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Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy have set a meeting for next week to discuss Van Gundy’s future with the franchise, league sources told ESPN.

The two had initially planned to sit down late this week, but the meeting was pushed back, leaving the Pistons organization to await word on how, if at all, the franchise’s structure could be altered.

Most of Van Gundy’s front-office staff, including general manager Jeff Bower, are in the final year of their contracts and are operating without clarity on whether they’ll be employed beyond the spring.

Gores could push for the status quo, seek to make changes to the front-office structure and offer Van Gundy the chance to continue as coach, or simply dismiss him. Gores and Van Gundy have had strong, working relationship since the partnership began four years ago.

Van Gundy has been hopeful of returning for the fifth season of his original five-year, $35 million deal. Van Gundy and Bower are hopeful to get back a healthy point guard in Reggie Jackson to partner with All-Star forward Blake Griffin and center Andre Drummond, and make a return to the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Pistons were 39-43 in an injury-plagued season that ended with Detroit missing the playoffs for the third time in four years under Van Gundy’s watch. Nevertheless, Van Gundy inherited a franchise stranded in the lottery with few assets on the roster. He is 152-176 with Detroit, where he was hired after eight seasons as head coach of Orlando and Miami.

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PHILADELPHIA — Nick Williams’ patience paid off.

Williams hit a tiebreaking solo homer as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Scott Kingery homered for the first time in his career and Rhys Hoskins also went deep for the Phillies.

Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run homer for the Reds.

Williams drove a 3-1 pitch deep into the right-center field seats off Kevin Quackenbush (0-1) for his first career pinch-hit homer. A notorious first-pitch swinger, Williams took a breaking ball out of the strike zone and let a fastball go with the green light on a 3-0 count.

“I had a plan and I told myself I’d stick with it,” Williams said. “I took one and when he threw it again, I did some damage.”

Manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with Williams in batting practice.

“When he took 3-0, you knew he felt really comfortable,” Kapler said. “He picked a pitch to drive and did a great job.”

Luis Garcia (1-1) tossed a scoreless inning in relief for the win and Hector Neris finished for his first save.

The Phillies have won three of four while the Reds have dropped four of five.

Hoskins gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead in the first when he ripped a line drive into the left-center field seats. Kingery connected in the second to make it 3-1, sending a liner into the flower bed above the left-field wall.

“The win makes it that much better,” Kingery said.

After Barnhart’s homer tied it at 3-3 in the third, Carlos Santana’s RBI double and Maikel Franco’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half put the Phillies ahead 5-3.

Scooter Gennett lined an RBI double in the fourth and Billy Hamilton drove in the tying run with an infield single in the sixth. Hamilton tried to score from second base on reliever Adam Morgan’s wild pitch, but catcher Jorge Alfaro threw to the pitcher covering the plate in time for the out.

“What an athletic play,” Kapler said.

The Reds opened the scoring in the first when Adam Duvall walked with the bases loaded, but Ben Lively pitched out of the jam. Barnhart lined out to shortstop and Phillip Ervin and Cliff Pennington struck out.

“It was a big opportunity and we weren’t able to tack on,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It was a chance to put up a big number and nothing really went our way after that.”


Reds righty Hunter Greene, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, had eight strikeouts in three innings in his first start with Class A Dayton. He allowed two runs and five hits.


Reds: Cody Reed gave up five runs — three earned — and four hits in three innings.

Phillies: Lively allowed five runs and nine hits, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.


Reds first baseman Joey Votto hustled after a foul ball to prevent it from rolling to a fan. He was booed all night.

The Reds called up infielder Alex Blandino and right-hander Zack Weiss from Triple-A Louisville.


Reds: 3B Eugenio Suarez (fractured right thumb) and OF Scott Schebler (right ulnar nerve contusion) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Both were injured when they were hit by pitches. Schebler’s stint is retroactive to April 6.


RHP Homer Bailey (0-2, 4.22 ERA) starts for the Reds while RHP Aaron Nola (0-0, 2.61 ERA) goes for the Phillies on Tuesday night. Bailey is 1-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts vs. Philadelphia. Nola is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts vs. Cincinnati.