Let's give Brett Myers his due: the guy looks like he's back. Myers threw the third shutout of his career last night in beating Washington 4-0. Since his return from the minors Myers is 3-1 with an ERA under two runs per game. Much as the royal we dislike the guy, we have to give him credit for turning things around. If the offense ever gets untracked, Myers timing couldn't be better.
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That's why the play seven innings.
Speaking of timing, the US womens softball team, undefeated since 2000, chose the worst possible moment to lose for the first time as they dropped the gold medal game to Japan, 3-1. Softball is scheduled to be eliminated from Olympic competition after these games because in large measure the feeling was the US teams were simply too dominant. Ironically, losing might improve the chances the decision will be reconsidered. That silver lining won't be much consolation to the women who never knew losing before today.
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So, which regular leads the Phils in average as of this morning? Shane Victorino, the guy many people thought could never be a regular center fielder and whom others thought should be traded to acquire much-needed pitching. Without Victorino, whose defense is second to none, the Phillies would be struggling to contend.
Plus, if anyone saw the outtakes of Victorino trying to pronounce Yiddish words for the promo for tonight's Jewish Heritage event at the ballpark, who else could have butchered them in his inimitable non-Kosher style?