A lot to get to on this fantastic Friday morning. But first, if you aren’t in love with the Phillies, you probably have never been in love.
After an Aaron Nola 1-2-3 inning, the fun really kicked off with leadoff batter Andrew McCutchen smashing a home run. The Phils continued to hold a lead into the 7th inning up three when Rhys Hoskins hit a grand slam homer. That was the dagger.
Outside of Harper, McCutchen went 1-for-4 with his home run being his only hit. He also walked. Jean Segura went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, and JT Realmuto went 0-for-3 but scored a run. He also picked off Freddie Freeman stealing second.
As for the “old” guys, Hoskins’ grand slam was his only hit of the afternoon, while Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, and Maikel Franco also got hits. Franco delivered a three-run dinger. Nola struck out eight and gave up a run on two hits in six innings. He was a better pitcher than Questlove.
A little after the Phillies won, the Eagles picked up on the good vibes by trading for Bears running back Jordan Howard for a 2020 6th round pick which could be a 5th. So in essence, nothing.
They also re-signed tight end Richard Rodgers for two more years so woo.
The good vibes continued with the Sixers besting the Nets in a 123-110 win inside the Wells Fargo Center. Joel Embiid was on fire with 39 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists. JJ Redick scored 18 points, and Ben Simmons and Boban Marjanovic each had 16 points. Bobi drained yet another 3-pointer. Take notes, Ben.
The win came hours after former assistant coach Billy Lange was officially named the next head coach of St. Joe’s. And he’s a former assistant because he’s taking over the role immediately. Jim O’Brien will be back on the bench to fill Lange’s role.
How does Shake Milton’s role affect the Sixers’ rotation come playoff time?
Up next for the Sixers is a visit to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves. No Robert Covington, but we will see Dario Saric.
After the Flyers’ 5-4 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, did we see a few glimpses about the future?
Columbus won last night, beating Montreal, which means the Flyers are mathematically still alive. The team will play Carolina Saturday afternoon. Cam Talbot will get the rare start.
In other sports news, Gonzaga, Purdue, Texas Tech, and Virginia all advanced to the Elite 8.
Greg Schiano abruptly resigned from the Patriots.
The Dodgers hit an Opening Day record eight home runs in their win over the Diamondbacks.
In the news, a person shot and killed a woman inside a Radnor Wawa.
Facebook was charged with housing discrimination.