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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Phils call on O'Sullivan for finale against Mets

Phils call on O'Sullivan for finale against Mets

Noah Syndergaard will make his fourth Major League start Wednesday, closing a three-game home series against Sean O'Sullivan and the Phillies, who will be trying to salvage the finale at Citi Field.

After being called up last month, Syndergaard has pitched well, but to mixed results. He carries a 1-2 record and a 3.63 ERA. He struggled with control in his first start -- walking four batters in 5 1/3 innings -- but allowed just one free pass in his last two starts.

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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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Phillies trumped by ace up Nationals' sleeve

Club had opportunities vs. Scherzer, and had chance to tie in 9th, but went 0-for-8 with RISP

Phillies trumped by ace up Nationals' sleeve

WASHINGTON -- An ace trumps momentum almost every time in baseball.

The Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Friday night at Nationals Park proved as much. They had won seven of their previous nine games, hitting .285 and scoring 40 runs in that stretch. But they could not break through against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, who allowed four hits, one run, one walk and struck out six in eight innings.

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O'Sullivan hangs in, but outdueled vs. Nats

O'Sullivan hangs in, but outdueled vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- Nationals starter Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound yet again, and it was his leadoff single in the sixth and run scored from first base on Ian Desmond's double that decided Washington's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night at Nationals Park.

On the bump, Scherzer outdueled Sean O'Sullivan, lasting eight innings and allowing only a second-inning run. Now 5-3 on the season, after winning his fourth straight start, Scherzer recorded his sixth consecutive outing of at least seven innings pitched.

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Battle of the Aarons: Harang vs. Barrett in standoff

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Battle of the Aarons: Harang vs. Barrett in standoff

The Phillies were in Colorado on Thursday night, where Sean O'Sullivan and Boone Logan partook in a thrilling post-national anthem, pregame standoff that ended in a mutual decision to turn away. Well, the Phillies apparently got a taste for the standoff thrill, because ahead of Friday night's game in Washington, starter Aaron Harang and Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett faced off in yet another standoff.

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Phillies scratch Biddle to work on mechanics

Club's No. 9 prospect was scheduled to start in Double-A on Friday, will rejoin rotation Tuesday

Phillies scratch Biddle to work on mechanics

WASHINGTON -- Nothing is wrong with Jesse Biddle, but the Phillies did scratch their No. 9 prospect from Friday's scheduled start with Double-A Reading because they want him to work on his mechanics. He is scheduled to rejoin the rotation next Tuesday.

The Phillies selected Biddle in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and this is his third season with Reading. Injuries have limited him in the past, but the organization clearly was hoping for a big step forward this season.

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Williams can't contain Rox as Phils settle for split

Williams can't contain Rox as Phils settle for split

DENVER -- Catcher Michael McKenry broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Rockies added on in a 7-3 win over the Phillies in Thursday's series finale at Coors Field.

McKenry's homer off Phils starter Jerome Williams (3-4) helped the Rockies to their fourth victory in eight games and their second straight split of a four-game series.

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Howard, Utley driving Phillies' offense again

Howard, Utley driving Phillies' offense again

DENVER -- The Phillies lost Thursday at Coors Field, but they have to like what they see from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Howard hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Rockies. He has homered nine times in his last 28 games. Bryce Harper (11) and Giancarlo Stanton (10) are the only two hitters in baseball with more home runs since Howard hit his first homer April 21.

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Tough month continues for Williams

Tough month continues for Williams

DENVER -- The end of May cannot come fast enough for Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams.

Williams allowed five runs in five innings in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Williams is 1-3 with a 7.03 ERA in five starts this month, which is the sixth-highest ERA in baseball in May among pitchers with four or more starts.

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Gonzalez makes case for more opportunities

Phillies rookie limits Rockies to one run in five innings

Gonzalez makes case for more opportunities

DENVER -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez has a pretty nice opportunity ahead of him.

He allowed one run in five innings in Wednesday night's 4-2 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Gonzalez rejoined the Phillies' rotation following an injury to right-hander Chad Billingsley, which will keep him on the 15-day disabled list four to six weeks.

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