Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ever wonder about Paul Hagen's thoughts on the stimulus package?

Well, now's your chance. Our esteemed national baseball writer will be chatting live on Philly.com tomorrow at 11 a.m. Not sure if there is a better way to kill that final hour of work before lunch.

Ever wonder about Paul Hagen's thoughts on the stimulus package?

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Well, now's your chance. Our esteemed national baseball writer will be chatting live on Philly.com tomorrow at 11 a.m. Not sure if there is a better way to kill that final hour of work before lunch.

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Phils are in Atlanta today, and Carlos Carrasco is on the mound. The competition for the No. 5 spot looks as if it will be as good as advertised. I predicted early on that Mr. Happ would wind up locking up the spot, but none of the other candidates are going to let him get off easy. I wasn't at the game Friday night, but my spies tell me that Chan Ho Park looked great. Meanwhile, Happ struck out seven in three innings, which isn't easy to do. Today, we get to see how Carlos the Kid bounces back from a rough inning against the Blue Jays last week. All four of these pitchers provide an excellent reason to head out to the ballpark each time they pitch.

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They might have to rename the Tiki Bar in left field after John Mayberry by the end of spring training. File your suggestions here.

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Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-2 and Shane Victorino went 2-for-4, providing three of the United States' nine hits in their 6-5 win over Canada in the World Baseball Classic yesterday. Matt Stairs went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for the Canadians.

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Just a quick observation after getting a chance to sit down and do a decent amount of reading yesterday: A lot was made about Cole Hamels' slow progress in the early stages of spring training, but the Phillies' ace actually made his spring debut before two other projected Opening Day starters: the Yankees' C.C. Sabathia didn't get his first start until Friday, while the Rays' James Shields debuted yesterday. So Hamels might be behind where other pitchers are here in Clearwater, but he isn't necesarilly lagging behind other No. 1s around the league.

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I'm off to Atlanta, and thanking God the entire way that the schedule-makers decided to make these two trips to Disney on Sundays, because there is nothing worse (in terms of Florida traffic) than trying to drive I-4 from Tampa to Orlando on a weekday morning and evening. People from Florida couldn't drive correctly if they were the only car on a four-lane highway. Put them amongst a swarm of other people from Florida and you've got the makings of a horror movie.

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