SaberCats add QB Philyaw


SaberCats add QB Philyaw

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The SaberCats today announced the addition of ten-year Arena Football League veteran quarterback Raymond Philyaw."Raymond has been one of the top quarterbacks over the last decade in the Arena Football League," said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. "His level of understanding of the game and veteran presence will be an asset to our team."
Philyaw (6-0, 215, Northeast Louisiana) has played ten seasons in the AFL. Over the course of his AFL career he has amassed 26,000 yards and over 500 touchdowns, and he has the leagues best all-time touchdown-to-interception ratio at 8.6-to-1. Philyaws overall record is 63-48 and he has led four different franchises to the postseason, posting an 8-6 record in postseason play. He also spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans VooDoo.Philyaw last played for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings in 2010, where he completed 148-230 passes for 1,839 yards and 43 touchdowns to just five interceptions. In 2008 with the Cleveland Gladiators, Philyaw established a career best in completion percentage (69.5) in leading the team deep into the playoffs.After an injury-plagued 2006 season for the Kansas City Brigade, Philyaw rebounded with a career-year in 2007. That season, he posted career highs in completions (371), pass attempts (538), passing yards (4,375) and touchdowns (85), while leading the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth.Philyaw played two seasons with the Chicago Rush in 2004 and 2005. He orchestrated playoff runs in both years with the team and recorded a 19-11 record, combining to throw for over 6,500 yards and 119 touchdowns.Philyaw began his AFL career, with the Albany Firebirds in 2000, before the team relocated to Indiana. He took over as the teams starter in 2001 and racked up 3,518 yards and threw 68 touchdowns to only three interceptions, completing 68.3 percent of his passes. Philyaw remained the teams starting quarterback through 2003, and finished his Firebirds tenure with a 24-22 record with two playoff appearances, including a 2001 conference championship run.Philyaw began his professional playing career in the Canadian Football League where he played two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1997-1998 as a member of their practice squad.The Shreveport, La. native was a standout at Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana-Monroe) and was inducted to the universitys athletic hall of fame in 2009. Philyaw concluded his collegiate career as the schools all-time leader in passing yards (7,061) and touchdowns (52).Raymond Philyaw
Position: QB
Height: 6-0
Weight: 215 lbs.
Born: July 30, 1974 in Shreveport, La.
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Last Team: Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AFL)
College: Northeast Louisiana
AFL Experience: Ten years

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday


Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik's leadoff homer in the series opener was a jolt, but the Giants are a much more dangerous offense when Denard Span is clicking atop the lineup, a spot ahead of Panik, and they hope to have that duo going Wednesday. Span got treatment all day Tuesday and said he could return to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks. 

"The swelling has gone down," Span said of his sprained left thumb. "The thing to do is to come in tomorrow, test it out, and if it feels good, you strap it on."

Span said an X-ray came back clean, but he didn't grab a bat Tuesday to test the thumb, focusing instead on treatment. He is batting .326 in nine games since coming off the DL. His replacement in center this week, Gorkys Hernandez, was 0-for-3 against Jon Lester, lowering his average to .160. 

--- The main story from the second game of this series: Johnny Cueto is now dealing with a second blister, and you can see the lack of movement on his pitches. The Cubs took advantage. Lester didn't need much help while throwing a 99-pitch complete game in two hours and five minutes. 

"He threw a lot more changeups than we've seen in the past," Buster Posey said. "He's shown it in the past but tonight he had good command of it. It wasn't just a show-me pitch. He used it a lot and threw it to lefties as well.

Posey twice grounded short rollers in front of the plate.

--- Posey's throw to nab Javy Baez on Monday was one of the best of the year, and on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Bochy said, "If he's given a chance, I don't think there's anyone better in the game." That might be true, but Willson Contreras is threatening to get into the conversation. He threw an 85 mph rocket to second in the fifth to nab Eduardo Nuñez. If you're wondering how Lester -- who flat-out has the yips about throwing to first base and doesn't do it -- has allowed just six stolen bases this season, look no further than his young catcher. Long-term, Contreras is the guy I would expect to compete with Posey for Gold Gloves. 

"Nuney, with his speed, can go," Bochy said. "Their catcher made a great throw. Put it right on the money."

--- From before Tuesday's game, what do the relievers think of the new hidden bullpen at Wrigley? And if you missed the Power Rankings the other day, the records are outdated, but there are updates in here on old friends Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Tommy Joseph, Adalberto Mejia, Yusmeiro Petit and others. Petit in particular is incredible ... just keeps doing his thing. 

--- This play was made by the shortstop. That's good for the old UZR.

Hahn, Alonso leave with injuries, A's drop slugfest to Marlins

Hahn, Alonso leave with injuries, A's drop slugfest to Marlins


OAKLAND -- Justin Bour matched his career high with four hits including his fourth home run in five games to highlight Miami's best offensive game of the season, and the Marlins held off a late surge to beat the Oakland Athletics 11-9 on Tuesday night.

Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon had three hits each on a night when every Miami player had at least one by the third inning. Three other Marlins had two hits apiece while Ichiro Suzuki added a two-run single in his return to the starting lineup.

Miami entered the day with the second-worst record in the majors having dropped 14 of 17 before getting a season-high 19 hits against Oakland in the first meeting between the two clubs since 2014.

Yonder Alonso hit his 13th home run of the season for the A's, but left with a bruised right hand after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth. Ryon Healy and Rajai Davis also homered for Oakland.

Jose Urena (2-2) pitched five uneven innings for his first career interleague win in 10 appearances. The Miami right-hander allowed six runs over five innings, raising his ERA from 1.91 to 3.08.

Jesse Hahn (1-4) took the loss and left the game in the third inning with a triceps strain. He pitched just two innings, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out two. He gave up a single to Christian Yelich in the third then left after a visit to the mound by the Oakland trainer.

The A's scored three times in the ninth and had the tying runner at the plate with two outs before AJ Ramos struck out Stephen Vogt.

Bour doubled as part of a three-run third, singled and scored in the fifth, homered leading off the seventh then singled again in the ninth. It was Bour's 12th home run this season and eighth in his last 12 games.

Marlins: Wei-Yin Chen received a platelet-rich plasma treatment before the game. The left-hander has been out since early May with arm fatigue. . RHP David Phelps was placed on the bereavement list and is expected to rejoin the team Friday. . Reliever Drew Steckenrider was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. . RHP Junichi Tazawa (rib cage inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen this weekend.

Athletics: X-rays taken on Alonso's hand were negative. . LHP Sean Doolittle (shoulder strain) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen Wednesday. If all goes well, the former closer could face hitters in his next outing. . RHP Ryan Dull continues to be bothered by soreness in his right knee.

Miami right-hander Edinson Volquez (0-6) pitches the finale of this two-game series Wednesday afternoon while Oakland counters with right-hander Sonny Gray (1-1). Gray is attempting to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 2016.