The Phillies have resigned veteran catcher and fan favorite Carlos Ruiz to a 3 year, $26 million deal. The deal includes a fourth year club option and Ruiz can earn an additional $500,000 per year if he starts 125 games at catcher. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this about the signing, ” Numerous times we’ve stated Carlos’ importance our ballclub.”
The long wait for the Phillies next pitching coach is finally over. The Phillies hired Bob McClure who is former pitching coach of the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox. Utility infielders Reid Brignac and Andres Blanco were signed by the Phillies this week to minor league deals with invites to spring training.
The Eagles ended their 10 game home losing streak against the Washington Redskins with a 24-16 win over the Redskins. LeSean McCoy rushed for the season over 1,000 yards and had two touchdowns in the win. Cornerback Brandon Boykin ended the game by intercepting RG3’s pass with 40 seconds left.
Injured starters Mychal Kendricks and Bradley Fletcher practiced on Tuesday and are expected to play after the bye week against the Arizona Cardinals. Rookie safety Earl Wolff is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. Quarterback Michael Vick said this about Nick Foles play, ” In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing well?”
The Flyers are on a six game point streak after Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Matt Read tallied two goals in the win with a minute and a half span. Goaltender Ray Emery saved 29 shots as he only let up one goal. The Flyers picked up the win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday with a 5-2 score. Sean Courtier broke a 25 game goalless streak with a goal in the game and Kimmo Timonen broke a 21 game no goal streak late in the game. In this game defenseman Nick Grossman made the save of the game with his skates. Grossman said this about the save, “I tried to get the guys out of the crease and then I just felt the puck come off my left foot and then it was more reflex… just reflex.”
The Sixers lost their last game of their three game road trip to Mavericks 97-94. Guard Tony Wroten scored 19 points and went an abysmal 3 for 9 from the line in replace of stating point guard Michael Carter Williams. Tony Wroten said this about his free throw struggles, “As hard as I try not, it is in my head. I work so hard and they trust me to make free throws. But missing six free throws is unacceptable.” The Sixers lost to the Raptors 108-98 in MCW’s return and Thaddeu Young was out due to personal issues. The Sixers waived veteran center Kwame Brown and guard Darius Morris and picked guards Lorenzo Brown and Elliot Williams.
- Bob McClure is “lead candidate” for Phillies pitching coach (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Phillies to re-sign veteran Ruiz, sources say (espn.go.com)