The Marlins got hammered by the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, losing 10-3 and dropping the three-game series against their lowly division rival. The Phillies, who still own baseball’s worst record at 32-61, banged out 20 hits, including four doubles and two triples. Giancarlo Stanton tried his hardest to lead his team to victory.
Greg Bird just might be Nick Johnson. But what if he is Phil Simms or Patrick Ewing? Remember how unenlightened we were back in the 1980s when Simms and Ewing began their careers beset by injuries and were tagged as prone to being hurt. Bill Parcells actually benched Simms for Scott Brunner at one point. Ewing’s first Knicks coach, Hubie Brown, said his center needed to improve his “attendance.” Of course after injuries to knee, shoulder, thumb, etc., wrecked the first five years of his career, Simms’ sturdiness was part of the formula that helped the Giants be persistent contenders and win their first Super Bowl. Ewing missed 51 games during his first two seasons, mainly because of knee issues,
Kris Bryant left the Chicago Cubs' game at Atlanta in the first inning after suffering a sprained left pinkie on an awkward headfirst slide into third base during a stolen-base attempt. X-rays on his hand were negative, the Cubs announced, and listed their star third baseman as day to day. "I think he's doing fine," said manager Joe Maddon. "... I don't have any final conclusions but I think we really kind of dodged the bullet right there." It appears to be another bullet dodged for the Cubs, coming just as the defending World Series champions began to right themselves. They took a five-game winning streak into Wednesday's game and had pulled within 2 1/2 games of the MIlwaukee Brewers in the