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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Phils cough up late lead, fall in 10th inning

Phils cough up late lead, fall in 10th inning

PHILADELPHIA -- The D-backs scored the game-tying run in the ninth, avoided being the victims of a walk-off blooper by a few inches in the bottom of the inning and got a game-winning homer from an unlikely candidate.

Things are going Arizona's way.

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Velasquez wants to emulate dad's mindset

Velasquez wants to emulate dad's mindset

PHILADELPHIA -- Gathered around the dinner table, family decisions are nothing new to the Velasquez household. It's the way all major choices get made.

Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez grew up living with a former Marine, a UPS driver, an Energizer Bunny, a best friend and his biggest supporter. And those were just the roles his father played.

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Phils watching glimpse of the future in Altherr

Phils watching glimpse of the future in Altherr

PHILADELPHIA -- On paper it was just an inning-ending double play, but Aaron Altherr's howitzer throw home after hauling in a would-be sacrifice fly is yet another sign that the young outfielder, and his uniquely well-rounded game, could be a staple in Philadelphia's outfield for years to come.

The play ended the sixth inning, securing a much-needed solid start for Jerad Eickhoff, who threw six innings, allowing one run in a 5-1 loss to the D-backs Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

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Eickhoff effective, but Phils quieted in loss

Eickhoff effective, but Phils quieted in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- What the D-backs couldn't do off Jerad Eickhoff for six innings, they accomplished the inning after he left the game. Arizona used a four-run seventh inning against the Phillies' bullpen to clinch a series win with a 5-1 victory on Saturday.

The D-backs sent nine batters to the plate in the seventh, finally capitalizing in an inning which propelled them to their sixth consecutive win and ninth in 10 games. Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run double, and Daniel Descalso and Brandon Drury each hit RBI singles. The damage came against Phillies relievers Edubray Ramos and Casey Fien.

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'Trip of a lifetime' for Pitch, Hit and Run kids

'Trip of a lifetime' for Pitch, Hit and Run kids

PHILADELPHIA -- Saturday morning's Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Citizens Bank Park gathered the best baseball and softball players between the ages of seven and 14 to compete for a spot in the event finals during the 2017 MLB All-Star weekend in Miami, Fla.

The Pitch, Hit & Run initiative, the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball, allows young players from the area to show off their baseball and softball skills. The competition falls under the Play Ball umbrella, sponsored by MLB, USA Baseball, and USA Softball.

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Kingery doubles twice for Reading

Kingery doubles twice for Reading

Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.

However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect is batting .309 in June and .250 for the season.

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Nola's growth hinges on minimizing mistakes

Nola's growth hinges on minimizing mistakes

PHILADELPHIA -- It's just a mistake here and there standing in the way of Aaron Nola taking the next step. In Friday's 5-4 loss to the D-backs, the Phillies right-hander turned in a solid first six innings, allowing two runs on six hits before returning for the seventh.

Were Nola to have completed the seventh, it would have been the first time all season that Phillies starters lasted seven innings in consecutive games.

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Rough 7th inning costs Phillies in loss

Rough 7th inning costs Phillies in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- It was the quantity, not quality, of hits in the D-backs' series-opening 5-4 win that pushed them past the Phillies in a back-and-forth contest on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. It was Arizona's fifth consecutive victory.

Of Arizona's nine hits off Phillies starter Aaron Nola, they sprayed eight singles and one monster game-tying homer from Gregor Blanco that made its way to the concourse in right field. A sacrifice fly from Jake Lamb three batters later plated the go-ahead run.

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Lively's success a blueprint for Phils pitchers

Lively's success a blueprint for Phils pitchers

PHILADELPHIA -- Sixty-five games into the season, the Phillies have shuffled through eight starting pitchers who combined to post the third-highest ERA of any rotation in baseball.

But the most recent addition, Ben Lively, who had the second-best ERA in the International League with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before his callup, has shown promise in his first three career starts, providing the Phillies with much-needed length.

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