Nola continues to impress for Phillies

Nola continues to impress for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies entered Friday night's series opener against the Padres on pace for 99 losses.

But that does not mean they are not worth watching the rest of the season. In fact, they should be quite interesting to follow because four out of every five games (or four out of every six, if they employ a six-man rotation once rosters expand on Tuesday) the Phillies will have a rookie pitcher on the mound.

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Altherr enjoying his extra-base hit tear

Altherr enjoying his extra-base hit tear

PHILADELPHIA -- One of these days Aaron Altherr is going to hit a blooper, a chopper or a broken-bat bleeder.

One of these days he is going to get that first big league single.

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Phillies snap 4-game skid behind Nola

Phillies snap 4-game skid behind Nola

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies rookie Aaron Nola looks like the real deal.

He allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out six in seven innings on Friday night in a 7-1 victory over the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft improved to 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA in eight big league starts.

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Morgan goes for 5th win as Phillies face Padres

Morgan goes for 5th win as Phillies face Padres

The Padres will look to keep their playoff hopes alive in a battle of rookie starters when they face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. The Padres have won 8-of-12 series since the All-Star Break and need to continue that success if they have any shot at catching the Dodgers and Giants in the National League West.

The Padres will go to right-handed starter Colin Rea, who will make the fourth start of his career. Rea (2-1, 5.52) lasted just four innings in his last start in which he allowed five runs, four earned, in a 10-3 loss to the Cardinals.

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Asher to make Major League debut on Sunday

Asher to make Major League debut on Sunday

PHILADELPHIA -- Alec Asher will be the latest piece from the Cole Hamels trade to join the Phillies.

The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that Asher will make his big league debut on Sunday afternoon against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Asher, 23, went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He went 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 starts with Triple-A Round Rock before the Rangers traded him to the Phillies in July in the Hamels deal.

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Araujo placed on DL with strained left groin

Araujo placed on DL with strained left groin

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies placed left-hander Elvis Araujo on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained left groin.

They recalled right-hander Nefi Ogando from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place in the bullpen.

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Double-A prospect Williams has a concussion

Catcher Alfaro to begin rehab assignment on Thursday

Double-A prospect Williams has a concussion

PHILADELPHIA -- Double-A Reading outfielder Nick Williams has looked like the real deal since the Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in July in the Cole Hamels trade.

But Williams, who posted a .902 OPS in 21 games since his arrival, suffered a concussion Wednesday when he collided with the Buffalo first baseman while running to first. The Phillies placed Williams on the seven-day disabled list Friday.

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Young Phils compete, but just can't solve Mets

Club was in multiple contests during four-game series with division rivals

Young Phils compete, but just can't solve Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- Asked about the Phillies' week against the Mets, Jeff Francoeur just shook his head.

The Mets beat the Phillies in 13 innings Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, 9-5, to complete the four-game sweep. It was the first time the Mets had swept the Phillies in a four-game series in Philadelphia since Sept. 6-9, 2002. The Phillies have lost nine consecutive games to New York, which is their longest skid against the Mets since a 10-game losing streak from Sept. 19, 1971, to June 28, 1972.

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Phils can't hold on to early lead, fall to Mets in extras

Phils can't hold on to early lead, fall to Mets in extras

PHILADELPHIA -- In protecting an NL East lead that has stretched to 6 1/2 games, their largest cushion in eight years, the new-look Mets are setting offensive records on a near-nightly basis. But it's one of the longest-tenured Mets, Daniel Murphy, who is playing a significant role in the transformation.

Murphy hit a go-ahead two-run double Thursday and made a circus play on defense, leading the Mets to a 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets swept the four-game series in Philadelphia, set a franchise record with 73 runs in a seven-game span and have won seven in a row overall, grabbing their third winning streak of at least seven games this season.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his 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.

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Hayes fond of Philly, friendship with Jones

Former infielder formed strong bond, started academy with Phillies teammate

Hayes fond of Philly, friendship with Jones

Charlie Hayes was 24 years old when he was traded from the Giants to the Phillies. It was June 18, 1989. Future Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt had retired three weeks earlier. All Hayes was being asked to do was replace the best player in franchise history.

Hayes had his moments in red pinstripes. In the end, though, he didn't make the impact the Phillies front office might have hoped when they acquired him, along with Terry Mulholland and Dennis Cook, for closer Steve Bedrosian. Two-and-a-half years later, he was sent to the Yankees and went on to have 14-year career that also included stops with the Rockies, Pirates, Brewers and Astros.

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Manfred: More safety netting being discussed

Manfred: More safety netting being discussed

PHILADELPHIA -- Commissioner Rob Manfred said discussions regarding extended safety netting at Major League ballparks are ongoing and that he hopes to make a recommendation to owners during quarterly meetings in Dallas in November.

Manfred made his remarks before Thursday night's game at Citizens Bank Park, a 9-5 Mets win over the Phillies in 13 innings, as he completed his goal of visiting all 30 clubs after succeeding Bud Selig in January.

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Phils excited about future behind the plate

With Ruiz, Rupp on board for '16, club also has prospects Alfaro, Knapp waiting

Phils excited about future behind the plate

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies think they have a bright future behind the plate.

They acquired catcher Jorge Alfaro from the Rangers in July as part of the Cole Hamels trade. He is the No. 64 prospect in baseball and the club's No. 5 prospect, but the Phillies also have catcher Andrew Knapp, who is tearing up the Double-A Eastern League. The Phils' No. 18 prospect is hitting .378 with 19 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 51 RBIs and a 1.094 OPS in 205 plate appearances.

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Phils plan to give Altherr more starts down stretch

Mackanin has difficult task of dealing with logjam in outfield

Phils plan to give Altherr more starts down stretch

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin finds himself in a bit of a conundrum.

How can he play everybody the Phillies want him to play before the end of the season?

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Eickhoff settles in after shaky first, retires 16 straight

Phillies rookie allows three early runs, but lasts six innings vs. hot-hitting Mets

Eickhoff settles in after shaky first, retires 16 straight

PHILADELPHIA -- With a relatively young roster, the Phillies will be using the final six weeks of the season to gauge just what type of team they can field in 2016 and beyond.

More to the point, the last month of evaluations won't be just about successes and failures. Instead, for a team that is clearly in a rebuilding phase, the biggest concern will be how this collection of players handles both scenarios.

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Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies unable to back Eickhoff's solid start

Phillies unable to back Eickhoff's solid start

PHILADELPHIA -- For the third time this season, the Mets own a winning streak of at least half a dozen games. They grabbed their sixth straight win with a 9-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, extending their National League East lead over the Nationals to 6 1/2 games -- their largest since leading the Phillies by seven games with 17 to go in 2007 -- and putting themselves on pace for exactly 90 wins.

"You've got to win games you're supposed to win, there's no question about it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Right now, we'll take it."

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Bowa's issue with quick pitch safety related

Bowa's issue with quick pitch safety related

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa has been around the game long enough to know he's going to hear from Major League Baseball over the next few days.

"It will say, 'Dear Larry, I miss you,'" a clearly sarcastic Bowa said on Wednesday afternoon. "[Chief baseball officer Joe Torre's] going to say, 'After further review,' and then I'm going to let him know what the situation was."

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Phils want to see how Hernandez reacts to slump

Phils want to see how Hernandez reacts to slump

PHILADELPHIA -- Over the last month, the Phillies have made it clear that they are in full rebuilding mode.

Mired in last place since the opening week of the season, the Phillies have traded several major components to one of the franchises most successful periods, including a World Series title in 2008. That has afforded playing time for young players such as Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera, both of whom were in the lineup on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park against the Mets.

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Early homers not enough against Mets

Early homers not enough against Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillie Phanatic crushing a Mets helmet to smithereens during a between-innings gag was not evidence enough, then Larry Bowa's ejection sealed it. Make no mistake: the Mets may be in first place and the Phillies in last, but there's still a rivalry coursing down Interstate 95.

That was apparent throughout the Mets' fifth straight win on Monday, a 6-5 victory at Citizens Bank Park that improved them to 10-1 against the Phillies this season. Noah Syndergaard earned his first road victory of the year, Travis d'Arnaud tied things on a bases-loaded walk and Michael Cuddyer gave the Mets the lead for good with a pinch-hit, two-run single off Jeanmar Gomez in the sixth.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his 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.

Bowa, Phils angered by Robles' quick pitch

Philadelphia's bench coach tossed after benches clear in Mets' win

Bowa, Phils angered by Robles' quick pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Give the man a chance to hit.

Tempers flared and benches emptied in the seventh inning Tuesday night in the Mets' 6-5 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies felt Mets right-hander Hansel Robles quick-pitched a pair of their hitters on consecutive nights before they had a chance to get set in the batter's box. The second occurrence got Jeff Francoeur out of the dugout, bench coach Larry Bowa ejected and Daniel Murphy wondering why Bowa wanted him drilled in the ribs with a pitch.

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Phillies may use six-man rotation in September

Team wants to get more looks at young arms in organization

Phillies may use six-man rotation in September

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies want to see more Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan and Jerad Eickhoff in their rotation before the end of the season.

They might want to see Triple-A right-hander Alec Asher, too.

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Francoeur claimed on waivers, will remain with Phils

Outfielder interested in staying in Philadelphia beyond this season

Francoeur claimed on waivers, will remain with Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Every time Jeff Francoeur hits a home run, somebody wonders why a contender would not want him for the stretch run.

But Francoeur will not be traded before the Aug. 31 waiver Trade Deadline. A source confirmed an ESPN.com report that Francoeur did not clear revocable waivers. A team claimed him, but the Phillies could not strike a deal with that team.

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Jamie Moyer Foundation to honor Montgomery

Jamie Moyer Foundation to honor Montgomery

PHILADELPHIA -- Jamie Moyer left the Phillies' broadcast booth last fall to spend more time with his family.

But he returned to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday to promote The Moyer Foundation's third annual Champions for Children luncheon on Sept. 15 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, where Phillies chairman David Montgomery will be presented The Jamie Moyer Legends Award. Montgomery also will be honored with the foundation's Community All-Star Award.

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Phils have nothing to show for crushing All-Star arms

Three home runs off deGrom not enough in slugfest with Mets

Phils have nothing to show for crushing All-Star arms

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies accomplished something pretty remarkable in the past 18 days.

They scored seven runs in the first three innings against Dodgers ace Zack Greinke on Aug. 6. Greinke entered the game with a 1.41 ERA, nearly three-quarters of a run better than any pitcher in Major League Baseball. The Phillies then scored seven runs in 2 2/3 innings Monday night against Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who entered the night with a 1.98 ERA, which was second in baseball only to Greinke.

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Phillies fall despite clubbing three homers

Phillies fall despite clubbing three homers

PHILADELPHIA -- No deficit is too large for the new-look Mets to overcome. No offensive benchmarks are too ostentatious. David Wright homered in his first game since April and wound up being a footnote in the Mets' 16-7 win over the Phillies on Monday, which featured a franchise record eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits at Citizens Bank Park.

Wright, who had not played since April 14 due to a career-threatening spinal condition, homered off Adam Morgan on his first swing back from the disabled list. That sparked a torrent of offense from a Mets team that has scored in clumps throughout its three-city road trip, using two Wilmer Flores homers and a half-dozen others to pick up Jacob deGrom after his worst start of the season.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his 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.

Nola, Phillies blank Marlins on three hits

Nola, Phillies blank Marlins on three hits

MIAMI -- Promising Philadelphia rookie Aaron Nola threw a career-high eight scoreless innings and catcher Cameron Rupp provided a solo home run as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 2-0, on Sunday at Marlins Park to take three of four games in the series -- their first series win at Marlins Park since May 20-22, 2013. With the victory, Philadelphia moves into a tie with Miami at 50-74 at the bottom of the National League East.

The outing was the finest of Nola's young career. The Phillies' No. 2 ranked prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, struck out six, walked two and surrendered just three hits in his seventh career start. Nola (4-1, 3.59 ERA) outdueled Marlins rookie Adam Conley (1-1, 4.88 ERA), who worked a career-high six innings and allowed just one run on three hits and four walks.

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Phillies Minor League review, Aug. 17-23

Player OF Aaron Brown, Clearwater…Brown, a 23-year old in his second professional season, earned Player of the Week Honors after batting .455 (10-22) with a home run, six runs scored, two doubles, two RBI and a walk in six games. He began the week with four straight multi-hit games, including his fourth three-hit game of the season on August 18. He has scored or driven in at least one run in six of his last seven contests. Brown was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Pepperdine University and was signed by Shane Bowers.

Pitcher - RHP Ricardo Pinto, Clearwater…The 21-year-old Pinto made one start for the Threshers, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and just three hits allowed as he was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week. He has allowed just one run in his last 19.2 innings (0.92 ERA), and over that span has surrendered just 11 hits and three walks (0.71 WHIP) while striking out 16 batters. This is the right-hander's second Pitcher of the Week award this season, with the first coming for the week of June 22-28. Pinto was signed by the Phillies and Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent in December of 2011.

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Rupp keeps homering during Nola starts

Backstop hits fourth blast this month -- each coming while catching touted prospect

Rupp keeps homering during Nola starts

MIAMI -- It's hard to blame Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp for wanting to see Aaron Nola on the mound more than every fifth day. For four straight Nola outings, Rupp has started and homered each time -- as was the case once again in Sunday's 2-0 win at Marlins Park.

"I wish he would pitch every day then," Rupp joked.

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Nola in complete control in career-best outing

Nola in complete control in career-best outing

MIAMI -- Aaron Nola's stellar outing of eight scoreless innings in Sunday's 2-0 Phillies win at Marlins Park supported the biggest lesson that the rookie has learned since his callup on July 21.

"Just pound the strike zone," Nola said. "It's easy to say, but getting behind big league hitters, it's tough to come back. You have to make that perfect pitch. You have to try to make them hit a weak ball. But the defense is better here -- they've played really great behind me this whole year.

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