Phillies give Hamels late support to top Cardinals

Phillies give Hamels late support to top Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies ace Cole Hamels is getting plenty of attention this season because of his availability in a trade. He showed Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium why he should have plenty of pursuers before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Hamels allowed four hits, one run, four walks and struck out nine in seven innings as he improved to 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA.

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Present tense: Hamels keeps focus on field

Phillies lefty not concerned about trade speculation

Present tense: Hamels keeps focus on field

ST. LOUIS -- Cole Hamels has always been important to the Phillies, but he is quickly becoming more and more important in the rest of the baseball world.

Hamels pitched Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He allowed four hits, one run, four walks and struck out nine in seven innings to improve to 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA through five starts this season.

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Brown returning to Phillies this week not definite

Outfielder has been on disabled list since start of season

Brown returning to Phillies this week not definite

ST. LOUIS -- Domonic Brown told reporters Sunday he would rejoin the Phillies on Wednesday.

Not so fast.

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Gonzalez takes on Cardinals in big league debut

Gonzalez takes on Cardinals in big league debut

Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez makes his big league debut Tuesday night against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The Phillies hope the rookie can keep his cool against one of the best teams in the National League. Gonzalez, 22, is ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Phillies' No. 15 prospect. He went 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Howard taking recent power surge in stride

Phillies first baseman has homered three times in past five games

Howard taking recent power surge in stride

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard has taken to the phrase "that's baseball" to describe his play this month. Slow start? That's baseball. Signs of improvement recently? That's baseball.

Howard hit a three-run home run against Braves right-hander Trevor Cahill in the first inning of Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, helping the Phillies to their second series victory of the season. Howard hit his first home run of the season Tuesday and his second Saturday, giving him three home runs in his last five games.

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Playing every day giving Galvis confidence

Infielder, off to torrid start, has served as utility man in past seasons

Playing every day giving Galvis confidence

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis said Sunday he is not surprising himself.

But he is surprising plenty of people with his torrid start to the 2015 season. Galvis went 3-for-3 in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, scoring a go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the necessary insurance run in the seventh inning.

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Papelbon, Garcia show grit against Braves

Closer records save after giving up homer; middle reliever gets key out

Papelbon, Garcia show grit against Braves

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies said Jonathan Papelbon could not pitch Friday night because of a migraine.

Ken Giles picked up his slack.

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Phils win series behind Howard's pop, Williams' start

Phils win series behind Howard's pop, Williams' start

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have been searching for any type of momentum this month, and they hope they found some Sunday with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies won just their second series of the season as they begin a 10-game road trip Monday through St. Louis, Miami and Atlanta. Ryan Howard and Ben Revere led the way offensively, knocking in four of the Phillies' five runs, and Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams settled in after a rough first inning, allowing one run over his final 5 2/3.

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Phanatic celebrates birthday with mascot friends

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Phanatic celebrates birthday with mascot friends

Think about the most fun birthday party you've ever had. Really focus on it. Remember how delicious that cake tasted; remember how all of your best friends were there. Wasn't it great? Now accept the knowledge that no matter how amazing it was, it will never be as good as the Phanatic's birthday party.

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Gonzalez to make Major League debut against Cards

Phillies No. 15 prospect getting called up to fill in for injured O'Sullivan

Gonzalez to make Major League debut against Cards

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez pitched three scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League game against the Braves in March. He said afterward that while he felt a little nervous when he stepped on the mound for his first big league appearance, he reminded himself: "It's the same kind of baseball."

He will put that theory to the test on Tuesday night when he makes his Major League debut against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

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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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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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'Evaluation process' continues for rehabbing Brown

'Evaluation process' continues for rehabbing Brown

PHILADELPHIA -- During Phillies manager Ryne 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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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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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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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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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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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.