Phillies fall short of picking up Nola

Phillies fall short of picking up Nola

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' outfield of Jarrett Parker, Denard Span and Hunter Pence combined to generate most of the club's offense in Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Phillies that opened a four-game series.

Parker provided the biggest hit among the trio, a two-run double that fueled a three-run, fifth-inning uprising. Pence scored twice, and Span singled and scored in the fifth. This crew combined with cleanup hitter Buster Posey to reach base safely in 10 of 17 plate appearances.

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Off night halts Nola's impressive streak

Phillies right-hander had gone 10 starts allowing two runs or fewer

Off night halts Nola's impressive streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pete Mackanin sat in his office Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park and contemplated the number of aces in baseball. He figures there are maybe a dozen.

Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola has been pitching like an ace since the middle of June, but he struggled in Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park. He allowed seven hits, five runs and three walks and struck out three in five innings to snap his historic run of 10 consecutive starts of two or fewer runs allowed.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies send Eflin to oppose Giants

Phillies send Eflin to oppose Giants

Two pitchers with nearly identical season ERAs square off in the second game of a four-game set Friday at AT&T Park.

Giants lefty Matt Moore (3-12, 5.71 ERA) will face Phillies righty Zach Eflin (1-4, 5.76 ERA). Moore is coming off one of his better starts of the season, when he spun seven innings of two-run ball against the high-octane Nationals offense. The Giants went on to lose, 6-2, but Moore struck out a season-high nine batters.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Players Weekend designs note charity, family

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Players Weekend designs note charity, family

ATLANTA -- Tommy Joseph had the opportunity to design a pair of spikes for the inaugural Players Weekend at the end of the month, so he turned to his friends for help.

"My buddies in my group-text submitted a few designs," Joseph said Tuesday at SunTrust Park. "Whichever one I thought was the coolest was going to win. The only request I had is that I'm wearing gold shoelaces for pediatric cancer research."

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies considering disabled list for Herrera

Phillies considering disabled list for Herrera

SAN FRANCISCO -- It seems more and more likely that Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera is headed to the 10-day disabled list.

He did not start for the third consecutive game Thursday night against the Giants at AT&T Park. He continues to feel soreness in his left hamstring.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rupp to continue to get regular playing time

Prospect Alfaro won't catch Nola, Eickhoff

Rupp to continue to get regular playing time

SAN FRANCISCO -- It should be no surprise that Cameron Rupp caught Aaron Nola on Thursday night at AT&T Park.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he plans to have Rupp catch Nola and Jerad Eickhoff exclusively, at least until Andrew Knapp returns from the 10-day disabled list sometime next month. Rookie Jorge Alfaro will be an option to catch the team's other three starters, although Rupp will be in the mix there, too.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pivetta starts off strong, but struggles with SBs

Rookie strikes out career-high 11; optioned in procedural move

Pivetta starts off strong, but struggles with SBs

SAN DIEGO -- Nick Pivetta continues to have his eye-popping moments.

He struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced in Wednesday afternoon's 3-0 loss to the Padres at Petco Park. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin thought Pivetta could have a Kerry Wood-type day, referring to Wood's memorable 20-strikeout shutout in 1998. Padres pitcher Clayton Richard asked Cameron Rupp in the bottom of the third inning if Pivetta really had struck out everybody he had faced.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pivetta fans 11, but offense quiet in loss

Pivetta fans 11, but offense quiet in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers knocked in a run, then stole one for himself Wednesday at Petco Park, sending the Padres -- behind Clayton Richard's three-hit shutout -- to a 3-0 victory and their first sweep of Philadelphia since 2000.

After his RBI single in the fourth, Myers stole second, third and home successively, becoming the first player to swipe all three bags in the same inning since Dee Gordon did so for the Dodgers in 2011.

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Kingery ready to keep rolling for IronPigs

Kingery ready to keep rolling for IronPigs

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Scott Kingery (Phillies' No. 3), Lehigh Valley at Charlotte (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Mike Petriello

Phils putting impressive young core in place

Herrera's .383/.450/.692 slash line since break second to Stanton

Phils putting impressive young core in place

It's not a stretch to say that the Phillies' 2017 season has been disappointing; general manager Matt Klentak said as much in May.

While they weren't expected to contend in the midst of a rebuild, the Phils were expected to take a step forward this year. Instead, after an 8-4 loss to San Diego on Tuesday, they have a 43-74 record and the most losses in baseball. Maikel Franco hasn't stepped up. The bullpen remains a problem.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Smoke behind Alfaro's HR

Rookie's first big league homer projected at 114.2 mph

Statcast of the Day: Smoke behind Alfaro's HR

SAN DIEGO- - Jorge Alfaro had everybody from Mike Schmidt to Larry Bowa to Matt Stairs raving about his power the first time they watched him take batting practice in Spring Training 2016.

They made comparisons to Dick Allen and Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Homers not enough, as Phillies fall to Padres

Homers not enough, as Phillies fall to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg has been red-hot for the past week. Hector Sanchez joined him Tuesday night, as the Padres cruised to an 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at Petco Park.

Spangenberg knocked in half of San Diego's runs, including a solo homer in the fourth inning off one of the palm trees in center field. It was his fourth dinger in the past three games. Sanchez also went deep and had two hits, giving rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet more than enough support.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Hoskins launches first two big league homers

Rookie hit 29 long balls in Triple-A before promotion

Hoskins launches first two big league homers

SAN DIEGO -- Rhys Hoskins said he cannot remember a single thing about his trip around the bases in the fourth inning Monday night at Petco Park.

His memories are a blur.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils fall despite big nights by Herrera, Hoskins

Phils fall despite big nights by Herrera, Hoskins

SAN DIEGO -- Rhys Hoskins introduced himself to the baseball world with a pair of loud home runs on Monday at Petco Park, but the Padres' methodical sixth-inning rally spoiled a big night for the Phillies' sixth-ranked prospect.

Jose Pirela's two-run single capped a four-run sixth, sending San Diego to a series-opening 7-4 victory. Cory Spangenberg, who went 3-for-3, tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with his third homer in the past two games.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Inbox: What does the future hold for Herrera?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki fields Phillies fans' questions

Inbox: What does the future hold for Herrera?

Odubel Herrera has played great lately, but then Sunday he makes a big base running mistake. Isn't there something the Phillies can do about this?
- Mike M., Philadelphia.

First, Herrera has played great. In fact, he has been one of the best players in baseball for weeks. He entered Monday hitting .342 with 23 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 31 RBIs and a .966 OPS since June 1. Herrera's OPS is 17th out of 152 qualified hitters in that span. His 2.1 WAR since the All-Star break is the best in baseball, according to FanGraphs. That is better than Charlie Blackmon (1.9), Jose Altuve (1.9), Chris Taylor (1.9), Mike Trout (1.8) and Giancarlo Stanton (1.8).

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils fall behind, offense can't back Eflin in loss

Phils fall behind, offense can't back Eflin in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- Through the turbulence of mounting losses, multiple trades and near-daily clubhouse turnover, few Mets have provided more stability than Curtis Granderson. Playing out what are likely to be his final weeks with the Mets, Granderson hit a two-run homer Sunday, collected three hits, drove in three runs and scored three himself in a 6-2 win over the Phillies.

"He comes ready to play. He gets himself ready to play. He keeps himself ready to play," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's an example of a guy you want to follow."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Phillies on Sunday.

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Nola continues dominant ways against Mets

Phillies righty shows wicked offspeed stuff during impressive streak

Nola continues dominant ways against Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- On Alumni Weekend, when the franchise's greats were honored pregame, it was Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola, some two-and-a-half hours later, who received the last round of applause.

Nola dropped what now seems a customary effort -- seven innings, eight strikeouts, two measly hits and a lonely earned run -- in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Mets, the latest chapter in the rejuvenated Nola's tome, one detailing historic mastery unrivaled in the last century-plus of Phillies lore.

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A day of firsts for Hoskins: RBI then base hit

Mackanin not shying away from putting slugger in cleanup spot

A day of firsts for Hoskins: RBI then base hit

PHILADELPHIA -- Just 72 hours ago, Rhys Hoskins received his first Major League uniform and starting nod from his new skipper. Another pair of firsts fell off his big league to-do list Sunday: his first RBI and first base knock.

It was a slow start for Hoskins -- ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Phillies' No. 6 prospect -- in his first three games leading up to Sunday. But that didn't stop Phillies manager Pete Mackanin from injecting his new toy into the heart of the order essentially from the word "go." Hoskins hit cleanup in his second big league game and hasn't moved since.

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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Phillies on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils roll behind Nola's gem, Herrera's streak

Phils roll behind Nola's gem, Herrera's streak

PHILADELPHIA -- Better late than never. The Phillies dinked and dunked their way past the Mets on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, 3-1, behind timely base hits and solid pitching.

"It's nice to come here and smile," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said entering his postgame news conference. "Great win. Any time we beat the Mets, it's a plus."

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Phils fight back, but fall to Mets on late homer

Phils fight back, but fall to Mets on late homer

PHILADELPHIA -- It was Amed Rosario's first, and he made it count. On the day Mets No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith debuted, it was Rosario, their No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, who stole the show. Just minutes after the Phillies climbed back to tie the game in the eighth, Rosario smacked his first career big league homer, a go-ahead shot in the ninth, to propel the Mets to a 7-6 win on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"I've been seeing that stuff all year," Smith said of Rosario. "I'm finally glad that he can show everybody that stuff, playing on TV every day. I'm just extremely happy for him. He worked extremely hard to get to this point, and you all can see that."

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Joseph doesn't need extra motivation

Phils 1B collects 2 RBIs, says he's not feeling pressure from Hoskins' callup

Joseph doesn't need extra motivation

PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Joseph said last month that baseball players must be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Unless they are Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or otherwise established veterans, there will be occasional and sometimes frequent speculation about their futures with an organization. Joseph knows this. He is very self-aware. The Phillies looked for suitors for him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but found no takers. They called up No. 6 prospect Rhys Hoskins from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. Hoskins is a first baseman who could push Joseph out of his everyday job as early as next season.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Velasquez placed on DL with right finger injury

Phillies recall utility man Kelly; Leiter an option to take over rotation spot

Velasquez placed on DL with right finger injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Having left Thursday's game after the first inning with numbness in his right middle finger, Vince Velasquez was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday. No further explanation was given beyond a "right middle finger injury," and his Friday morning doctor's visit hasn't yet yielded any conclusive results. The Phillies recalled utility man Ty Kelly from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Will the injury-prone pitcher see the mound again this season?

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Altherr expected to be out until September

Prospect Hoskins to see majority of time in left with outfielder on DL

Altherr expected to be out until September

PHILADELPHIA -- Rhys Hoskins joined the Phillies this week because Aaron Altherr is expected to be on the disabled list until September with a strained right hamstring.

Altherr's injury opened a spot in left field. Hoskins, who is a first baseman, learned left field in less than a week.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leiter sharp in relief, but Phils go quietly vs. NY

Leiter sharp in relief, but Phils go quietly vs. NY

PHILADELPHIA -- Mets center fielder Michael Conforto already looks at home in the cleanup spot.

Conforto started in the No. 4 spot for the first time this season in Thursday night's 10-0 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He worked a two-out walk and scored in the first inning, then hit a three-run home run off the left-field foul pole in the seventh inning to turn a four-run lead into a rout.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Klentak talks Phils' future as rebuild coalesces

Hoskins makes MLB debut on Thursday; Kingery, Crawford, Alfaro waiting in wings

Klentak talks Phils' future as rebuild coalesces

PHILADELPHIA -- The pieces continue to fall into place, even if the Phillies had to reshape one this week to get Rhys Hoskins to the big leagues.

Philadelphia promoted Hoskins from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before Thursday's series opener against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Hoskins had spent his entire professional career as a first baseman, but following Howie Kendrick's trade to the Nationals late last month, Aaron Altherr's hamstring injury last week and Tommy Joseph's continued role as the everyday first baseman, the Phillies moved Hoskins to left field for three games in Triple-A this week to find a place for him to play in the Majors.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Howard flashes dominance for Williamsport

Howard flashes dominance for Williamsport

Free from the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the Florida State League, Nick Senzel's home-run power is starting to show in earnest.

Senzel, the Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall), turned in his first career multi-homer performance while he stuffed the box score on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Double-A Pensacola's 10-9 loss against Mobile.

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Eickhoff strong as Phillies hold off Braves

Eickhoff strong as Phillies hold off Braves

ATLANTA -- The Braves accounted for each of the three losses the mighty Dodgers experienced during a recent 24-game span. But they have also encountered nothing but frustration against the last-place Phillies, who extended their success against their National League East rivals with a 3-2 win on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

Odubel Herrera once again was a thorn in the Braves' side, as he helped produce a 2-0 lead with his second triple of the night in the third inning.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo: What to expect from Hoskins in bigs

Mayo: What to expect from Hoskins in bigs

People around baseball will constantly say that if a player hits, they'll find a place in a big league lineup. Case in point: Rhys Hoskins, who has largely flown under the radar for much of his Minor League career, has hit his way up to Philadelphia for his first callup on Thursday.

Ever since he was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft out of Sacramento State, Hoskins has out-hit expectations and evaluations by scouts and prospect writers alike. He didn't do much in that first summer of pro ball, hitting just .237/.311/.408 in the New York-Penn League. That turned out to be the aberration and not the rule, and the Phillies' No. 6 prospect finally joined the Top 100 list (currently at No. 71) in 2017.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eflin feels better in return as results show

Eflin feels better in return as results show

ATLANTA -- Zach Eflin said he finally feels like himself on the pitcher's mound.

It will be his job to turn those feelings into consistent success the remainder of the season. Eflin earned more opportunities following a splendid performance Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park, his first start with the Phillies since May 28. He allowed seven hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three in seven innings. He got 12 outs on ground balls, inducing weak contact with his two-seam fastball.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.