The Alliance of American Football completed its awarding of franchises Thursday by placing a team in San Antonio.
Former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley will be the head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl Moose Johnston is the general manager.
San Antonio is the eighth and final city for The Alliance’s inaugural season, joining Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis, Salt Lake, Phoenix, San Diego and Birmingham.
The Alliance will kick off its season the week after the Super Bowl and has a TV contract with CBS.
PHILLIES: INF J.P. Crawford was placed on the 10-day disabled list after breaking his hand Tuesday night. INF Mitch Walding was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace him. … Williams returned to the lineup after he broke his nose in the field on Monday night.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (3-3, 2.73 ERA) takes the mound for the start of a four-game set at Milwaukee. He’s 6-4, 1.95 vs. the Brewers.
Phillies: After a day off, RHP Zach Eflin (4-2, 3.43 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Washington on Friday night. Eflin has never faced the Nationals.
He was drafted by the Phillies in 2009 but was traded to the Astros as part of the Hunter Pence trade in 2011. He was highly touted as their best prospect that year, but failed his first drug test in June 2012.
He failed a drug test the following December after saying he had stopped smoking marijuana, and a 50-game ban followed the next month.
After the second drug test, he went to an in-patient rehabilitation center, where he admitted drinking alcohol to substitute for his marijuana use.
Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015, when he went 9-for-47 in 19 games for Houston. The year before, he played in 95 games, going 52-for-310 (.198) with 13 homers and 44 RBIs.
Singleton, who batted .205 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs at Corpus Christi last year, was scheduled to make $2 million this year and is owed $1 million in total buyouts for the next three years, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
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