Phillies trade for No. 1 international signing slot

Two Minor League pitchers and No. 9 slot head to Arizona

Phillies trade for No. 1 international signing slot

ATLANTA -- It is not Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon or Ben Revere, but the Phillies made a trade Sunday.

They acquired the No. 1 overall signing slot ($3,590,400) for the 2015-16 international signing period from Arizona for Class A Lakewood right-hander Chris Oliver, Class A Lakewood left-hander Josh Taylor and the team's No. 9 overall signing slot ($1,352,100).

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Revere dealing with mild right hamstring soreness

Revere dealing with mild right hamstring soreness

ATLANTA -- Ben Revere has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since the middle of May.

He entered Sunday's series finale against the Braves at Turner Field hitting .333 (56-for-168) with five doubles, three triples, one home run, 10 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .784 OPS in 43 games since May 16. He is eighth in baseball in batting average and 11th in hits in that span. Yet Revere has not started in eight of the Phillies' last 10 games.

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All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Phillies sunk by Braves' early outbursts

Phillies sunk by Braves' early outbursts

ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.

Kelly Johnson produced a two-run single in the four-run first and chased Correia with an RBI single in the four-run fourth inning that also included a Nick Markakis two-run double. The early offensive support was welcomed by Wood, who was fortunate to allow just four runs while surrendering 10 hits over six innings.

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Correia continues troubling trend for starters

Short outings putting strain on Phillies' bullpen

Correia continues troubling trend for starters

ATLANTA -- Something has to give and that something could put Triple-A right-hander Aaron Nola in the big leagues before the end of the month.

Phillies right-hander Kevin Correia allowed 10 hits and nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings Saturday night in a 9-5 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. It was the 14th time in the past 18 games a Phillies starter had not pitched six innings. Phillies starters have pitched six or more innings just 42 times in 83 games (50.6 percent) this season. Compare that to the 2011 rotation, which pitched six or more innings 128 times in 162 games (79.0 percent).

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Papelbon is All-Star worthy, says Phils skipper

Papelbon is All-Star worthy, says Phils skipper

ATLANTA -- The Phillies entered Saturday on pace for 109 losses, which means Jonathan Papelbon has not been a particularly busy closer this season.

But when he has pitched, he has pitched well.

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Morgan's stellar start ends in defeat

Morgan's stellar start ends in defeat

The Braves entered Friday's series opener with the Phillies as Major League Baseball's worst home run hitting team, but the long ball proved to be the difference as Jonny Gomes and Juan Uribe both connected off of Phillies starter Adam Morgan to lead Atlanta to a 2-1 win.

The homers backed up yet another solid home performance from Julio Teheran, who allowed just one unearned run over seven innings. Teheran was far from flawless, as he worked around Philadelphia baserunners throughout the evening, but still managed to lower his home ERA to 2.04.

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Todd Zolecki has been the Phillies beat reporter for MLB.com since 2009, and has been covering the Phillies since 2003.

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Morgan fends off tomahawk chop in return home

Phillies rookie shines in front of family and friends in Atlanta

Morgan fends off tomahawk chop in return home

ATLANTA -- Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan grew up about 30 minutes north of Turner Field, so he probably imagined himself pitching in the big leagues in front of his family and friends.

Those aspirations became reality Friday night in a 2-1 loss to the Braves.

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Utley eyeing late July return

Phillies second baseman hoping to test lingering ankle injury on field next weekend

Utley eyeing late July return

ATLANTA -- Chase Utley is hopeful he can be back on the field before the end of the month.

The Phillies second baseman received a cortisone injection in his right ankle June 24, a day after he landed on the 15-day disabled list.

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Young Phillies hitters have big night vs. Brewers

Young Phillies hitters have big night vs. Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies lost unceremoniously.

In an 8-7 defeat to the Brewers that lasted 11 innings, the Phillies sent six batters to the plate in extra innings. The results?

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Phillies' bullpen carries load in loss

Phillies' bullpen carries load in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies bullpen carried the team in Thursday night's 8-7 11-inning loss to the Brewers, putting the Phillies in position to steal one win out of this four-game series.

But being in position to win and winning are not one in the same.

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Phillies rally, but fall short in 11 innings to Brewers

Phillies rally, but fall short in 11 innings to Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers had already waited since last August to celebrate a sweep. A pair of extra innings on Thursday night were worth the effort.

Adam Lind's 11th-inning single sent the Brewers to an 8-7 win over the Phillies and sealed Milwaukee's four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park in a series that featured the NL's bottom two teams, and in the Phillies, the league's worst pitching team. The Brewers scored 28 runs in Philadelphia and have averaged 6.6 runs per game during a five-game winning streak, part of a larger stretch of eight wins in 10 games.

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Phillies place Harang on DL with plantar fasciitis

Phillies place Harang on DL with plantar fasciitis

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies moved pitcher Aaron Harang to the disabled list on Thursday afternoon with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The move, which came as a counter move to Chad Billingsley being activated from the disabled list to start Thursday, came a day after Harang became the first Phillie to lose eight consecutive starts since 1972.

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said the injury has been hampering Harang in his last three starts, but the right-hander opted to play through it, thinking it was just an everyday ache.

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Phillies have deal with international star Ortiz

Sources say outfielder has agreed to estimated $4.2 million signing bonus

Phillies have deal with international star Ortiz

The Phillies are finalizing a signing bonus with teenage outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz of the Dominican Republic for an estimated $4.2 million, according to industry sources.

The belief among scouts is that the raw power that Ortiz -- ranked No. 6 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list -- shows as a 16-year-old is rarely seen on the international market, and the rest of his game is not far behind. The Phillies are also coming to terms with teenage catcher Rafael Marchan of Venezuela for a sum near $200,000, according to industry sources. The club did not confirm the agreements.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Franco named NL Rookie of the Month

Third baseman puts up impressive numbers throughout June

Franco named NL Rookie of the Month

Maikel Franco's stellar numbers in the month of June earned the Phillies' third baseman National League Rookie of the Month honors.

During the month, Franco hit .352 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. He also had an 11-game hit streak and two five-RBI games in back-to-back contests against the Yankees on June 22 and 23.

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

It stands to reason that Kyle Lohse, a pitcher, might not be used to reaching first base three times in one game. In fact, before Wednesday's start against the Phillies, he'd only recorded three hits once before in his career. Which might explain why Lohse's third hit of the night ended with a combination hug/tackle of Ryan Howard.

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MacPhail: Phillies victim of own success

Incoming president says low Draft picks, high salaries have taken toll

MacPhail: Phillies victim of own success

PHILADELPHIA -- The Robin Hood-esque nature of Major League Baseball has victimized the Philadelphia Phillies.

At least, that's how Andy MacPhail, the team's next president, sees it.

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July could bring big changes to Phillies' roster

'We're not sure about anything,' interim manager Mackanin says

July could bring big changes to Phillies' roster

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin knows his roster is subject to change.

With today marking the start of July, the MLB Trade Deadline is officially less than a month away. And with sought-after trade commodities Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon on the Phillies' roster garnering interest from contending clubs, Mackanin said it is "probable" that they will be moved before the Deadline.

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Harang looks for answers as skid continues

Phillies starter allows 8 runs on 14 hits, takes 8th straight loss

Harang looks for answers as skid continues

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Harang throws a lot of strikes.

In the Phillies' 9-5 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Harang threw 91 pitches, 64 of which for strikes. Spending that much time in the zone ended up haunting Harang as he gave up eight runs and a season-high 14 hits in five-plus innings. It was the sixth straight start in which he allowed four or more runs after doing that just once in his first 11 outings. It was also the second straight start in which he set a season-high for hits allowed and the first time all season he did note record an out in the sixth inning or later.

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Harang hit hard; Phillies lose third straight

Harang hit hard; Phillies lose third straight

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies and Brewers entered this week's four-game series at Citizens Bank Park with the two worst records in baseball.

But the Brewers are looking like world beaters following Wednesday night's 9-5 victory, giving them a four-game winning streak for the first time since last August, and in position to sweep the four-game series with a victory Thursday. They pounded out a season-high 17 hits, including multi-hit games from Gerardo Parra, Scooter Gennett, Adam Lind, Aramis Ramirez, Martin Maldonado and starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, who had three hits. Lohse allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win, his second in a row.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his 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.

Win escapes Hamels despite impressive start

Veteran leaves with lead, but Phils falter late

Win escapes Hamels despite impressive start

PHILADELPHIA -- As the frustration mounts, Cole Hamels knows the only way to stay sane is to stay optimistic.

"It's something I've learned to control and learned to get over," Hamels said after the Phillies' 4-3 loss to the Brewers Tuesday night. "Just try to focus and be positive for the guys."

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Crew takes advantage of Phils' meltdown in 8th

Ill-timed timeout keeps Brewers alive

Crew takes advantage of Phils' meltdown in 8th

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies found a unique way to lose, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and the Brewers could not have been happier about it.

Phillies right-hander Ken Giles had not allowed a run since May 30, striking out 18 in 12 scoreless innings, when Carlos Gomez stepped into the batter's box with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth inning. The Phillies had a one-run lead, but a series of missteps turned a win into an improbable loss.

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Will Cesar stick at 2B when Utley returns?

Hernandez has played well in veteran's absence

Will Cesar stick at 2B when Utley returns?

PHILADELPHIA -- Now that Pete Mackanin is the Phillies' interim manager the remainder of the season, he will be making some important decisions the rest of the way.

Like, who plays second base once Chase Utley returns from the disabled list?

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Mackanin will manage Phils for rest of season

Interim skipper's priority in line with Amaro's to develop young players

Mackanin will manage Phils for rest of season

PHILADELPHIA -- General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday that the Phillies will retain Pete Mackanin as interim manager through the rest of the season.

Mackanin took over as interim manager Friday after former manager Ryne Sandberg resigned from his post. At the time, Amaro and team president Pat Gillick said that Mackanin would hold the post at least through the homestand before a decision on the rest of the season was made. Now, with the security of 83 more games to manage, Mackanin said he will be able to do what he and Amaro feel is best for the organization.

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Hamels strong, but Giles, Phils lose it in 8th

Hamels strong, but Giles, Phils lose it in 8th

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers found an interesting way to win, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Or it could be said the Phillies found an interesting way to lose. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz called time on a 0-2 pitch to Carlos Gomez with two outs in the eighth inning, which Gomez swung at and missed. Ruiz's call for time extended Gomez's plate appearance against Phillies right-hander Ken Giles. Gomez singled and the inning continued from there as the Brewers scored twice to take a one-run lead , then stranded a slew of Phillies runners to complete Milwaukee's sixth victory in eight games.

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MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

Veteran executive will first be special assistant to Gillick

MacPhail to be Phillies president after season

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies launched a new era Monday afternoon when ownership partner John Middleton introduced Andy MacPhail as the team's next president.

MacPhail's arrival is a significant change for the organization. Middleton's involvement with the announcement is, too.

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Phillies signaling change in business model

In naming MacPhail club president, part owner Middleton reveals own role going forward

Phillies signaling change in business model

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies formally introduced Andy MacPhail, who has had success as an executive with three franchises, as their next club president Monday. At first glance, it looked like a safe, conservative decision. A tee shot down the middle rather than trying for the green with a more risky drive over a water hazard.

A second glance, to MacPhail's immediate right on the dais at Citizens Bank Park, disproved that assumption. There sat John Middleton, a member of the ownership group. That's a big deal. It was the first outward and visible sign that the way the Phillies now conduct their business has changed significantly.

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Phillies start fast, but falter vs. Brewers

Phillies start fast, but falter vs. Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- For the Brewers Monday, the sixth inning was just a better version of the first five. After recording at least one hit in each of the first five innings, the Brewers kept swinging in the sixth, starting off the inning with six straight hits, scoring three runs and seizing the lead. Milwaukee never looked back from that point, defeating the Phillies, 7-4.

Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun led the Brewers' offense from the two and three holes, combining for seven hits, six of which were singles, three RBIs and two runs scored in Milwaukee's fifth win in seven games.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Nick Suss is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MacPhail evaluating GM, manager positions

New club president looking to learn about system, decide how to move forward

MacPhail evaluating GM, manager positions

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ownership partner John Middleton said Monday that Andy MacPhail will have every resource at his disposal to rebuild the Phils.

That includes money.

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