Despite playing the Marlins of all teams, the bats were silenced again.
Save for an Asdrubal Cabrera solo home run, the Phillies couldn’t get any more from their other batters in a 3-1 loss to Miami. After Cabrera’s dinger in the top of the second, Vince Velasquez gave up three runs in the bottom half of the inning from Lewis Brinson and Rafael Ortega. Only Cabrera, Roman Quinn, Carlos Santana, and Nick Williams provided hits.
A quiet game for the offense, which hasn’t feature Maikel Frankel, because he’s battling a sore wrist he suffered against Toronto a couple weeks ago and isn’t sure if he’ll be in the starting lineup tonight. Gabe Kapler hopes he’ll have one of his better bats back very soon.
Pitching isn’t that big of an issue, but the Phils will finally have Jerad Eickhoff back in a uniform. He’s had a long road to recovery and it’s great to see him contribute in some way.
With Boston playing Atlanta again today, the Phils hope to do some damage to the Braves’ lead in the NL East. They had an opportunity yesterday but the Marlins loss didn’t help. They’ll hope to beat the fish later tonight at 7:10 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia with Jake Arrieta on the mound.
Also coming in earlier this morning, Ryan Howard is retiring from baseball in a Players’ Tribune article.
Doug Pederson made it official yesterday by announcing Nick Foles as the starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Falcons. Shouldn’t be shocked by that at all. It wasn’t Pederson’s day to speak, but he said he wanted to make the announcement himself.
As for the injury report at practice, Mack Hollins, Alshon Jeffery, and Richard Rodgers did not practice, while Wentz and Jay Ajayi were limited. Hollins and Ajayi expect to play Thursday.
The Birds also released their first official depth chart.
In small but notable news, Malcolm Jenkins had his contract restructured to create more salary cap space.
Source: the Eagles reworked the contract of S Malcolm Jenkins, creating $6.148M in 2018 cap space. Jenkins earns the same amount of money, the team gets some cap flexibility.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 3, 2018
Who do the players think will be breakout stars this year?
Fletcher Cox: “I can go on with a bunch of my teammates who are gonna have a great year, but I think one guy who’s really trying to prove a point, trying to come back from injury is Jordan Hicks. He’s been really impressive, from coming off his injury to training camp to just being one of the leaders on the team. I’m looking forward to watching him play and fly around.”
Tre Sullivan: “Hicks coming back from his injury, seeing the way he moves around and stuff in practice. Just how vocal he is. His development of not being on the field last year and being able to hop back in throughout OTAs and then camp and then now Week 1. I think that’s probably one of the biggest improvements.”
Rodney McLeod: “I’ll probably say Corey Clement. He’s been doing it all. Obviously he’s been hurt, but before that, running hard. It seems like he’s gained a step. Good hands out of the backfield. He’s been back there on special teams. He’s just a fighter, man, and a competitor and a warrior. Line him up anywhere. I’ve seen him out there dog tired with the ones, twos and threes. And he’s still running. So I’ve been impressed. Obviously he had a good rookie year, but I think he’ll have an even better year this season.”
Brandon Graham: “If I had to pick one, [Corey] Cle-MENT, CLE-ment. I don’t want to say his name wrong [cackles]. He’s just shown me that he’s ready for year two, like he seems more confident than he was last year, even though he was confident then. But now he knows what to expect. I feel like there’s gonna be a lot of downhill running, a lot of big-yardage plays for him.”
The Eagles made unsuccessful waiver claims for DE Mario Edwards (now with the Giants) and DT T.Y. McGill (now with the Chargers). And former Eagle Donnel Pumphrey worked out with other running backs in Detroit.
In other sports news, unseeded John Millman upset Roger Federer in the fourth round of the US Open.
Virginia Tech crushed Florida State in the final game of the first week of college football.
Colin Kaepernick is one of the faces for Nike’s 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” slogan. He also agreed to a new deal with Nike.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
There’s a few other faces as well, including Serena Williams.
Awesome new Nike “Just Do It” ads pic.twitter.com/JFaAfm3ize
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 3, 2018
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell didn’t report to sign his franchise tender in Pittsburgh.
In the news, REAL ID pre-verification has begun in PA.
Hearings for Brett Kavanaugh are set to begin today.
Roseanne Barr said she’s moving to Israel once “The Connors” spinoff show premieres. Alrighty then.