Odubel, Bourjos power up to end Tigers' winning ways

Odubel, Bourjos power up to end Tigers' winning ways

DETROIT -- Odubel Herrera's three-run home run and Peter Bourjos' solo shot powered a six-run attack against Anibal Sanchez as the Phillies captured the finale against the Tigers with an 8-5 win on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

After a double steal of second and home punctuated a two-run second inning, a pair of Tigers errors in the fourth helped set up Herrera, who pounced on a hanging slider from Sanchez and sent it into the right-field seats. Bourjos ended the afternoon for Sanchez (3-6) with a solo homer to begin the seventh.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Phillies on Tuesday.

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Franco injures ankle on slide, to be re-evaluated

Franco injures ankle on slide, to be re-evaluated

DETROIT -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco left Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Tigers with a mild right ankle sprain, injuring his foot sliding into second base during the seventh inning.

Franco had a slight limp after the game, and manager Pete Mackanin said the training staff will evaluate him on Thursday, an off-day for the Phillies as they travel to Chicago for a three-game weekend series with the Cubs. Mackanin said he anticipates being cautious with Franco over the next several days.

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Nola bears down in key moments to stifle Tigers

Nola bears down in key moments to stifle Tigers

DETROIT -- Aaron Nola improved his record to 4-3 on the season behind six strikeouts on Wednesday in the Phillies' 8-5 win over the Tigers.

Nola's curveball was working well for him, as he got five of his six strikeouts with it. He started the game by striking out the side in the first inning, all of them coming on the curve. He said the first inning gave him confidence for the rest of the game.

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Aggressive Blanco steals home for Phillies

Aggressive Blanco steals home for Phillies

DETROIT -- The Phillies, trying to ignite their struggling offense in support of young starter Aaron Nola, swiped a run off the Tigers with a double steal, allowing Andres Blanco to steal home in the second inning for a run in Wednesday afternoon's 8-5 win over Detroit at Comerica Park.

It was an aggressive play with two outs, but if the Phillies were ever going to try it, they had the combination. Blanco went from first to third on Peter Bourjos' two-out RBI single. With the speedy Bourjos on first base and Odubel Herrera batting against Anibal Sanchez -- who has struggled to hold runners all season while tinkering with the hip turn in his delivery -- Bourjos took off for second trying to bait a throw.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morgan aims to beat Cubs for first time

Morgan aims to beat Cubs for first time

The Phillies open a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Friday, with Adam Morgan (1-2, 5.61 ERA) taking the mound against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (4-3, 2.60 ERA).

Morgan gave up two runs in six innings in his last start against the Braves, a bounce-back performance after giving up seven earned runs on eight hits against the Reds in the outing before that. He's faced the Cubs only once in his career, losing to them last season after allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.

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Joseph says Phils can learn from Tigers' ways

Joseph says Phils can learn from Tigers' ways

DETROIT -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has dubbed the Tigers as "the most dangerous lineup."

Rookie Tommy Joseph has also taken notice of the Tigers' firepower, and he's looking to take something away from Detroit's success as he adjusts to life in the Majors.

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Hellickson hangs tough, but Phils fall short

Hellickson hangs tough, but Phils fall short

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander worked over the Phillies for eight scoreless innings, and Miguel Cabrera doubled in one run and grounded in another -- continuing his offensive awakening in May -- as Detroit captured its eighth win in nine games with a 3-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The victory moved Detroit (23-22) over .500 for the first time since May 5.

Cabrera's first-inning double to the fence in left-center field scored Cameron Maybin, who took over the leadoff spot with Ian Kinsler out of the lineup, for a 1-0 lead. Cabrera padded the lead with runners on second and third in the sixth, scoring Maybin on a groundout to third before Victor Martinez singled home J.D. Martinez.

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Hellickson strong against 'dangerous' Tigers

Hellickson strong against 'dangerous' Tigers

DETROIT -- Jeremy Hellickson tied a season-long outing Tuesday night in Detroit, going seven innings while allowing three runs on seven hits in a  3-1 Phillies loss to the Tigers.

After allowing an RBI double by Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, Hellickson settled into a groove, facing one over the minimum number of batters from that point through the end of the fifth inning.

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Group of Phillies among top prospect performers

Group of Phillies among top prospect performers

Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9.

The Fightin' Phils (30-15) loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of walks and a single to set the stage for Hoskins, who blasted right-hander Paul Voelker's 1-0 offering over the wall in left-center field to win the game. The home run was the Phillies' No. 19 prospect's eighth in 42 games this season. He's hitting .263 with 30 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season.

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Phillies unable to outslug Tigers

Phillies unable to outslug Tigers

DETROIT -- On a night when the Tigers and Phillies combined for six solo home runs, two of them from Miguel Cabrera, Detroit pulled ahead on a Victor Martinez seventh-inning single that scored Cabrera for a 5-4 victory Monday at Comerica Park.

The Tigers' seventh win in eight games moved them back to .500 (22-22) for the first time since May 6.

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Herrera delivers early, often, but benched late

Leadoff man opens with hit in 14-pitch AB, is removed after not running out grounder

Herrera delivers early, often, but benched late

DETROIT -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera led off Monday's game against the Tigers with a 14-pitch at-bat against Mike Pelfrey, which ended with a base hit. He went on to get hits in his next two trips to the plate, starting his night 3-for-3.

But Herrera's solid start to the night turned sour when he didn't hustle down the line on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher in the seventh inning. Manager Pete Mackanin pulled Herrera from the game, and the Phillies went on to lose, 5-4.

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Joseph starts at 1B, homers; Howard scuffles

Rookie gets nod in field, while veteran at DH as Phils sort out first-base situation

Joseph starts at 1B, homers; Howard scuffles

DETROIT -- Tommy Joseph helped his case for the Phillies' starting first-base job on Monday night. The rookie went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in the Phillies' 5-4 loss to the Tigers.

Joseph has been splitting time with Ryan Howard since being called up earlier this month. With the Phils at Comerica Park for an Interleague series, Joseph got the nod at first base Monday, while Howard started at designated hitter. That is the expected lineup throughout the three-game series.

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Lieberthal, Wade to represent Phils at Draft

Lieberthal, Wade to represent Phils at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Phillies Minor League review: May 16-22

Phillies Minor League review: May 16-22

Players of the Week

Player 1B Rhys Hoskins, Reading… The 23-year-old Hoskins batted .450 (9-20) with two doubles, a home run, four RBI, four walks, seven runs scored and a .560 on-base percentage in six games. He drove in a run in each of his last four games of the week and recorded three multi-hit games. Hoskins, who ranks second on the Fightins in hits (41), RBI (26) and total bases (70), was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2014 draft out of California State University, Sacramento.

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Phils ride Eickhoff's 7 scoreless over Braves

Phils ride Eickhoff's 7 scoreless over Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerad Eickhoff reverted back to the game plan that got him in trouble his last start in Atlanta, but he faced no such problems Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Sticking to his fastball-curve combo, Eickhoff went seven shutout innings in a Phillies' 5-0 win to avoid a series sweep for the first time since Philadelphia lost four straight to open the season. Though the Braves claimed their second series win of the season, this shutout loss denied their bid to split a 10-game trip that also included stops in Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

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Eickhoff trusts fastball, reverts to frontline form

Right-hander throws 7 scoreless for first win since April 13

Eickhoff trusts fastball, reverts to frontline form

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerad Eickhoff closed out the Phillies' homestand by going seven scoreless innings, turning in one of his best games of the season en route to a 5-0 win over the Braves.

"That's the guy we're used to seeing," manager Pete Mackanin said.

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Morgan sharp but struggling bats sink Phils

Morgan sharp but struggling bats sink Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Williams Perez again shut down the Phillies on Saturday afternoon, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory that gave the Braves two consecutive wins for the first time since April 19.

Both starters were effective. Adam Morgan lasted six innings and allowed just one two-run inning, but that was all Atlanta needed to back up Perez's performance.

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Mackanin: Bats' slump 'hasn't affected our guys yet'

Phillies tied with Braves for fewest runs scored in MLB after Saturday shutout

Mackanin: Bats' slump 'hasn't affected our guys yet'

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite all their offensive woes to start the season, Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Braves was just the second time in 43 games the Phillies were unable to score a run.

The lack of shutouts hasn't translated to any wealth of offense, though. With the two-run margin of victory, the Braves and Phillies pulled even for last place in the Majors in runs scored this season, each now with 137.

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Morgan guts out tough-luck loss to Braves

Left-hander allows two runs over six innings in second quality start of 2016

Morgan guts out tough-luck loss to Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- Adam Morgan was much sharper in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Braves than his last outing, in which he didn't make it out of the fourth.

But Morgan collected his second quality start of the season -- both coming against his hometown Braves. He finished the day with only two runs on the scoreboard and six innings in the book.

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No-homer run over as Nola serves up two

Phillies starter hadn't allowed long ball since April 16; bats, gloves provide little support

No-homer run over as Nola serves up two

PHILADELPHIA -- Two swings of the bat hurt Aaron Nola on Friday night, and to his displeasure, they both came with two outs and one runner on base.

Nola, who had not given up a home run since April 16, was taken deep by both Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis in the Phillies' 7-1 loss to the Braves. Nola gave up five runs (just two were earned) in seven innings, and all but one came via those long balls.

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Phillies promote top prospect Crawford to Triple-A

'It's time for him to face another level,' said player development director Jordan

Phillies promote top prospect Crawford to Triple-A

PHILADELPHIA -- J.P. Crawford is one step closer to the big leagues.

The Phillies announced Friday morning that they had promoted Crawford, who MLBPipeline.com considers the third-best prospect in baseball, from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Crawford hit .265 with eight doubles, three home runs, 13 RBIs and a .787 OPS in 166 plate appearances with Reading. He walked 30 times and struck out 21 times. He also stole five bases.

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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.

With bats limited, Phils hurt by homers, error

With bats limited, Phils hurt by homers, error

PHILADELPHIA -- Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis extended an unexpected power surge as they combined to record three home runs that backed Matt Wisler's strong start and helped the Braves claim Friday night's 7-1 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Freeman drilled a two-run shot off Aaron Nola in the third inning and added another in the ninth inning against Brett Oberholtzer to complete the seventh multi-homer game of his career and his first multi-RBI game of the season. Markakis also hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning, during which Nola was dinged for three unearned runs. The Braves have hit nine home runs over their past five games, equalling what they had totaled over the 36 games played before Monday.

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Thompson among top prospect performers Friday

Thompson among top prospect performers Friday

Opponents have had trouble scoring runs off Daniel Mengden this season, both at the Double- and Triple-A levels. That trend continued on Friday as the A's No. 14 prospect improved to 4-0 with seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Nashville in a win over Sacramento.

Mengden scattered five hits and walked one while tallying eight strikeouts in the outing, matching his season high, and he's now punched out exactly eight hitters in five of his eight starts on the year. More impressive, the 23-year-old righty has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any start this season, and, overall, he's yielded just four earned runs across 50 frames (0.72 ERA).

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Howard enjoying his run with surprising Phillies

Howard enjoying his run with surprising Phillies

The biggest star remains from those Phillies teams that dominated opponents much of the previous decade. Actually, there is Ryan Howard, along with suddenly rejuvenated teammate Carlos Ruiz, but only one of them won a National League Most Valuable Player Award and promoted foot-long sandwiches.

It wasn't Ruiz, by the way.

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Phanatic plays with adorable dog-dressed-as-Phanatic

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Phanatic plays with adorable dog-dressed-as-Phanatic

We're not quite sure just what the Phillie Phanatic is. Is he a kind of cryptozoological marvel? Proof of alien life that Mulder was trying to convince us were real? Is he even carbon-based?

On Friday, we perhaps got ever-so-closer to the answer: He appears to be some kind of animal. How else can you explain how well he's able to get along with this dog-dressed-as-a-Phanatic during the Phillies' Bark in the Park night?

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5 biggest reasons for Phillies' success

Strong pitching, improved defense and clutch hitting among keys

5 biggest reasons for Phillies' success

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies woke up Thursday morning in second place in the National League East, just a half-game behind the Nationals with a 24-17 record.

How many folks in the Delaware Valley predicted that?

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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.