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Pivetta's stellar start spoiled by bullpen

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PHILADELPHIA -- The next win the Phillies collect will match their total from a year ago, an impressive mark to hit in mid-August for any club, despite where it started. And at this time last year, perhaps they could've found moral victories in losses like Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Red Sox, where the Phillies battled baseball's best team in front of 33,081 at Citizens Bank Park.

But this is not last year. The Phillies are contenders and, ahead of schedule or not, will need to win games like Tuesday's if they are to continue to contend for the National League East. That much was clear by the time Tommy Hunter, shortly after surrendering a game-winning home run to Brock Holt, inquired about how the Braves were faring. When informed Atlanta was on its way to a 10-6 win over the Marlins, which pushed the Phillies two games back in the National League East, Hunter was blunt.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The next win the Phillies collect will match their total from a year ago, an impressive mark to hit in mid-August for any club, despite where it started. And at this time last year, perhaps they could've found moral victories in losses like Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Red Sox, where the Phillies battled baseball's best team in front of 33,081 at Citizens Bank Park.

But this is not last year. The Phillies are contenders and, ahead of schedule or not, will need to win games like Tuesday's if they are to continue to contend for the National League East. That much was clear by the time Tommy Hunter, shortly after surrendering a game-winning home run to Brock Holt, inquired about how the Braves were faring. When informed Atlanta was on its way to a 10-6 win over the Marlins, which pushed the Phillies two games back in the National League East, Hunter was blunt.

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"Well," Hunter said, "that sucks."

Video: BOS@PHI: Kapler on well-pitched game in 2-1 loss

The sentiment stuck not only because the Phillies sunk to 2-5 over their last seven games, but how they did so. Holt's pinch-hit solo shot in the eighth spoiled one of the best starts of the year from Nick Pivetta, who spent the night swapping scoreless frames with Rick Porcello. It also sent the Phillies to their second 2-1 loss to the Red Sox in three matchups, though they've held baseball's most potent offense to just five runs total in those contests.

"We know we can go toe to toe with this team," manager Gabe Kapler said. "We showed that we could at Fenway Park, we did it tonight. They came out on the losing end because they played a better baseball game. We're very confident that tomorrow we're going to be playing the better baseball game."

Video: BOS@PHI: Holt swats a go-ahead pinch-hit HR in 8th

To do so, Kapler knows he'll need to kick-start an offense that's lagged behind the rest of his upstart club for most of the summer. He juggled his lineup considerably Tuesday in hopes of doing so, sliding Rhys Hoskins into the cleanup spot in place of Carlos Santana, and inserting Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Williams in new spots at the top of the order. But the new alignment produced just one hit besides Hoskins' solo homer off Porcello in the fifth. The Phillies are hitting .208 with a .288 on-base percentage in August.

"When a guy like Porcello, who has a ball that can go both ways, you have to respect that the ball might go in on your hands or go back over the plate. He pitched a great game," Kapler said. "Pivetta certainly matched him."

Video: BOS@PHI: Porcello records a season-high 10 K's over 7

Pivetta held Boston to just a Sandy Leon solo homer over six innings, striking out six against one walk. But Porcello was even more dominant, taking a perfect game into the fifth and striking out 10 over seven frames. Their duel gave Citizens Bank Park what Pivetta called "an amazing intensity," which lasted until the final out. The Phillies managed to inch the tying run to second off Craig Kimbrel, before the All-Star closer struck out Cabrera to notch his 36th save.

"Two pretty good teams going toe-to-toe, that's the way you like it though," said Hunter, who surrendered his first homer since July 12. "Throw blows and see who comes out on top."

Said Pivetta: "It's fun pitching in those games against those kinds of teams. … I don't know what the playoffs feel like. I'll know when we get there."

After thriving at Triple-A, Neris recalled

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Phillies' lone chance with a runner in scoring position came in the ninth, when pinch-runner Scott Kingery -- after multiple false starts -- swiped second off Kimbrel with two outs. Kingery tried twice to reach second early in the inning, but both times he had to retreat on foul balls. Kimbrel then retired Cesar Hernandez (flyout) and Williams (lineout) before whiffing Cabrera on a ball in the dirt, which briefly scurried away from Leon, offering the Phillies a glimpse of last-second hope. But Leon corralled the ball and tossed to first to retire Cabrera and end the game.

Video: BOS@PHI: Kimbrel strikes out Cabrera, records save

"You don't give away a strike against Craig Kimbrel," Kapler said, when asked if he'd prefered his hitters to give Kingery a chance to get into scoring position. "That's why you have Scotty stealing, because you don't expect to get back to back hits. It's hard to hit the ball out of the ballpark. You want a runner on second base as soon as possible."

SOUND SMART
Of Hoskins' 23 home runs this season, 17 have either tied a game or given the Phillies a lead. He now has the most home runs by a Phillie to tie a game or give the team a lead in a season since 2009, when Ryan Howard hit 24 such home runs.

HE SAID IT
"We come out and we play baseball to the best of our ability every day. I'm going to come out tomorrow and throw the exact same pitches that I threw tonight. That's the difference between us and fans and us and writers. We have to do this every single day. I'm not going to give a different effort because it's the Red Sox or the Yankees or the A's. I'm going to give you what I have every single night and let that lay how it will." -- Hunter

UP NEXT
The Phillies conclude their abbreviated two-game set with the Red Sox on Wednesday, when Vince Velasquez (8-9, 3.98 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.74 ERA) match up at Citizens Bank Park. Velasquez had a strong stretch snapped last time out, when he allowed four runs in four innings to the D-backs. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA over his three starts prior. He'll look to set a new career-high in wins when play begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

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Shred Hate program gains 5 new MLB teams

Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers join initiative to end bullying
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Five new Major League Baseball clubs will support the Shred Hate initiative -- an innovative program striving to end bullying in schools and communities by encouraging youth to choose kindness -- MLB, ESPN and X Games announced on Wednesday.

The Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers are the latest teams to join the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals as Shred Hate clubs in the effort to prevent bullying. Select schools in club markets will use the No Bully methodology that has remediated more than 90 percent of bullying incidents since Shred Hate's launch in January 2017.

Five new Major League Baseball clubs will support the Shred Hate initiative -- an innovative program striving to end bullying in schools and communities by encouraging youth to choose kindness -- MLB, ESPN and X Games announced on Wednesday.

The Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Pirates and Rangers are the latest teams to join the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Nationals as Shred Hate clubs in the effort to prevent bullying. Select schools in club markets will use the No Bully methodology that has remediated more than 90 percent of bullying incidents since Shred Hate's launch in January 2017.

No Bully is a nonprofit that trains schools how to activate student compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying. The organization will work directly through Shred Hate and local school districts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dallas. This is in addition to existing Shred Hate schools in Chicago, Colorado, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington, D.C.

In a study by the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Education, nearly one in four students -- more than 10 million total students -- report being bullied each year in the United States. Thanks to the five MLB club additions to the Shred Hate program, nearly 60,000 students will be reached in the 2018-19 academic year.

"Shred Hate has been an extraordinary opportunity for baseball to use our considerable platform and positively influence the lives of young people where our teams play," said MLB vice president and special assistant to the Commissioner Billy Bean. "The courageous stories shared by some of the students participating in the Shred Hate program, and who have been affected by this epidemic, inspire us to multiply our efforts.

"We are incredibly thankful to our clubs who have stepped forward in support of this initiative as we continue to grow an inclusive and accepting culture throughout every level of our sport."

Two new Shred Hate modules were developed to roll out this academic school year in an effort to impact afterschool and summer programs, as well as student athletes and coaches. Courtesy of the No Bully System in-school curriculum, 20- to 30-minute lessons are available to download here. In addition, student athletes will learn how to be upstanders and lead schools in their bullying prevention efforts with the help of multimedia platforms and public service announcements from MLB players.

MLB will host a social-media driven Shred Hate activation at the Little League Classic presented by GEICO beginning on Thursday in Williamsport, Pa. The activation looks to raise awareness about bullying and the Shred Hate initiative among the thousands of kids and parents attending the event. Look for them at MLB's Play Ball Park at the Little League International complex during the tournament.

"Shred Hate is stopping bullying at unprecedented rates," said ESPN vice president of corporate citizenship Kevin Martinez. "We're excited to expand on this success and bring the program into more schools, while raising awareness on this critical issue using the incredible reach and platforms of MLB, its clubs and X Games."

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.

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After thriving at Triple-A, Neris recalled

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PHILADELPHIA -- In part to add an extra reliever for their two-game set against the slugging Red Sox, in part because they believe their former closer has returned to form, the Phillies added a familiar face to their bullpen Tuesday. The club recalled right-hander Hector Neris and optioned infielder J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.

Neris opened the season as the Phillies' closer, but he lost his job after posting a 7.71 ERA over a nine-appearance stretch in May. He was demoted after allowing three home runs in a 17-7 loss to the Nationals on June 29, lugging a 6.90 ERA with him. But the 29-year-old excelled at Triple-A, pitching to a 1.75 ERA across 19 appearances for the IronPigs.

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PHILADELPHIA -- In part to add an extra reliever for their two-game set against the slugging Red Sox, in part because they believe their former closer has returned to form, the Phillies added a familiar face to their bullpen Tuesday. The club recalled right-hander Hector Neris and optioned infielder J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.

Neris opened the season as the Phillies' closer, but he lost his job after posting a 7.71 ERA over a nine-appearance stretch in May. He was demoted after allowing three home runs in a 17-7 loss to the Nationals on June 29, lugging a 6.90 ERA with him. But the 29-year-old excelled at Triple-A, pitching to a 1.75 ERA across 19 appearances for the IronPigs.

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"We will use him in important situations going forward," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "The reports were outstanding. The swing and misses have been significant. The walk rates have been low. He's been attacking with his fastball more in the zone. The numbers say he's ready to step into big situations for us again."

Neris said the adjustments he made at Lehigh Valley were more mental than physical, though he said his signature split-fingered fastball regained its effectiveness.

"[Down there], they told me not to think too much, keep the tempo, keep everything fluid," Neris said. "'Who is the hitter? What's the sign? Now throw the pitch you want to throw.'"

Neris gives the Phillies a nine-man bullpen, swelling a unit that's excelled in recent weeks. Philadelphia has the Majors' top bullpen ERA (2.73) since the start of July. Promoting the right-hander also offered the club the chance to alleviate a roster logjam on the position player side. With newly acquired Justin Bour set to receive most of the left-handed pinch-hitting chances, few opportunities figured to exist for Crawford, who'd been a non-factor since recovering from a broken left hand.

Crawford did not appear in any of the Phillies' three games since he was activated from the disabled list Friday. The 23-year-old rookie was hitting .194/.312/.333 across 34 games when he was injured in late June. Kapler cited that missed time as a determining factor in the decision to demote Crawford instead of Scott Kingery, who is hitting .223/.266/.321.

Essentially, the club decided there was more value in carrying an extra bullpen arm than two utility players in the short-term.

"Kingery has had an incredible amount of development time at the Major League level this season … where as J.P. has missed some development time," Kapler said. "For J.P., as tough as it is, his role on this club, it's not a clear one. With all of that in mind, we felt it made the most sense for J.P.'s development for the next couple of weeks by getting him into a rhythm a little bit and allowing him to play regularly."

Ramos close to debuting

Another, major roster move appears earmarked for later this week, as the Phillies expect Wilson Ramos to make his team debut imminently. Acquired from the Rays prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Ramos completed a three-game rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Clearwater on Monday, catching nine innings. He'll return to Philadelphia to be evaluated by team doctors in the coming days. Ramos has been on the DL with a left hamstring strain since July 18.

As for his timetable, Kapler said: "Nothing is set in stone and nothing is off the table."

Around the horn

• The Phillies made another transaction Tuesday, trading right-hander Jake Thompson to the Brewers for cash. Thompson, who had a 4.96 ERA in nine games this season, was designated for assignment to clear 40-man space for Bour last week. Originally acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade, Thompson made 30 appearances (18 starts) for Philadelphia over the past three seasons.

• Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff was scheduled to pitch four innings for Clearwater on Tuesday. It'll be the second outing of this most recent rehab assignment for Eickhoff, who made 57 starts for the Phillies from 2016-17. He has been sidelined all season due to a right lat strain and tingling in his throwing fingers.

Lineup shuffle

In an attempt to kick-start the Phillies' sluggish offense, Kapler significantly rejiggered his lineup prior to Tuesday's series opener against Boston. Of the notable changes: Carlos Santana was dropped from the cleanup spot in favor of Rhys Hoskins, Asdrubal Cabrera was lifted into the No.3 slot and Nick Williams slotted in second.

Kapler cited the platoon flexibility the new arrangement provides. By slotting three switch-hitters in the first six spots (Cesar Hernandez, first; Cabrera third, Santana fifth), Kapler was able to alternate righties and lefties between them (left-handed Williams second, right-handed Hoskins fourth and righty Maikel Franco sixth). But the changes are clearly also centered on Santana, who was bumped from the No. 4 hole for the first time since June 2. After reaching a season-high .804 OPS on June 23, Santana has hit .192 with a .650 OPS since.

"It's not some major shakeup juggle," Kapler said. "I think it's just, 'Let's take a fresh look at this.'"

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

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Phillies' best August trade came in 2006

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While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

While the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline rightfully garners the lion's share of attention when it comes to each year's trade season, there have been numerous deals struck during the month of August that have been impactful down the stretch and in subsequent years. Here's a look at the best August trade each team has ever made:

ANGELS
Acquired: LF Justin Upton from DET
Gave up: RHP Grayson Long and a player to be named or cash
Date: Aug. 31, 2017
The Angels acquired Upton in the midst of their playoff push last season, giving the club a middle-of-the-order bat to slot behind Mike Trout in their lineup. While the Angels ultimately fell short in the American League Wild Card race, Upton posted an .887 OPS with seven home runs in 27 games before deciding to re-sign with the club on a five-year, $106 million deal during the offseason. 

ASTROS
Acquired: 3B Jeff Bagwell from BOS
Gave up: RHP Larry Andersen
Date: Aug. 30, 1990
As impactful as the Astros' trade was last year to land Justin Verlander, the club's 1990 trade netted a player who would don an Astros uniform for all 15 years of his Major League career and end up in the Hall of Fame. Bagwell is the greatest slugger in Astros history, winning the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1994 NL Most Valuable Player Award, being named to four All-Star teams and belting 449 career home runs. The first baseman led a resurgence of baseball in Houston in the 1990s and helped take the franchise to new heights in the early 2000s.

Video: Jeff Bagwell reflects on conversation with Andersen

Andersen was a 16-year-veteran who had a 1.95 ERA in 50 appearances on the season for Houston at the time of the trade. With Bagwell, a third baseman at the time, blocked by future Hall of Famer Wade Boggs at the position, Boston made the deal for a reliever who would appear in 15 games with a 1.23 ERA. That winter, Andersen signed as a free agent with the Padres, and pitched for two seasons with San Diego before his final two seasons with the Phillies.

ATHLETICS
Acquired: SS Stephen Drew from ARI
Gave up: INF Sean Jamieson
Date: Aug. 20, 2012
The A's might have outdone themselves this year with the additions of relievers Fernando Rodney and Shawn Kelley, but their 2012 trade for Drew gave them a significant upgrade at shortstop, which was a vital piece at the time. Drew collected 16 RBIs in 39 regular-season games, then came up with four hits in 19 at-bats during the AL Division Series against the Tigers, including an RBI double in a one-run Game 4 victory that sent the series to a winner-take-all affair.

BLUE JAYS
Acquired: 3B/OF Jose Bautista from PIT
Gave up: C Robinson Diaz
Date: Aug. 21, 2008
The Blue Jays weren't expecting big things from Bautista, but they needed a temporary replacement for the injured Scott Rolen and he fit the bill. Toronto had to part only with a fringe prospect to get the deal done, and his versatility at first base, right field and second base kept Bautista on the team even after Rolen returned. Two years later, Bautista made franchise history by hitting 54 home runs in a single season, and he ultimately turned into one of the best players to ever wear the blue and white.

Video: TEX@TOR Gm5: Bautista hammers go-ahead three-run shot

BRAVES
Acquired: RHP John Smoltz from DET
Gave up: RHP Doyle Alexander
Date: Aug. 12, 1987
The Tigers won each of Alexander's 11 remaining regular-season starts and captured the American League East title in 1987; the 36-year-old would pitch two more seasons for Detroit, including an All-Star campaign in '88. Meanwhile, Smoltz was just a year removed from high school ball, but would end up constructing a Hall of Fame career as he helped the Braves win 14 consecutive division crowns and the 1995 World Series. He also won the NL Cy Young Award in 1996, and was an eight-time All Star, becoming one of the most successful postseason pitchers in baseball history with a 2.67 ERA over 41 appearances, and the 1992 NL Championship Series MVP Award. A year earlier, he tossed a six-hit shutout of the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS to send Atlanta to its first World Series.

Video: 1991 NLCS Gm7: Smoltz shuts the door, Braves to WS

BREWERS
Acquired: RHP Don Sutton from HOU
Gave up: Players to be named and cash (OF Kevin Bass and pitchers Frank DiPino and Mike Madden)
Date: Aug. 30, 1982
Bass went on to have a solid 14-year career but the deal was worth it to land Sutton, the future Hall of Famer who represented the final piece of the finest team in Brewers history. Sutton's shining moment for Milwaukee was the '82 regular-season finale in Baltimore, when he allowed two runs in eight innings of a must-win game opposite Orioles ace Jim Palmer. It clinched the American League East and moved the Brewers a step closer to their only World Series appearance to date.

CARDINALS
Acquired: OF Larry Walker from COL
Gave up: RHP Jason Burch, LHP Luis Martinez and LHP Chris Narveson
Date: Aug. 6, 2004
In the penultimate year of Walker's career, he accepted a trade to the Cardinals and then helped the club reach the World Series. After hitting .280/.393/.560 with 11 homers in 44 regular-season games, Walker hit six homers and slugged .707 in his second postseason appearance.

CUBS
Acquired: 1B Randall Simon from PIT
Gave up: OF Ray Sadler
Date: Aug. 17, 2003
The Cubs had made a blockbuster deal at the non-waiver Trade Deadline to get Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton from the Pirates, then added Simon, who batted .282 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 33 games. Simon provided the spark and the Cubs went 24-16 after he joined the team to win the NL Central. Simon would go on to hit .333 (8-for-24) with three doubles and a homer in the postseason.

D-BACKS
Acquired: RHP Livan Hernandez and cash from WAS
Gave up: LHP Matt Chico; RHP Garrett Mock
Date: Aug. 7, 2006
While Hernandez didn't pitch the D-backs to the postseason in 2006, he did stick around to be a valuable contributor and staff leader the following year when the D-backs won the NL West and swept the Cubs in the NLDS before losing to the Rockies in the NLCS.

DODGERS
Acquired: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto and cash from BOS
Gave up: INF Ivan De Jesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and OF Jerry Sands
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
The word "blockbuster" is overused, but it should be defined by this nine-player trade. Guggenheim's new Dodgers ownership made a credibility statement that the tight-fisted ways of the McCourt era were over. The Dodgers never won a World Series because of it, but the veterans helped the club compete while buying time for young talent to mature. None of the prospects dealt away panned out, but Boston won a World Series anyway and dumped $262 million in salary.

GIANTS
Acquired: RHP Rick Reuschel from PIT
Gave up: RHPs Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin
Date: Aug. 21, 1987
Reuschel stabilized the Giants' starting rotation, going 5-3 down the stretch to help San Francisco win the NL West for the first time since 1971. "Big Daddy" also finished 36-19 in the next two seasons and was the staff ace when the Giants reached the World Series in 1989.

INDIANS
Acquired: SP Mike Clevinger from LAA
Gave up: RP Vinnie Pestano
Date: Aug. 7, 2014
The Angels wanted a reliever for the stretch run, so they added Pestano and dealt Clevinger (a prospect with mechanical flaws and in the early stages of a Tommy John surgery comeback). Clevinger was a project, but he went to work with the Indians, rebuilt his delivery, broke into the Majors in '16 and is now fixture in one of baseball's best rotations. Pestano hasn't pitched in the Majors since '15, and Clevinger has a 3.59 ERA in 67 career appearances for Cleveland (54 starts).

Video: CLE@BAL: Clevinger dominates O's with two-hit shutout

MARINERS
Acquired: LF Vince Coleman from KC
Gave up: RHP Jim Converse
Date: Aug. 15, 1995
The Mariners immediately inserted the veteran speedster as their leadoff hitter for the final month and a half of their magical 1995 season, and he provided a huge spark. When Coleman was acquired by general manager Woody Woodward, Seattle was 51-50 and 12 1/2 games back in the AL West. It wound up winning the division and earning the first playoff berth in franchise history as the 33-year-old posted a .290/.335/.395 line with 16 stolen bases and 27 runs in 40 games.

MARLINS
Acquired: 1B/OF Jeff Conine from BAL
Gave up: RHP Denny Bautista, RHP Don Levinski
Date: Aug. 31, 2003
Pursuing the lone NL Wild Card spot at the time, the Marlins acquired Conine minutes before the midnight waiver deadline, with the deal completed while the veteran was on the Orioles' team plane. The Marlins were desperate for an established veteran the day after All-Star Mike Lowell broke his left hand. Conine hit five home runs and drove in 15 runs in September, and made an impact in the playoffs during the Marlins' World Series championship season.

Video: 2003 NLCS Gm5: Jeff Conine hits a solo home run

METS
Acquired: 2B Jeff Kent and a player to be named (OF Ryan Thompson) from TOR
Gave up: RHP David Cone
Date: Aug. 27, 1992
With the Mets well out of NL East contention and Cone set to become a free agent after the season, the team shipped him to the Blue Jays for Kent -- then just 24 years old. Although Kent would not develop into a National League MVP until after the Mets parted ways with him, he hit 67 of his 377 career homers over parts of five seasons in New York. Cone, meanwhile, went on to post a 2.55 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) down the stretch for Toronto, helping the franchise win its first World Series title with a 3.22 ERA in four postseason starts.

NATIONALS
Acquired: Catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash considerations from OAK
Gave up: catcher David Freitas
Date: Aug. 3, 2012
On their way to their first postseason berth in club history, the Nats made the upgrade behind the dish for a veteran behind the plate. Suzuki would go on to bat .267/.321/.404 in 43 games with Washington down the stretch and served as the starting catcher in the postseason before he struggled at the start of the 2013 season and was traded back to Oakland.

ORIOLES
Acquired: OF Tito Landrum from STL
Gave up: Landrum was the player to be named from a deal made on June 14, 1983, in which the Orioles sent Floyd Rayford to St. Louis.
Date: Aug. 31, 1983
Landrum hit the game-winning home run for the Orioles in the final game of the 1983 ALCS in Chicago. He was such an unlikely hero that teammate John Lowenstein joked that he was not sure of Landrum's first name.

PADRES
Acquired: Brian Giles from PIT
Gave up: Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
On the whole, this trade turned out pretty even. But there's no denying Giles' impact on the back-to-back NL West champion Padres teams in 2005 and '06. In parts of seven seasons with San Diego, Giles batted .279/.380/.435 with 83 homers. Bay would go on to have an 11-year MLB career over which he hit 222 homers, including 139 for Pittsburgh. Still, the trade helped San Diego get to the postseason in back-to-back years, and was worth the price.

PHILLIES
Acquired: RHP Jamie Moyer from SEA
Gave up: RHP Andrew Baldwin and RHP Andy Barb
Date: Aug. 19, 2006
The Phillies held a fire sale before July 31, 2006, trading Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle, David Bell and Rheal Cormier, and designating Ryan Franklin for assignment. But afterward, the Phillies started to play well and acquired Moyer for an unexpected postseason run. They fell short in 2006, but Moyer helped the Phillies win the NL East in 2007 and the World Series in 2008.

PIRATES
Acquired: OF Jason Bay, LHP Oliver Perez and LHP Cory Stewart from SD
Gave up: OF Brian Giles
Date: Aug. 26, 2003
The deal worked out well for both sides, as Giles continued to produce in San Diego and finished ninth in NL MVP voting in 2005. But Bay was worth the price, winning the 2004 NL Rookie of the Year Award before earning two All-Star nods with Pittsburgh. Perez was also dominant in 2004 (12-10, 2.98 ERA, 239 strikeouts), and he's still pitching in the Majors as a reliever. 

Video: CHC@PIT: Bay records eight RBIs including grand slam

RANGERS
Acquired: RHP John Burkett from FLA
Gave up: RHP Rick Helling and RHP Ryan Dempster
Date: Aug. 8, 1996
This is the trade that put the Rangers over the top on their way to the first division title in franchise history. Burkett, reinforcing the rotation, threw a shutout against the Blue Jays in his first start and his biggest victory came on Sept. 21. The Rangers had lost five in a row and nine of 10 as their lead was down to one game. But Burkett pitched the Rangers to a 7-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim to stop their skid for one of the biggest regular-season wins in franchise history. Dempster and Helling -- both prospects at the time -- went on to distinguished careers, but the price was worth it for Texas.

RAYS
Acquired: RHP Chad Bradford from BAL
Gave up: Cash
Date: Aug. 7, 2008
Bradford arrived to give the Rays a different look to their bullpen. The submariner of "Moneyball" fame appeared in 21 games and pitched to a 1.42 ERA. He made seven postseason appearances for the Rays, logging a 1.13 ERA in eight innings.

RED SOX
Acquired: INF Ivan DeJesus, 1B James Loney, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa, and OF/1B Jerry Sands from LAD
Gave up: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford, INF Nick Punto.and cash
Date: Aug. 25, 2012
On paper, the Red Sox gave up three former All-Stars and received little in return. In reality, the club shed more than $250 million in guaranteed salary for players who were no longer performing at their prime levels. This trade is widely credited as one of the reasons for the Sox winning the World Series in 2013. General manager Ben Cherington used the newfound payroll flexibility to re-tool with free agents Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, Ryan Dempster and David Ross. Those players fit perfectly on the field and in the clubhouse.

REDS
Acquired: 1B/manager Pete Rose from MON
Gave up: INF Tom Lawless
Date: Aug. 16, 1984
In a stunning move, the Reds brought back a hometown favorite in Rose to take on the rare role of player-manager. The deal immediately energized the Cincinnati fan base after losing seasons from 1982-84. Not only did Rose the player break Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985 to great fanfare, Rose the manager was at the helm for a contender that had four straight second-place finishes from 1985-88. That helped create the foundation for the 1990 World Series title season.

ROCKIES
Acquired:RHP Jose Contreras from CWS
Gave up: Minor League RHP Brandon Hynick
Date: Aug. 31, 2009
Contreras went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in seven games, including two starts, and was one of two key veteran August pickups. The Rockies also picked up Jason Giambi, who had been released earlier in the month by the Athletics. Giambi hit .292 in 19 games as he and Contreras helped push the Rockies into the postseason as the NL Wild Card team.

ROYALS
Acquired: OF Josh Willingham from MIN
Gave up: Right-hander Jason Adam
Date: Aug. 11, 2014
It wasn't a blockbuster deal, but Willingham will be forever in Royals lore. He singled (his last big league hit) to spark a ninth-inning rally in the 2014 AL Wild Card game that tied the score. The Royals went on to win the game, the first off 11 straight playoff wins that year, and eventually advance to Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

TIGERS
Acquired: OF Delmon Young from MIN
Gave up: LHP Cole Nelson, RHP Lester Oliveros
Date: Aug. 15, 2011
Young homered three times in the Tigers' 2011 ALDS win over the Yankees, then hit two more in the ALCS vs. Texas. A year later, he was named MVP of the ALCS after going 6-for-17 with two homers and six RBIs. He went 5-for-14 with a solo homer in the 2012 World Series against the Giants.

TWINS
Acquired: RHP Bert Blyleven from CLE
Gave up: INF Jay Bell, LHP Curt Wardle, OF Jim Weaver and a player to be named (RHP Rich Yett on Sept. 18, 1985)
Date: Aug. 1, 1985
The Twins reacquired future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven in an August trade, as he had previously pitched in Minnesota from 1970-76. Blyleven made 120 starts with the Twins after the trade, including helping the franchise to its first World Series title in 1987. Bell went on to a solid 18-year career, but the Twins had Greg Gagne entrenched at shortstop at the time of the trade.

WHITE SOX
Acquired: 1B Ted Kluszewski from PIT
Gave up: Minor League IF Robert Sagers and RF/1B Harry Simpson
Date: Aug. 25, 1959
Nearing the end of his career, Kluszewski hit .297 with two home runs and 10 RBIs over 112 plate appearances and 31 games in the regular season for the AL champs. But the Big Klu hit .391 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a six-game World Series loss to the Dodgers.

YANKEES
Acquired: 3B Charlie Hayes from PIT
Gave up: RHP Chris Corn
Date: Aug. 30, 1996
Hayes rejoined the Yankees just in time for the birth of a dynasty, batting .284 in 20 games for his new team to supplement a fatigued Wade Boggs' production at the hot corner. Hayes was on the field to secure the final out of the World Series, a foul pop behind third base off the bat of the Braves' Mark Lemke. Corn never advanced past Double-A.

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Inbox: Will the Phillies hit down the stretch?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers questions from fans
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What's the Phillies' biggest concern heading into the final stretch of the season?
-- Tom S., Newtown Square, Pa.

It's the offense, although the defense has remained a season-long issue. As much hand-wringing as there has been at times from fans regarding the rotation, the Phillies have one of the strongest starting staffs in baseball. It ranks seventh with a 3.70 ERA and sixth with a 3.76 xFIP. The Phils' bullpen has a 2.73 ERA since July 1, too. It is the best mark in baseball in that span.

What's the Phillies' biggest concern heading into the final stretch of the season?
-- Tom S., Newtown Square, Pa.

It's the offense, although the defense has remained a season-long issue. As much hand-wringing as there has been at times from fans regarding the rotation, the Phillies have one of the strongest starting staffs in baseball. It ranks seventh with a 3.70 ERA and sixth with a 3.76 xFIP. The Phils' bullpen has a 2.73 ERA since July 1, too. It is the best mark in baseball in that span.

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There is no reason to think the Phillies will not pitch well enough down the stretch. But will they hit?

Philadelphia hit .184 with a .543 OPS on its 2-4 road trip through Arizona and San Diego. The Phils have hit .216 with a .627 OPS during a 7-8 stretch since July 26. Numbers like that are exactly why they acquired Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilson Ramos and Justin Bour.

Ramos' eventual return should help. He hit .297 with 14 home runs, 53 RBIs and an .834 OPS before he injured his left hamstring last month. When Ramos is activated from the DL, he will immediately become the Phillies' second-most productive hitter behind Rhys Hoskins. Ramos spent most of the season hitting fourth for Tampa Bay. He probably should hit there for Philadelphia, too. After Carlos Santana reached a season-high .804 OPS on June 23, he has hit .192 with a .650 OPS since. Manager Gabe Kapler has been reluctant to move Santana out of the cleanup spot, in part because he said Santana is comfortable hitting there. Kapler reiterated that point Sunday, when he told reporters in San Diego that, "We certainly don't think he's out of place in the four-hole in our lineup."

But the numbers suggest otherwise, and the sample size is no longer small enough to dismiss. Now, moving Santana out of the cleanup spot will not magically cure the Phils' offensive woes. But there could be a game in the final few weeks of the season when Ramos or somebody else hitting cleanup steps to the plate in a high-leverage situation and comes through with a big hit, much like having an extra bench player on the 25-man roster this week could help them win a game.

The Phillies optioned Zach Eflin to Triple-A over the weekend (he will not miss a start because he will be the team's 26th man in a doubleheader Thursday against the Mets) because they considered it a way to find value at the margins.

Dropping Santana from fourth to fifth (or even lower) in the Phils' lineup could be another example of finding value at the margins, too.

How concerned should we be about Seranthony Dominguez's ineffectiveness pitching on no rest?
-- Ed E., Philadelphia

It isn't exactly a four-alarm fire, but it is worth watching. Dominguez has a 9.92 ERA in nine appearances on no rest, allowing nine hits and eight walks and striking 11 in 7 1/3 innings. He has a 0.84 ERA in 28 appearances with at least one day of rest, allowing 14 hits and five walks and striking out 43 in 34 innings.

The Phillies play the Braves seven times in their final 11 games. If Philadelphia and Atlanta remain neck and neck entering those final 11 games, there certainly could be multiple situations when the Phils would love to have Dominguez pitch back-to-back games. Perhaps they can find a way to keep him fresher or get his body more acclimated to the workload before then. If not, they will have no choice then to lean on other relievers in the 'pen. Fortunately for them, there are enough pitchers throwing well right now to help them manage it.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Phillies' nicknames for Players' Weekend

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames the Phillies will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames the Phillies will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Jorge Alfaro: "EL OSO"
Victor Arano: "EL WEY"
Jake Arrieta: "SNAKE"
Justin Bour: "JB"
Asdrubal Cabrera: "CHIQUITÍN"

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J.P. Crawford: "CRAW"
Austin Davis: "BIG FUDGE"
Enyel De Los Santos: "DE LOS SANTOS"
Seranthony Dominguez: "SIR ANTHONY"
Jerad Eickhoff: "EICK"
Zach Eflin: "EF"
Pedro Florimon: "DON RAMÓN"
Maikel Franco: "COMPA F"
Luis Garcia: "COMPA G"
Cesar Hernandez: "CESITA"
Odubel Herrera: "TORITO"
Rhys Hoskins: "BIG FELLA"
Tommy Hunter: "BIGGER FELLA"
Scott Kingery: "JETPAX"
Andrew Knapp: "KNAPP TIME"
Aaron Loup: "WOLF"
Adam Morgan: "A-MO"
Pat Neshek: "NESHEK"
Aaron Nola: "NOLS"
Roman Quinn: "ROME"
Nick Pivetta: "PIVETTA"
Wilson Ramos: "BUFFALO"
Carlos Santana: "SLAMTANA"
Vince Velasquez: "VICENTE"
Nick Williams: "NICKY DUBS"

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Arrieta falters as Phils fall into tie atop NL East

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SAN DIEGO -- Jake Arrieta has made a habit of heating up after the All-Star break, but the Phillies right-hander never warmed to the occasion Sunday afternoon against the Padres in a 9-3 loss at Petco Park.

The loss dropped the Phillies into a first-place tie in the National League East with Atlanta, an 8-7 winner over Milwaukee.

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SAN DIEGO -- Jake Arrieta has made a habit of heating up after the All-Star break, but the Phillies right-hander never warmed to the occasion Sunday afternoon against the Padres in a 9-3 loss at Petco Park.

The loss dropped the Phillies into a first-place tie in the National League East with Atlanta, an 8-7 winner over Milwaukee.

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Arrieta allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base with a hit in each of the first three innings. It hurt him a little in the first, when Travis Jankowski scored only the second run Arrieta had allowed over his previous 26 innings on the road. It hurt a lot in the third, when the Padres loaded the bases before former Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis hit his first career grand slam on a 2-2 fastball with two outs.

"Sometimes those things happen," Arrieta said. "I had an opportunity to get out of a couple situations with a different result. It just didn't go that way. It was a weird one. The first three innings were strange. Couldn't necessarily find it when I needed to."

Video: PHI@SD: Galvis launches a grand slam to center field

Critical in the third inning was miscommunication between Arrieta and catcher Jorge Alfaro on a soft grounder topped by the Padres' Eric Hosmer. Arrieta and Alfaro both converged on the ball midway between the mound and the plate. Arrieta picked up the ball, but couldn't make a throw when Alfaro bumped into him.

Hosmer was credited with an infield single. The way the inning played out, Galvis never would have come to the plate had Arrieta been able to make the throw to first to get Hosmer.

Video: PHI@SD: Hosmer singles as Arrieta, Alfaro converge

"Jorge's awesome on that play," Arrieta said. "From my perspective, it looked like he was letting me get it, so that's why I went at it. It was just one of those things where there wasn't communication. I didn't say anything to him, so he probably thought I was going to let him take it because he usually does. Just miscommunication on my part."

That was one of the plays on manager Gabe Kapler's mind after the game. So, too, was poor play in the bottom of the eighth when the Phillies allowed the Padres to score three runs, immediately after they had scored three runs in the top of the inning to close within 6-3.

"We didn't execute the fundamentals today," said Kapler, who wanted to speak to the players involved before going into further specifics. "That's on me. I have to do a better job of getting us prepared to play and to execute the fundamentals of this game. So that one's on me. … It's my job to help the players set the tone and be on top of their game all the time."

Video: PHI@SD: Galvis scores on Davis' throwing error

Arrieta (9-7), who was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth, allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

Over the past four seasons, Arrieta (9-7) has compiled a 2.14 ERA after the All-Star break. He was 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA since this year's break coming into this game, his first road loss since June 15 at Milwaukee.

Arrieta was outpitched by Padres rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi (6-6), who allowed two hits over six shutout innings.

Video: PHI@SD: Williams rips an RBI double into the corner

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Padres had an opportunity for a big inning -- and it appeared the Phillies were going to help them -- when they loaded the bases with one out in the second.

With Lucchesi at the plate, Arrieta threw a pitch that got past Alfaro.

Austin Hedges broke from third base, then put on the brakes when Alfaro got the ball back to Arrieta covering at the plate.

Video: PHI@SD: Cabrera tags out Hedges in a rundown

Hedges and teammate Christian Villanueva couldn't share third base, so Villanueva tried retreating to second. Arrieta threw down to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to thwart that. With Hedges still between third and home, Cabrera ran at the runner to freeze him and finally tagged out Hedges for the rare 2-1-6 putout at the plate.

Arrieta struck out Lucchesi to end the inning.

Video: PHI@SD: Arrieta strikes out Lucchesi to end the 2nd

SOUND SMART
If the Phillies are to win the division for the first time since 2011, it sure would make things easier if they improved their record on the road. They are the only division leader in the Majors this season without a winning road record (27-34). Atlanta is the only team to win the NL East in the past 22 years with a losing road record (40-41 in 2013).

HE SAID IT
"[We're] trying not to focus too much on what's going on outside this clubhouse, whether Atlanta loses, Washington wins or loses. It's like, 'Let's just try and win the game that day.' If we do that and we stay healthy, we're going to end up in a good spot. The spot we want to be in." -- Arrieta, on the mood in the clubhouse amid a looming pennant race

UP NEXT
After an off-day Monday, the Phillies will be back at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night to open a two-game series against Boston. Two weeks ago, the Phillies rebounded to split a two-game series against the Red Sox after losing the first game at Fenway Park, then won seven of their next 10 games. Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.51 ERA) is scheduled to start against Boston right-hander Rick Porcello (14-5, 4.17 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. ET in the series opener. In two August starts, Pivetta has allowed two runs in 12 innings, striking out 13 and walking one.

Kirk Kenney is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Phillies Minor League Review: Aug. 6-12

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Players of the Week

Player - OF Mickey Moniak, Clearwater … The 20-year-old hit safely in seven of his eight games, batting .400 (12-30) with three doubles, one triple, three RBI, five walks, one steal and a 1.052 OPS. Additionally, the left-handed hitter is batting .353 (24-68) with a .903 OPS in his last 18 games since July 25. The California native was selected by the Phillies in the first round (No. 1 overall) of the June 2016 draft.

Players of the Week

Player - OF Mickey Moniak, Clearwater … The 20-year-old hit safely in seven of his eight games, batting .400 (12-30) with three doubles, one triple, three RBI, five walks, one steal and a 1.052 OPS. Additionally, the left-handed hitter is batting .353 (24-68) with a .903 OPS in his last 18 games since July 25. The California native was selected by the Phillies in the first round (No. 1 overall) of the June 2016 draft.

Pitcher - RHP Connor Brogdon, Lakewood … Brogdon, 23, allowed two hits across two scoreless relief appearances (5.0 IP) with seven strikeouts and no walks. He has not allowed an earned run over his last 21.0 innings since June 25, posting a 0.62 WHIP (3 BB & 10 H) with 28 strikeouts in 14 games during that stretch. Brogdon was also recently named Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month for July. The 6-foot-6 righty was selected by the Phillies in the 10th round of the June 2017 draft.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 73-47, 1st place… The IronPigs lost all three of their games at Indianapolis to begin the week before taking two of three at Louisville. Lehigh Valley blanked Louisville on Sunday for its 13th shutout win of the season.

Top hitting performers - OF Danny Ortiz batted .529 (9-17) with four doubles, a home run, 10 RBI and a 1.467 OPS. He had multiple RBI in four of his six games… 1B Joey Meneses went 8-for-25 (.320) with one home run, three RBI and four runs scored over six contests… INF Zach Green posted a .375/.412/.563 slash line, going 6-for-16 with three doubles and two RBI in four games.

Top pitching performers - RHP Hector Neris had two scoreless relief appearances (2.0 IP) and recorded five strikeouts, while also earning one win. Of his 19 games with Lehigh Valley this season, 18 have been scoreless outings. Additionally, he has held opponents to a .138 batting average (9-65)… RHP Yacksel Rios worked 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out six batters over his two appearances… RHP Mark Leiter Jr. did not allow a run in three relief appearances (4.0 IP) with four strikeouts.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division… 58-60, 3rd place… Reading went 6-0 last week, sweeping three-game sets at Akron and against Binghamton. The Fightin Phils combined to outscore their opponents, 27-12.

Top hitting performers - C Deivi Grullon collected two doubles, two home runs and four RBI, while batting .389 (7-18) in five games. He is batting .348 (31-89) with 15 extra-base hits, 23 RBI and a 1.104 OPS in his last 26 games since July 2. Grullon leads all qualifying double-A hitters in OPS over that stretch… 1B/OF Austin Listi doubled, homered, drove in two runs and hit .364 (4-11) in four contests.

Top pitching performers - RHP Connor Seabold fanned eight batters over 7.0 innings and allowed just one run in his only start. He has posted a 1.50 ERA (3 ER, 18.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts and only 10 hits allowed over his last three starts… RHP Tyler Viza made one start in which he allowed one run with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 32-18, 1st place, 64-54 overall… The Threshers began their week with a four-game sweep over Tampa, which included a doubleheader on August 6. They proceeded to split a four-game series against St. Lucie.

Top hitting performers - OF Mickey Moniak, the Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, posted a .400/.486/.567 slash line, going 12-for-30 with four extra-base hits, three RBI and five walks in eight games… C Edgar Cabral homered, knocked in two runs, walked three times and batted .300 (6-20) in six contests.

Top pitching performers - RHP Mauricio Llovera earned one win and allowed three earned runs in 12.0 innings over two starts. He walked none and recorded 14 strikeouts. Llovera has 113 strikeouts to 29 walks this season… RHP Addison Russ tossed 4.0 scoreless innings with five strikeouts across three relief appearances. He notched two saves and is now 24-for-24 in save chances in 2018 (13 with Lakewood and 11 with Clearwater). Russ is the only pitcher in Minor League Baseball with that many saves and a 100.0 percent success rate in save opportunities this season… LHP Jakob Hernandez allowed just one hit in three scoreless relief appearances (4.2 IP) with eight strikeouts… RHP Adonis Medina surrendered one unearned run in 6.0 innings with five strikeouts during his only outing.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League Northern Division… 34-16, 1st place, 75-44 overall… The BlueClaws took two of three at Charleston and won two of their next three at Hickory. They earned two shutout victories last week, bringing their season total to 23. The next closest team in the league has 12 shutout wins.

Top hitting performers - C Rodolfo Duran, the South Atlantic League Player of the Week, batted .474 (9-19) with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a 1.553 OPS in six games. He had a multi-homer game on August 10 at Hickory, the first such game of his professional career… INF Dalton Guthrie went 10-for-23 (.435) with two doubles and four runs scored over six contests… OF Matt Vierling doubled twice, homered and hit .333 (6-18) in five games… OF Jhailyn Ortiz tripled, walked twice and batted .313 (5-16) over five games.

Top pitching performers - RHP Connor Brogdon, the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, recorded seven strikeouts over two scoreless relief appearances (5.0 IP) and yielded just two hits… RHP Andrew Brown logged a quality start, scattering two hits over 6.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts… RHP Spencer Howard earned a win in his lone start, striking out six hitters in 6.0 scoreless innings… LHP Will Stewart tossed a rain-shorted shutout (5.0 IP) on August 9 at Charleston.

Williamsport Crosscutters - New York-Penn League Pinckney Division… 23-32, 5th place… The Crosscutters dropped five of their seven games. Four of their five losses were by three runs or fewer.

Top hitting performers - OF Ben Pelletier doubled, tripled, homered, drove in three runs, scored five runs and batted .286 (8-28) in seven games… 2B Brayan Gonzalez collected two doubles, four RBI and went 5-for-17 (.294) over five contests.

Top pitching performers - RHP Robinson Martinez allowed one unearned run in 4.1 innings of relief (2 games), while walking none and striking out seven batters… RHP Tyler Carr struck out five hitters and surrendered one earned run over 6.0 innings in his two relief outings.

Gulf Coast League Phillies East - Gulf Coast League Northeast Division… 25-19, 1st place.

Top hitting performers - SS Logan Simmons batted .364 (4-11) with two home runs, four RBI and five runs scored. He homered in both games of a doubleheader on August 9, the first home runs of his professional career… OF James Smith went 5-for-15 (.333) with a triple and three runs scored.

Top pitching performers - RHP Victor Santos notched a quality start, allowing one earned run over 6.0 innings with no walks and six strikeouts… LHP Taylor Lehman did not allow a run in two relief appearances (3.0 IP) and struck out six batters.

Gulf Coast League Phillies West - Gulf Coast League Northwest Division… 25-20, 2nd place.

Top hitting performers - INF Christian Valerio batted .467 (7-15) with three doubles, four RBI, three steals and a 1.217 OPS… SS Luis Garcia hit .360 (9-25) with two doubles, one triple, three RBI and two stolen bases… 1B Stoney O'Brien went 8-for-21 (.381) with three doubles and three RBI… C Abrahan Gutierrez homered and batted .316 (6-19).

Top pitching performers - RHP Kyle Glogoski scattered one hit and three walks over 6.0 scoreless innings in his only start, while recording six strikeouts… RHP Jake Kinney yielded just one walk in two hitless relief appearances (3.0 IP) with four strikeouts.

Howard picks up the win for Lakewood

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

A couple of Braves pitching prospects showed why the organization's farm system is so highly touted as Kyle Wright led Triple-A Gwinnett to a 6-0 win over Louisville and Huascar Ynoa lifted Class A Advanced Florida to a 3-1 win over St. Lucie.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

A couple of Braves pitching prospects showed why the organization's farm system is so highly touted as Kyle Wright led Triple-A Gwinnett to a 6-0 win over Louisville and Huascar Ynoa lifted Class A Advanced Florida to a 3-1 win over St. Lucie.

The duo combined for 15 strikeouts over 13 scoreless innings, while only surrendering a pair of hits.

Wright, the Braves' No. 2 prospect (No. 24 overall), turned in his best performance since making his Triple-A debut on Aug. 3. The right-hander, a first-round pick from the 2017 Draft, cruised through seven scoreless frames.

Wright threw 56 of his 90 pitches for strikes, walked one and only gave up one hit.

Wright finishes with a strikeout

Meanwhile, Ynoa, who gave up nine runs in one inning in his last start, came through with a much-needed bounce back. The 20-year-old also gave up just one hit and struck out seven over six scoreless innings.

Other top prospect performances from Monday's action:

• No. 3 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) only had one hit, but certainly made it count as he blasted a three-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning for Triple-A Charlotte. Jimenez, who finished 1-for-4, has gone deep five times over the past 11 games and is hitting .351 through 35 games with Triple-A Charlotte.

Jimenez hits a three-run homer

• No. 21 overall prospect Francisco Mejia (Padres' No. 3) hit his second homer since joining Triple-A El Paso. The 22-year-old went 2-for-4, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, and is hitting .298 in the 16 games since he was acquired from the Indians.

Watch: Mejia goes yard

Athletics No. 5 prospect Austin Beck fell a homer short of the cycle, but still had a big game for Class A Beloit. Beck, the A's first-round pick from 2017, went 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs as he boosted his average to .292.

Blue Jays No. 19 prospect Billy McKinney broke out of a recent slump with his first multihit game since July 31. In Triple-A Buffalo's win over Charlotte, McKinney finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Both of McKinney's hits went for extra bases as he hit his 14th homer and seventh triple of the season.

McKinney goes yard

Cardinals No. 8 prospect Elehuris Montero has been red-hot since he was promoted to Class A Advanced Palm Beach on Aug. 7. After his 3-for-5 performance, Montero has a hit in all six games since his promotion and is hitting .385. The 19-year-old also hit his first homer since the promotion and has an extra-base hit in three straight games.

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Cubs No. 25 prospect Erling Moreno spun seven innings of one-run ball in his fifth straight quality start for Class A South Bend. The 21-year-old threw 57 of his 87 pitches for strikes as he struck out four and gave up five hits. Moreno didn't allow a run in his last start and has given up just one run over his last 13 2/3 innings.

Phillies No. 19 prospect Spencer Howard picked up his eighth win of the season with six solid innings for Class A Lakewood. The 2017 second-round pick yielded one run on four hits, struck out eight and didn't issue a walk. Howard has given up just one earned run over his last three starts (15 innings) and has allowed one earned run or fewer in five of his past six starts.

Rangers prospects Bubba Thompson (No. 10) and Tyler Phillips (No. 14) put forth strong efforts for Class A Hickory. Thompson hit his sixth homer of the season as part of a 3-for-4, two-RBI day and Phillips threw five scoreless innings. The right-hander gave up five hits, struck out two and hasn't allowed a run in either of his past two starts (12 innings).

Royals No. 14 prospect Kyle Isbel, the organization's third-round pick from the 2018 Draft, stayed hot with his third straight multihit game for Class A Lexington. Isbel hit his sixth homer of the year as part of a 3-for-4 night and is 10-for-20 over his past five games. While Isbel was raking, Yefri Del Rosario (No. 24) was putting up zeros on the scoreboard. The right-hander fired six innings, walked one, gave up two hits and fanned five.

Watch: Isbel goes yard

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Hoskins' timely proposal to his longtime girlfriend

Since debuting on August 10 last season, Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins has had a ridiculously eventful year. After bursting onto the scene by knocking 18 dingers in his first 34 big league games, he's solidified himself as one of the faces of a young and exciting Phillies team that currently finds itself in the thick of things atop the NL East.

Each team's jersey number likely to be retired next

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Over the weekend, the Giants retired the No. 25 worn by Barry Bonds and the Tigers retired Jack Morris' No. 47. Bonds became the 12th Giant and Morris the seventh Tiger so honored (along with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 for both teams, of course). Bonds played for the Giants for 15 seasons and Morris pitched for the Tigers for 14 years and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame: It was a no-brainer for the Tigers once he was in.

This whole exercise got us thinking: Which active players might end up with their own jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? Thus, this week at The Thirty, in honor of Bonds and Morris, we take a look at the most likely active player to someday have their number retired for every team. Note the wording there, by the way: The player has to be active, but he does not have to be actively playing for the team that will retire his number at this specific moment.

Over the weekend, the Giants retired the No. 25 worn by Barry Bonds and the Tigers retired Jack Morris' No. 47. Bonds became the 12th Giant and Morris the seventh Tiger so honored (along with Jackie Robinson's No. 42 for both teams, of course). Bonds played for the Giants for 15 seasons and Morris pitched for the Tigers for 14 years and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame: It was a no-brainer for the Tigers once he was in.

This whole exercise got us thinking: Which active players might end up with their own jerseys retired? Who potentially has that immortality in their future? Thus, this week at The Thirty, in honor of Bonds and Morris, we take a look at the most likely active player to someday have their number retired for every team. Note the wording there, by the way: The player has to be active, but he does not have to be actively playing for the team that will retire his number at this specific moment.

Now, some of these teams have a rule that they won't retire anyone's number who wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame. In this case, if there is no obvious Hall of Fame candidate, when necessary, we'll pick the player most likely to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. But the general principle remains: Who's the active player most likely to go down in history for each specific franchise? Here's our list.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays
19: Jose Bautista

This is probably the last year for Bautista, who is peddling his wares for the Mets, his second team this season. This jersey retirement probably won't end up happening, so they may just have to do a statue of his bat flip.

Video: MLB Tonight uses Statcast™ on Bautista's bat flip

Orioles
10: Adam Jones

Jones may be traded in August, but he'll be forever an Oriole. He's Captain America for crying out loud.

Rays
3: Evan Longoria

He's the best player in franchise history by a wide, wide margin.

Red Sox
15: Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia is already one of the franchise's 10 best players by WAR (per Baseball Reference) in history, and if he ever gets healthy again, he'll pass David Ortiz (whose No. 34 is already retired) in a matter of weeks. Also, those two World Series championships don't hurt.

Video: 2007 WS Gm1: Dustin Pedroia leads off with homer
Yankees
99: Aaron Judge

It's obviously early, but it's not like anyone else is clamoring for the number.

AL CENTRAL

Indians
12: Francisco Lindor

This is a tough call: Corey Kluber (28) is right there, too, but Lindor could be here for decades to come as a franchise icon.

Royals
13: Salvador Perez

Anybody else get the feeling that come 2028 we're going to be having the same Hall of Fame arguments about Perez that we're having about Yadier Molina right now?

Video: Perez receives World Series MVP Award in presentation

Tigers
24: Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera will end up having been a Tiger for 16 years by the time his contract is over … and heck, maybe even longer.

Video: WS2012 Gm3: Miggy receives trophy for Triple Crown

Twins
7: Joe Mauer

Remember, Kent Hrbek has a statue outside Target Field. If he has a statue, they should probably just name the stadium after Mauer.

White Sox
49: Chris Sale

Probably pushing it here, but if he ends up spending longer than seven years -- the amount of time he spent with the White Sox -- with any other team, we'll be surprised.

AL WEST

Angels
27: Mike Trout

Sorry, Vlad.

Astros
27: Jose Altuve

The jersey might be retired before the player is.

Video: Watch Jose Altuve's top 10 moments of the 2017 season

Athletics
26: Matt Chapman

Without question the toughest call on the board, but we'll just imagine a theoretical future where he turns into Brooks Robinson and plays with the A's for the next 15 years.

Mariners
51: Ichiro Suzuki

He's not technically retired yet, remember.

Video: A look at Ichiro's first and last hits in the Majors

Rangers
29: Adrian Beltre

If only he could have won one of those World Series…

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves
5: Freddie Freeman

He's still only 28 years old. The guy the Braves didn't trade years ago may end up being an Atlanta lifer … and perhaps someday a champion.

Marlins
27: Giancarlo Stanton

He's the Marlins' all-time leader in bWAR, by a significant margin. But by the time he retires, will anyone remember he ever played here?

Video: Stanton caps off historic 2017 with NL MVP Award

Mets
5: David Wright

Oh, what could have been.

Nationals
31: Max Scherzer

He's under contract with the Nationals through 2021, which gives him a lot of time to win some more Cy Young Awards.

Video: BOS@WSH: Scherzer records 1,000th K with Nationals

Phillies
26: Chase Utley

We've got five years to debate his Hall of Fame case. OK, probably 10, at least.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
8: Ryan Braun

Is this crazy? This is probably crazy. But we might feel a lot differently about Braun's offense in 20 years than we do now.

Cardinals
5: Albert Pujols

Molina might end up having his jersey retired as well, but the Cardinals haven't given out No. 5 since Pujols left and surely won't ever again.

Video: WS2011 Gm3: Pujols' trio of homers ties Series record

Cubs
17: Kris Bryant

Incredibly tough call between Bryant and Anthony Rizzo here, but we'll go with the guy with the MVP Award and maybe some more coming.

Video: Bryant continues magical year with NL MVP Award

Pirates
22: Andrew McCutchen

Still pretty strange that his old team has a better record than his new one does.

Reds
19: Joey Votto

At this point, Votto will probably retire a Red, and maybe as the best Red since the Big Red Machine.

NL WEST

D-backs
44: Paul Goldschmidt

Goldschmidt might have gotten started too late in his career to have much of a shot at the Hall of Fame, but he'll be beloved in Phoenix forever.

Dodgers
22: Clayton Kershaw

We'll see what happens this offseason, but 11 years of brilliance so far is plenty.

Video: Kershaw sets Dodgers, MLB record with strikeout mark

Giants
28: Buster Posey

Barely edging out Madison Bumgarner, if just because Posey is less likely to ever play anywhere else.

Padres
23: Fernando Tatis Jr.

Heck, why not?

Rockies
28: Nolan Arenado

The question, as with many Rockies: How long will he remain a Rockie?

Video: Must C Cycle: Arenado gets cycle with walk-off homer

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Eflin optioned to make room for Bour on roster

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SAN DIEGO -- The newest member of the Phillies joined the club in San Diego on Saturday. Justin Bour arrived in the visiting locker room at Petco Park clad in red and grey, a stark difference from the Marlins uniform he donned less than 48 hours ago.

A corresponding move had to transpire to make room for Bour on the 25-man roster. The Phillies optioned starting pitcher Zach Eflin to Triple-A, a rather surprising move, given Eflin's success in the rotation this season and the Phillies' season-long practice of carrying 13 pitchers.

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SAN DIEGO -- The newest member of the Phillies joined the club in San Diego on Saturday. Justin Bour arrived in the visiting locker room at Petco Park clad in red and grey, a stark difference from the Marlins uniform he donned less than 48 hours ago.

A corresponding move had to transpire to make room for Bour on the 25-man roster. The Phillies optioned starting pitcher Zach Eflin to Triple-A, a rather surprising move, given Eflin's success in the rotation this season and the Phillies' season-long practice of carrying 13 pitchers.

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With a doubleheader scheduled against the Mets next week, manager Gabe Kapler said it's likely Eflin won't miss his next start. Teams are permitted to carry 26 players on doubleheader days, so Eflin could be recalled to start one of the games.

Kapler called the move an opportunity to increase a "marginal advantage" in the National League East. Going into Saturday, the Phillies were tied with the Braves for the division lead.

"We made the decision with the understanding that it's possible [Eflin] continues to make all of his starts for us," Kapler said. "Right now, we have to believe that the division is going to come down to one game. If that's true, having an additional player on our roster that we can use right now is that marginal edge."

There was speculation that the player to be optioned would be J.P. Crawford or Scott Kingery

"[Eflin's] a professional through and through," Kapler said. "He understands that we're going to try and get every marginal advantage through the end of the season that we possibly can. Sometimes, one guy takes it on the chin so that 25 guys, as a group and as an organization, can prosper."

Worth noting 

• Bour was not in the starting lineup against the Padres on Saturday. He will primarily serve as a left-handed power hitter off the bench, with Carlos Santana expected to see the bulk of time at first base. It's a new role for Bour, who had been the Marlins' starting first baseman since 2015. 

Video: Bour discusses trade, excitement to join Phils

"[The Phillies] have been great with communicating, letting me know things ahead of time, where my role is, and stuff like that," Bour said. "But for me, all I want to do is come and help the team win. ... You play the game of baseball for these last couple months, when you're making a playoff push and you're playing meaningful games. It's definitely a change of pace I'm very much looking forward to."

Wilson Ramos was to begin his rehab assignment in Class A Advanced Clearwater on Saturday. Kapler said the plan was for Ramos to play five innings Saturday and serve as the designated hitter Sunday, before getting a day off to be evaluated.

"From a results standpoint, we just want to see him healthy," Kapler said. "One of the ways to get there is making sure he has the reps under his belt, get a little timing and rhythm at the plate, and then he's ready to roll."

Ramos has been on the disabled list since July 18 with a left hamstring strain. He has yet to play a game with the Phillies since being acquired from Tampa Bay at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Katie Woo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.

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Phillies back in first place as bats come alive

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SAN DIEGO -- With less than two months left in the regular season, the Phillies are aware that each game is crucial as they battle for first place in the National League East.

They also know they have to score runs to win, something they struggled with in their previous two contests, losing shutouts in back-to-back games for the second time this season. But the Phillies came out firing Saturday night against Padres starter Walker Lockett, and rolled to a 5-1 victory at Petco Park.

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SAN DIEGO -- With less than two months left in the regular season, the Phillies are aware that each game is crucial as they battle for first place in the National League East.

They also know they have to score runs to win, something they struggled with in their previous two contests, losing shutouts in back-to-back games for the second time this season. But the Phillies came out firing Saturday night against Padres starter Walker Lockett, and rolled to a 5-1 victory at Petco Park.

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The Phillies' first win at Petco Park since Aug. 7, 2016, put them back into sole possession of first place in the division, as the Braves lost to the Brewers, 4-2.

Video: PHI@SD: Cabrera plates Williams with an RBI double

Riding a scoreless drought of 19 innings, the Phillies needed only three batters in this one to get on the board. Cesar Hernandez walked to lead off the game and Nick Williams tripled him home two batters later. Williams came around to score, courtesy of Asdrubal Cabrera, who roped his 26th double of the season.

"Any time you're able to jump on the opposition early with a guy like Aaron Nola on the mound it gives you a lot of confidence," manager Gabe Kapler said. "Our guys showed that in the dugout. In fact, I actually thought the energy in the dugout preceded the outcome. I thought that was kind of cool. Our guys were especially energetic going into today's game."

Video: PHI@SD: Williams opens the scoring with an RBI triple

Whatever energy the Phillies brought to the dugout, they made sure to carry it with them throughout the game. They busted out the long ball in the middle innings with Maikel Franco smashing a solo shot in the fourth and Hernandez following suit in the fifth.

Hernandez's homer marked his 10th of the season, setting a single-season career high. Franco's blast traveled a Statcast-projected 383 feet, while Hernandez's was measured at 381 feet. It was Franco's 19th round-tripper of the year, moving him into a tie with Cabrera for second-most on the team. Since June 23, Franco is hitting .327 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs.

"Early on I thought we did a really good job of working counts, like we always do," Kapler added. "We got the big hits tonight. That's probably the biggest difference."

Video: PHI@SD: Hernandez clubs his 10th homer of the season

AARON THE ACE
Nola continued his season of dominance, holding the Padres scoreless for six frames. He gave up four hits, walked three and struck out five en route to his 13th win -- the second-highest win total in the NL.

It didn't come easy, though. Nola struggled with command early and had to maneuver through a bases-loaded jam in the second.

Video: PHI@SD: Nola strikes out 5 over 6 scoreless innings

"It's always good scoring early," Nola said. "We've been in kind of a rut a little bit, but we know what we have and it's just a matter of time until our offense turns around like it did tonight. We have confidence in them, we have confidence in ourselves knowing we're going to score runs."

Nola lowered his ERA to 2.28, tied with Washington's Max Scherzer for second-lowest in the NL, behind the Mets' Jacob deGrom (1.77). Nola's worked at least six innings in 20 of his 24 starts this season and has posted a 1.36 ERA over his last five starts on the road.

"It's definitely time to highlight Nola again," Kapler said. "He did a great job for us and he had to work early on. He had some traffic and some jams to work out of. He did a tremendous job working out of those jams."

Video: PHI@SD: Nola induces a groundout to escape a jam 

HE SAID IT
"I think it's an indication and evidence that our players have developed. That's probably the most notable thing. We were a good team in Spring Training, we felt confident in that, but we also knew that in order for us to have a really good year we were going to have our players take some steps forward. I think we've seen that with a number of our guys." -- Kapler, on the 65-51 Phillies' turnaround from last season, when they went 66-96

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
A Padres threat in the bottom of the ninth was thwarted by a clos