Eickhoff's 6 solid backed by Altherr in Phils' win

Eickhoff's 6 solid backed by Altherr in Phils' win

CHICAGO -- Jerad Eickhoff threw just 71 pitches over six quality innings on Wednesday during the Phillies' 5-2 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox three-game winning streak came to an end, as Eickhoff allowed two runs on four hits while striking out two and not issuing a walk.

Eickhoff faced the minimum through five innings, having given up a leadoff single to Adam Eaton in the fourth, which was erased on a Tim Anderson double-play grounder. But after giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth, the Phillies went to their bullpen.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Howard, Ruiz clear waivers, but trade unlikely

Pair of Phillies veterans have full no-trade clauses ahead of Aug. 31 deadline

Howard, Ruiz clear waivers, but trade unlikely

CHICAGO -- Do not expect Ryan Howard to be anywhere but Philadelphia when the Phillies finish their season Oct. 2.

Carlos Ruiz is likely to be in a Phillies' uniform for the season finale, too. But ESPN.com reported Wednesday that both players have cleared waivers, which means the Phillies can trade them before the Aug. 31 deadline to make players eligible for postseason rosters. Both players could help contenders, but at the moment, it's unlikely either is dealt.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eickhoff continues leading Phils' staff in '16

Right-hander throws six solid innings, allowing just two runs on four hits

Eickhoff continues leading Phils' staff in '16

CHICAGO -- The Phillies opened the season with Jeremy Hellickson, Charlie Morton, Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez and Jerad Eickhoff in their rotation.

Adam Morgan, Zach Eflin, Jake Thompson and Phil Klein have come and gone at different points, too, but only Eickhoff has the opportunity to make every scheduled start from the beginning of the season to the end. He continued that pursuit Wednesday night in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thompson will remain in Phillies' rotation

Club extends deal with Class A Lakewood through 2020

Thompson will remain in Phillies' rotation

CHICAGO -- Jake Thompson's first four starts in the big leagues have not gone according to plan, but he will have more opportunities to turn things around this season.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Thompson will remain in the rotation.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morgan eyes second straight quality start vs. Mets

Morgan eyes second straight quality start vs. Mets

If the Mets want to make a run in the National League Wild Card race, they have an excellent opportunity in front of them this week at Citi Field.

They open a three-game series Friday night against the rebuilding Phillies. Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36 ERA) faces Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21 ERA) in the series opener.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Galvis' HR a lone spark as Thompson struggles

Galvis' HR a lone spark as Thompson struggles

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon has grown accustomed to winning ways. The southpaw went from May 23 to Aug. 11 without a victory, but factoring in his 6 2/3-inning shutout performance during a 9-1 trouncing of the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hurler has gone four straight starts without a setback.

In those four starts, Rodon has yielded four earned runs on 19 hits over 24 2/3 innings, with 21 strikeouts and six walks. He gave up three hits over 109 pitches against the Phillies.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Relief help likely on Phillies' list for Sept. 1

Klentak: Callups for expanded roster to come 'in stages'

Relief help likely on Phillies' list for Sept. 1

CHICAGO -- The Phillies are expected to promote a handful of players once the 25-man roster expands on Sept. 1. 

But don't expect those promotions to come all at once.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thompson still seeking big league success

Phillies prospect's ERA balloons to 9.78 through 4 starts

Thompson still seeking big league success

CHICAGO -- Jake Thompson needs answers and he needs them badly. Right now, he is coming up empty.

Thompson got hit hard again Wednesday night in a 9-1 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. He allowed seven runs in five innings as he fell to 1-3 with a 9.78 ERA through four big league starts. He is tied with Alec Asher for the second-highest ERA in franchise history for a pitcher who started his first four big league games.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies will scout Tebow, contract unlikely

Phillies will scout Tebow, contract unlikely

CHICAGO -- Do not expect another round of Tebowmania in Philadelphia.

But, the Phillies will have a scout at former college football star Tim Tebow's workout Aug. 30 in Los Angeles. Tebow, who failed to make the Eagles as a backup quarterback last summer, has not played baseball since his junior year of high school, in 2005. With NFL teams no longer interested in him, Tebow now hopes to pick up a bat and begin a professional baseball career.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young fan injured by foul ball leaves hospital

Galvis pushes for increased netting after scary incident

CHICAGO -- The girl who Freddy Galvis struck in the face with a foul ball Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park is out of the hospital and recovering at her South Jersey home.

She had been initially evaluated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lively among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Lively among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Who exits fastest? Phils on board with Statcast

Who exits fastest? Phils on board with Statcast

PHILADELPHIA -- The only thing Cameron Rupp knows is that he has hit the ball hard.

Rupp does not know the velocity of the baseball as it leaves his bat. He does not particularly care that he is 39th out of more than 300 hitters in average exit velocity at 92.1 mph, according to Statcast™. But he likes to know that his average exit velocity confirms what he is feeling at the plate -- he is making solid contact more often than not.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Velasquez vows to 'stay positive' amid struggles

Velasquez vows to 'stay positive' amid struggles

PHILADELPHIA -- Vince Velasquez could allow these past few weeks to torment him, if he desired.

But Velasquez sees no point in that, even though his struggles continued in Sunday afternoon's 9-0 loss to the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed seven hits, five runs, two walks, two home runs and struck out seven in six innings. Velasquez has a 10.47 ERA in his last three starts and a 7.29 ERA in his last six.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils stifled at plate, go silent in loss

Phils stifled at plate, go silent in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- The homer-happy Cardinals belted four balls out of Citizens Bank Park on Sunday and ended their road trip with an offensive outburst in a 9-0 win over the Phillies.

Brandon Moss, Stephen Piscotty, Jedd Gyorko and Jeremy Hazelbaker all went deep for St. Louis, and the team has now homered in 11 straight games -- 10 of which have been multi-homer contests. Moss and Piscotty hit leadoff homers in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, while Gyorko and Hazelbaker each hit two-run shots in a four-run eighth. Mike Leake pitched seven shutout innings for the Cardinals in the rubber match of the series.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cardinals on Sunday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Galvis wants more protective netting for fans

Shortstop still shaken after foul ball hit little girl in face

Galvis wants more protective netting for fans

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis remains upset and shaken that a foul ball he hit into the stands struck a young fan in the face on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The girl had to be transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for further evaluation. No update was available on her status as of late Sunday afternoon.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Salad days: Cesar on pace for career year

Hernandez making case for future role with 50-game hot stretch

Salad days: Cesar on pace for career year

PHILADELPHIA -- Has Cesar Hernandez answered any questions about himself over the past several weeks?

He went 3-for-4 in Saturday night's 4-2 victory over the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. He hit his first career leadoff home run and doubled and scored in the fifth to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Since Phillies manager Pete Mackanin benched him for two games in June, Hernandez has hit .359 (66-for-184) with six doubles, five triples, two home runs, 14 RBIs, 24 walks and a .911 OPS in 50 games.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson puts back issue behind him vs. Cards

Right-hander becomes first Phillies starter to pitch 7 innings since July 26

Hellickson puts back issue behind him vs. Cards

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson's back is just fine.

Hellickson, who left his Aug. 10 start against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium after he tweaked his back, allowed two runs in seven innings in Saturday night's 4-2 victory over the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. It was the first time a Phillies starter pitched seven or more innings since Jerad Eickhoff pitched seven against the Marlins on July 26, snapping the 21-game streak. The Phillies' rotation didn't pitch six innings in 15 of those games.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson, Hernandez lead Phils over Cards

Hellickson, Hernandez lead Phils over Cards

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cardinals needed two home runs Saturday against the Phillies to set a Major League record. But it was the Phillies who used a pair of solo shots to prevail in their 4-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

Cesar Hernandez roped his first career leadoff home run into the right-field seats, and Aaron Altherr added another in the sixth.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Saturday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Staying power: Morgan makes case with start

Young left-hander snaps slump with one-run outing vs. Cardinals

Staying power: Morgan makes case with start

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin did not mince words Friday afternoon when asked if Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan needed to prove he belongs in the big leagues.

"That might be a question that doesn't need to be asked," the manager said. "Darn right, he has to do something."

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Pen blows late lead as Phillies fall in 11

'Pen blows late lead as Phillies fall in 11

PHILADELPHIA -- Randal Grichuk does not want to get sent back to the Minors -- and he's playing like it.

Jhonny Peralta led off the 11th inning by hammering a double into left. An out later, Grichuk followed with a two-bagger of his own, driving home Peralta and giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead that St. Louis top prospect -- per MLBPipeline.com -- Alex Reyes closed out in the bottom half of the inning on Friday at Citizens Bank Park, earning his first career save. The win was the Cardinals' fifth in a row and gave them a two-game lead over Pittsburgh for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Friday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Gomez blows fourth save with late homer

Usually reliable, first-year closer allows game-tying two-run shot in 9th

Gomez blows fourth save with late homer

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeanmar Gomez has been one of the Phillies' best stories this season.

He entered the year as a middle reliever and only out of desperation became the team's closer in early April. He took to the job surprisingly well and entered Friday night's 4-3 loss in 11 innings to the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park having saved 32 games in 35 opportunities.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rose a candidate for Phils' Wall of Fame ballot

Induction in Philadelphia could follow Cincinnati's honoring of hits leader

Rose a candidate for Phils' Wall of Fame ballot

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the Phillies convinced Jim Thome to sign as a free agent in December 2002, sparking a baseball renaissance in Philadelphia, they wooed Pete Rose as a free agent in December 1978, helping the franchise win its first World Series championship in 1980.

Rose remains one of the most popular figures in Phillies history, but he has no plaque on the Phillies' Wall of Fame, as the organization honored the league's lifetime ban on Rose for gambling.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Howard likely to finish year with Phillies

Despite recent hot streak, club not expected to deal veteran first baseman

Howard likely to finish year with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley enjoyed an unforgettable homecoming this week at Citizens Bank Park, and the way Ryan Howard has played lately, he could receive an even warmer farewell in a few weeks, too.

Howard opened the season in a platoon with Darin Ruf, but he moved into a reserve role following the arrival of Tommy Joseph in May. Howard hit .148 with 11 home runs, 25 RBIs and a .555 OPS in 208 plate appearances through July 1, but he has hit .338 with eight home runs, 18 RBIs and a 1.116 OPS in 71 plate appearances since.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eflin undergoes knee surgery to fix chronic issue

Rookie right-hander, Nola expected to be healthy by Spring Training

Eflin undergoes knee surgery to fix chronic issue

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will enter the offseason hoping that two of their top young pitchers will be healthy and ready to pitch by Spring Training.

The team announced Friday afternoon that right-hander Zach Eflin had season-ending surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his right knee. He will be immobilized for the next six weeks, which will allow a stress fracture in his right foot to heal. Eflin is expected to have the same surgery on his left knee in six weeks.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils call up Burriss, option Featherston

Phils call up Burriss, option Featherston

PHILADELPHIA -- Infielder Emmanuel Burriss rejoined the Phillies on Friday after the team optioned Taylor Featherston to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies made room for Burriss on the 40-man roster when they placed Zach Eflin on the 60-day disabled list following surgery on his right knee.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cozens, Alfaro, Tidaro among top prospect performers Friday

Phillies' slugger impresses in doubleheader; Rays' No. 2 fires six scoreless

Cozens, Alfaro, Tidaro among top prospect performers Friday

For much of the season, it's been either Dylan Cozens or Rhys Hoskins pacing the Minor Leagues in home runs. On Friday, it was Cozens who took the outright lead as he belted his 36th and 37th home runs to help power Double-A Reading to a 9-1 rout against Erie in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Cozens began the game 0-for-3 at the plate before he launched a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning. The Phillies' No. 7 prospect wasn't done yet, however, as he connected on a two-run homer in the following frame.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mighty Maikel: HR powers Phils over Dodgers

Mighty Maikel: HR powers Phils over Dodgers

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second time in eight days, the Dodgers took a lead into the seventh inning, primed to complete a sweep of the Phillies, but left without one -- victims of the long ball.

This time, Maikel Franco had the clutch hit, following in Freddy Galvis' footsteps from last Wednesday in Los Angeles. Franco followed a Galvis single Thursday by rocketing a fastball over the wall in straightaway center to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Dodgers on Thursday.

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Surging Howard provides boost to Phils' lineup

Veteran goes deep, plays role in Franco's go-ahead homer vs. Dodgers

Surging Howard provides boost to Phils' lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- When Ryan Howard is swinging the bat well, it can "make a world of difference," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday.

A surging Howard played a big role in the Phillies' come-from-behind, 5-4 win over the Dodgers. The 36-year-old first baseman hit his fifth homer in nine games, and his bat played a role in Maikel Franco's go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning.

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