No benefit to rushing Phillies' top prospects

GM Amaro's comments, though pointed, not without truth

No benefit to rushing Phillies' top prospects

NEW YORK -- Ruben Amaro Jr. made the type of comments no general manager should make, embattled or otherwise.

He criticized the customers.

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Phils' road trip turns sour after promising start

Club loses seven of nine after opening victory in Colorado ran win streak to six

Phils' road trip turns sour after promising start

NEW YORK -- It is hard to remember, but a little more than a week ago the Phillies opened a 10-game road trip with a victory in Colorado.

It extended their winning streak to six games, their longest since they won seven consecutive games from Sept. 5-12, 2012. The streak gave the players in the Phillies' clubhouse a reason to feel good about themselves following an 11-23 start, which was the worst record in baseball and the organization's worst start since 1971.

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O'Sullivan, Phils unable to keep up with Mets

O'Sullivan, Phils unable to keep up with Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets' bats may be starting to warm up. New York blasted four home runs Wednesday, including two from Lucas Duda and one from rookie starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 7-0 win at Citi Field.

Syndergaard showed all of the potential that made him the Mets' No.1 prospect. On the mound, Syndergaard tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings and struck out six. At the plate, he tied a franchise record for pitchers with three hits, including the first homer by a Mets pitcher in almost three years. The Mets banged 11 hits and seven runs off Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan, who fell to 1-4. Syndergaard improved to 2-2, lowering his ERA to 2.55 through four starts.

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Revere likely staying put with Phillies for now

Revere likely staying put with Phillies for now

NEW YORK -- For now it looks like Ben Revere is remaining with the Phillies.

The Angels acquired outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets on Wednesday.

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Hamels looks to continue hot streak vs. Rockies

Hamels looks to continue hot streak vs. Rockies

The Phillies will host the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday to kick off a three-game weekend series between the two National League foes. The opener will mark the fifth meeting between Colorado and Philadelphia this season, with the two splitting a four-game series last week.

Cole Hamels is scheduled to get the start for the Phillies, and he has been impressive, posting a 5-1 record and 2.23 ERA in his last seven starts.

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Phillies need support on NL All-Star ballot

Phillies need support on NL All-Star ballot

NEW YORK -- The Phillies are going to have at least one All-Star, and it is likely to come from the pitching staff, but their position players are lagging behind on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.98 ERA), Aaron Harang (4-4, 1.93 ERA) and Jonathan Papelbon (1.42 ERA, 11 saves) each could make cases for themselves. The case is harder to make for Phillies position players, although Freddy Galvis is sixth among National League shortstops with a .709 OPS and Ryan Howard has played better recently, raising his OPS to .817.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Phillies to skip Gonzalez's turn in rotation

Williams will start against Rockies on Sunday instead

Phillies to skip Gonzalez's turn in rotation

NEW YORK -- The Phillies tweaked their rotation for this weekend's series against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang will pitch Friday and Saturday, respectively, as scheduled, but because the Phillies do not play Thursday, they will skip Severino Gonzalez's turn in the rotation Sunday.

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Phillies Minor League Review, May 18-24

Phillies Minor League Review, May 18-24

Players of the Week

Player C Gabriel Lino, Reading...Lino, 22, led all Reading players with a .412 average last week, collecting seven hits and five RBI in seven games. On May 22, Lino tallied a season-high three hits, including his third home run of 2015, while driving in two runs in a win over Portland. The following day, he went 2-3 with an RBI, making him 5-for-7 with a home run, three RBI, two doubles and a run in the first two games of the series. Lino recorded at least one hit in all but one of his seven games, pulling his batting average up more than 30 points over that span. The Venezuela native was acquired by the Phillies in a June 2012 trade that sent Jim Thome to Baltimore, and he was originally signed by the Orioles and Calvin Maduro.

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Franco comes up clutch at plate, in field

Franco comes up clutch at plate, in field

NEW YORK -- This is why the Phillies think Maikel Franco has a bright future.

This is why they want him at third base.

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Walks come back to bite Phillies' bullpen

Walks come back to bite Phillies' bullpen

NEW YORK -- Walks continue to haunt the Phillies' bullpen.

The Phillies scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a one-run lead in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Mets in 10 innings at Citi Field. But a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth inning led to the tying run and a single and a walk to start the 10th allowed the Mets to win the game.

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Phils rally late before falling to Mets in 10 innings

Phils rally late before falling to Mets in 10 innings

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single Tuesday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings.

Juan Lagares sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Jeanmar Gomez in the 10th, moving into scoring position when Lucas Duda drew a walk off Elvis Araujo. After Daniel Murphy hit into a double play and Michael Cuddyer walked, Flores then served a single into left-center field to plate Lagares.

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Amaro apologizes for comments about Phils fans

Amaro apologizes for comments about Phils fans

NEW YORK -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged the firestorm he caused Tuesday in Philadelphia following comments he made about Phillies fans, saying they "don't understand the game" and "then they [gripe] and complain because we don't have a plan."

He apologized before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Schmidt, Goroff to represent Phillies at Draft

Schmidt, Goroff to represent Phillies at Draft

Three members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including Jackson (Yankees table), Schmidt (Phillies), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Severino K's career-high 8, looks to stretch further into games

Righty has yet to pitch an outing longer than five innings

Severino K's career-high 8, looks to stretch further into games

NEW YORK -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez is in the rotation for the foreseeable future, which means at some point the 22-year-old must prove capable of pitching more than twice through a lineup.

He lasted 4 1/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. He is 2-1 with a 6.88 ERA in four starts.

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Phils can't hang on, fall in opener

Phils can't hang on, fall in opener

NEW YORK -- Three home runs helped the Mets burst out of a long weekend offensive drought, with Wilmer Flores' three-run shot in the sixth propelling New York to a 6-3 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

"The home runs were a big difference today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's something we have not been doing."

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Phils' bullpen working through struggles with inherited runners

Relievers allow three runs to score in Philly's loss to Mets

Phils' bullpen working through struggles with inherited runners

NEW YORK -- If the Phillies could hit just enough and get enough quality starts from the rotation, they figured they could surprise a few people this season because they expected to have one of the best bullpens in baseball.

It has not happened that way.

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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.

"Being able to get the W was huge," Harper said. "What we did today to get that W -- going on the road right now -- I'm just glad we ended it on a good note in this homestand."

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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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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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