Hamels hit hard as Phillies drop fifth straight

Hamels hit hard as Phillies drop fifth straight

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon provided the speed, slapping out three hits and stealing two bases, and Martin Prado delivered the power, connecting on a three-run homer while driving in four runs.

The top-of-the-order combination gave Dan Haren plenty of support in the Marlins' 7-0 victory over the Phillies Saturday.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies call up Araujo; Billingsley to start Tuesday

Buchanan optioned to Triple-A to make room for pitchers

Phillies call up Araujo; Billingsley to start Tuesday

MIAMI -- The Phillies shook up their pitching staff with roster moves prior to Saturday's game against the Marlins.

Philadelphia optioned right-hander David Buchanan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and called up left-hander Elvis Araujo from Double-A Reading. Araujo, who signed a Major League deal with the Phillies this past winter, will join the ballclub on Sunday in Miami for the series finale.

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Hamels digs hole vs. Marlins with control issues

Lefty giving up more walks than usual in early starts

Hamels digs hole vs. Marlins with control issues

MIAMI -- Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is a competitor, so games like Saturday's 7-0 loss  to the Marlins bring out the frustration in the 10-year veteran.

While Philadelphia couldn't string together hits en route to its third shutout and fifth straight loss, Hamels gave up a season-high six runs on 10 hits over six innings, while walking three batters and striking out six. He has dropped three of his first six starts.

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O'Sullivan says knee feels good in simulated game

Injured right-hander to make rehab start Thursday

O'Sullivan says knee feels good in simulated game

MIAMI -- Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan successfully simulated two innings by throwing 50 pitches on the mound at Marlins Park, hours before Saturday afternoon's game.

O'Sullivan, on the 15-day disabled list since April 22 (retroactive April 18) with left knee tendinitis, had a 0-1 record and a 4.91 ERA in two starts prior to the injury.

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Utley's homer continues first-pitch success

Better contact could signal end of slump

Utley's homer continues first-pitch success

MIAMI -- Chase Utley's May started much like his April.

In his first at-bat during Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Marlins, he swung and missed badly on an offering from Tom Koehler.

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Phillies fall short on Marlins' late heroics

Phillies fall short on Marlins' late heroics

MIAMI -- The Marlins squandered chances all night, leaving 11 on base heading into the ninth inning. But they were finally able to break through and edge the Phillies, 4-3, in walk-off fashion on Marcell Ozuna's RBI double off Ken Giles.

Ozuna's third double of the night scored Giancarlo Stanton, who had walked, from first base. The decisive run didn't come without drama. The crew chief reviewed the play to see if catcher Carlos Ruiz tagged Stanton before he touched home.

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Herrera's hot start generates All-Star buzz

Herrera's hot start generates All-Star buzz

MIAMI -- All Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera did during his first month in the big leagues is achieve a feat not seen in the organization's 133-year history.

Herrera, who reached base safely in each of his last 15 games in April, became the first Phillies rookie with an on-base streak that long in April, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Billingsley nears debut in Phillies' rotation

Right-hander reaches 99 pitches in latest rehab start

Billingsley nears debut in Phillies' rotation

MIAMI -- With Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley's pitch count built up after four rehab starts, the organization has an impending decision to make concerning his return to a Major League mound.

Billingsley, who gave up two unearned runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings on Thursday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is working back from a pair of right elbow surgeries.

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Utley has April to forget for struggling Phillies

Second baseman hits .114 for month, although bad luck is partly to blame

Utley has April to forget for struggling Phillies

ST. LOUIS -- Chase Utley has tried to remain upbeat in what has been the worst month of his Phillies career.

He has tried to set a good example, which sometimes means exercising restraint.

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Buchanan unable to slow Cards in series finale

Buchanan unable to slow Cards in series finale

ST. LOUIS -- Despite the less-than-desirable debut from lefty Tim Cooney, the Cardinals ended a four-game series against the Phillies with a 9-3 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday behind a blitz attack from the top half of their lineup.

In the third straight game featuring Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams as the team's No. 2-4 hitters, the Cardinals saw those three combine for seven hits, six runs, two walks and six RBIs. Successive hits by the three in the first inning dropped Phillies starter David Buchanan into a quick three-run hole.

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Billingsley sharp in fourth rehab start

Phillies right-hander says his arm feels normal

Billingsley sharp in fourth rehab start

ST. LOUIS -- Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley made his fourth rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He allowed five hits, two unearned runs, one walk and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings. Billingsley threw 99 pitches (66 strikes).

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Ruf providing power in limited opportunities

Phillies left fielder hits solo shot in loss to Cardinals

Ruf providing power in limited opportunities

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies are desperate for power, so they appreciated Darin Ruf's at-bat in the third inning Thursday at Busch Stadium.

He crushed a solo home run to left-center field in a 9-3 loss to the Cardinals.

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Buchanan frustrated by results this season

Phillies righty falls to 0-5 with loss to the Cardinals

Buchanan frustrated by results this season

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies hoped to see more from David Buchanan in 2015, but the wait continues.

Buchanan had another rough start Thursday afternoon in a 9-3 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Buchanan allowed eight hits, seven runs, three walks, one home run and struck out one in just 4 1/3 innings as he fell to 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA.

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Galvis, Asche seeking first trip to Midsummer Classic

Galvis, Asche seeking first trip to Midsummer Classic

ST. LOUIS -- If somebody had to pick a Phillies position player to make the National League All-Star team, they would have to look at two of the youngest players on their roster: shortstop Freddy Galvis and third baseman Cody Asche.

Each is probably a long shot, but each player is on the NL All-Star ballot, which Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

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Harang touched up for four runs in fifth

Harang touched up for four runs in fifth

ST. LOUIS -- Buoyed by a four-run fifth against a pitcher that had allowed that many runs in his first four starts combined, the Cardinals grabbed a 5-2 win over the Phillies at Busch Stadium on Wednesday to ensure that they'll end April without losing a single series.

All five runs came against Philadelphia righty Aaron Harang, now 7-16 in his career against the Cardinals. Harang held a 2-1 lead until the Cardinals batted around in the fifth while scoring four runs in an inning for the first time this year. Kolten Wong, who had earlier delivered an RBI hit, sparked the big inning with a leadoff single. Five consecutive batters then reached with one out to run the Cardinals' lead to three.

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Fifth inning encapsulates Phils' offensive shortcomings

Lowest-scoring team in baseball misses prime opportunities

Fifth inning encapsulates Phils' offensive shortcomings

ST. LOUIS -- The top of the fifth inning Wednesday seemed to encapsulate why the Phillies have the lowest-scoring team in baseball.

Freddy Galvis and Aaron Harang started the inning with a single and a walk, respectively, in the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Ben Revere then bunted a ball in front of the plate and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina threw to third to get Galvis for the inning's first out.

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Harang's strong April ends on sour note

Phillies pitcher gives up four runs in rough fifth inning vs. Cards

Harang's strong April ends on sour note

ST. LOUIS -- Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang had been one of the team's few positives in April, but the good times could not continue forever.

One inning spoiled Harang's final start of the month Wednesday in a 5-2 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He allowed a combined four earned runs in 26 1/3 innings in his first four starts this month, but he allowed five runs in six innings as the Cardinals try to win the four-game series with a victory Thursday.

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Phils in no hurry to trade Hamels or Papelbon

Veteran pitchers are in demand, but the offers have not persuaded Amaro

Phils in no hurry to trade Hamels or Papelbon

ST. LOUIS -- Ruben Amaro Jr.'s cell phone rings and buzzes pretty much constantly, but the calls and texts have picked up lately.

The Cardinals lost Adam Wainwright for the season. The Dodgers lost Brandon McCarthy. The Red Sox rotation has a 6.03 ERA, which is the worst in baseball. The Blue Jays have a 5.37 ERA, which is 27th in baseball. There are other teams with rotation problems, too. Just like there are teams with bullpen problems.

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Phils give Asche reps in left field as Franco promotion nears

Third baseman could be moved when hot prospect is brought up

Phils give Asche reps in left field as Franco promotion nears

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies made a significant move Tuesday when Cody Asche spent part of batting practice at Busch Stadium catching fly balls in left field.

Asche is likely headed there in the future, particularly once the Phillies promote Triple-A Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco, who is hitting .333 (28-for-84) with 10 doubles, one triple, one home run, 11 RBIs and an .883 OPS in 19 games.

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Gonzalez hit hard in debut as Phils fall to Cards

Gonzalez hit hard in debut as Phils fall to Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Responding to manager Mike Matheny's shakeup of the batting order, the Cardinals spoiled Severino Gonzalez's Major League debut by knocking the Phillies righty around for seven quick runs in an 11-5 win at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez allowed multiple runs in the first, second and the third innings before an RBI hit by opposing starter Michael Wacha ended his evening. A two-run fifth off reliever Jake Diekman helped the Cardinals reach a season high in hits (15) and runs scored. For the Cardinals, who came in averaging 3.7 runs per game, this marked the first time all season that they had scored at least two runs in five different innings.

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Gonzalez learns hard lessons in debut

Phillies righty allows 10 hits and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings vs. the Cards

Gonzalez learns hard lessons in debut

ST. LOUIS -- Phillies rookie Severino Gonzalez made history Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

He and teammate Carlos Ruiz became the first Panamanian-born battery to start a game in Major League Baseball history. But Gonzalez's historical debut deteriorated soon after he threw his first pitch to Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay in the bottom of the first inning.

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Phillies option Brown to Triple-A Lehigh Valley

An All-Star in 2013, outfielder struggled during Minor League rehab stint

Phillies option Brown to Triple-A Lehigh Valley

ST. LOUIS -- Domonic Brown probably had a few reasons to assume he would rejoin the Phillies on Wednesday.

But after finishing a 20-day rehab assignment, the Phillies on Tuesday announced Brown had been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It is a significant decision, considering Brown is a former National League All-Star making $2.5 million this season. The Phillies have not optioned a player with that type of salary since July 2008, when they sent Brett Myers ($8.5 million) to Triple-A. But Myers had to accept his assignment because he had five years of service time.

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Ben Revere hurdled over a ball dude in left field

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Ben Revere hurdled over a ball dude in left field

Ben Revere found himself in a bit of a predicament during the Phillies loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. After running down a fly ball near the left field line, Revere looked up...only to find a Cardinals ball boy (and some bleachers) about five feet in front of him. So, faced with a tight spot, he did what any normal person would do: he just decided to hurdle over the ball boy and avoid the whole thing entirely:

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Phillies handing out too many free passes

Five of the six batters to reach via walk during loss to Cardinals scored

Phillies handing out too many free passes

ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies have a command problem.

They already have a razor thin margin for error, so the last thing the Phillies can do is give opponents free baserunners. But they continued that trend Tuesday night in an 11-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Phillies walked six batters and five of those batters scored.

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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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