Eagles leapfrog Vikings into NFL playoffs with help from Bears

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Defending Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles progressed to the NFL playoffs as the Minnesota Vikings bowed out. It was win or go home for the Eagles and the Vikings in week 17 on Sunday and Philadelphia came out on top at the expense of Minnesota.

Both teams had a chance to secure the NFC’s final playoff spot and the Eagles – who have won five of their last six games – captured it by blanking the Washington Redskins 24-0, while the Vikings lost 24-10 to the Chicago Bears.

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Severe Weather Forces Phillies Game To Be Postponed — CBS Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies game against the New York Mets has been postponed Saturday night due to severe weather.

The game will be made up on Thursday August 16 as part of a single-admission doubleheader, beginning at 4:05 p.m. All gates will open at 3:05 p.m.

Conforto’s 9th-Inning HR Lifts Mets Over Neris, Phils 3-1

All fans holding tickets to Saturday night’s game will be able to exchange them for tickets to the August 16 doubleheader, or any remaining Phillies home game in 2018.

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Odubel Herrera, Phillies slug their way to shutout in return home — iPhillySports

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Updated: Tuesday, 12:39 a.m.

It was only a matter of time before Seranthony Dominguez would arrive in Philadelphia this season. That much became pretty clear back in February when Gabe Kapler got his first look at the 23-year-old right-hander during spring training. The Phillies manager gushed about Dominguez’s power fastball/slider mix and said he pitched with “the bravado of a seasoned veteran.”

Two weeks ago, Kapler got another look at Dominguez during a perfect inning of work at Double A Reading (see story). A few days later, Dominguez was in Triple A and on Monday he arrived in Philadelphia when the Phillies placed reliever Adam Morgan on the disabled list with a back strain.

Dominguez got the word he was headed for Philadelphia just before 1 p.m. in Lehigh Valley. He was at Citizens Bank Park a few hours later and made his big-league debut with a perfect eighth inning, a 97-mph fastball and a strikeout of Evan Longoria in the Phillies’ 11-0 win over the San Francisco Giants (see first take).

“It’s a moment I will never forget,” Dominguez said after the game.

He said he was not nervous. Excited, yes. But not nervous.

“That’s my personality,” he said. “It’s a moment I have been waiting for. It’s something I have been getting ready for, mentally and physically. I just took it as, ‘Well, this is my time. Now I have to show them that I am ready.’”

Dominguez reached triple digits with his fastball in the minors last season. The Phillies converted him to a relief role this spring. He pitched 16 2/3 innings at Double A and Triple A and allowed just eight hits and three earned runs while striking out 21 and walking three.

Clearly, Dominguez has the makings of a future closer. For now, all Kapler would commit to was that Dominguez “would take down meaningful innings” for the team.

Pitching in a blowout was a perfect setting for Dominguez to get his feet wet in the majors.

“There’s a lot of reasons to like Seranthony,” Kapler said. “The first reason is he’s got a really big fastball and the slider and changeup play well, also. But the thing that I find most impressive about him is his composure and his maturity and his mental readiness. Those are the things that stood out in spring training and continue to stand out as we watch video, as we look at numbers, as we remember back at spring training.”

The Phillies signed Dominguez in October 2011 for $25,000 out of his native Dominican Republic. The pitcher visited Philadelphia this winter and was asked about his unique first name. He said it was something his parents heard on television.

Morgan has been one of the Phillies’ most consistent relievers since August of last season. He has a 2.45 ERA in 17 games this season. The Phillies did not place Morgan on the disabled list until about 90 minutes before first pitch Monday night, so there was no immediate word on the severity of his condition. He faced two batters in Washington on Sunday and allowed one hit and recorded one out.

With Morgan on the DL, the Phillies have just one lefty, Zac Curtis, in their bullpen.

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Updated: Tuesday, 12:39 a.m.

It was only a matter of time before Seranthony Dominguez would arrive in Philadelphia this season. That much became pretty clear back in February when Gabe Kapler got his first look at the 23-year-old right-hander during spring training. The Phillies manager gushed about Dominguez’s power fastball/slider mix and said he pitched with “the bravado of a seasoned veteran.”

Two weeks ago, Kapler got another look at Dominguez during a perfect inning of work at Double A Reading (see story). A few days later, Dominguez was in Triple A and on Monday he arrived in Philadelphia when the Phillies placed reliever Adam Morgan on the disabled list with a back strain.

Dominguez got the word he was headed for Philadelphia just before 1 p.m. in Lehigh Valley. He was at Citizens Bank Park a few hours later and made his big-league debut with a perfect eighth inning, a 97-mph fastball and a strikeout of Evan Longoria in the Phillies’ 11-0 win over the San Francisco Giants (see first take).

“It’s a moment I will never forget,” Dominguez said after the game.

He said he was not nervous. Excited, yes. But not nervous.

“That’s my personality,” he said. “It’s a moment I have been waiting for. It’s something I have been getting ready for, mentally and physically. I just took it as, ‘Well, this is my time. Now I have to show them that I am ready.’”

Dominguez reached triple digits with his fastball in the minors last season. The Phillies converted him to a relief role this spring. He pitched 16 2/3 innings at Double A and Triple A and allowed just eight hits and three earned runs while striking out 21 and walking three.

Clearly, Dominguez has the makings of a future closer. For now, all Kapler would commit to was that Dominguez “would take down meaningful innings” for the team.

Pitching in a blowout was a perfect setting for Dominguez to get his feet wet in the majors.

“There’s a lot of reasons to like Seranthony,” Kapler said. “The first reason is he’s got a really big fastball and the slider and changeup play well, also. But the thing that I find most impressive about him is his composure and his maturity and his mental readiness. Those are the things that stood out in spring training and continue to stand out as we watch video, as we look at numbers, as we remember back at spring training.”

The Phillies signed Dominguez in October 2011 for $25,000 out of his native Dominican Republic. The pitcher visited Philadelphia this winter and was asked about his unique first name. He said it was something his parents heard on television.

Morgan has been one of the Phillies’ most consistent relievers since August of last season. He has a 2.45 ERA in 17 games this season. The Phillies did not place Morgan on the disabled list until about 90 minutes before first pitch Monday night, so there was no immediate word on the severity of his condition. He faced two batters in Washington on Sunday and allowed one hit and recorded one out.

With Morgan on the DL, the Phillies have just one lefty, Zac Curtis, in their bullpen.

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Sweep sweepity sweep sweep: Phillies 3, Pirates 2 — iPhillySports

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Oh how SWEEP it is… I’ll show myself out. The Phillies did it again. They stayed with the Pirates the entire game, and beat them in the end. They won 3-2. Like the two previous games I recapped in this series, the baseball was deeply, deeply frustrating and boring through the bulk of the innings. […]

Like the two previous games I recapped in this series, the baseball was deeply, deeply frustrating and boring through the bulk of the innings. Both the Pirates and the Phillies sent good pitchers to the mound today in Trevor Williams and Nick Pivetta(respectively). Pivetta outdueled Williams by 13 of an inning, and they both allowed two runs and struck out seven. Williams allowed one hit and five walks, and Pivetta allowed five hits and two walks.

Again: good, but boring and frustrating. Watching the Phillies struggle and struggle against Williams was not fun. They had a chance to go ahead in the eighth, but with men on the corners, Pedro Florimon popped up on the first pitch he saw and ended the scoring chance.

Besides Nick Pivetta and the bullpen pitching clean and standing strong, the win came from two players: Andrew Knapp and Aaron Altherr. Altherr came into the game in the seventh inning had three hits, including a triple and the game-winning walk-off single. And who did he score? That would be Andrew Knapp, who hit a triple — that was allllllmost a home run — and was on third base when Altherr got his hit.

The Phillies just swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games. They’re 14-7. They’ve won 11 of their last 13. They’re half a game out of first place. And…

It’s still just April. There’s a lot of baseball to go. But even when this team gets bad, we know they’ll be able to make their way out of it. Because we know what this team is capable of, and it’s good baseball.

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