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Rhys has blast in HR Derby, falls short of final

No. 8 seed ousts Aguilar, puts up 20 HRs in 2nd round
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WASHINGTON -- Though he wouldn't be hoisting the T-Mobile Home Run Derby trophy at Nationals Park on Monday night, Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins nonetheless put up an impressive performance in his Derby debut and enjoyed the experience so much that he said he would do it again, if asked.

"One hundred percent," Hoskins said. "Too cool an opportunity to turn down if I was ever asked again."

WASHINGTON -- Though he wouldn't be hoisting the T-Mobile Home Run Derby trophy at Nationals Park on Monday night, Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins nonetheless put up an impressive performance in his Derby debut and enjoyed the experience so much that he said he would do it again, if asked.

"One hundred percent," Hoskins said. "Too cool an opportunity to turn down if I was ever asked again."

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Hoskins was the first-round bracket buster in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby before coming out on the wrong side of a thrilling second-round showdown with Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs' slugger bested Hoskins' second-round total of 20 by launching a third-deck shot to the right-field seats as his regulation time expired in the round.

"Honestly I was just a fan at that point," Hoskins said. "After I went, I was trying to see Kyle hit as many as he could as far as he could. He didn't disappoint at all."

Tweet from @rhyshoskins: I���d like to send my condolences to all of the balls that were harmed in the making of that Derby #OHMYGOODNESS

And so Hoskins was eliminated by the Cub. But no one could accuse Hoskins of looking nervous or out of his element on the dynamic and daunting stage that is this All-Star appetizer, which was won by Bryce Harper, who delivered in front of his hometown fans to take the Derby crown.

By virtue of his 2018 home run total paling in comparison to his Derby peers, Hoskins was the No. 8 seed. But the young man who lit up the baseball world with 18 homers in August and September of last year toppled the top-seeded Jesus Aguilar.

Hoskins, who opted to compete despite not being named to the National League All-Star roster, had joked before the Derby about Aguilar, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, being "big and scary." But Hoskins showed no fear.

He also made good use of the format, in which competitors have four minutes to hit. Hoskins used his lone timeout at the 2:05 mark, when he was sitting on just five homers. Then he found his groove after the breather and finished the first round with a flourish. His longest homer that round was measured by Statcast™ at 463 feet. His total of 17 equaled Gary Sanchez's total when he beat No. 1 seed Giancarlo Stanton last year.

Video: HRD Rd1: Hoskins clobbers a 463-ft. homer in Round 1

"We're all new to it," Hoskins said. "Four minutes is a long time to hit. That's what [Aguilar] said. You don't know how you're going to respond. I kind of forgot to breathe. I had to remind myself to breathe."

Hoskins, the first Phillie to participate in the Derby since Ryan Howard in 2009, had a long breather before his next turn. And he looked refreshed and relaxed in Round 2, smoothly stroking long drive after long drive. He was at seven when he took his timeout at the 2:04 mark, then he stroked four quick homers in his first swings out of that break. He continued to bash baseballs as the clock ticked toward its conclusion, smacking No. 19 at the buzzer.

In Hoskins' allotted 30 seconds of bonus time (gained because he had hit at least two homers of 440 feet in the round), he finally looked gassed. But he was able to sneak in No. 20 at the buzzer to give Schwarber a high standard to chase.

Video: HRD Rd2: Hoskins cranks 20 HRs in Round 2

Schwarber chased it with an entertaining display in which, late in the round, he began raising his arms and imploring the Nationals Park crowd to get behind him. As the noise rose, so did Schwarber's total, and if Hoskins had to get beat, well, an upper-deck poke at the buzzer was a pretty epic way to get beat.

"Everybody's standing, everybody was into every pitch," Hoskins said. "That's what I imagine playoff baseball is like."

Video: HRD Rd2: Schwarber crushes 20th, 21st HRs to advance

So Bobby Abreu (2005, Comerica Park) and Howard (2006, PNC Park) remain the only Phillies players to win the Derby. But it sure seems there's a good chance Hoskins will take another swing at it down the road.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Phils well-positioned in push to land Machado

Medina as part of package could give club edge over others
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PHILADELPHIA -- Could Manny Machado find himself in a red cap and red pinstripes at Citizens Bank Park before the end of the weekend?

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi late Monday night that the Phillies are the most likely destination for Machado because of their willingness to include No. 2 prospect Adonis Medina in a deal, while other organizations have been reluctant to include top pitching prospects. Medina is the No. 73 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (No. 55) and Dodgers right-hander Dustin May have not been included in formal offers for Machado, sources told Morosi.

PHILADELPHIA -- Could Manny Machado find himself in a red cap and red pinstripes at Citizens Bank Park before the end of the weekend?

A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi late Monday night that the Phillies are the most likely destination for Machado because of their willingness to include No. 2 prospect Adonis Medina in a deal, while other organizations have been reluctant to include top pitching prospects. Medina is the No. 73 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (No. 55) and Dodgers right-hander Dustin May have not been included in formal offers for Machado, sources told Morosi.

Sources said earlier Monday that the Phillies remained in the thick of the Machado sweepstakes. No agreements have been made, despite rampant speculation, but a deal could be completed before the season resumes Friday. In fact, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported the Orioles are "very close" to a deal.

Many believe the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers have been Baltimore's most likely trade partners. But the D-backs and others are involved in discussions, too. One source said the Yankees are not positioned to land Machado.

Of course, negotiations can change with one text or one phone call.

Just a couple of weeks ago, the chances of the Phillies acquiring Machado were a long shot, but things changed since they moved into first place in the National League East. They have become more aggressive because they now have a chance to play for more than one guaranteed game in the NL Wild Card. And it just so happens that the only true impact hitter on the market plays the same position as the position of the Phillies' greatest need.

The Phillies' shortstops have a .634 OPS, which ranks 27th in baseball. Machado has a .963 OPS, which ranks eighth in baseball. According to FanGraphs, Phillies shortstops Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford have a combined zero Wins Above Replacement (WAR), while Machado has a 3.8 WAR. If that number holds true in the second half, Machado could mean an extra two to three wins in the second half for the Phillies.

That could be enough to help them win their first NL East title since 2011, avoiding the peril of a one-game Wild Card playoff and the cost of burning one of their top two starters just to advance to the Division Series.

"Philly did good [with] that ovation when [we] got there," Machado said Monday at the American League All-Star team's media availability in Washington, D.C., referring to the cheers he heard in an Interleague series earlier this month at Citizens Bank Park. "It was pretty cool to have these cities that want you."

It remains highly unlikely, even if push comes to shove, that the Phillies will sell the farm -- even for a talent like Machado, who is a two-plus-month rental that will enter the free-agent market this offseason. So, yes, it would be stunning if the Phillies included Class A Clearwater right-hander Sixto Sanchez, who is the No. 23 prospect in baseball, or big league arms like Zach Eflin or Nick Pivetta in any trade.

But the Phillies still have plenty of pitching depth in their system to put together an attractive package for Baltimore.

If Machado goes elsewhere, the Phillies will turn their attention to position players like Mike Moustakas and Eduardo Escobar. They will look to upgrade their bullpen. They will look to upgrade their bench.

But everybody is waiting for Machado to be traded first. Everything else will happen after that.

The fact the Phillies are this close is a testament of the team's turnaround. The Phillies certainly will be pursuing Machado in the offseason, too. Machado said Monday that he prefers to remain at shortstop, which would not impact the Phillies' pursuit.

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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USA outslugs World in 8-homer Futures Game

Diaz only 2nd player in game's history to go deep twice
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WASHINGTON -- Nobody told the players in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that the T-Mobile Home Run Derby wasn't taking place until Monday night.

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WASHINGTON -- Nobody told the players in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that the T-Mobile Home Run Derby wasn't taking place until Monday night.

Box score

The two sides combined for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as the Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

Yusniel Diaz, the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect, became only the second player in the 20-year history of the Futures Game to go deep twice, but it wasn't enough as the U.S. bashed its way to its second straight win and eighth in the past nine years. 

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

Seven players homered overall in the game, and the eight long balls were more than had been hit in the previous five Futures Games comined, but the decisive run came on a Brendan Rodgers strikeout as Jo Adell (No. 36 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 and the Angels' No. 1 prospect) scored on a wild pitch.

Taylor Trammell (No. 34 overall, Reds' No. 3) earned MVP honors, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a triple.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell launches a 438-foot homer

"You look at the game, the way it went down, there wasn't much of a difference," World manager David Ortiz said. "It was back-and forth-type of game. To me, that's a good sign to know, as a baseball fan like I am right now, that the future of the game is in great hands."

U.S. Team starter Mitch Keller (No. 12 overall, Pirates' No. 1) showed his stuff in a perfect opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

His offense rewarded him with a two-out rally against World Team starter Jesus Luzardo (No. 20 overall, Athletics' No. 1) in the bottom of the inning as Rodgers (No. 6 overall, Rockies' No. 1) doubled to left field, scoring the game's first run on a single by Rays prospect Nate Lowe.

Justus Sheffield (No. 39 overall, Yankees' No. 2) took the mound for the second inning for the USA, promptly giving up the lead as Seuly Matias (Royals' No. 3) launched a 93.8 mph fastball over the right-field wall, his leadoff homer tying the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

Hunter Greene (No. 18 overall, Reds' No. 2) came out firing after relieving Sheffield with one out and a man on base in the third. The right-hander's first pitch clocked in at 100.9 mph, which he followed up with pitches of 102.4, 101.9 and 102.3 mph; unfortunately, the last one was sent soaring over the fence in right-center by Luis Alexander Basabe, the White Sox's No. 13 prospect.

"He's not trying to homer, he's trying to put the ball in play," Ortiz said. "This guy's mindset, at this early stage in his career, he's in the game. It's something that impressed me a lot."

The two-run home run gave the World Team a 3-1 lead, which Luzardo and Bryan Mata (Red Sox's No. 4) held through the third.

Greene threw 19 fastballs during his 27-pitch outing; every one of them registered between 100.0 and 103.1 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene K's Matias swinging in the 3rd inning

"I want someone to look at that and tell me if you see that in the Major League All-Star Game," U.S. manager Torii Hunter said. "You won't see it, I promise."

Team USA battled back in the fourth against Lewis Thorpe (Twins' No. 11), getting a pair of two-run blasts from Danny Jansen (Blue Jays' No. 6) and Ke'Bryan Hayes (No. 92 overall, Pirates' No. 3). Hayes -- the son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes -- snapped the tie game with his shot, vaulting the U.S. Team back on top by two runs.

Then again, on this day, a two-run lead didn't feel like much of a lead at all.

Matt Manning (No. 47 overall, Tigers' No. 2) recorded two quick outs in the fifth, but like so many other pitchers Sunday, that third out proved to be more difficult.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. (No. 3 overall, Padres' No. 1) reached on a two-out single, setting up Diaz's two-run blast to right-center. The No. 85 overall prospect pulled the World Team even again with his blast, the third for his squad and fifth overall between the two teams in the first five frames.

"I gave up one and I was pretty mad, but after watching the rest of the game, that's just the kind of game it was," Manning said. "That's an All-Star lineup. In the Minors, I may get one of those guys a day. To get nine of them at one time is tough, but that's how it's going to be in the big leagues."

Trammell broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth with -- what else -- a solo home run. The 20-year-old, who plays in the Class A Florida State League, launched a 2-2 fastball from Kieran Lovegrove (Indians) to right-center, giving Team USA a 6-5 lead.

This lead vanished quickly, too.

Diaz belted a two-out solo shot off Shaun Anderson (Giants' No. 7) to tie the game at 6 in the seventh inning. It was the second homer of the game for Diaz, who joined Alfonso Soriano as the only players in the game's 20-year history to go deep twice. Soriano hit two homers in the inaugural game back in 1999.

"Those are Minor Leaguers hitting balls like big leaguers," Ortiz said. "That is impressive. I saw balls hit today that I swear, I was watching a Major League Baseball player."

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz on his lineup, talent on World team

Adell opened the bottom of the seventh with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when Rodgers' third strike went to the backstop, giving USA a one-run advantage. That lead swelled to three nine pitches later as Peter Alonso (Mets' No. 2) won a battle with Adonis Medina (No. 74 overall, Phillies' No. 2), crushing a 3-2 fastball down the left-field line. The two-run homer gave Team USA a 9-6 lead.

To nobody's surprise, the World Team threatened to tie the game in the following inning, using a walk and an Alonso error to bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out. But Kyle Wright (No. 25 overall, Braves' No. 2) entered the game and restored order, getting a fly ball and a double play to preserve the three-run cushion.

"That was clutch, man," USA pitching coach LaTroy Hawkins said. "We needed him to go in there and throw strikes and he did that."

Dylan Cease (No. 40 overall, White Sox's No. 4) and Luis Ortiz (Brewers' No. 4) finished off the World Team with a scoreless ninth.

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.

1st-half finale loss won't damper 1st-place Phils

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MIAMI -- After Sunday afternoon's 10-5 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he's an optimist.

The Phillies may have watched a five-run lead disappear after allowing eight runs in the fifth inning, but Kapler remained unfazed, focusing solely on the positives.

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MIAMI -- After Sunday afternoon's 10-5 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he's an optimist.

The Phillies may have watched a five-run lead disappear after allowing eight runs in the fifth inning, but Kapler remained unfazed, focusing solely on the positives.

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"I'm going to take away all the positive things that we did in the first half and the fact that we are in first place," Kapler said. "We've had a really, really spectacular first half. I'm really proud of our guys, and that's what I'm going to be thinking about, and that's what I think our clubhouse will think about."

Kapler is right: The Phillies had an incredible first half.

Heading into the All-Star break, the Phillies have exceeded expectations. Sunday's defeat dropped their record to 53-42, but 11 games above .500 is still good enough for the top spot in the National League East -- a half-game ahead of the Braves.

Philadelphia, however, was unable to take care of business in its final game before the Midsummer Classic against the last-place Marlins.

Enyel De Los Santos started in place of Zach Eflin, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday for a blister on his throwing hand, and worked around trouble in the early innings but couldn't do so again in the fifth.

"I thought De Los Santos pitched well up to the point where he fell apart," Kapler said.

Video: PHI@MIA: De Los Santos nabs Realmuto to end the 3rd

With the Phillies leading 5-0 in the fifth, the Marlins sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on eight hits, including two homers to Cameron Maybin and Brian Anderson. De Los Santos was relieved after surrendering five earned runs and recording just one out in the frame. Edubray Ramos gave up the other three.

"I think I was doing well," De Los Santos said via the team's interpreter. "I left some pitches up in the strike zone and they were able to do some damage. But I'm trying to take the positives out of it and keep practicing to try and get better."

De Los Santos finished the day with a line of 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, one walk and two strikeouts. The 22-year-old right-hander threw 79 pitches in his second big league start.

"I thought he did a good job attacking the zone, working out of some jams early on," Kapler said. "Overall, solid performance by him, but certainly didn't go the way we wanted it to."

Video: PHI@MIA: Marlins take the lead on an 8-run 5th

Sure, the eight-run fifth knocked the life out of Philadelphia as the club went on to lose its final series of the first half, but otherwise, this team is red hot. The Phillies have won 12 of their last 18 and posted a 21-12 record since June 10.

After finishing last in the division -- and 30 games under .500 -- in 2017, this young team has proven that it is ready to contend among the Majors' best teams. Its winning percentage of .558 ranks third in the NL behind the Cubs (.587) and Brewers (.567), who were still playing after Sunday's defeat.

Moving forward, Philadelphia has four days to rest and recharge during the All-Star break before returning Friday. As for Kapler's thoughts on the second half? You guessed it: optimism through and through.

"I think that's going to feel good for our club," Kapler said. "Our club needs a break, and this is going to be a good, solid break for us."

SOUND SMART
Sunday's fifth marked the first time since July 14, 2017, at Milwaukee in the second inning that the Phillies have given up eight runs in a frame.

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After three scoreless innings, the Phillies' bats awoke in the fourth against Jose Urena. After Odubel Herrera and Nick Williams reached, Maikel Franco ambushed a first-pitch slider, driving in Herrera on a line-drive single to center.

Before Urena had a chance to hunker down and get out of the inning, Scott Kingery grounded one into left, scoring Williams. With two outs and the bases loaded, Urena worked the count to 1-2 on Cesar Hernandez, who cleared the bases by hooking a hanging slider into the right-field corner.

On the big fourth inning, Kapler said it's a good sign of what this offense is capable of.

"Certainly a positive, and we can build on that," Kapler said. "We've talked all year long about how important it is to have big innings, and I think that one provides some confidence for us."

Video: PHI@MIA: Bases-clearing triple highlights 5-run 4th

HE SAID IT
"They're a resilient bunch. They've always responded with positive energy the next day, and they've always responded with youth and enthusiasm. It's part of the value of having a very young roster. They bounce back physically, and they bounce back emotionally. There's no question in my mind that we're going to come back from this break on top of our game." -- Kapler

UP NEXT
The Phillies will take on the Padres at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, opening the second half with a six-game homestand. Philadelphia has yet to announce its starting pitcher, but it likely will not be ace Aaron Nola, who is set to appear in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Clayton Richard will start for San Diego.

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

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MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

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Bobby Dalbec is showing this season that he's one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and after homering four times in six games for Class A Advanced Salem last week, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect becomes the second player to earn consecutive Prospect Team of the Week honors in 2018.

Dalbec isn't the only second-timer in MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, as he's joined by second baseman Isan Diaz and outfielder Corey Ray, both of whom finished last week with four home runs and 12 RBIs -- the highest totals among Top 30 hitting prospects.

The White Sox, meanwhile, feature a pair of PTOW selections this week in right-handers Jimmy Lambert and Tyler Johnson, while 17-year-old shortstop Wander Franco becomes the youngest player to earn PTOW honors this season after a torrid start to his professional career in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here's the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of July 9 through July 15.

C: Eric Haase, Columbus Clippers (Triple--A)
(Indians' No. 20 prospect)
4 G, .471/.474/1.118, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K

Haase homered and collected multiple hits in three of four games last week and tallied at least two RBIs in all four contests. The 25-year-old backstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .420 with a 1.436 OPS, seven home runs and 27 RBIs over his last 13 contests.

1B: Tyler Nevin, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Advanced)
(Rockies' No. 8 prospect)
7 G, .417/.500/.625, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Following in the footsteps of Chad Spanberger (Rockies' No. 24 prospect), who made his second PTOW last week, Nevin garners PTOW honors after leading all Top 30 first basemen in average, hits (10), total bases (15) and OPS (1.125). The 21-year-old had three mutlihit performances and recorded a hit in six of seven games for the JetHawks.

2B: Isan Diaz, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A)
(Marlins' No. 7 prospect)
6 G, .455/.520/1.091, 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K

Diaz's power was on full display as he homered in three straight games for Jacksonville to finish the week with four home runs, tied for the most among Top 30 hitters. After a rocky start to the season in which Diaz posted a .196 average and .664 OPS across April and May, the 22-year-old turned the corner in June and now sports a .304/.413/.519 batting line with five homers, 14 doubles and 28 RBIs over his last 39 games.

Watch: Diaz goes yard

3B: Bobby Dalbec, Salem Red Sox (Class A Advanced)
(Red Sox's No. 12 prospect)
6 G, .476/.577/1.048, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 1 SB

Dalbec recorded his second career two-homer game and went deep a total of four times in six games last week en route to his second straight PTOW selection. The 23-year-old slugger has hit nine homers in his last 15 games and leads the Carolina League with 23 home runs -- five more than the next players on the list. He's also leading the circuit in doubles (25), RBIs (78) and total bases (176), and sports a .265/.377/.583 batting line through 87 games.

Watch: Dalbec bashes homer

SS: Wander Franco, Princeton Rays (Rookie)
(Rays' No. 7 prospect)
7 G, .467/.484/.900, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

The 17-year-old shortstop added to his quickly growing legend last week as he led all Top 30 hitting prospects in both hits (14) and total bases (27). He did much of that damage on Saturday, when he hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance for Princeton. What's more, Franco has hit safely in 20 straight games -- the longest hitting streak so far this season in the Appalachian League -- and 23 of 24 games to open his career. He's slashing .386/.426/.683 overall, with 14 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.

OF: Dylan Cozens, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A)
(Phillies' No. 15 prospect)
4 G, .313/.389/1.125, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

After beginning the week on the Phillies' bench, Cozens was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Thursday and proceeded to homer four times during the IronPigs' four-game series against Buffalo. The 24-year-old slugger swung the bat particularly well on Sunday, hitting a pair of homers as well as a double in his fourth multi-homer game of the year. The 2016 Minor League home run king has now produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in his last 10 games.

Watch: Cozens crushed 2nd homer of game

OF: Estevan Florial, Gulf Coast League Yankees East/West (Rookie)
(Yankees' No. 1 prospect/No. 37 overall)
5 G, .529/.579/1.000, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB

Florial, 20, recorded at least one hit and one RBI last week while bouncing between the Yankees' two affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. He recorded a pair of doubles and home runs along the way -- an encouraging sign for a player who missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand. Prior to his injury, Florial had compiled a .246/.353/.343 batting line in 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa.

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers' No. 6 prospect)
7 G, .300/.382/.833, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, 6 SB

Ray's second PTOW nod in three weeks comes after he paced all Top 30 prospects with six stolen bases and finished tied for first in home runs and RBIs. The 23-year-old began his week with a five-RBI performance to match his career high before recording in his first ever three-homer game two days later and then putting a bow on his week by going 4-for-4 on the basepaths on Sunday. After scuffling in his first full season, Ray has rebounded in 2018 to post an .817 OPS with a Southern League-leading 16 home runs (tied, first) and 27 steals.

Watch: Ray launches 3rd homer of game

LHP: DL Hall, Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A)
(Orioles' No. 4 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.33 WHIP

Hall's lone start last week was the best of his young career, as the 2017 first-rounder (No. 21 overall pick) established personal bests by racking up eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings en route to his first professional win in 20 outings (18 starts). He allowed two hits and threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately facing one over the minimum. The 18-year-old southpaw has been one of the top Minor League hurlers in the past month, posting a 0.34 ERA with a .151 opponents' average and 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings spanning his last six starts.

Watch: Hall notches strikeout

RHP: Jimmy Lambert, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 28 prospect)
2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 19 K, 0.71 WHIP

Lambert hadn't completed seven innings in a start this season before last week, when he accomplished the feat twice in as many turns for Birmingham. The 23-year-old righty was particularly sharp on Saturday, as he maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before finishing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks. In four starts with Birmingham, Lambert owns a 3.13 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Watch: Lambert fans 10th batter

RP: Tyler Johnson, Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Advanced)
(White Sox No. 24 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.50 WHIP

Johnson tossed four scoreless frames across a pair of relief outings, the second of which saw the 22-year-old right-hander earn the win after he struck out six batters in three innings, both season highs. The 2017 fifth-rounder has been a force in his first full season, going 7-0 with a eight saves, a 1.69 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 61-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings (27 appearances).

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Philly outslugs KC in Commissioner's Cup

Young players squared off Monday at Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
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WASHINGTON -- After the Philadelphia Youth Academy's 10-6 win in the Commissioner's Cup championship game Monday afternoon at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, the team huddled together for a photo.

After posing for about five shots, Steve Bandura, who runs the Philadelphia Youth Academy, wanted to savor the moment, so he asked the photographer to send him the picture.

WASHINGTON -- After the Philadelphia Youth Academy's 10-6 win in the Commissioner's Cup championship game Monday afternoon at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, the team huddled together for a photo.

After posing for about five shots, Steve Bandura, who runs the Philadelphia Youth Academy, wanted to savor the moment, so he asked the photographer to send him the picture.

Monday afternoon wasn't Philadelphia's last chance to pose for photos, though. With Philadelphia's victory over the Kansas City Youth Academy in seven innings, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will present the squad with a championship trophy on the field at Nationals Park before the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday night, so Bandura is already brainstorming all the photos and videos his team will take.

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The inaugural Commissioner's Cup, which took place throughout this weekend, is a tournament made up of 10 teams for players ages 17 and under from MLB Youth Academies. Philadelphia and Kansas City finished round-robin play with the best records in the National League and American League, respectively, to face off in the title game.

"I've been involved with [Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities, another youth baseball program] since the early '90s, when we started," Bandura said. "This tournament has been one of the best I've been in, with the camaraderie. No trash talking or anything like that. They respect each other as ballplayers. With this much talent, you have to respect each other."

Bandura said the Commissioner's Cup featured more talent than some college showcases he's attended.

Kansas City broke out first Monday with a six-run fifth inning, during which teammates yelled, gave each other chest bumps and chanted "KC!" But Philadelphia responded with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth frame while performing less dramatic celebrations. Many of Philadelphia's batters reached base via walks, but shortstop Jared Sprague-Lott handed his team an 8-6 lead with a two-run single.

Many of Philadelphia's players have known each other through the Academy since they were about 10 years old, so they've come back from large deficits together before. Plus, the players have developed chemistry on the field over the years -- and by eating at some of their favorite restaurants in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia players came out to home plate and congratulated right-hander Jonathan Bautista in the seventh inning, after the 16-year-old hit the game's lone home run, which sailed more than 326 feet, to give Philly a 10-6 lead. Bautista, who said that was his first dinger of the tournament, is the youngest player on Philadelphia's roster.

"It definitely boosted my confidence," Bautista said. "When it went out, my emotions just took over. I was just pumped up and excited because that was just insurance runs."

Those emotions were on display when Bautista closed the seventh inning. He shook his head up-and-down to Cardi B's "I Like It" while warming up before recording the final three outs and pumping his fist.

Sprague-Lott's favorite part of the tournament has been visiting Washington and learning about its culture. The players' most exciting experience is still to come, though.

"Just being on the [Nationals Park] field, hearing everybody loud," Sprague-Lott said. "I'm super excited."

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington.

Lidge imparts wisdom to young Phillies bullpen

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MIAMI -- In four years with the Phillies, closer Brad Lidge tallied 100 saves and was a force to be reckoned with out of the bullpen. Now, the right-hander has returned to help Philadelphia's staff of relievers -- but this time, off the field.

For the entirety of the Phillies' series with the Marlins at Marlins Park, Lidge has been in and around the clubhouse, working with the team's young pitching staff. He spent time before and after each game imparting his experience and wisdom from a prolific 11-year career as Philadelphia prepares for a pennant chase in the second half.

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MIAMI -- In four years with the Phillies, closer Brad Lidge tallied 100 saves and was a force to be reckoned with out of the bullpen. Now, the right-hander has returned to help Philadelphia's staff of relievers -- but this time, off the field.

For the entirety of the Phillies' series with the Marlins at Marlins Park, Lidge has been in and around the clubhouse, working with the team's young pitching staff. He spent time before and after each game imparting his experience and wisdom from a prolific 11-year career as Philadelphia prepares for a pennant chase in the second half.

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"Just being able to talk face-to-face with guys instead of watching them on TV has been nice," Lidge joked, donning a Phillies warmup jersey in the dugout before the team's afternoon contest with Miami.

Lidge and the Phillies' front office have been organizing this type of reunion since Spring Training, and the former Phillie will be returning for a road series with the D-backs in August.

"With how much guys are going to be throwing in the second half and how many important games there are going to be, it's just an important thing to make sure that I can relay what I know about taking care of your arm and everything else come September," Lidge said. "All of a sudden you get to that month and it's like every single game you play is tied or one run. You want to be able to get through that and still feel good in October."

Relievers Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek already have postseason experience and know what it takes to pitch into the fall, but Lidge rationalized his presence with the team as an opportunity to reinforce what the veterans have been teaching Philadelphia's younger pitchers all season long.

"For some of the young guys, it'll be real important that they do the right maintenance and everything else," Lidge said. "Tommy has pitched in the playoffs, obviously Pat has too, but the more people you can get going over stuff, the better."

Video: PHI@BAL: Dominguez fires a perfect 9th, picks up save

Specifically, Lidge had his eye on Seranthony Dominguez, saying the 23-year-old's fastball is loads better than the two-time All-Star's heater ever was. Lidge also supported the Phillies' decision to avoid titles in the bullpen, closing by committee.

"He's one of those guys -- him and [Victor] Arano both at the end of games -- and obviously [Edubray] Ramos, they're all feeling very confident right now. Me coming down here isn't anything to do with changing the way they are pitching. It's more of a reminder of staying locked in to that, how you're going to approach things and being smart, taking care of your arm," Lidge said.

"Seranthony could certainly be a closer and he could probably embrace that role and do great, but if he's buying into what you're doing right now and you can use him in the seventh or eighth inning in high-leverage situations, do it. Obviously, the proof is in the pudding."

Video: PHI@NYM: Arano strikes out Mesoraco for the save

With Sunday being the final game before the All-Star break and the Phillies still sitting in first place in the National League East, Lidge emphasized the stress of pitching for a postseason spot down the stretch, when game pressure is intensified exponentially.

"They are going to be in for games even when you're down by two runs. All of a sudden you're pitching like it's a tie game or you're up by a run," Lidge said. "Having that every single night brings a whole other layer of having to be focused night in and night out. … They are learning it right now and going through it right now."

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Sunday's top prospect performers

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

Royce Lewis didn't have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn't stop last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

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

Royce Lewis didn't have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn't stop last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

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The Twins' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall) rebounded from an 0-for-3 showing on Saturday in his Florida State League debut to finish 4-for-5 with four singles and one run scored in Fort Myers' 5-4 loss against Lakeland.

Lewis opened the game with a leadoff single to center field for his first hit with the Miracle. He added two more knocks in his next two trips to the plate before grounding into a double play to end the seventh inning, as well as his perfect night at the plate. He picked up his fourth hit in the top of the ninth inning and later came around to score on Miguel Sano's two-run double.

Lewis batted .279 with four homers and 18 steals between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Class A Cedar Rapids last summer following his selection by the Twins with the No. 1 pick.

In his first full season, meanwhile, the 19-year-old shortstop has elevated his stock by hitting .320/.373/.485 with nine homers, 23 doubles and 53 RBIs in 77 games between Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. He's also tallied 22 steals in 27 attempts and has demonstrated an advanced feel for the strike zone, registering strikeout and walk rates of 14.9 and 7.4 percent, respectively, over 336 plate appearances.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

• No. 5 overall prospect Victor Robles (Nationals' No. 1) filled out the box score by recording his second multihit performance in three games while on a rehab assignment in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 21-year-old outfielder reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. Robles also swiped a pair of bags in the contest, giving him four steals to go along with a .385 average in his first six games back from a three-month stint on the disabled list because of a hyperextended left elbow that he suffered on April 9.

• No. 13 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres' No. 2) set a career high with 10 strikeouts in five innings but ultimately took the loss as Class A Fort Wayne fell to Peoria, 2-1. He surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a season-high three walks while throwing 93 pitches (56 strikes). Gore has been sharp since his return from a second stint on the disabled list for a blister issue, as Sunday's outing gives the 19-year-old southpaw a 2.25 ERA and 35 strikeouts over his last 28 innings.

Watch: Gore strikes out 10th

• No. 63 overall prospect Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 4) permitted one earned run on three hits in seven innings to earn the win in his longest start of the season for Double-A Erie. The 21-year-old right-hander racked up nine strikeouts, his second-highest total this season, and walked a pair while throwing 61 of 98 pitches for strikes. At the plate, meanwhile, Daz Cameron (Tigers' No. 10) paced the SeaWolves' offense with a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance that was highlighted by two-run homer in the first inning. It was the third straight two-hit game for the 21-year-old outfielder, who's slashed .311/.371/.566 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games since receiving a promotion to Double-A.

Brewers No. 8 prospect Tristen Lutz hit a pair of doubles and plated three runs to help power Class A Wisconsin past South Bend, 11-7. He accounted for three of his team's 16 hits in the victory, going 3-for-6 in his fifth multihit performance in nine games. After posting a .182 average with a 32.8 percent strikeout rate across his first 28 games, Lutz, a 19-year-old outfielder, is now hitting .291 with 28 extra-base hits and a 24.3 percent whiff rate over his last 51 games. Altogether, Lutz has produced a .251/.322/.438 batting line with nine homers, 23 doubles and 42 RBIs in 79 games.

Cardinals No. 30 prospect Daniel Poncedeleon fired a one-hit shutout, the first of his career, in Triple-A Memphis' 8-0 win over Omaha. Facing three over the minimum over nine innings, the 26-year-old right-hander posted five strikeouts against two walks and threw 77 of his 110 pitches for strikes in the Redbirds' first nine-inning shutout in two years. Spending all of 2018 in the Pacific Coast League -- save a for a three-day stint with the Cardinals in June during which he failed to appear in a game -- Poncedeleon has pitched to 2.15 ERA with 103 strikeouts and 48 walks in 92 innings (18 games/17 starts). He's held opponents to a .198 average and just four home runs in the hitter-friendly league.

Poncedeleon finishes one-hitter

Phillies No. 15 prospect Dylan Cozens hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and later added a solo shot en route to his fourth multi-homer game of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cozens also tallied a double in the contest to finish 3-for-4 with three RBIs. After leading the Minors with 40 homers in 2016 and hitting 27 more last season, Cozens has produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in the last 10 games.

Cozens goes yard

Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec went deep for a seventh time in 10 games for Class A Advanced Salem as he extended his Carolina League-leading home run total to 23. The 23-year-old third baseman reached base in each of his four plate appearances, finishing 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Dalbec's now homered eight times in just 14 games in July after totaling 15 homers in 73 games across the season's first three months. He's hitting .265 overall, with a circuit-best 25 doubles, 78 RBIs and 176 total bases.

• Cubs first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 24 overall pick) connected on his first full-season home run, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning of Class A South Bend's loss to Wisconsin. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate, also recording a double to go along with three RBIs in the loss. A 21-year-old shortstop whom the Cubs selected out of Stanford, Hoerner is batting a combined .327/.450/.571 with 10 runs, six stolen bases and six extra-base hits in the first 14 games of his professional career.

Hoerner hits first MWL homer

• Giants first-rounder Joey Bart (No. 2 overall pick) slugged the seventh home run of his career and finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer's loss against Everett. All seven of Bart's homers have come in the 10 games since his promotion to Salem-Keizer, a stretch during which the 21-year-old catcher is hitting .310 with a 1.213 OPS and 16 RBIs.

• Cardinals first-rounder Nolan Gorman (No. 19 overall pick) owns a share of the Rookie-level Appalachian League home run lead after connecting on his seventh home run in 21 games for Johnson City. The homer, a fifth-inning solo shot, marked Gorman's only hit in four at-bats. The 18-year-old slugger is hitting .309 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and 26 runs scored as a pro.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Nola's 1st-inning struggles continue in loss

Phillies' bats can't overcome 2-run deficit in shutout
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MIAMI -- There's no question All-Star Aaron Nola is one of the best pitchers in the league right now. On Saturday, however, the Marlins exposed the right-hander's Achilles' heel -- the first inning.

Miami got to Nola before he could settle in, pushing across two runs on three hits in the first frame, an inning in which Philadelphia's ace continues to struggle this season. With the early deficit and no run support throughout, the Phillies went down quietly at Marlins Park, 2-0.

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MIAMI -- There's no question All-Star Aaron Nola is one of the best pitchers in the league right now. On Saturday, however, the Marlins exposed the right-hander's Achilles' heel -- the first inning.

Miami got to Nola before he could settle in, pushing across two runs on three hits in the first frame, an inning in which Philadelphia's ace continues to struggle this season. With the early deficit and no run support throughout, the Phillies went down quietly at Marlins Park, 2-0.

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"Obviously, in that first inning, there was a lot of extra work," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "Some balls found some holes and it turned out to be enough to beat us. But I still thought that he had a tremendous first half. Man, was he dependable, from the very beginning of the season all the way 'til today."

Nola labored through the first, throwing 31 pitches and issuing his only walk. From the get-go, Nola struggled hitting his spots and putting hitters away.

Derek Dietrich and Brian Anderson led off the ballgame with back-to-back singles. After walking J.T. Realmuto, Nola found himself with the bases loaded and nobody out. Starlin Castro drove the first run in on a fielder's choice up the middle, scoring Dietrich. Martin Prado drove in the second run, scorching a high fastball through the right side, scoring Anderson.

"They had a couple hits in the first inning, moved some guys over," Nola said. "That double-play ball that Castro hit wasn't hard enough. But after that, I feel like I settled in."

Video: PHI@MIA: Hernandez makes a fantastic leaping catch

Saturday's two first-inning earned runs were Nola's 11th and 12th of the season in his 20th start. That pushes his first-inning ERA to 5.40. Nola's ERA is below 3.00 in every other inning this season.

When asked about Nola's first-inning woes, Kapler said he doesn't read into it too much and that it doesn't worry him moving forward. The culprit in Kapler's eyes has been nothing more than luck.

"I don't think there's anything to it. I think it's probably more chance," Kapler explained. "However, it's like you kind of have to search for something. You can't point to anything else that Nola has done that isn't fantastic so it feels like that's kind of a thing to point to. I don't make anything of it. Our confidence levels are obviously off the chart from the first pitch of the game with Nola, to the last pitch of the game.

Nola will certainly want to remedy his first-inning struggles soon as the first-place Phillies look to build upon their first-half success and get a postseason berth. Saturday was a good indication of a close game down the stretch -- every run counts and those two early runs proved to be the difference.

Other than the rough first, however, Nola settled down quite nicely. He finished with a very solid line of six innings, four hits and the two early runs. Nola struck out five and threw 95 pitches (64 strikes).

"Some balls found some holes, that's the best thing I can say," said Kapler.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
On multiple occasions, Philadelphia had opportunities to push runs across but the Phillies' bats simply couldn't cash in.

In the top of the ninth, against closer Kyle Barraclough, the Phillies put together their best scoring chance of the night. After two quick outs, Scott Kingery singled and pinch-hitter Andrew Knapp followed suit, putting the go-ahead run at the plate. With the game on the line, Kapler called on Jesmuel Valentin to pinch-hit.

Valentin worked the count to 3-0, took a called strike and then popped out to shortstop JT Riddle in foul territory to end the game.

Video: PHI@MIA: Barraclough incudes pop out to record save

SOUND SMART
As Nola punched out Justin Bour on a nasty curveball for his first out of the contest, the Phillies' right-hander reached 500 strikeouts on his career.

Reaching the 500 strikeout plateau in 480 total innings, Nola became the fastest Phillies pitcher to reach the half-century mark in franchise history.

Video: PHI@MIA: Nola picks up his 500th career strikeout

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
In the fifth inning, with Jorge Alfaro on third base and two men out, Rhys Hoskins did his best to catalyze a Phillies comeback.

Hoskins ambushed a first-pitch fastball from Marlins right-hander Trevor Richards, crushing a frozen rope to right-center field. Off the bat it appeared to be a sure double, perhaps even a home run.

Cameron Maybin had other ideas. Maybin ran it down, leaping at the warning track and crashing into the fence as he hauled it in to rob Hoskins of an extra-base hit and extinguish the Phillies threat.

"Rhys' ball to right-center field was absolutely smoked to the deepest part of the park," Kapler recalled. "Today we came up on the short end of the stick."

Hoskins' line drive left the bat at 102.4 mph, according to Statcast™, and traveled 398 feet with a launch angle of 25 degrees. It had a hit probability of 85 percent.

Video: PHI@MIA: Maybin makes fantastic running grab at wall

UP NEXT
With right-hander Zach Eflin going on the disabled list, still nursing a blister on his right middle finger, Enyel De Los Santos will pitch in the rubber match and final game before the All-Star break, Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. The 22-year-old has been tearing it up this season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where De Los Santos is 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 16 starts. The Marlins counter with Jose Urena.

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Eflin placed on DL; De Los Santos to start

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MIAMI -- Right-hander Zach Eflin will be heading to the 10-day disabled list Saturday, still nursing a blister on his right middle finger.

Minutes after a 2-0 loss to the Marlins, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler explained that the DL stint is a precautionary measure.

MIAMI -- Right-hander Zach Eflin will be heading to the 10-day disabled list Saturday, still nursing a blister on his right middle finger.

Minutes after a 2-0 loss to the Marlins, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler explained that the DL stint is a precautionary measure.

"It's one of those things you have to take care of," Kapler said. "It's still there, and we want to be cognizant of the fact that we don't just need him for one start. We want to knock this out and be in a good position going forward."

Eflin has been a bright spot in the Phillies rotation this season, with a 7-2 record and a solid 3.15 ERA in 12 starts.

Enyel De Los Santos will start Sunday afternoon in Eflin's place. The 22-year-old has been tearing it up this season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. De Los Santos is 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 16 starts.

De Los Santos, the Phillies' No. 11 prospect, made his big league debut on July 10, pitching 6 1/3 innings of three-run, five-hit baseball in a win against the Mets.

Eflin said his injury is nothing to worry about, and he believes the All-Star break will provide ample time to heal.

"The blister didn't really heal in the time that I had hoped or wanted," Eflin explained. "So, just going to skip tomorrow and take the All-Star break to get the blister right and have a healthy second half.

"I'm going to probably be on 10, 11 days rest, and it'll be completely gone by the time we get back for the second half and I'll be ready to rock and roll."

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Phillies send Milner to Rays for cash

Left-handed pitcher had been designated for assignment
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Saturday night that they traded left-hander Hoby Milner to the Rays for cash considerations.

The Phillies designated Milner for assignment earlier this week, when they placed infielder Trevor Plouffe on the 40-man roster.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Saturday night that they traded left-hander Hoby Milner to the Rays for cash considerations.

The Phillies designated Milner for assignment earlier this week, when they placed infielder Trevor Plouffe on the 40-man roster.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

Milner, 27, made the Phillies' Opening Day roster, but posted a 7.71 ERA in 10 appearances before being optioned to Triple-A. He had a 2.01 ERA in 37 appearances last season.

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Saturday's top prospect performers

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

Considering how well Willie Calhoun is swinging the bat, it might not be long until he gets another crack at the Major Leagues.

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

Considering how well Willie Calhoun is swinging the bat, it might not be long until he gets another crack at the Major Leagues.

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The Rangers' No. 2 prospect (No. 45 overall) homered and finished with three RBIs on Saturday as he extended his hitting streak to 18 games in Triple-A Round Rock's 7-5 loss against Oklahoma City.

After reaching via a walk in his first trip to the plate, Calhoun put Round Rock on the board with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. He added a run-scoring single in the following frame and another knock in the seventh to finish 3-for-4 at the plate in his second straight game with three RBIs.

Calhoun batted just .229 in April but he has shown improvement in each month since, hitting .303 in May, .306 in June and .477 so far in July. The 23-year-old's turnaround has culminated in earnest with his ongoing hit streak, during which Calhoun's produced a .425 average (31-for-73) with eight extra-base hits and 15 RBIs.

Overall, Calhoun is hitting .305/.352/.445 for the season, with eight home runs, 26 doubles and 41 RBIs in 89 games.

Calhoun blasts 2-run homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) racked up a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowed one earned run over six innings for Triple-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old right-hander threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikeouts in the outing, allowing four hits and walking one. It was the third double-digit strikeout performance this season by Kopech, who leads all International League hurlers with 122 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings (18 starts).

Kopech fans 11th batter

• No. 37 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees' No. 1) went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a double out of the leadoff spot for the Yankees' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. The 20-year-old outfielder has been red hot during his rehab assignment in the GCL, hitting .478 (11-for-23) with two homers and four steals across seven games.

• No. 81 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) recorded his second two-triple game of his career in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem's loss against Buies Creek. The 21-year-old outfielder had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and also reaching once via a walk. He's slashing .305/.348/.468 with 30 extra-base hits and 10 steals through 75 games and sports a .412 average with six multihit performances in his past 10 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Blake Rutherford, OF, White Sox

Braves No. 9 prospect Joey Wentz matched his season high with 6 2/3 innings as he recorded his fifth straight scoreless start for Class A Advanced Florida. He scattered five hits, issued one walk and struck out five, throwing strikes with 67 of his 99 pitches in the performance. The 20-year-old southpaw has not allowed a run in his last 29 innings, during which he's allowed just 17 hits while also compiling 21 strikeouts and three walks. What's more, Wentz has lowered his overall ERA from 3.77 to 1.95.

Marlins No. 7 prospect Isan Diaz homered for a third straight game and went 3-for-5 with four RBIs as he led Double-A Jacksonville past Biloxi, 7-4. Diaz's two-run shot in the first inning was his fourth in his past five games and pushed his season total to 10 home runs. He's hit safely in all five games during that stretch while racking up 10 RBIs and improving his average 14 points, from .229 to .243.

Phillies No. 6 prospect JoJo Romero scattered six hits over seven innings in his first scoreless start of the season for Double-A Reading in an 8-3 win over Bowie. He posted two walks against four strikeouts and generated another nine outs on the ground before departing with 100 pitches (63 strikes). The 21-year-old lefty has not allowed more than two earned runs in six straights while recording a 1.62 ERA over 39 innings in that span. Overall, Romero's ERA now sits at a season-low 3.80.

Video: Top Prospects: JoJo Romero, LHP, Phillies

Rays No. 7 prospect Wander Franco added to his quickly growing legend by hitting for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6, two-homer, six-RBI performance in Rookie-level Princeton's 13-1 rout of Pulaski. In accomplishing the feat, Franco also extended his hitting streak to 19 games -- the longest this season in the Appalachian League. Assigned directly to the Appalachian League for his professional debut, Franco quickly has emerged as arguably the circuit's top prospect by hitting .392 and collecting hits in 22 of 23 games to open his career.

Tigers No. 26 prospect Jacob Robson notched his first four-hit game at the Triple-A level as Toledo fell to Indianapolis, 5-4. The Mud Hens' leadoff man accounted for much of his team's offense by hitting two doubles and driving in a pair as part of a 4-for-5 performance. The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting a robust .451/.508/.745 with three homers and six doubles in 13 games with Toledo after he slashed .286/.382/.450 with seven homers in 67 games with Double-A Erie.

Twins No. 26 prospect Jose Miranda drove in five runs and collected a season-high four hits before finishing a triple short of the cycle in Class A Cedar Rapids' 11-3 win over Lake County. Miranda's home run, a fifth-inning grand slam, was his 10th of the season, and the 20-year-old second baseman also has 19 doubles to go along with a .263 average and 59 RBIs through 84 games.

White Sox No. 28 prospect Jimmy Lambert maintained a no-hit bid for six-plus innings before completing seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Double-A Birmingham's 3-0 win over Tennessee. The 23-year-old righty issued two walks and struck out 10, his highest total in four starts since his promotion from Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Behind a 3.13 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 23 innings in that span, Lambert owns a 3.75 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 93 2/3 frames (17 starts) for the season.

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• Reds first-rounder Jonathan India (No. 5 overall pick) picked up his first career triple as part of his second three-hit performance in three games for Rookie-level Greeneville. The 21-year-old third baseman finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs, giving him seven RBIs across his past three contests.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.