Lively homers for only runs in loss to D-backs

Lively homers for only runs in loss to D-backs

PHOENIX -- After a quiet Friday, the D-backs' offense broke out with 12 hits Saturday night, including a home run from Jake Lamb, which kick-started a three-run sixth as the D-backs beat the Phillies, 9-2, at Chase Field.

The offensive support helped make a winner of Robbie Ray, who allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings. The Phillies grabbed a 2-1 lead off Ray in the fourth, when Philly starter Ben Lively hit his first career homer, a two-run shot into the pool area in right-center.

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Phillies should be busy at Trade Deadline

Neshek, Kendrick among top targets for interested teams

Phillies should be busy at Trade Deadline

PHOENIX -- The Phillies cut ties Tuesday with Michael Saunders and Jeanmar Gomez, but they will not be the only veterans removed from the 25-man roster this summer.

The July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is a little more than five weeks away. The Phillies should be busy.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lively relishes first big league home run

Righty is first Phillies rookie pitcher to go deep since '95

Lively relishes first big league home run

PHOENIX -- The Phillies celebrated wildly as Ben Lively circled the bases in the fourth inning Saturday night at Chase Field.

It would be their only highlight of the night.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson seeking first win in June

Hellickson seeking first win in June

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo wants to preserve the health of his starting pitchers going into the second half of the season, and part of that plan will involve Randall Delgado.

The Arizona right-hander will make a spot start Sunday, pushing back the rest of the rotation to allow an extra day of rest. It will mark Delgado's first start since June 9, when he capped off a string of four consecutive starts with a no-decision against Milwaukee.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies set to release Gomez, Saunders

Phillies set to release Gomez, Saunders

PHOENIX -- The Phillies will release Michael Saunders and Jeanmar Gomez on Sunday.

They were designated for assignment Tuesday and have been placed on release waivers.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romero featured in duel of the day

Romero featured in duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Ozzie Albies (Braves' No. 1), Gwinnett vs. Norfolk (1:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Homers lift Leiter to win in first big league start

Homers lift Leiter to win in first big league start

PHOENIX -- In his first big league start, Mark Leiter made it one to remember as he tossed six scoreless innings, helping the Phillies cool off the red-hot D-backs' offense in a 6-1 victory on Friday night at Chase Field.

Leiter, who made 12 relief appearances earlier this year, picked up his first Major League win as he allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Freddy Galvis helped get the Phillies offense started when he lined a first-inning triple just out of the reach of a diving David Peralta in right. Galvis came home to score when Aaron Altherr followed with a groundout to first.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB

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Crawford collects three hits

Crawford collects three hits

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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Leiter's first MLB win a sticky situation

Phillies teammates douse rookie in condiments to celebrate milestone

Leiter's first MLB win a sticky situation

PHOENIX -- Mark Leiter finished a postgame interview Friday night at Chase Field, then he quietly walked up the stairs into the Phillies' clubhouse and crawled into the laundry cart that awaited him. Jeremy Hellickson wheeled him into the showers.

Teammates followed with ketchup, honey and other accoutrements.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies stick with Herrera, despite mental errors

Phillies stick with Herrera, despite mental errors

PHOENIX -- Odubel Herrera made a few notable mental mistakes Tuesday and Wednesday against the Cardinals, but he still found himself in the lineup Thursday night against Arizona at Chase Field.

"I'm not going to punish him," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said before the game. "He's our everyday center fielder and I'm playing him."

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mackanin, Neshek clear the air

Manager says miscommunication led to not using reliever Wednesday

Mackanin, Neshek clear the air

PHOENIX -- Pete Mackanin and Pat Neshek have had a strange week.

But both men said Thursday afternoon at Chase Field that there are no problems between them. Neshek did not pitch in Wednesday's 10-inning loss to the Cardinals. Mackanin said afterward that Neshek told him that he could not pitch, but Neshek denies he said that and that Mackanin told him before the game that he would not pitch.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils ride HRs, Nola's 8 K's to snap skid

Phils ride HRs, Nola's 8 K's to snap skid

PHILADELPHIA -- For the second straight game, the Phillies jumped out to a multi-run lead against the Cardinals. They held onto it Thursday.

Behind 7 1/3 strong innings from Aaron Nola and a pair of solo homers from Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph, the Phillies topped the Cardinals, 5-1, to snap a five-game losing streak. It was just the second win in the past 15 games for the Phillies, who squandered a 5-0 lead Wednesday night.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Cardinals on Thursday.

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia who covered the Phillies on Thursday.

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Nola sharp, shows signs of return to form

Mackanin on righty's 7 1/3 innings: 'That was the Aaron Nola we all have come to know and love'

Nola sharp, shows signs of return to form

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Nola turned in his sharpest start of the season Thursday, hitting his spots and helping the Phillies pick up a needed win.

It was perhaps the most promising sign yet that the 2014 first-round Draft pick could return to form.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies, top Draft pick Haseley agree to terms

Phillies, top Draft pick Haseley agree to terms

PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody really knows where Adam Haseley will be in a few years, or how good he will be.

But the Phillies naturally are confident that Haseley -- selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 Draft -- will be a good big leaguer, and they signed him to a $5.1 million signing bonus on Wednesday. He will begin his professional career on Friday in Clearwater, Fla., and after getting in baseball shape, he could begin play with Class A Williamsport.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gaffes waste Pivetta's 10-K outing

Gaffes waste Pivetta's 10-K outing

PHILADELPHIA -- Thank Tommy Pham and countless Phillies mistakes for the Cardinals' 7-6 victory in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Pham hit two home runs, including a game-tying homer in the ninth, and threw out the game-winning run at home plate in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings. The Phillies handed St. Louis the game in the 10th, and the Cardinals have won eight times in June, with five of those wins coming against the Phillies.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Phils moving on after mistake-filled contest

Phils moving on after mistake-filled contest

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies third-base coach Juan Samuel said that Odubel Herrera is the first baserunner to ever run through his stop sign.

Herrera not only ran through Samuel's stop sign in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 7-6 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings at Citizens Bank Park, he ran completely around Samuel before Tommy Pham threw him out at home plate by several feet to end the inning and the Phillies' chance to win the game.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies promote Milner, Perkins from Triple-A

Phillies promote Milner, Perkins from Triple-A

PHILADELPHIA -- Hoby Milner and Cameron Perkins were playing video games in their hotel room on Tuesday morning in Pawtucket, R.I., when Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dusty Wathan knocked on their door and entered the room.

Milner thought something was fishy. Nobody ever knocks on their door.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson showcases worth in limiting Cards

Phillies starter allows 1 run over 7 innings, enhancing his potential trade value

Hellickson showcases worth in limiting Cards

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson shook his head at the question late Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Does he expect to be traded?

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies take Cardinals to 11th, then unravel

Phillies take Cardinals to 11th, then unravel

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cardinals wouldn't mind seeing a few more games against the Phillies on their schedule.

Stephen Piscotty, Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham came up with big hits during a seven-run 11th inning Tuesday night in an 8-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park. The Cardinals have won seven games this month, and four have come against the Phillies. They lost five of their past seven games before winning the series opener Tuesday. Before that stretch, they swept the Phillies in a three-game series June 9-11 at Busch Stadium. That sweep followed a seven-game losing streak.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Phillies part ways with Saunders, Gomez

Veterans DFA'd, while Perkins, Milner promoted; Eickhoff to DL with back strain

Phillies part ways with Saunders, Gomez

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies finally reached the end of the line with Michael Saunders and Jeanmar Gomez.

They announced Tuesday that they had designated the struggling veterans for assignment. If the Phillies cannot trade them within seven days they will be released. Outfielder Cameron Perkins and left-hander Hoby Milner had their contracts selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill out the 25-man roster.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Davis caught a line drive barehanded

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Prospect Davis caught a line drive barehanded

During the eighth inning of Tuesday night's Eastern League game against the Akron RubberDucks, Reading Fightins reliever Austin Davis found himself thrust into cost/benefit analysis that demanded an immediate decision.

On a one-out line drive to the mound, Davis had two choices. One: Catch the ball with his bare hand to start a double play, but incur the risks of making a barehanded grab with his throwing hand. Two: Protect his throwing hand, but allow the inning to continue in a 6-4 game.

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Phillies Minor League review for June 12-18

Players of the Week

Player - 1B Darick Hall, Lakewood... The 21-year-old Hall batted .320 (8-25) with three doubles, two home runs, a team-high 10 RBI, three walks and a 1.059 OPS in seven games played. He tied a season high with four RBI on June 14, the fifth of six straight games in which he batted in at least one run. Hall is leading the South Atlantic League with 49 RBI. He was selected by the Phillies in the 14th round of the June 2016 draft.

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Phillies excited to see Draft strategy play out

College prospects with discipline selected in early rounds

Phillies excited to see Draft strategy play out

With their first three picks in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Phillies drafted three college players. Last year with those picks, they selected three high school players.

So why the switch?

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

It's a tight race for outfield spot in NL voting

Heyward, Zobrist, Ozuna, Kemp, Stanton bunched up in balloting

It's a tight race for outfield spot in NL voting

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard is nearly three weeks away and the race for the third outfield spot is tightening, as revealed in the fourth installment of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting update for National League starters released Monday.

The Marlins' Marcell Ozuna surpassed the Braves' Matt Kemp, who sits just behind the Cubs' Ben Zobrist for fourth on the outfielder leaderboard. All three players find themselves neck-and-neck with the Cubs' Jason Heyward for the final starting position while Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton is also not far behind.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hoskins, Appel lead IronPigs to win

Hoskins, Appel lead IronPigs to win

The powerful bat of Rhys Hoskins backed Mark Appel's career-best effort on the mound on Monday as Triple-A Lehigh Valley shut out Pawtucket, 5-0.

Hoskins, the Phillies' No. 13 prospect, hit a pair of solo homers in the victory, going deep in the second inning and once more in the seventh before finishing 2-for-3.

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Romero makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Romero makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (June 12-18) is headlined by Triple-A Albuquerque's Ryan McMahon, who led all Minor Leaguers in OPS (1.883), hits (16) and total bases (35) while also tying for the lead in home runs (five) and RBIs (14).

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Lively settles down, gets another quality start

Lively settles down, gets another quality start

PHILADELPHIA -- The newest addition to the Phillies starting rotation is pitching like he's been here before. With another serviceable outing Sunday, Ben Lively became the first Phillies starter to begin his Major League career with four consecutive quality starts since Brandon Duckworth in 2001.

Two things stick out.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.