Hamels' trade to Texas remains on track

Hamels' trade to Texas remains on track

PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels is going to be a Texas Ranger.

The eight-player trade between the Phillies and Rangers is taking a little longer than expected to become official, but sources told MLB.com late Thursday night that everything is in place and that it will happen.

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Uncertainty takes toll on Mackanin, Diekman

Phillies manager, reported trade piece weather awkward night while awaiting announcement of Hamels deal

Uncertainty takes toll on Mackanin, Diekman

PHILADELPHIA -- It was three hours before first pitch of the Phillies' 4-1 win over the Braves on Thursday and interim manager Pete Mackanin glanced down at the partially completed lineup card on the desk in front of him. He half-smiled, half-shrugged. He only knew so much. He could say even less.

By Thursday afternoon, The Big Trade had been a hot topic since the news started breaking late the previous night: ace left-hander Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman to the Rangers for veteran starter Matt Harrison and five prospects. The deal had been discussed, dissected, critiqued and analyzed from every angle.

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Ruiz, Phillies take series opener from Braves

Ruiz, Phillies take series opener from Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Harang and Shelby Miller came into Thursday night's Braves-Phillies game a combined 0-14 since May 17. Harang broke his streak. Miller didn't.

Harang threw five innings in his first start since July 1 -- when he went on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis -- in the Phillies' 4-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. The winning decision for Harang ended a streak of eight straight starts in which he registered the losing decision and nine straight winless starts in total. He allowed just one run despite the nine hits he surrendered and struck out three.

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Sources: Hamels to bring Phils prospect haul

Club expects to receive five Minor Leaguers, three ranked in Texas' top six, along with Harrison; Diekman to Rangers

Sources: Hamels to bring Phils prospect haul

TORONTO -- Cole Hamels engineered some of the greatest moments in Phillies history, including Saturday's no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

It will be his final moment in a Phillies uniform.

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Harang stepping up as veteran leader of rotation

Harang stepping up as veteran leader of rotation

PHILADELPHIA -- David Buchanan is 26. Adam Morgan is 25. Aaron Nola is 22. And then there's Aaron Harang.

With word of Cole Hamels' trade to the Rangers expected to come Friday, the Phillies' clubhouse is losing more than just an ace; it's losing a veteran presence to help guide the new guard of Philadelphia starters in times of confusion. Enter Harang.

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Phillies call on Buchanan to face Braves

Phillies call on Buchanan to face Braves

The Braves have rarely fared well when facing a Cole Hamels-led Phillies team. Luckily for Atlanta, they probably won't have to deal with him much anymore.

Hamels was scheduled to start for the Phillies on Friday, but with a trade to the Rangers all but confirmed, the chances of Hamels -- who has a 3.11 ERA in 225 2/3 innings versus Atlanta -- matching up against the struggling Braves are growing increasingly slim. This comes at an opportune time for an Atlanta offense that has lacked output in recent days. The Braves had scored a grand total of 15 runs in their last nine games, being shut out as many times, twice, as they have won.

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Revere focused on helping Phillies, not trades

Revere focused on helping Phillies, not trades

PHILADELPHIA -- As he came, so too he may go.

Outfielder Ben Revere came to the Phillies in December 2012 via a trade that sent Trevor May and Vance Worley to Minnesota. Now in his third season with the Phillies and less than 24 hours away from the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Revere is speculated to be the last piece the Phillies are shopping.

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Phillies ready to celebrate alumni weekend

Phillies ready to celebrate alumni weekend

PHILADELPHIA -- It is unlikely Cole Hamels will stick around for the Phillies' alumni weekend.

But the Phillies have plenty planned without him.

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Phillies lack punch as Williams labors vs. Jays

Phillies lack punch as Williams labors vs. Jays

TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki made the most of his Blue Jays debut Wednesday, cracking a homer while collecting a pair of doubles in an 8-2 win over the Phillies at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays' newest star collected three hits with three RBIs and three runs scored as Toronto split the two-game set.

Making his first career start in a leadoff role, Tulowitzki, acquired in a trade with the Rockies on Tuesday, made his presence felt in the third, when he went deep with a two-run shot off Philly starter Jerome Williams to spot the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead. He was at it again in the fifth, when he laced a leadoff double to left field before Jose Bautista cashed him in with a one-out single. Tulowitzki hit an RBI double off the wall in his next at-bat as part of a three-run sixth, and he finished 3-for-5.

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Jim Callis

Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

Philadelphia gains talent on horizon in returns from blockbuster deal

Prospects in Hamels deal give Phils bright future

The Phillies have waited and waited and waited to get the best deal possible for Cole Hamels, one that could help restock an organization thin on talent in the Majors and Minors. They finally did so Wednesday, consummating an eight-player deal with the Rangers.

Though neither club confirmed the trade, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Todd Zolecki have reported that Philadelphia will send Hamels, Jake Diekman and $9.5 million in cash to Texas for Matt Harrison and five prospects: right-handers Jake Thompson, Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher, outfielder Nick Williams and catcher Jorge Alfaro.

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Paul Hagen

Phillies Mural to honor club's rich history

McShane: 'Remember how we're connected as a community'

Phillies Mural to honor club's rich history

PHILADELPHIA -- Once again, Tug McGraw is jumping into the sky, celebrating the first World Series championship in Phillies history.

Only this time, McGraw is doing it eight stories high. And he's joined by dozens of iconic faces and moments and even the ballparks from franchise history on a spectacular 3,750-square-foot mural located at 24th and Walnut Street, and visible from the Schuylkill River Trail and I-76.

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies acquire Pivetta from Nats for Papelbon

Double-A righty ranked as Philly's No. 10 prospect, could project as middle-rotation asset

Phillies acquire Pivetta from Nats for Papelbon

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon finally got his wish.

The Phillies announced Tuesday night they had traded Papelbon and cash considerations to the Nationals for Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta, ending Papelbon's tumultuous Phillies career without the trips to the postseason he expected when he signed a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011. MLBPipeline.com ranks Pivetta as the Phillies' No. 10 prospect.

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Giles overcomes nerves for save in new role

Phillies' anointed closer earns second career save, first since replacing traded Papelbon

Giles overcomes nerves for save in new role

TORONTO -- Ken Giles seemed destined to pitch the ninth inning in a save situation Tuesday night, right?

Less than an hour after the Phillies announced they had traded Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations to the Nationals for Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta, Giles picked up the save in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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Phillies slug past Blue Jays for comeback win

Phillies slug past Blue Jays for comeback win

TORONTO -- Ken Giles settled into his newly minted role as closer on Tuesday, helping the Phillies seal a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Hours after former closer Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Nationals, Giles came on to protect a one-run lead and threw a scoreless ninth inning as Philadelphia took the opener of a two-game set. After allowing a leadoff single to Edwin Encarnacion, Giles retired Chris Colabello and Russell Martin on flyouts before Danny Valencia grounded into a forceout to end the game. It was Giles' first save of the season and the second of his career.

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Howard hits ball off his leg, ends up with single

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Howard hits ball off his leg, ends up with single

MLB rules stipulate that "A foul ball is a batted ball ... that, while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground." Apparently there's also a little-known addendum stipulating that the above is true "unless you're a ninja who can sneakily will the ball off of his leg, in which case go ahead and take first base." Either that, or Ryan Howard is an Animorph who can transform from human into the natural ground

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CarGo, Hamels share NL's weekly honor

CarGo, Hamels share NL's weekly honor

One outstanding position player and one outstanding pitcher -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Phillies starter Cole Hamels -- have been named National League Co-Players of the Week after their performances last week.

Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday, while Gonzalez led the Majors with five home runs and a 1.190 slugging percentage.

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

Phillies break out, collect 21 XBHs in series

Franco, Howard homer in Sunday's victory to complete sweep over Cubs

Phillies break out, collect 21 XBHs in series

CHICAGO -- If the Phillies trade Cole Hamels before Friday's 4 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline, they would love to get at least one power hitter in return.

The Phils entered this weekend's three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field ranked 26th in baseball with just 242 extra-base hits. But they had 21 in the series against Chicago, including a season-high eight Saturday and again Sunday in an 11-5 victory.

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Nola follows Hamels with first career victory

Rookie tosses 7 2/3 sharp innings a day after Phillies' ace's no-hitter

Nola follows Hamels with first career victory

CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels got a bottle of Dom Perignon as a gift for pitching Saturday's no-hitter against the Cubs.

Aaron Nola got Sunday's game ball.

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Phillies finish sweep as Nola tallies first win

Phillies finish sweep as Nola tallies first win

CHICAGO -- Aaron Nola didn't need to throw a no-hitter to shut down the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard each hit two-run homers and Domonic Brown had four RBIs to back Nola, who picked up his first big league win in his second career start as the Phillies romped, 11-5.

Nola gave up five hits, including a two-run homer by Addison Russell in the eighth, over 7 2/3 innings for the win to help the Phillies post their third sweep this season, and first on the road. They're now 8-1 since the All-Star break.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. 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 Minor League review, July 20-26

Phillies Minor League review, July 20-26

Players of the Week

Player 1B Brock Stassi, Reading…Stassi, 25, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after batting .444 (12-27) in seven games with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and in five of those games has recorded multiple hits. Stassi's 66 RBI are most in the league, and he also ranks among the top four in average (.315), on-base percentage (.406), total bases (156) and walks (54). His home run on July 23 was his ninth of the season, which is a new career high. Stassi was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft out of The University of Nevada-Reno, and was signed by Joey Davis.

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Hamels celebrates, 'can't dwell' on achievement

Phillies ace has to move on, prepare for next start after no-hitter

Hamels celebrates, 'can't dwell' on achievement

CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels celebrated his no-hitter Saturday night with family and friends, but the once-in-a-lifetime moment still had not sunk in Sunday morning.

"Not really," Hamels said in the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field. "It's weird. I think the postseason has a bigger impact because it comes at the end of the season. Here, you can't dwell on it because you're still playing. You still have basically a half-season to go and you have to get ready to go again in five days."

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Still a Phillie, Hamels shows value in no-no

Philadelphia ace makes history in final start before Trade Deadline

Still a Phillie, Hamels shows value in no-no

CHICAGO -- If this is Cole Hamels' final moment in a Phillies uniform, he made it an unforgettable one.

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Stone Cole: Hamels no-hits Cubs

Stone Cole: Hamels no-hits Cubs

CHICAGO -- If this was Cole Hamels' last start with the Phillies, it was a beauty. A prime target for teams looking for starting pitching prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the left-hander threw a no-hitter in the Phillies' 5-0 victory over the Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Herrera saves Hamels with 2 memorable grabs

Herrera saves Hamels with 2 memorable grabs

CHICAGO -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera turned and ran hard toward the ivy-covered wall in center field in the ninth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

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Anthony Castrovince

Hamels' no-no intriguing piece of trade puzzle

Hamels' no-no intriguing piece of trade puzzle

His full name is Colbert Michael Hamels, and, honestly, the Colbert Report, of late, had not been especially flattering.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ruiz ties MLB mark for catching no-hitters

Ruiz ties MLB mark for catching no-hitters

CHICAGO -- The logic seemed simple enough to Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on Saturday. For eight innings, he had worn his sunglasses, and for eight innings, Cole Hamels had not given up a hit. But as the sun hid behind the third-base stands and the shade fell over home plate at Wrigley Field, Ruiz took off his glasses before beginning the ninth.

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Did you know: Hamels' no-hitter

Did you know: Hamels' no-hitter

Phillies ace Cole Hamels dazzled against the Cubs on Saturday, tossing the third no-hitter in the Majors this season.

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

Cubs, Blue Jays and Nats pursuing Papelbon

Cubs, Blue Jays and Nats pursuing Papelbon

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Papelbon swore he made no sales pitch to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer when he chatted with them Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Either way, Chicago is interested in him.

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