• Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched in a downpour in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. After he induced a double play, he approached home plate umpire John Hirschbeck, making a slashing gesture across his throat, like he had seen enough.
"I asked him if he really wanted to keep playing in this weather," Papelbon said. "Because when I got to my balance point I was getting blown over and everything." Hirschbeck's response? "Get back on the … mound," Papelbon said he told him.
• Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton might be considered the only legitimate threat in the Marlins lineup, so it would make sense to be careful with him this weekend at Marlins Park.
"We definitely don't want Stanton to beat us, yes," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He is a guy in their lineup that we fear the most, yes. I ain't saying how we're going to pitch him. … We'll see. Might come a time when you have to pitch to him, but that don't mean we want to. We don't want him hurting us in this series."
But the Marlins erased those concerns when they scratched Stanton before the game because of a sore left shoulder.