MacPhail pleased with 'measurable progress'

With developing club, Phillies president is in no rush to reach postseason

MacPhail pleased with 'measurable progress'

NEW YORK -- A little more than seven months ago, Phillies president Andy MacPhail sat at a table in a Bonita Springs, Fla., hotel and said he expected the 2016 season to reveal if the club is on the fast, medium or slow track to postseason contention.

So where are the Phils with six games remaining?

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Phillies' game vs. Mets on Saturday moved to 1:05 ET

Contest will be nationally televised after being selected by FOX

The Philadelphia Phillies' game vs. the New York Mets on Saturday has been moved to 1:05 p.m. ET. The game, originally scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., was moved after FOX selected the game to be nationally televised.

The Phillies have been eliminated from postseason contention, but the Mets have a one-game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the top National League Wild Card spot entering Monday.

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Phillies instructs features future outfield duo

Moniak, Ortiz highlight crop of prospects working out in Clearwater

Phillies instructs features future outfield duo

If you wanted to know what two-thirds of the Phillies' outfield might look like come 2020, you needed to head to the Gulf Coast League this summer. If you missed out, the dynamic duo of Mickey Moniak and Jhailyn Ortiz are continuing to get work together during instructional league play.

Moniak, the Phillies' No. 2 prospect and No. 25 on the overall Top 100 list, came to Phils as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 Draft. Ortiz is ranked at No. 20 on Philadelphia's Top 30 and was also a highly-sought after prospect on the international market, getting a $4 million bonus to sign in July 2015. That means the Phillies invested $10.1 million in Moniak and Ortiz combined. The very early returns do point to it being money well spent.

Phillies Top 30 prospects at instructs
2. Mickey Moniak, OF
5. Cornelius Randolph, OF
8. Franklyn Kilome, RHP
9. Kevin Gowdy, RHP
14. Cole Stobbe, 3B
16. Adonis Medina, RHP
20. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
24. Jojo Romero, LHP
26. Jose Pujols, OF
27. Edgar Garcia, RHP
28. Alberto Tirado, RHP
30. Deivi Grullon, C
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Thompson 'thrilled' with opportunity, progress

Phils rookie done for season, but hopes to earn rotation spot in Spring Training

Thompson 'thrilled' with opportunity, progress

NEW YORK -- Jake Thompson's spring next year will be a heck of a lot different than this year.

He entered this spring simply hoping to make a good first impression on the Phillies' front office and coaching staff. But after making his 10th and final start of the season Sunday afternoon in a 17-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, Thompson, who joined the Phillies in July 2015 in the Cole Hamels trade, hopes to win a job coming out of camp.

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Phils' offense hushed in finale vs. Mets

Phils' offense hushed in finale vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.

For this Mets club, however, little seems insurmountable. The latest example unfolded when Robert Gsellman saved a worn-out bullpen in a 17-0 blowout of the Phillies on Sunday, the Mets consistently took advantage of Philadelphia mistakes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a late grand slam to secure a series victory at Citi Field.

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Herrera remembers Fernandez's humility, passion

Herrera remembers Fernandez's humility, passion

NEW YORK -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera last spoke with Jose Fernandez last week in the family lounge after a game at Citizens Bank Park.

Fernandez was one of those players everybody seemed to want to talk to.

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Eickhoff looks for more success vs. Braves

Eickhoff looks for more success vs. Braves

Though their late-season surge has not positioned them to avoid finishing last in the National League East, the Braves will enter this week's three-game series against the Phillies with a chance to exit this season with a winning record against three of their division opponents.

The Braves will send Julio Teheran to the mound to oppose Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff during Tuesday night's series opener. This will mark the start of the final homestand in Turner Field's history.

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Phils hang on to beat Mets after 10-run lead

Phils hang on to beat Mets after 10-run lead

NEW YORK -- Time and again this season, the Mets have shrugged off injuries to their starting pitchers, playing their most meaningful string of September games without the majority of their Opening Day rotation. But the loss of Noah Syndergaard proved too much even for them to overcome.

While Syndergaard spent his Saturday recuperating from a case of strep throat, spot starter Sean Gilmartin allowed five runs to a Phillies club that has shown plenty of life this weekend. Maikel Franco stayed hot with a three-run homer, while Darin Ruf added his second long ball in as many days in a 10-8 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

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Franco stays tough on Mets with 3-run homer

Phillies third baseman ignites offense with team-leading 25th

Franco stays tough on Mets with 3-run homer

NEW YORK -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco hopes for more big moments next season.

This season? Well, he will take what he can get. Franco certainly has enjoyed a big weekend at Citi Field, including Saturday night in a 10-8 victory over the Mets. He ripped a three-run homer to left-center in the first inning to give the Phillies a three-run lead against a team fighting for its postseason life with just seven regular-season games to play. It was Franco's third home run in as many games against the Mets, giving him a team-high 25.

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Ruf pinch-hits, launches first homer of season

Ruf pinch-hits, launches first homer of season

NEW YORK -- It looked and sounded like Darin Ruf took a year's worth of frustrations out on a 96 mph fastball in the sixth inning Friday night at Citi Field.

He crushed a pinch-hit, two-run home run to left-center field against Josh Smoker in a 10-5 loss to the Mets. Ruf's first home run of the season came with just eight games remaining in 2016, which is something nobody would have predicted at the beginning of the year. He opened the season in a platoon at first base with Ryan Howard, but after he hit just .158 in 31 games, the Phillies optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he remained until they recalled him Sept. 2.

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Phils' homers no match for Mets' muscle

Phils' homers no match for Mets' muscle

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins may grumble at the notion of baseball's expanded rosters in September. But rules are rules, and Collins is doing his best to exploit them, hoping this everyone-plays brand of September baseball will help his club reach October.

Collins used six pitchers and 20 players Friday in a 10-5 win over the Phillies, extending many of them beyond their usual roles to give the Mets a 1 1/2-game National League Wild Card lead over the Cardinals. With eight games to play, New York also moved a game up on the Giants for the best record among NL Wild Card contenders.

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Gomez still Phils' closer, but will get break

Gomez still Phils' closer, but will get break

NEW YORK -- Jeanmar Gomez will remain the Phillies' closer through the end of the season, but he will not pitch during the next few save situations.

"He's our closer, but the way I look at it is, he's in a slump like hitters are," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said before Friday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field. "For the next couple of chances to close, I'm going to try somebody else, just to give him a break. I said, 'You're still the closer, you stay positive, there's a good chance you'll have another opportunity to close. But the next couple I'll give you a breather.'"

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Phillies drop thriller on Mets' 11th-inning HR

Phillies drop thriller on Mets' 11th-inning HR

NEW YORK -- Ender Inciarte was safely in Miami with the Braves. No one was going to take this win away from the Mets, who needed it so badly.

They had to work all night and they had to come back three times, but when it was all over Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run home run off Edubray Ramos in the 11th inning gave them a dramatic 9-8 win over the Phillies Thursday night at Citi Field.

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Howard homers in return to lineup

Howard homers in return to lineup

NEW YORK -- Ryan Howard is back in the Phillies' lineup.

He started Thursday night's series opener and lifted a solo home run to center field in the fifth inning in the Phillies' 9-8, 11-inning loss to the Mets at Citi Field. Howard had not played since Friday against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park because of swelling in his left knee. He had the knee drained Sunday.

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Goeddel diagnosed with concussion after HBP

Goeddel diagnosed with concussion after HBP

NEW YORK -- It is no surprise that Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel sustained a concussion Wednesday night.

He got hit in the helmet with a 93-mph fastball from White Sox reliever Chris Beck in the sixth inning of an 8-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park. Goeddel laid on his back at home plate for a couple minutes before standing up and walking back to the Phillies' dugout. The Phillies had no official word about his status following Wednesday's game, but manager Pete Mackanin announced the concussion before Thursday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Phillies chase Sale after just four innings

Phillies chase Sale after just four innings

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin sat one of the hottest hitters in baseball Wednesday night because he did not want White Sox ace Chris Sale to mess with the hitter's mojo.

It turns out the Phillies did not need Odubel Herrera, who had hit .536 in the previous seven games. They hit Sale hard in a 8-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park, hammering seven hits and six runs against him in just four innings. It was the second-shortest start of the season for Sale, who lasted just 3 1/3 innings May 24 against the Indians.

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Phillies glimpse future as youngsters step up

Sluggers, speedsters make case for place on next year's squad

Phillies glimpse future as youngsters step up

PHILADELPHIA -- It is just one game, but a game like this might allow the Phillies to dream a little about the future.

They not only beat the White Sox on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, 8-3, they beat Sox ace Chris Sale, hammering him for seven hits and six runs in just four innings, making it his second shortest start of the season.

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Howard receives club's Clemente recognition

Phillies 1B is one of 30 nominees for MLB's philanthropy award

Howard receives club's Clemente recognition

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard's Phillies' career is nearing its end, but he received one more award Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies presented him their Roberto Clemente Award for representing "the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."

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Herrera motivated to finish his season strong

Herrera motivated to finish his season strong

PHILADELPHIA -- It has been a long summer for Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

But with just 11 games remaining in the 2016 season he is as hot as anybody in baseball. He went 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases in Tuesday night's 7-6 victory over the White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Herrera is hitting .538 (15-for-28) with four doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and four stolen bases in his last seven games, raising his batting average from .275 to .288 and his OPS from .756 to .790.

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Phillies hang on to knock off White Sox

Phillies hang on to knock off White Sox

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera might want to extend the season a little longer.

Herrera has been one of the hottest hitters on the planet for the past week, and his torrid hitting continued in Tuesday night's 7-6 victory over the White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. He went 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases. He is hitting .536 (15-for-28) with four doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and four stolen bases in his last seven games.

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Owens award-winners honored by Phillies

Owens award-winners honored by Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins and Ben Lively hope the next time they are wearing suits at Citizens Bank Park they are leaving for a road trip with the Phillies.

It could happen as early as next season, but Tuesday night they were at the ballpark to receive their Paul Owens Awards as the organization's best Minor League players and pitcher.

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Inbox: Are Phils' young bats as strong as arms?

Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers questions from Philadelphia fans

Inbox: Are Phils' young bats as strong as arms?

I like what I see from the Phillies' young starting pitchers, but what do you think about the offense?
-- Brendan C., Harleysville, Pa.

Pat Gillick said a couple years ago that it might be at least 2018 before the Phillies are contenders again, and he might be right, based on the Phils' offense.

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Herrera, Galvis homer, but 'pen loses late lead

Herrera, Galvis homer, but 'pen loses late lead

PHILADELPHIA -- It left the bat as a routine popup to first baseman Tommy Joseph, with the Phillies well on their way to escaping the eighth in a tie ballgame. But two plays later, Marcell Ozuna scored the go-ahead run in the Marlins' 5-4 comeback win over the Phillies on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Just into the grass behind first, Joseph settled under Ozuna's pop. But second baseman Cesar Hernandez ranged over into Joseph's territory, with no apparent communication, and the two bumped into each other, allowing the ball to fall to the ground and Ozuna to reach second. J.T. Realmuto smashed a ball to third baseman Maikel Franco, who gloved it but threw wide of first base to allow Realmuto to reach safely and Ozuna to score.

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Herrera, Galvis offer promise for young Phils

Herrera, Galvis offer promise for young Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Over the last week, Odubel Herrera has looked like the player who earned a bid to the All-Star Game this year. Freddy Galvis has looked like a power hitter for the last six weeks.

Both trends are promising for the Phillies as the 2016 season winds down, and they both were on full display in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Herrera and Galvis combined for five of the Phillies' eight hits and both knocked solo homers.

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Watch this amazing barehanded fan catch in slo-mo

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Watch this amazing barehanded fan catch in slo-mo

A barehanded catch on a screaming liner is one of the greatest things a fan can do -- after devouring an entire batting helmet filled with nachos, that is. 

Aaron Altherr laced a liner into the stands in the second inning of Sunday's Marlins-Phillies game, where this fan was ready. Not only did he display some expert reflexes and the requisite hand-eye coordination ability to make the grab, but the cameras managed to catch this one in full slow-mo. 

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Phillies take part in community food drive

PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Schmidt and others on Sunday morning helped bring in donations to a food drive just outside Citizens Bank Park.

The ShopRite Partners In Caring Food Drive featured buy-one-get-one-free gameday tickets for anyone who donated food.

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Hellickson blanks Marlins after early cushion

Hellickson blanks Marlins after early cushion

PHILADELPHIA -- The Marlins' Wild Card hopes continue to plummet.

The Phillies made sure of that, scoring five in the first and two more in the second off Marlins starter Jose Urena in an 8-0 win on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, clinching a win for the Phils both in their final set against the Marlins this year and in the season series.

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Joseph continues strong rookie campaign with 20th HR

Joseph continues strong rookie campaign with 20th HR

PHILADELPHIA -- So how many people had Tommy Joseph in their 20-and-over home run pool in 2016?

Not even Joseph could have predicted the year he has had with the Phillies. The rookie hit his 20th homer of the season in the second inning of Saturday night's 8-0 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

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