Velasquez calm with trade rumors swirling

Pitcher delivers six strong innings in loss with Rangers scouts in attendance

Velasquez calm with trade rumors swirling

ATLANTA -- Matt Klentak made Vince Velasquez the centerpiece to his first major trade as Phillies general manager in December.

Could Velasquez really be traded again, fewer than eight months later?

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Phils can't deliver offense in tough loss

Phils can't deliver offense in tough loss

ATLANTA -- While Vince Velasquez auditioned for the crowd of scouts that came to see him at Turner Field on Friday night, Tyrell Jenkins provided a more encouraging glimpse of his potential as a starting pitcher and helped the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Gordon Beckham and Nick Markakis recorded RBI singles during a two-run second inning that doomed Velasquez and proved sufficient for Jenkins, who allowed just one unearned run over six innings en route to claiming his first career win. The Phillies had won each of the past five games played against the Braves.

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Phillies prepared if Hellickson stays -- or goes

Despite trade rumors, pitcher expected to start Saturday

Phillies prepared if Hellickson stays -- or goes

ATLANTA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he expects Jeremy Hellickson to pitch Saturday night against the Braves.

If not, he will figure out something else.

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Crawford among 5 Phillies in midseason Top 100

Shortstop ranked 3rd overall prospect; '16 Draft pick Moniak joins list

Crawford among 5 Phillies in midseason Top 100

ATLANTA -- The Phillies entered the season with one of the top farm systems in baseball, and that has not changed.

MLB.com's midseason Top 100 prospect list, released Thursday, includes five Phillies: shortstop J.P. Crawford (third overall), outfielder Mickey Moniak (34th), outfielder Nick Williams (62nd), catcher Jorge Alfaro (72nd) and right-hander Jake Thompson (73rd).

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Phillies look to Hellickson for dominance vs. Braves

Phillies look to Hellickson for dominance vs. Braves

When the Phillies and Braves face off on Saturday night at Turner Field, Jeremy Hellickson and Julio Teheran could both be making their final starts for their respective teams.

Both pitchers have been perceived as two of the top arms that could be moved prior to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, although it might take an overwhelming offer for either to be dealt.

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Pipeline preview: Kingery is hitter to watch

Pipeline preview: Kingery is hitter to watch

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Saturday's Minor League action:

Mejia streak watch: Indians No. 6 prospect Francisco Mejia aims to extend his 41-game hit streak as Lynchburg faces Winston-Salem at 6:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.

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Phillies break out with 3 HRs to beat Braves

Phillies break out with 3 HRs to beat Braves

ATLANTA -- The Phillies entered Thursday having lost nine of their past 13 games, while their offense had not scored more than four runs in a game since the All-Star break. But in a 7-5 win over the Braves at Turner Field, the Phillies snapped their recent run-scoring drought, registering a five-run first inning and three homers.

Matt Wisler put Atlanta in a first-inning hole when he allowed a three-run home run to Maikel Franco. Tommy Joseph followed with a solo shot, marking the fourth time this year the Phillies have hit back-to-back homers. Two more batters reached base before Wisler recorded the first out of the game on his 27th pitch.

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Healthy Altherr getting his time to shine

Outfielder homers as part of 3-hit night in 2016 season debut

Healthy Altherr getting his time to shine

ATLANTA -- Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr finally has his shot.

The team activated him from the 60-day disabled list before Thursday's 7-5 victory over the Braves at Turner Field. He hit fifth and went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, giving him a nice start in what is expected to be an important audition over the Phillies' final 58 games.

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Nola back in win column despite command issues

Right-hander allows three runs over five innings to beat Braves

Nola back in win column despite command issues

ATLANTA -- Perhaps the 'W' next to Aaron Nola's name in the box score will help.

He grinded through five innings Thursday night in a 7-5 victory over the Braves at Turner Field, allowing eight hits, three runs, three walks, one hit batter and striking out five in five innings. He threw 95 pitches, extending the first, second and fourth innings after he had retired each of the two batters he faced.

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Eflin not discouraged over hitting bump in Miami

Rookie right-hander allows seven runs over five-plus innings vs. Marlins

Eflin not discouraged over hitting bump in Miami

MIAMI -- The further Phillies rookie Zach Eflin distanced himself from his big league debut in Toronto in June, the more people marveled at how well he had pitched since.

He entered Wednesday's 11-1 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park with a 2.08 ERA in seven starts since allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on June 14. His recent success included a shutout Friday against the Pirates and a complete game earlier this month against the Braves. But Eflin struggled against the Marlins, allowing nine hits, seven runs and four walks in five-plus innings as the Phillies dropped to 4-9 since the All-Star break.

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Phillies have rough finale against Marlins

Phillies have rough finale against Marlins

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton sparked a big day for the Marlins with a spectacular catch and his 22nd home run as Adam Conley continued his dominance at home in the Marlins' 11-1 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Stanton robbed Tommy Joseph to end the top of the first with a leaping grab at the wall in right field, then capped a three-run bottom of the first with a homer to left-center. The Marlins cruised from there, collecting 16 hits, including three from Don Kelly, who had two triples and two RBIs.

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Alfaro, Cozens among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Blue Jays prospects combine to propel Dunedin to 10-9 win

Alfaro, Cozens among top prospect performers Wednesday

A pair of Blue Jays' prospects led the way in a slugfest for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Wednesday.

Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3) and Richard Urena (Blue Jays' No. 1No. 91 overall) combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs in Dunedin's 10-9 win over Lakeland.

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Eickhoff fans 8 but bats quiet in loss

Eickhoff fans 8 but bats quiet in loss

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton woke up a sluggish Miami offense with two RBIs on Tuesday night, and Ichiro Suzuki energized an eighth-inning rally while also moving closer to 3,000 Major League hits.

Stanton's power and Ichiro's timely single provided all the support Tom Koehler needed as the Marlins defeated the Phillies, 5-0, at Marlins Park.

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Plate discipline plagues struggling Phillies

Plate discipline plagues struggling Phillies

MIAMI -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had little to say on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Mackanin praised Jerad Eickhoff, who pitched splendidly in a 5-0 loss to the Marlins. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits and struck out eight in seven innings.

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Phils pitch combined 2-hitter, score late in win

Phils pitch combined 2-hitter, score late in win

MIAMI -- If the Marlins don't want Jeremy Hellickson after what they have seen from him recently, they might never want him.

Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings Monday night in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park. Hellickson could be traded before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Miami is one of his top pursuers. Scouts from the Blue Jays, Giants, Orioles and Pirates were among a handful of teams that watched him pitch his latest gem. Hellickson has been impressive lately. He has allowed one run in 14 innings in two starts in the past week against Miami, which fell into a tie with the Mets for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Hellickson baffles Marlins in midst of trade talk

Hellickson baffles Marlins in midst of trade talk

MIAMI -- Phillies general manager Matt Klentak will want to keep his cell phone charger nearby.

Klentak should be getting plenty of calls, texts and emails in the next few days about Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who pitched another gem on Monday night in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

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Phils place Blanco on DL, recall Featherston

Top prospect Crawford remains in Minors

Phils place Blanco on DL, recall Featherston

MIAMI -- J.P. Crawford's time has not come yet.

The Phillies placed utility infielder Andres Blanco on the 15-day disabled list on Monday because of a broken left index finger. He is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least a month. The team recalled Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Taylor Featherston to take Blanco's spot on the 25-man roster.

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Phillies farmhand Suarez throws no-hitter

Phillies farmhand Suarez throws no-hitter

Ranger Suarez can now add a no-hitter to his baseball resume.

The Phillies farmhand completed his first professional no-hitter as he led Class A Short Season Williamsport to a, 4-0 win, over Auburn in seven innings. 

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Hoskins among top prospect performers Monday

Cubs' No. 4 prospect goes 4-for-4 in a twin bill sweep for Class A South Bend

Hoskins among top prospect performers Monday

A pair of Cubs prospects shined at the Class A level on Monday, helping propel the South Bend Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of Peoria.

Eloy Jimenez -- Chicago's No. 4 prospect -- and Eddy Martinez (Cubs' No. 13) each contributed big offensive performances against the Chiefs.

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Homers from Blanco, Herrera can't lift Phils

Homers from Blanco, Herrera can't lift Phils

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Adam Frazier couldn't have picked a better time to knock his first Major League home run that nearly reached the Allegheny River. His pinch-hit solo shot to the top of the right-field bleachers broke a tie in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-4 series win over the Phillies on Sunday at PNC Park.

"I figured [right-hander Edubray Ramos] was coming back with a fastball after just missing with two off-speed pitches," Fraizer said. "I got my hands to it and got the barrel out in front."

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Phillies miss out, can't pick up Nola in Pittsburgh

Phillies miss out, can't pick up Nola in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- With two hit batsmen, three walks and five stolen bases allowed in three-plus innings, it's safe to say Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow struggled in his home debut. The Bucs' offense compensated, erupting for a five-run fifth inning and holding on to beat the Phillies, 7-4, on Saturday.

Down, 3-2, in the fifth inning, a single by Jordy Mercer and back-to-back Aaron Nola walks to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce and John Jaso loaded the bases. Gregory Polanco delivered a go-ahead two-run single, David Freese followed with a two-run single of his own, and a sacrifice fly by catcher Francisco Cervelli made it 7-3.

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Phillies Minor League review: July 18-24

Players of the Week

Player OF Jiandido Tromp, Clearwater… The 22-year-old Tromp batted .471 (8-17) with a double, three home runs, five RBI, two walks, a stolen base and a 1.059 slugging percentage in seven games. He recorded his first multi-home run game of the season and the fifth of his career on July 20 (2-4, 2 solo HR). The Aruba native has 15 home runs between Clearwater and Lakewood this season, good for the fifth-most among all Phillies minor leaguers. Tromp was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011.

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Phillies swipe 5 early bases, but can't steal runs

Phillies swipe 5 early bases, but can't steal runs

PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies had the bases loaded in the third inning Saturday. They were stealing bases left and right off rookie pitcher Tyler Glasnow. It was a tie game. All that was left on the to-do list was to cross home plate a few times more.

But a popout by Cody Asche and a groundout by Freddy Galvis would eventually come back to haunt them in a 7-4 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park, as would many other missed opportunities. Philadelphia pulled ahead by run in the top of the fifth, but couldn't muster up enough offense to overcome a five-run response by the Pirates, despite five stolen bases off Glasnow and Bucs catcher Francisco Cervelli through three-plus innings.

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Eflin pitches CG, Rupp drives in 3 in win

Eflin pitches CG, Rupp drives in 3 in win

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates got a solid performance out of their ace on Friday night at PNC Park, but Phillies rookie Zach Eflin answered with a gem of his own, throwing his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over Gerrit Cole at PNC Park.

Eflin efficiently mowed down the Pirates' lineup, needing only 100 pitches to get through his second complete game in his last four starts, a three-hit masterpiece in which he outdueled Cole. He benefitted from some impressive outfield defense by center fielder Odubel Herrera and right fielder Peter Bourjos, but he also induced eight groundouts and struck out six batters without a walk. He faced 29 batters, two more than the minimum, and retired 20 of the Pirates' last 21 hitters.

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Phillies designate Stumpf, recall Gonzalez

Phillies designate Stumpf, recall Gonzalez

PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies designated lefty Daniel Stumpf for assignment and called up right-hander Severino Gonzalez prior to Friday's 4-0 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.

Stumpf had recently returned from an 80-game suspension for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. In five innings this season, Stumpf allowed six runs for a 10.80 ERA. The Phillies took Stumpf from Kansas City in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so he would have to clear waivers before he can be placed in Philadelphia's Minor Leagues.

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Mentally tough Eflin dominating since debut

Rookie became 4th-fastest pitcher with CG SO on 100 pitches

Mentally tough Eflin dominating since debut

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies rookie right-hander Zach Eflin's first Major League shutout took a few decisions off Pete Mackanin's hands. Mackanin sat in the visiting manager's office chair, looking relaxed after Eflin's 100-pitch three-hitter helped the Phillies to a 4-0 win on Friday at PNC Park.

"A good manager knows how to use the bullpen," Mackanin said.

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Hoskins, Pujols among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Hoskins, Pujols among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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Phillies stumbling out of second-half gate

Optimistic at break, club has lost five of seven and resides nine back in Wild Card race

Phillies stumbling out of second-half gate

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' high hopes for the second half have suffered a setback.

They exited the All-Star break believing they could make a long-shot run at a National League Wild Card. Why not, they said? But after the Phillies managed just three hits and Jerad Eickhoff struggled Thursday night in a 9-3 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, they have lost five of seven games since the break to fall to 44-53 and nine games behind the Marlins for the second Wild Card.

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