was all over the field in the first half as he racked up eight tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Nick Foles played poorly behind the second team offensive line by going 6-17 in completions and didn’t lead a touchdown drive. There were more injuries for the Eagles as tight end James Casey went down with a hamstring injury and Trevard Lindley left with a sprained ankle.
Important members of Hockey Canada are “extremely disappointed” that the Flyers captain Claude Giroux is skipping the Olympic orientation camp. Instead of being at the camp, Giroux will be in Philadelphia rehabbing his index finger injury. The captain’s recovery will end around the time that the Flyers training camp is ending. The Flyers signed defenseman Brandon Manning to a one year deal worth $675,000. The team now has 49 players under contract with a roster maximum of 50 players.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown has made his first coaching hire in Lloyd Pierce. Pierce is a former Grizzlies assistant and is reported to be put in a similar position as he was with the Grizzlies. Pierce’s position with Memphis was being the player development coordinator. Since Brett Brown was named head coach, he has made the decision to part with Doug Collins’ old coaching staff including, Michael Curry, Aaron McKie, and Jeff Capel.