Harang continues stellar May against Nats

Right-hander deals fifth straight quality start, but Phillies fall in finale

Harang continues stellar May against Nats

WASHINGTON -- Aaron Harang battled more than he dominated in Sunday's series finale against the Washington Nationals. He also never broke, continuing a personal stretch of nothing but quality starts in May.

The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings. In five starts this month, he's given up five runs over 33 innings. That works out to a microscopic 1.36 ERA.

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Bats falter behind solid Harang in finale

Bats falter behind solid Harang in finale

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper continues to be a game-changer for the Nationals as he drove in two runs in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. The Nationals improved their record to 26-18.

Left-hander Gio Gonzalez had a better outing than he did against the Yankees earlier in the week. He picked up his fourth victory of the season by allowing a run in 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven.

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Joseph 'sidelined indefinitely' with concussion

Right-hander Martin scheduled to throw live BP on Monday

Joseph 'sidelined indefinitely' with concussion

WASHINGTON -- Catcher prospect Tommy Joseph remains "sidelined indefinitely," and will be doing vestibular rehabbing for a recent concussion, the Phillies announced on Sunday. The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, helps contribute to one's sense of balance and coordination.

Injuries, including multiple concussions, have plagued Joseph, 23, in recent seasons. Acquired in 2012 from San Francisco as part of the return for outfielder Hunter Pence, he played in 63 games combined between 2013-14. Joseph is batting .123 in 20 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

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Move to Diekman backfires against Harper

Lefty entered with strong stats vs. outfielder, but Nats win matchup

Move to Diekman backfires against Harper

WASHINGTON -- Based on one set of numbers, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg's decision made sense. There were two outs and a runner at third in the seventh. Philadelphia already trailed Washington, 2-1. Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman was ready in the bullpen. He had retired the lefty-swinging batter due up seven of eight times previously.

That next batter? He goes by the name of Bryce Harper, otherwise known as the National League leader in home runs. Based on what the entire baseball world witnessed over the last month, find any excuse to avoid pitching to the feared slugger when possible.

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Severino set to open series in Queens

Severino set to open series in Queens

The Phillies haven't had much success against the Mets this season, having lost five of six games. The NL East rivals meet again as Philadelphia wraps up its three city, 10-game road swing in New York.

The three-game set opens Monday afternoon with a pitching matchup pitting young against old.

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Hamels continues outstanding run in win

After eight innings of one-run ball, left-hander extends personal win streak to four

Hamels continues outstanding run in win

WASHINGTON -- The Phillies' front office loves this.

Cole Hamels pitched beautifully in Saturday's 8-1 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. He allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out five in eight innings to improve to 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA.

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Phillies continue hot stretch on offense

Franco, Howard go deep in rout of Nationals on Saturday

Phillies continue hot stretch on offense

WASHINGTON -- Break up the Phillies.

They pounded the Nationals in an 8-1 victory Saturday at Nationals Park. They picked up four extra-base hits against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in 3 2/3 innings and one more against Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole as they scored a season-high eight runs.

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Phillies break out to back stellar Hamels

Phillies break out to back stellar Hamels

WASHINGTON --- Left-hander Cole Hamels proved to be too much for the Nationals, who lost to the Phillies, 8-1, at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.

Hamels pitched eight solid innings, allowed the one run, five hits and struck out five batters. He received plenty of run support as the Phillies scored a season-high eight runs. Ryan Howard had three hits and drove in two runs.

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Phils shake off Nats' batting practice tunes

Philadelphia to use 'silent treatment' at Citizens Bank Park

Phils shake off Nats' batting practice tunes

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military bombarded Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega with heavy metal music to force him from his compound and surrender in 1989. Britney Spears' music has blared from merchant ships to scare away pirates off the horn of Africa.

The Nationals have chosen "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, seemingly to annoy their opponents.

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Scherzer no stranger: O'Sullivan holds his own

Phillies righty duels with Nats ace for 3rd time this season, stung for 3rd time by Harper

Scherzer no stranger: O'Sullivan holds his own

WASHINGTON -- Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan.

He made his fifth start of the season Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park, but it was the third time he matched up against Nationals ace Max Scherzer. He is now 0-2 in those meetings.

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Phillies trumped by ace up Nationals' sleeve

Club had opportunities vs. Scherzer, and had chance to tie in 9th, but went 0-for-8 with RISP

Phillies trumped by ace up Nationals' sleeve

WASHINGTON -- An ace trumps momentum almost every time in baseball.

The Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Friday night at Nationals Park proved as much. They had won seven of their previous nine games, hitting .285 and scoring 40 runs in that stretch. But they could not break through against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who allowed four hits, one run, one walk and struck out six in eight innings.

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O'Sullivan hangs in, but outdueled vs. Nats

O'Sullivan hangs in, but outdueled vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- Nationals starter Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound yet again, and it was his leadoff single in the sixth and run scored from first base on Ian Desmond's double that decided Washington's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night at Nationals Park.

On the bump, Scherzer outdueled Sean O'Sullivan, lasting eight innings and allowing only a second-inning run. Now 5-3 on the season, after winning his fourth straight start, Scherzer recorded his sixth consecutive outing of at least seven innings pitched.

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Battle of the Aarons: Harang vs. Barrett in standoff

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Battle of the Aarons: Harang vs. Barrett in standoff

The Phillies were in Colorado on Thursday night, where Sean O'Sullivan and Boone Logan partook in a thrilling post-national anthem, pregame standoff that ended in a mutual decision to turn away. Well, the Phillies apparently got a taste for the standoff thrill, because ahead of Friday night's game in Washington, starter Aaron Harang and Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett faced off in yet another standoff.

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Phillies scratch Biddle to work on mechanics

Club's No. 9 prospect was scheduled to start in Double-A on Friday, will rejoin rotation Tuesday

Phillies scratch Biddle to work on mechanics

WASHINGTON -- Nothing is wrong with Jesse Biddle, but the Phillies did scratch their No. 9 prospect from Friday's scheduled start with Double-A Reading because they want him to work on his mechanics. He is scheduled to rejoin the rotation next Tuesday.

The Phillies selected Biddle in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and this is his third season with Reading. Injuries have limited him in the past, but the organization clearly was hoping for a big step forward this season.

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Williams can't contain Rox as Phils settle for split

Williams can't contain Rox as Phils settle for split

DENVER -- Catcher Michael McKenry broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Rockies added on in a 7-3 win over the Phillies in Thursday's series finale at Coors Field.

McKenry's homer off Phils starter Jerome Williams (3-4) helped the Rockies to their fourth victory in eight games and their second straight split of a four-game series.

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Howard, Utley driving Phillies' offense again

Howard, Utley driving Phillies' offense again

DENVER -- The Phillies lost Thursday at Coors Field, but they have to like what they see from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Howard hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Rockies. He has homered nine times in his last 28 games. Bryce Harper (11) and Giancarlo Stanton (10) are the only two hitters in baseball with more home runs since Howard hit his first homer April 21.

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Tough month continues for Williams

Tough month continues for Williams

DENVER -- The end of May cannot come fast enough for Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.

Williams allowed five runs in five innings in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Williams is 1-3 with a 7.03 ERA in five starts this month, which is the sixth-highest ERA in baseball in May among pitchers with four or more starts.

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Gonzalez makes case for more opportunities

Phillies rookie limits Rockies to one run in five innings

Gonzalez makes case for more opportunities

DENVER -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez has a pretty nice opportunity ahead of him.

He allowed one run in five innings in Wednesday night's 4-2 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Gonzalez rejoined the Phillies' rotation following an injury to right-hander Chad Billingsley, which will keep him on the 15-day disabled list four to six weeks.

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Statcast: Howard's homer leaves bat at 108 mph

Phillies first baseman finding groove at plate

Statcast: Howard's homer leaves bat at 108 mph

DENVER -- Ryan Howard obliterated a baseball in the third inning Wednesday night at Coors Field.

He sent a 1-1 slider 454 feet to center field for a solo home run in a 4-2 victory over the Rockies, giving the Phillies seven wins in their last eight games. Statcast™ data said the ball left his bat at 108 mph, making it one of his hardest hit balls of the season.

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Howard's big night powers Phils past Rockies

Howard's big night powers Phils past Rockies

DENVER -- Ryan Howard crunched a 454-foot home run among his three hits as the Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-2, over the Rockies at Coors Field on a chilly Wednesday night.

Howard's third-inning blast accounted for one of the four runs (two earned) and six hits against Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-5), who was gone after three innings. Butler was chased in 2 2/3 innings of his previous start, against the Dodgers.

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Phillies, Angels have discussed Revere trade

Phillies, Angels have discussed Revere trade

DENVER -- Cody Asche is in Triple-A, preparing to become the Phillies' everyday left fielder. Domonic Brown's bat is heating up, too.

Both will rejoin the Phillies at some point, possibly soon.

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After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

In five games since callup, Phillies' prospect has 5 RBIs

After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

DENVER -- Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, had one of the hottest bats in Triple-A when they recalled him on Friday.

He has continued to hit in the bigs. Franco went 3-for-4 with one double and three RBIs in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Franco doubled and scored in the second inning, singled to plate the tying run in the third inning and singled to score two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with one double, one triple, one home run and five RBIs in five games.

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Phillies recall appearances on Letterman

Hamels, Howard, Papelbon, Schmidt have been on show

Phillies recall appearances on Letterman

DENVER -- Cole Hamels spent the night of Oct. 29, 2008, partying and celebrating with his teammates.

The Phillies had just won their second World Series in franchise history, and Hamels had been named World Series MVP. He got home around 6 a.m. when the bleary-eyed pitcher received a telephone call.

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Getting third out proves difficult for Phils' bullpen

De Fratus allows decisive homer with two outs in 8th

Getting third out proves difficult for Phils' bullpen

DENVER -- The third out proved problematic for the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman allowed two runs with two outs in the seventh inning to hand the Rockies a two-run lead in an eventual 6-5 loss, which snapped the Phillies' six-game winning streak. Everything in the seventh happened after Diekman struck out the first two batters he faced. Phillies right-hander Justin De Fratus then allowed a two-out solo home run to Nick Hundley in the eighth inning to give the Rockies the lead after the Phillies scored twice in the top of the inning to tie the game.

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Franco hot, but bullpen falters in Colorado

Franco hot, but bullpen falters in Colorado

DENVER -- Nick Hundley homered to left-center field with two outs in the eighth as the Rockies won, 6-5, and snapped the Phillies' win streak at six games on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Hundley's homer, his third this season, came off Phillies righty Justin De Fratus (0-1). It gave the usually strong-at-home Rockies their first victory at Coors since April 24, after six straight losses.

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Hamels gets needed support in strong outing

Southpaw strikes out seven and allows just one run in 7 1/3 innings

Hamels gets needed support in strong outing

DENVER -- Give Cole Hamels just a little bit of run support and he will handle the rest.

Hamels dominated in 7 1/3 innings in Monday night's 4-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field, allowing six hits, one run, one walk and striking out seven to improve to 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA. Hamels is 11-0 with a 2.24 ERA in 17 starts over the past two seasons when the Phillies score three or more runs for him when he is in the game.

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