Bean throws first pitch at Phils' Pride Night

Bean throws first pitch at Phils' Pride Night

PHILADELPHIA -- A rainbow flag fluttered from a flagpole in center field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday. Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's vice president of social responsibility and inclusion, threw out a first pitch.

That was both fitting -- it was the inaugural Phillies Pride Night -- and a little misleading, since it was also the 15th consecutive year the organization has recognized the local LGBT community.

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In Phils' debut, Ellis sinks Mets with big hit

In Phils' debut, Ellis sinks Mets with big hit

NEW YORK -- In his debut with the Phillies, catcher A.J. Ellis broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double, highlighting a four-run frame in a 5-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field.

Through six innings, Mets right-hander Robert Gsellman's first Major League start had gone swimmingly, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out five. Then came the seventh.

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For Phils' Velasquez, another step forward

Righty runs up pitch count, but works out of jams over five solid innings

For Phils' Velasquez, another step forward

NEW YORK -- Vince Velasquez did not pitch to perfection Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, but he pitched to positive results anyway.

He needed them.

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Ellis' first game with Phils one to remember

Catcher quickly acclimates to new club, delivers game-winning hit

Ellis' first game with Phils one to remember

NEW YORK -- A.J. Ellis could not hide his disappointment Thursday, when the Dodgers blindsided him and traded him to the Phillies.

He had been with the Dodgers since they drafted him 2003, and they have a legitimate chance to reach the World Series this year. The Phillies? They hope to contend, maybe in a year or two. But as Ellis joined the Phillies on Saturday, he said his feelings of disappointment had started to fade and he had refocused and found a new purpose with his new team.

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Phillies pull Hellickson off waivers

Right-hander to remain with club for rest of season

Phillies pull Hellickson off waivers

NEW YORK -- Any small chance that Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had to be traded before the end of the season has become no chance.

Sources confirmed Sunday afternoon that Hellickson recently had been claimed on waivers. But the Phillies could not complete a trade with the claiming team, so they pulled him off waivers, making him ineligible to be traded the rest of the year. CSNPhilly.com first reported the news.

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Blanco rejoining Phils after rosters expand

Utility player out since July 24 with broken finger

Blanco rejoining Phils after rosters expand

NEW YORK -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Andres Blanco is the best utility player he has seen in 48 years.

Blanco has not played since July 24 because of a broken left index finger. He said Sunday morning at Citi Field that he expects to rejoin the team sometime after the Phillies' roster can expand Thursday, although it likely will be after that.

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'Reenergized' Ellis joins Phillies after trade

With initial shock of deal fading, catcher shares notes with new teammates

'Reenergized' Ellis joins Phillies after trade

NEW YORK -- A.J. Ellis seemed to be in better spirits Saturday than Thursday, when he learned the Dodgers traded him to the Phillies.

Ellis had spent his entire career with Los Angeles, which leads the National League West and has World Series aspirations. But in a flash, Ellis learned his time in L.A. had ended as the Dodgers sent him, a Class A Advanced pitching prospect and a player to be named later to the Phillies for Carlos Ruiz. Not only did Ellis have to leave the only place he had ever played, but he had to join an organization not headed to the postseason.

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Galvis' homer all Phillies get in loss to Mets

Galvis' homer all Phillies get in loss to Mets

NEW YORK -- He had sent Citi Field into delirium once more, and Yoenis Cespedes wanted to show the 35,832 fans his appreciation. Jogging back to the dugout in the fourth inning of the Mets' 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, his 26th homer of the year in the seats, Cespedes raised both hands to his lips and blew the Mets faithful a kiss.

Queens has fallen in love with Yoenis Cespedes over the past 13 months, and with his three-run laser Saturday night, Cespedes set the wheels in motion for another Mets onslaught of the Phillies.

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Velasquez, Thompson expected to be shut down

Velasquez, Thompson expected to be shut down

NEW YORK -- The end is coming for Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez, who pitches Sunday afternoon against the Mets at Citi Field.

The end is coming for rookie Jake Thompson, too. The Phillies are monitoring their workloads, and it is expected both will be shut down sometime before the end of the season.

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Phils amid stretch of stagnant starting pitching

Hellickson turns in second-shortest start of season in loss to Mets

Phils amid stretch of stagnant starting pitching

NEW YORK -- This is not the way the Phillies wanted to enter the final month of the season.

After the Mets pounded them Saturday night at Citi Field, 12-1, they find themselves limping into September with just four more games to play in August. The Phillies have lost seven of their last 10, with their starters posting a 6.79 ERA (42 earned runs in 55 2/3 innings) in that stretch.

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Kilome, Hoskins among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Kilome, Hoskins among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Phillies' late rally can't overcome Mets' 4 HRs

Phillies' late rally can't overcome Mets' 4 HRs

NEW YORK -- In need of another storybook run as they look to scale the National League Wild Card standings, the Mets on Friday turned to a player best known for his flair for the dramatic. Wilmer Flores slugged his third career grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes combined for three additional homers and Bartolo Colon cruised, leading the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets remained 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals, who also won, in an NL Wild Card race with five serious competitors.

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Morgan's up-and-down season continues with loss

Left-hander follows quality start by allowing three homers to Mets

Morgan's up-and-down season continues with loss

NEW YORK -- Friday night at Citi Field, Adam Morgan made history, but not the kind he'll want to remember. In losing his eighth consecutive decision, the lefty tied for the franchise's third-longest losing streak among starting pitchers since 1913.

After some first-inning fireworks, Morgan settled down until the fifth. That's when Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores smashed a grand slam to left-center field, effectively handing the Phillies, and Morgan, the loss. Morgan left after completing the inning, finishing with six earned runs allowed on eight hits and two walks in the Phillies' 9-4 loss.

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Rookie catcher Alfaro joins Phillies in New York

Club's No. 4 prospect on getting to big leagues: 'It feels like a dream'

Rookie catcher Alfaro joins Phillies in New York

NEW YORK -- For most of the Phillies in the Citi Field visitors' clubhouse, Friday afternoon was relatively ordinary. Some were dancing, some were belting out lyrics from popular songs, some were buried in their cell phones. One player even asked around for the date -- Aug. 26.

It's a date Jorge Alfaro won't soon forget. The Phillies' No. 4 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, was called up before Philadelphia's game against the Mets. That he's likely to be sent back down to Double-A Reading after the contest was of no consequence.

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Howard stands as final Phillie from 2008 club

Veteran slugger last member of championship team still with Philadelphia

Howard stands as final Phillie from 2008 club

NEW YORK -- Not much remains from the Phillies' 2008 World Series team. Chase Utley? Gone. Jimmy Rollins? Gone. So are Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and Jayson Werth. Don't forget about manager Charlie Manuel, either.

Now, with Carlos Ruiz's trade to the Dodgers on Thursday, only one player from Philadelphia's magical season is left: Ryan Howard.

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Phillies deal longtime catcher Ruiz to Dodgers

Fellow veteran backstop Ellis headed to Phils, along with RHP prospect Bergjans

Phillies deal longtime catcher Ruiz to Dodgers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies got a lifetime's worth of memories on an $8,000 investment in Carlos Ruiz in 1998.

Ruiz teamed up with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels to win one World Series, two National League pennants and five consecutive NL East titles from 2007 to 2011. He was not the best player on those teams, but he was one of the most popular, both in the clubhouse and in the stands. Everybody called him Chooch, and Chooch caught the final pitch of the 2008 World Series, running into Brad Lidge's arms to celebrate. He caught Roy Halladay's perfect game and postseason no-hitter in 2010, a combined no-hitter in 2014 and Hamels' no-hitter in 2015, and made the NL All-Star team in 2012.

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Phillies of past and present recall Ruiz's impact

Member of 2008 World Series champions traded to Dodgers

Phillies of past and present recall Ruiz's impact

PHILADELPHIA -- Current and former Phillies showed their love for Carlos Ruiz on Thursday, just hours after the Phillies announced they had traded him to the Dodgers.

Here is what they said:

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Moniak, Quinn, Tirado among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Moniak, Quinn, Tirado among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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