Buchanan starts strong, but Phillies can't finish Braves

Buchanan starts strong, but Phillies can't finish Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- The Braves snapped a 20-inning scoreless drought and ruined David Buchanan's strong start by producing a decisive three-run seventh inning in Saturday night's 5-2 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Eric Young Jr.'s two-out RBI double off Jake Diekman capped the go-ahead seventh that was sparked by Andrelton Simmons' leadoff home run. Before allowing Simmons to line his shot over the left-center-field wall, Buchanan had surrendered just one hit against the Braves, who had tallied just two hits while getting shut out in Friday's series opener.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Jed Weisberger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies to call up prospect Gonzalez for Tuesday start

Phillies to call up prospect Gonzalez for Tuesday start

PHILADELPHIA -- After Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Braves, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg announced that pitching prospect Severino Gonzalez will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his Major League debut Tuesday night in a start against the Cardinals.

A corresponding move will have to be made, as Gonzalez is not on the 40-man roster. The right-hander, who's ranked No. 15 among Phillies prospects according to MLB.com, compiled a 1-1 record with a 3.57 ERA in three starts with Lehigh Valley. The 22-year-old from Santiago, Veraguas, Panama, started 27 games at Double-A Reading in 2014, going 9-13 with a 4.59 ERA. He struck out 115 and walked just 34 in 158 2/3 innings.

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Galvis makes diving stop, shakes off pain

Galvis makes diving stop, shakes off pain

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis was shaken up in the top of the sixth inning of Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Braves after diving to his left for a sharply hit ball by Atlanta's Nick Markakis and making a great play for the final out of the frame.

Galvis was down on the ground for a few moments, clutching his right arm and side while appearing in pain. But he came off the field under his own power, and he stayed in the game, taking his position in the seventh.

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Wins remain elusive for improved Buchanan

Righty allows two hits, but inherited runners score in seventh, negating shot at first W since Aug. 11

Wins remain elusive for improved Buchanan

PHILADELPHIA -- Baseball luck has not been falling Phillies right-hander David Buchanan's way.

Especially with the way he threw Saturday night in a 5-2 loss to the Braves in a game in which he left with a 2-1 lead with two out in the top of the seventh inning.

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Jed Weisberger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Evaluation process' continues for rehabbing Brown

'Evaluation process' continues for rehabbing Brown

PHILADELPHIA -- During Phillies manager Ryan Sandberg's pregame gatherings with reporters, the status of outfielder Domonic Brown naturally comes up.

Brown, who left a Spring Training game March 20 with what was diagnosed as left Achilles tendinitis, has been rehabbing the injury in the Phillies' Minor League system. In 12 games with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley entering Saturday, Brown is 8-for-41 (.195) at the plate.

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Jed Weisberger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams faces Braves, aiming to build on previous start

Williams faces Braves, aiming to build on previous start

Trevor Cahill hasn't completed five innings in eight of 19 starts since the start of the 2014 season, and that includes his first two outings with the Braves. Cahill will take the mound for Atlanta on Sunday in the series finale against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cahill did display a more consistent sinker and proved effective before being chased in the fifth inning of Tuesday's start against the Mets. The veteran right-hander had not pitched into the fifth inning since going five frames during a Minor League Spring Training game April 5. He is 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA in two starts.

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Jed Weisberger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies fan turned Victorino jersey into fake leg

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Phillies fan turned Victorino jersey into fake leg

After eight years in Philadelphia, including 63 triples, three Gold Glove Awards, two All-Star Games and a World Series championship in 2008, it's safe to say that Phillies fans will always hold a special place in their hearts for Shane Victorino. But none more than the guy who turned Victorino's jersey into a prosthetic leg.

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Can Galvis' sizzling start keep going?

The Phillies' shortstop is hitting .345 in 16 games so far this season

Can Galvis' sizzling start keep going?

PHILADELPHIA - Phillies fans searching for things to watch this season should follow Freddy Galvis.

Can he possibly keep this up?

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Harang, Galvis star as Phillies walk off against Braves

Harang, Galvis star as Phillies walk off against Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have scored the fewest runs in baseball this season, but they got the pitching performance they needed Friday in a 1-0 walk-off victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Aaron Harang threw eight scoreless innings and Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth, setting up the Phillies' game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Freddy Galvis singled, reached second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman could not handle a ground ball from Ben Revere.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harang becoming a bright spot for Phillies

Veteran right-hander has a 1.37 ERA through four starts this season

Harang becoming a bright spot for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - Remember the concern in Spring Training about Aaron Harang's back?

Yeah, he's past that.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sandberg has Phillies going back to basics

Philly skipper had team working on fundamentals before series opener vs. Braves

Sandberg has Phillies going back to basics

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryne Sandberg on Friday fulfilled his promise that the Phillies would work more on their fundamentals.

He had his players on the field in the afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, working on the basics following a 9-1 loss Thursday to the Marlins and an overall tough start to their season, which includes a 5-11 record and 17 errors, which is tied with the Nationals for the most in Major League Baseball.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies in no rush to call up Franco

Phillies in no rush to call up Franco

PHILADELPHIA -- If Phillies prospect Maikel Franco continues to hit like he has in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, there is no question he will join the Phillies in 2015.

But do not expect him in the next few weeks.

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Phillies can't find offense in finale vs. Fish

Phillies can't find offense in finale vs. Fish

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins opened their three-game series Tuesday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park with manager Mike Redmond answering questions about his job. They finished it Thursday with a 9-1 victory to win the series and end a 10-game road trip with a little momentum on their side.

The Marlins took advantage of three walks and one hit batsman in the fourth inning, when they scored four runs on two-run singles by Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado. Hechavarria went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Prado went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Miami scored four again in the sixth, two on Giancarlo Stanton's line-drive homer.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGowan tires in rare start; 'pen can't pick him up

McGowan tires in rare start; 'pen can't pick him up

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Dustin McGowan figured he could pitch three to four innings Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

It turned out he could pitch three effectively.

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With veterans resting, Phillies struggle with fundamentals

With veterans resting, Phillies struggle with fundamentals

PHILADELPHIA -- Thursday represented a first for the Phillies since they won the 2008 World Series: They did not have a single player from that championship roster in the lineup in a 9-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

This Phillies roster (5-11) is last in Major League Baseball in runs (41), but lead the game in errors (17) and walks (66). The club played sloppily in the series finale against the Marlins, who won the three-game set.

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Mayo uses Nola's pinpoint control to create uber prospect

Taking one tool from five Minor Leaguers, MLB Pipeline creates the ultimate hurler

Mayo uses Nola's pinpoint control to create uber prospect

Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five prospects on Prospect Watch.

Now it's time to head back to the prospecting lab and create the ultimate pitching prospect. The concept is similar to last week's, but with pitches: Taking the best pitch, plus control, from five up-and-coming arms.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamels' drop his lone blemish on Phillies' tough night

Lefty avoids early-season homer bug, allows just one unearned run, which scored on missed catch

Hamels' drop his lone blemish on Phillies' tough night

PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels aims for perfection, but he is seeing that the Phillies are far from perfect this season.

Hamels allowed one unearned run on five hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings in a 6-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

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Balk, errors hamper Hamels, Phillies vs. Marlins

Balk, errors hamper Hamels, Phillies vs. Marlins

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins needed a victory in the worst way Wednesday night, so if the Phillies wanted to help them with a handful of errors in the field, they would not complain.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the seventh inning in a 6-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park. Errors by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and center fielder Odubel Herrera in the eighth inning led to four insurance runs.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies' fielding remains issue early this season

Phillies' fielding remains issue early this season

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has preached the importance of fundamental baseball since Spring Training in February.

But not much of anything has gone as planned, including Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Three Phillies errors and one balk led to every Miami run, leaving Philadelphia needing to win Thursday's series finale to take the three-game set. The Phillies have 15 errors this season, which is only one behind the Nationals, who lead Major League Baseball.

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Utley ends hitless skid, slowly raises average

Utley ends hitless skid, slowly raises average

PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe Chase Utley can start fresh Thursday.

The Phillies' second baseman singled to right-center field in the first inning Wednesday night in a 6-1 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. It snapped a hitless streak of 21 at-bats, which was the second-longest hitless streak of his career.

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Schmidt tops among Phils' Franchise Four vote-getters

Active Utley, not Rollins, joins Carlton, Ashburn on latest ballot update

Schmidt tops among Phils' Franchise Four vote-getters

PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody should be surprised Mike Schmidt is first among Phillies players nominated in Major League Baseball's "Franchise Four" campaign.

The campaign has fans vote for the four most impactful players in Phillies history. Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Chase Utley round out the top four in the first voting update. The other nominees are Jimmy Rollins, Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning and Chuck Klein.

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Phillies place O'Sullivan on DL with left knee tendinitis

Neris recalled from Triple-A; McGowan will start Thursday vs. Marlins

Phillies place O'Sullivan on DL with left knee tendinitis

PHILADELPHIA -- The timing could not be worse for Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan.

The Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with tendinitis in his left knee. The team recalled right-hander Hector Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace O'Sullivan on the roster, and announced right-hander Dustin McGowan will start in O'Sullivan's place Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.

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Howard, Phillies power up in comeback win

Howard, Phillies power up in comeback win

PHILADELPHIA -- Both the Phillies and Marlins entered this week's three-game series at Citizens Bank Park desperate for victories.

The Phillies struck first Tuesday night with a 7-3 victory. Ryan Howard hit a two-out, two-run home run to center field in the sixth inning to hand the Phillies a one-run lead. It was Howard's first home run of the season. He followed Freddy Galvis' two-run homer in the second and preceded Ben Revere's two-run triple in the seventh, as the Phillies scored a season-high seven runs.

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Phillies Minor League report: April 21

Phillies Minor League report: April 21

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-9)
With six batters getting two hits each, Lehigh Valley ended a five-game losing streak, 6-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ... DH Chris Nelson had a pair of doubles and an RBI; he also stole a base ... 3B Maikel Franco added two hits to boost his season average to .352 ... RF Domonic Brown, 1-for-4, and threw a runner out at home plate ... RHP Severino Gonzalez (1-1) allowed one run in his last inning (sixth). He gave up six hits (five singles and a triple), walked one and struck out three.

Next: LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00), 6:35 p.m. at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Larry Shenk is the vice president of alumni relations for the Phillies. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Howard hopes first homer serves as turning point

Howard hopes first homer serves as turning point

PHILADELPHIA -- One game is one game, but Ryan Howard needed a night like the one he had Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Howard went 2-for-3 with one home run, one walk and two RBIs in a 7-3 victory over the Marlins. He scored his first run of the season in the second inning when he walked and came home on Freddy Galvis' two-run home run. Howard then ripped a two-run home run to center field in the sixth to hand the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

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Billingsley skips rehab start; Brown continues stint

Billingsley skips rehab start; Brown continues stint

PHILADELPHIA -- Chad Billingsley did not make his scheduled rehab start Monday because of a stomach illness. He could make that start this week.

Billingsley, 30, has a 3.24 ERA in two rehab starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has allowed six hits, three runs, three walks, two home runs and has struck out seven in 8 1/3 innings. He said last week he planned to make five rehab starts before joining the Phillies' rotation early next month.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.