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Paul Hagen

Phillies Mural to honor club's rich history

McShane: 'Remember how we're connected as a community'

Phillies Mural to honor club's rich history

PHILADELPHIA -- Once again, Tug McGraw is jumping into the sky, celebrating the first World Series championship in Phillies history.

Only this time, McGraw is doing it eight stories high. And he's joined by dozens of iconic faces and moments and even the ballparks from franchise history on a spectacular 3,750-square-foot mural located at 24th and Walnut Street, and visible from the Schuylkill River Trail and I-76.

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies acquire Pivetta from Nats for Papelbon

Double-A righty ranked as Philly's No. 10 prospect, could project as middle-rotation asset

Phillies acquire Pivetta from Nats for Papelbon

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon finally got his wish.

The Phillies announced Tuesday night they had traded Papelbon and cash considerations to the Nationals for Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta, ending Papelbon's tumultuous Phillies career without the trips to the postseason he expected when he signed a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011. MLBPipeline.com ranks Pivetta as the Phillies' No. 10 prospect.

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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.

Giles overcomes nerves for save in new role

Phillies' anointed closer earns second career save, first since replacing traded Papelbon

Giles overcomes nerves for save in new role

TORONTO -- Ken Giles seemed destined to pitch the ninth inning in a save situation Tuesday night, right?

Less than an hour after the Phillies announced they had traded Jonathan Papelbon and cash considerations to the Nationals for Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta, Giles picked up the save in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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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.

Phillies slug past Blue Jays for comeback win

Phillies slug past Blue Jays for comeback win

TORONTO -- Ken Giles settled into his newly minted role as closer on Tuesday, helping the Phillies seal a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Hours after former closer Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Nationals, Giles came on to protect a one-run lead and threw a scoreless ninth inning as Philadelphia took the opener of a two-game set. After allowing a leadoff single to Edwin Encarnacion, Giles retired Chris Colabello and Russell Martin on flyouts before Danny Valencia grounded into a forceout to end the game. It was Giles' first save of the season and the second of his career.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

Rangers, Dodgers remain frontrunners, with Giants reportedly intensifying efforts

Phillies listening to multiple teams on Hamels

TORONTO -- Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the Nationals, but what about Cole Hamels?

Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that Hamels is expected to be traded before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, although nothing is imminent. But the Phillies moved Hamels' scheduled start from Thursday to Friday, which erases any risk of a freak injury and allows the acquiring team to pitch him almost immediately.

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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.

Williams aims to help Phils take both in Toronto

Williams aims to help Phils take both in Toronto

Troy Tulowitzki will make his much-anticipated Toronto debut when the Blue Jays and Phillies wrap a two-game series at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The All-Star shortstop was acquired from the Rockies, along with reliever LaTroy Hawkins, early Tuesday, but he wasn't able to arrive in time to be in the lineup for the series opener later that day. He's expected to be activated ahead of the series finale. 

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Howard hits ball off his leg, ends up with single

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Howard hits ball off his leg, ends up with single

MLB rules stipulate that "A foul ball is a batted ball ... that, while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground." Apparently there's also a little-known addendum stipulating that the above is true "unless you're a ninja who can sneakily will the ball off of his leg, in which case go ahead and take first base." Either that, or Ryan Howard is an Animorph who can transform from human into the natural ground

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CarGo, Hamels share NL's weekly honor

CarGo, Hamels share NL's weekly honor

One outstanding position player and one outstanding pitcher -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Phillies starter Cole Hamels -- have been named National League Co-Players of the Week after their performances last week.

Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday, while Gonzalez led the Majors with five home runs and a 1.190 slugging percentage.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies break out, collect 21 XBHs in series

Franco, Howard homer in Sunday's victory to complete sweep over Cubs

Phillies break out, collect 21 XBHs in series

CHICAGO -- If the Phillies trade Cole Hamels before Friday's 4 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline, they would love to get at least one power hitter in return.

The Phils entered this weekend's three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field ranked 26th in baseball with just 242 extra-base hits. But they had 21 in the series against Chicago, including a season-high eight Saturday and again Sunday in an 11-5 victory.

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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 follows Hamels with first career victory

Rookie tosses 7 2/3 sharp innings a day after Phillies' ace's no-hitter

Nola follows Hamels with first career victory

CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels got a bottle of Dom Perignon as a gift for pitching Saturday's no-hitter against the Cubs.

Aaron Nola got Sunday's game ball.

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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.

Phillies finish sweep as Nola tallies first win

Phillies finish sweep as Nola tallies first win

CHICAGO -- Aaron Nola didn't need to throw a no-hitter to shut down the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard each hit two-run homers and Domonic Brown had four RBIs to back Nola, who picked up his first big league win in his second career start as the Phillies romped, 11-5.

Nola gave up five hits, including a two-run homer by Addison Russell in the eighth, over 7 2/3 innings for the win to help the Phillies post their third sweep this season, and first on the road. They're now 8-1 since the All-Star break.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her 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.

Phillies Minor League review, July 20-26

Phillies Minor League review, July 20-26

Players of the Week

Player 1B Brock Stassi, Reading…Stassi, 25, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after batting .444 (12-27) in seven games with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and in five of those games has recorded multiple hits. Stassi's 66 RBI are most in the league, and he also ranks among the top four in average (.315), on-base percentage (.406), total bases (156) and walks (54). His home run on July 23 was his ninth of the season, which is a new career high. Stassi was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft out of The University of Nevada-Reno, and was signed by Joey Davis.

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Hamels celebrates, 'can't dwell' on achievement

Phillies ace has to move on, prepare for next start after no-hitter

Hamels celebrates, 'can't dwell' on achievement

CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels celebrated his no-hitter Saturday night with family and friends, but the once-in-a-lifetime moment still had not sunk in Sunday morning.

"Not really," Hamels said in the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field. "It's weird. I think the postseason has a bigger impact because it comes at the end of the season. Here, you can't dwell on it because you're still playing. You still have basically a half-season to go and you have to get ready to go again in five days."

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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.

Still a Phillie, Hamels shows value in no-no

Philadelphia ace makes history in final start before Trade Deadline

Still a Phillie, Hamels shows value in no-no

CHICAGO -- If this is Cole Hamels' final moment in a Phillies uniform, he made it an unforgettable one.

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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.

Stone Cole: Hamels no-hits Cubs

Stone Cole: Hamels no-hits Cubs

CHICAGO -- If this was Cole Hamels' last start with the Phillies, it was a beauty. A prime target for teams looking for starting pitching prior to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the left-hander threw a no-hitter in the Phillies' 5-0 victory over the Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her 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.

Herrera saves Hamels with 2 memorable grabs

Herrera saves Hamels with 2 memorable grabs

CHICAGO -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera turned and ran hard toward the ivy-covered wall in center field in the ninth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

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Anthony Castrovince

Hamels' no-no intriguing piece of trade puzzle

Hamels' no-no intriguing piece of trade puzzle

His full name is Colbert Michael Hamels, and, honestly, the Colbert Report, of late, had not been especially flattering.

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Ruiz ties MLB mark for catching no-hitters

Ruiz ties MLB mark for catching no-hitters

CHICAGO -- The logic seemed simple enough to Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on Saturday. For eight innings, he had worn his sunglasses, and for eight innings, Cole Hamels had not given up a hit. But as the sun hid behind the third-base stands and the shade fell over home plate at Wrigley Field, Ruiz took off his glasses before beginning the ninth.

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Did you know: Hamels' no-hitter

Did you know: Hamels' no-hitter

Phillies ace Cole Hamels dazzled against the Cubs on Saturday, tossing the third no-hitter in the Majors this season.

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Cubs, Blue Jays and Nats pursuing Papelbon

Cubs, Blue Jays and Nats pursuing Papelbon

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Papelbon swore he made no sales pitch to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer when he chatted with them Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Either way, Chicago is interested in him.

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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.

Brown still getting a look during rough stretch

Phillies giving outfielder a chance with Altherr waiting in Minor Leagues

Brown still getting a look during rough stretch

CHICAGO -- The Domonic Brown assessment continued Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Brown was in the lineup in right field and at the No. 8 spot in Cole Hamels' no-hitter against the Cubs, a 5-0 Phillies victory. He went 1-for-4 with a single in the fourth inning.

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Red-hot stretch continues for Francoeur

Veteran outfielder delivers winning HR, his third blast in eight days for Phillies

Red-hot stretch continues for Francoeur

CHICAGO -- Jeff Francoeur said again Friday that he would like to stay in Philadelphia and even rejoin the Phillies next season. But he sure keeps playing like somebody who could help a contender down the stretch.

Francoeur hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning of a 5-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was his third big homer in eight days as the Phillies improved to 6-1 since the All-Star break.

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Papelbon saves No. 17 in potential audition

Phillies closer remains perfect on season one week before Trade Deadline

Papelbon saves No. 17 in potential audition

CHICAGO -- Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon almost looked like a salesman Friday at Wrigley Field.

He chatted up Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer hours before he earned his 17th save in 17 opportunities in a 5-3 victory over Chicago. In between those friendly conversations with his old buddies from Boston, the Cubs' bullpen allowed the tying run to score in the ninth inning and the winning runs to score in the 10th.

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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.

Francoeur caps late rally with 10th-inning HR

Francoeur caps late rally with 10th-inning HR

CHICAGO -- Cody Asche hit a game-tying double in the ninth inning and Jeff Francoeur smacked a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th to lift the Phillies to a 5-3 victory Friday over the Cubs in front of 41,230 at Wrigley Field.

The Phils tied the game at 3 with one out in the ninth against Jason Motte when Freddy Galvis tripled and scored on Asche's double. It was Motte's first blown save of the season. In the 10th, Cesar Hernandez singled and two outs later Francoeur connected against Rafael Soriano for his ninth home run.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her 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.

Phillies' thought process for Deadline unchanged

Phillies' thought process for Deadline unchanged

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Gillick is in charge, Andy MacPhail will be in charge and Ruben Amaro Jr. is putting together trade packages that could shape the Phillies for the next 10 years, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The Phils sure have a unique power structure as the non-waiver July 31 Trade Deadline approaches.

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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.

Herrera becomes a hero for Phillies vs. Rays

Herrera becomes a hero for Phillies vs. Rays

PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera fought off a game's worth of pitches in a single at-bat.

The rookie outfielder made his way into the batter's box for the first time in Wednesday's 5-4 Phillies win in the 10th inning, pinch-hitting for closer Jonathan Papelbon. Herrera forced Rays closer Brad Boxberger to throw him 11 pitches -- more than half of what Papelbon threw in two innings -- with Herrera fouling off seven pitches to extend the at-bat. On the 11th pitch, however, Herrera found one he liked and, with Domonic Brown on second base, lined the ball into left-center field for the game-winning single.

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Nick Suss is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blanco's defense a key in Phillies' victory

Blanco's defense a key in Phillies' victory

PHILADELPHIA -- Andres Blanco just wants to be like his friends.

Blanco has played in a little more than half of the Phillies' games this season, filling in as a first baseman, a second baseman, a third baseman and a shortstop, but he's barely averaging more than half an at-bat per appearance. So when a day like Wednesday's 5-4, 10-inning win comes around where Blanco sees his name on the lineup card, his main objective is to make his mark on a game the same way his teammates do every day.

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Phillies get win on Herrera's walk-off single

Phillies get win on Herrera's walk-off single

PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Phillies a 5-4 walk-off win over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Domonic Brown singled off Brad Boxberger to start the Phillies' 10th and moved to second on Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice bunt. One out later, Herrera laced a single to left-center on the 11th pitch of the at-bat and Brown raced home with the winning run and a series win.

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