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Eflin settles down, but 'pen loses late lead

@Russ_Dorsey1
22 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- The Phillies once again rallied, but they were unable to hold the late lead as the Cubs pushed across two runs in the ninth to hand Philadelphia a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Pinch-hitter Javier Baez connected on the first pitch from right-hander Juan Nicasio

Cubs southpaw Hamels faces Phils for first time

@Russ_Dorsey1
24 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- Much like Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta in Monday’s matchup at Wrigley Field, Cubs lefty Cole Hamels will face off against his former team for the first time in his career on Wednesday night. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV. The southpaw was a key piece of

Harper's arm among 3 keys to Phillies' wild win

@Russ_Dorsey1
3:26 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- There were big-time moments from big-time players at a big time in the Phillies' 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cubs on Monday night. Here are three takeaways from Philadelphia's victory to open a four-game series between two first-place clubs at Wrigley Field: • Box score

Arrieta deals in first career start facing Cubs

Veteran righty receives ovation from fans in return to Wrigley Field
@Russ_Dorsey1
1:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO -- The last time Phillies starter Jake Arrieta walked off the mound at Wrigley Field, he was exiting a Game 4 win in the 2017 National League Championship Series. Arrieta had faced 29 of baseball's 30 teams prior to Monday night. The only ballclub he hadn't faced? The same

Phils' injury updates: Velasquez, Quinn, Arano

@Russ_Dorsey1
May 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Vince Velasquez appears closer to making his return to the Phillies' rotation. Velasquez, who played catch prior to Monday night's game against the Cubs, will begin throwing bullpen sessions this week. Velasquez hasn't pitched since May 6 and was placed on the injured list on May 11

Monday's top prospect performers

@GoldenSombrero
1:38 AM EDT

Here's a look at Monday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Phillies Minor League Review May 13-19

May 20, 2019

Players of the Week Player – 2B Daniel Brito, Clearwater… The 21-year-old posted a .455/.478/.727 slash line, going 10-for-22 with three doubles, one home run, six RBI and five runs in six games. He hit safely in each of his six games during the week, including four contests with multiple

Kingery activated, Williams optioned to Triple-A

@paul_casella
May 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- After being activated from the injured list for Sunday's series finale against the Rockies, Scott Kingery made his first career start in center field. Kingery went 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 7-5 win, but was barely tested in the field. The only ball he fielded came on

Harper's bazaar: A weekend full of homers

Two-run blast the difference-maker in series sweep
@paul_casella
May 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- After clobbering a home run over the batter's eye and onto Ashburn Alley in Saturday's win, Bryce Harper stood at his locker postgame and said, “It's not how far, it's how many.” Harper backed up that mantra on Sunday, drilling another no-doubter home run to straightaway center field

Fighting PEDs hits close to home for Arrieta

@paul_casella
May 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- For Jake Arrieta, his work with the Taylor Hooton Foundation -- an organization dedicated to helping youth athletes avoid performance-enhancing substances -- hits especially close to home. Taylor Hooton, a former star pitcher for Plano West Senior High School, took his own life at the age of 17

The toughest guy to strike out on every team

@williamfleitch
May 19, 2019

The world of baseball has embraced the strikeout in a way that is sometimes obsessive: For the second consecutive year, we’re on pace for more strikeouts than hits. Even the best hitters in baseball don’t sweat the strikeouts anymore. It’s all part of the game. This ends up making those

Nola K’s 12, Harper mashes as both look sharp

@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- By the end of the first inning on Saturday, Aaron Nola had racked up as many strikeouts as he had in his entire previous outing. Nola struck out the side -- all looking -- in the opening frame en route to matching a career high with 12 strikeouts

'It was pretty cool' - Harper on MAMMOTH HR

Blast was slugger's second-longest ever recorded by Statcast
@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- A day after ending his eight-game RBI drought with a two-run double in Friday's win, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper showed with one swing that he may be ready to go on a tear. Harper jumped all over a first-pitch fastball from Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela in the first

Rollins teaches kids on Play Ball Weekend 

@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins was among a group of former and current Phillies players that helped lead dozens of kids through various baseball and softball drills on Saturday at the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy. The event, part of Play Ball Weekend festivities, took place at FDR Park in South

McCutchen's 'small adjustments' paying off

@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- More than five hours before clobbering a key two-run homer in Friday's win over the Rockies, Andrew McCutchen was on the field at Citizens Bank Park taking swings against super slow breaking balls from a pitching machine. Though McCutchen has struggled against breaking balls this season -- he's

Kapler: Irvin's at-bat 'everything in that game'

Rookie hurler draws 10-pitch walk on way to second straight win
@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Irvin heard the hometown crowd growing louder and louder with each pitch in a game-altering 10-pitch exchange in the third inning of Friday's 5-4 win over the Rockies. But the rookie southpaw was standing in the batter's box -- not on the pitcher's mound -- at Citizens

Bryce back hitting 3rd; Kapler promises changes

Manager to make baserunning a focus; Kingery progressing in Double-A
@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- One day after Bryce Harper was bumped up to second in the lineup in an attempt to provide a "spark," the slugger was back in his usual No. 3 spot for Friday's series opener against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Harper responded by going 1-for-4 with a

These 30 top prospects were Draft sleepers

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
May 17, 2019

With the 2019 MLB Draft edging closer each day, there's an increasingly heavy focus on the top players in this year’s class as teams aim to determine who they might take in the early rounds. But having a strong Draft involves more than a team simply doing well on paper

McCutchen on loss: 'We got our butts kicked'

@paul_casella
May 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Prior to Monday's series opener against the Brewers, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler acknowledged that this would be a "very challenging stretch" for his club. The four-game set with Milwaukee kicked off a 23-game stretch in which the Phillies would exclusively face fellow National League contenders -- the Brewers,

Kapler mixes up lineup to jumpstart Harper

@paul_casella
May 17, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- One day after switching back and forth between using and not using batting gloves, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper got another new look in Thursday's series finale, an 11-3 loss to the Brewers. Harper batted second in the lineup for the first time this season, something that manager Gabe

Mock Draft: Rutschman remains at top

@JimCallisMLB
May 17, 2019

As in my first attempt at projecting the first round two weeks ago, I still foresee six position players going in the first six picks, followed by teams scrambling to snap up the four best college or junior college pitchers. Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman remains the favorite to become

Wild Arrieta, defensive miscues cost Phils

Three free passes, two fielding gaffes highlight crucial third inning
@paul_casella
May 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- The third inning at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night served as a microcosm for both Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, as a whole, in their 5-2 loss to the Brewers. The veteran right-hander struggled with his control in the decisive frame, while a pair of defensive miscues