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'That's why he's here': Castellanos homers twice to secure Phils' return trip to NLCS

@ToddZolecki
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Castellanos could see the excitement on his son Liam’s face from the on-deck circle Thursday night. Liam pumped up his dad before he walked to the plate. “Let’s go!” he said. Let’s go. Those two words helped propel Castellanos as he became the first player in postseason

'Under the radar' Suárez more than a blip vs. Braves

@cdenicola13
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Ask teammates and coaches alike, and they’ll say nothing rattles Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez on the mound. You certainly won’t see his pulse racing with his top two buttons undone. “I like having my jersey open a little bit,” Suárez said via interpreter Diego Ettedgui. “I don't like

Turner propels Phils with franchise's 1st 4-hit postseason game

@paul_casellaMLB
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- One of the first times Trea Turner was exposed to the fan-favorite postgame antics of teammates Bryson Stott and Brandon Marsh came after an April 19 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Turner had just hit his first home run as a Phillie on his way to

Braves' potent offense held in check throughout NLDS

@mkrwrt
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- After 162 games of brilliance, the Braves saw their postseason run end on Thursday night -- not with a bang, but a whimper, drowned out in a 3-1 loss by the sold-out crowd at Citizens Bank Park in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. In a

'We just came up short': Braves knocked out in NLDS by Phils again

Strider allows three solo homers in six innings, as historic offense can't find its swing
@mlbbowman
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- If this was one of the greatest teams the Braves have ever assembled, then this was one of the most disappointing conclusions in franchise history. Less than a week after entering the postseason as the favorites to win their second World Series title in three seasons, the Braves

Kimbrel vs. Acuña highlights lockdown G4 effort from Phils' 'pen

Five Phillies relievers combine for four scoreless frames in NLDS clincher
@paul_casellaMLB
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- A likely Hall of Fame closer on the mound. The front-runner for the National League Most Valuable Player Award at the plate. Bases loaded. Two outs. A trip to the NL Championship Series on the line for one team. A historic regular season hanging in the balance for

Castellanos makes postseason history with another multihomer game

@cdenicola13
October 13, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos has made it no secret he wants a ring, and he’s doing everything possible to make it a reality. Castellanos became the first player in AL/NL history to record consecutive multihomer postseason games, powering the Phillies to an NLDS-clinching 3-1 victory on Thursday

Harper's 2 HRs, 2 staredowns have Phils on verge of NLCS

Teammates in awe of Bryce: 'Any time he goes up there, it’s must-watch TV'
@ToddZolecki
October 12, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper’s teammates heard Orlando Arcia’s comments, because comments like that travel fast. Open a phone, open an app and there they were. “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, atta boy, Harper.” Arcia repeatedly laughed and mocked Harper in the Braves’ clubhouse for his baserunning decision that ended Game

Harper giving off Mr. October vibes ... AGAIN

@MikeLupica
October 12, 2023

When it was Reggie Jackson becoming Mr. October and doing all those Mr. October things, you never just measured him in how many World Series he helped his team win. You measured him in the way he practically demanded we watch him, before he made another one of those home

LIVE: Braves vs. Phillies NLDS Game 4 on TBS

@cdenicola13 and @ToddZolecki and @mlbbowman
October 12, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- This postseason has already featured several upsets. Might another goliath go down? The Braves, who won an MLB-best 104 games, hope to stave off elimination against the Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

3 key storylines for Braves, Phils in NLDS Game 4

@williamfleitch
October 12, 2023

As fun as this postseason has been -- and how it already has an all-timer of an October highlight with the the first 8-5-3 double play in playoff history that ended Game 2 of the Braves-Phillies National League Division Series -- one thing we haven’t seen yet is a decisive

Braves in familiar spot following Game 3 loss to Phillies

After Atlanta allows 6 HRs, Strider will get shot at redemption on road in must-win Game 4
@mlbbowman
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Starting Bryce Elder wasn’t a problem. Sticking with him too long proved detrimental to the Braves, who are now on the brink of seeing their historic season end prematurely. The Braves waited until late Wednesday morning to announce Elder would start Game 3 of the National League Division

Phillies' 6 HRs set new club record, tie MLB mark

Castellanos homers twice with son Liam in stands for first time this postseason
@paul_casellaMLB
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Schwarber's neighbor had a good feeling he'd see some home runs on Wednesday night -- but it's hard to imagine anyone could have predicted the Phillies would do what they did against the Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Philadelphia teed off for

This might be the best home-field advantage MLB has ever seen

'Man, I love this place!': Phils revel in frenzied home crowd
@cdenicola13
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- You’d be forgiven for briefly mistaking that Game 3 of the National League Division Series was taking place in suburban Atlanta rather than South Philadelphia on Wednesday night. That’s because the sold-out crowd of 45,798 fans began imitating the Tomahawk Chop from the fifth inning on, reveling in

Hats off: Nola tips cap to Phils fans after 9-K Game 3 gem

@paul_casellaMLB
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola knows that every start this postseason could be his last in a Phillies uniform. But he's doing everything in his power to ensure that's not the case. Nola, a free agent after this season, walked off the mound to a standing ovation on Wednesday night after

Harper, Castellanos rock Coach Prime swag before 2-HR games

@Theo_DeRosa
October 11, 2023

Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos were primed for big days. Before Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday in Philadelphia, the two Phillies stars paid homage to a sports icon. Harper donned a T-shirt featuring “Coach Prime” -- first-year University of Colorado football coach Deion Sanders. Castellanos,

Elder gets Game 3 start, but hurt by Harper's homer

@mlbbowman
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe Phillies slugger Bryce Harper knew something when he complimented Bryce Elder after the Braves right-hander threw seven scoreless innings in Philadelphia on June 22. “If [the Braves] get into the postseason, he's going to be really good for them, I think, just because he has no heartbeat,”

LIVE: Braves vs. Phillies NLDS Game 3 on TBS

@cdenicola13 and @ToddZolecki and @mlbbowman
October 11, 2023

ATLANTA -- We’ve got ourselves a series. Thanks to the Braves’ thrilling 5-4 comeback victory over the Phillies in Game 2 on Monday night at Truist Park, the National League Division Series shifts to Philadelphia tied at a game apiece.

Déjà vu for Nola as another NLDS start vs. Braves approaches

Righty set to start Division Series Game 3 in Philly vs. Atlanta for 2nd straight year
@ToddZolecki
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola twice called the Phillies’ loss to Atlanta in Game 2 of the National League Division Series “heartbreaking.” At the very least, it was a wasted opportunity. “But we got another chance, right?” Nola said Tuesday afternoon.

Key storylines for a thrilling 3-game slate of postseason action

@williamfleitch
October 11, 2023

As a result of the Rangers finishing off the Orioles in a three-game sweep in their ALDS -- here is your reminder the Rangers have yet to lose a postseason game this year -- we have three games on Wednesday, rather than four. And what a slate of games it

5 reasons Phillies can close out NLDS

@ToddZolecki
October 11, 2023

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Unafraid Smith-Shawver ready to cap stunning rise in postseason

@mlbbowman
October 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Those who watched AJ Smith-Shawver establish himself as an elite quarterback and late-blooming pitching prospect at Texas’ Colleyville Heritage High School have a great appreciation for the confidence he will bring to the mound if the Braves have him serve as a reliever in Game 3 of the

Wheeler (10 K's) ties Phils' postseason strikeout mark

Right-hander carries no-hitter into the sixth during dominant outing in Game 2
@mkrwrt
October 11, 2023

ATLANTA -- Before Game 2 of the National League Division Series, Phillies manager Rob Thomson shared that his plan for handling the bullpen would be a bit different compared to the tactics he deployed in the series opener. A myriad of factors dictated this tone: A surplus of bullpen innings

d’Arnaud's 2-run dinger sours former teammate Wheeler's big night

@cdenicola13
October 11, 2023

ATLANTA -- For the better part of Monday night, Phillies ace Zack Wheeler orchestrated one of the best pitching performances in club history. That is until longtime batterymate Travis d'Arnaud knocked a two-run homer during the seventh inning of the Braves’ eventual 5-4 comeback victory in Game 2 of the

Analyzing every angle of Harris ll's catch, game-ending double play

@_dadler
October 11, 2023

We're going to be talking about Michael Harris II's catch for a long time. The second-year center fielder made the play of the postseason, and it might be the play that saves the Braves' season.