Asche breaks up no-no trying to punish Rox's shift

Asche breaks up no-no trying to punish Rox's shift

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Asche had plenty of things to be nervous about in the Phillies' 4-1 loss.

Yesterday, Asche was a Minor Leaguer. Last month, he was a third baseman. And a few hours ago, he and his teammates were in danger of combining to tally zero hits over nine innings. But none of this troubled Asche.

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Hamels' excellent effort goes unrewarded

Hamels' excellent effort goes unrewarded

PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels is so aware of the situation he's in, he doesn't even feel a need to talk about it. He knows everybody understands.

On the day-to-day scale, Hamels is aware that he's almost always going to have to face an ace. In May alone, he's matched up against Matt Harvey, Francisco Liriano and Stephen Strasburg.

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'Save a Pet at the Park' planned for Saturday

Be on the lookout for dogs and cats during ballpark-wide effort to help save the lives of pets in need! Plus, dogs and their human friends to watch the game from the Budweiser Rooftop

On May 30, 2015, the Phillies Wives are doing what they can to help save the lives of pets in need at the 3:05 p.m. game against the Colorado Rockies.

Jen Utley, along with the Phillies Wives and Pennsylvania SPCA volunteers, will be at the First Base Gate Plaza to host the Save a Pet at the Park event, benefitting the PSPCA from 1:05 p.m. - 4:35 p.m., before and during the 3:05 p.m. game vs. the Colorado Rockies.

  • Dogs and cats will be on-site available to adopt. Click here to view some of the animals available for adoption at the First Base Gate.
  • Fans can participate in a silent auction with game-used and autographed memorabilia, purchase signed "Mystery Balls", or donate pet toys or treats and new or gently used blankets.
  • Phillies Charities 50/50 Drawing: Tickets will be available, benefiting the PSPCA.
  • The Phillies Wives and adoptable dogs will be on the field pre-game to help promote awareness to the cause.
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Hamels outdueled as Phillies fall to Rockies

Hamels outdueled as Phillies fall to Rockies

PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis took a perfect game into the seventh and no-hitter into the eighth as the Rockies defeated the Phillies, 4-1, at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.

Bettis (2-0), who took a shutout into the ninth inning Sunday, but gave up two runs in a win over the Giants was even more special Friday -- allowing two hits in eight scoreless innings, with seven strikeouts. For a while, he was bidding to join ex-Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez as the only Rockies members of the no-hit club. Jimenez threw his on the road against the Braves on April 17, 2010. Bettis finished with 66 strikes in 104 pitches.

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Phillies promote top prospect Crawford to Double-A

Phillies promote top prospect Crawford to Double-A

PHILADELPHIA -- As of Friday night, J.P. Crawford is one step closer to his future.

After blazing through Class A Advanced ball, the 20-year-old shortstop prospect has been promoted to Double-A Reading, effective immediately.

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No benefit to rushing Phillies' top prospects

GM Amaro's comments, though pointed, not without truth

No benefit to rushing Phillies' top prospects

NEW YORK -- Ruben Amaro Jr. made the type of comments no general manager should make, embattled or otherwise. He criticized the customers.

Amaro apologized this week for his harsh comments about Phillies fans in a CSNPhilly.com story, but of everything he said in a nearly 20-minute interview with beat reporters on Tuesday at Citi Field, he got this much right: Amaro's comments detracted from the fact that what he said about the organization's prospects is 100 percent correct.

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Phillies recall Asche after outfield conversion

Club designates veteran outfielder Sizemore for assignment

Phillies recall Asche after outfield conversion

PHILADELPHIA -- Cody Asche was bitter for a few days.

Having been sent down from the Major Leagues to Triple-A Lehigh Valley with his career almost literally turned inside out, the third-baseman-turned-left-fielder said it took him two or three days to come to peace with his organization's decision to demote him and change his position.

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It's the anniversary of Roy Halladay's perfect game

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It's the anniversary of Roy Halladay's perfect game

A Roy Halladay gem was unlike any other. Most of the dominant pitchers of the mid-2000s -- the Lincecums, Verlanders and Sabathias -- came like an avalanche, but Halladay was death by 1,000 impossibly precise cuts: eight innings of called third strikes and weak dribblers and exasperated hitters. The phrase "Maddux 2.0" should not be thrown around lightly, but when he was on, Halladay came closer than anyone. And in Miami on May 29, 2010, Doc wasn't just on -- he was perfect. 

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Phils' road trip turns sour after promising start

Club loses seven of nine after opening victory in Colorado ran win streak to six

Phils' road trip turns sour after promising start

NEW YORK -- It is hard to remember, but a little more than a week ago the Phillies opened a 10-game road trip with a victory in Colorado.

It extended their winning streak to six games, their longest since they won seven consecutive games from Sept. 5-12, 2012. The streak gave the players in the Phillies' clubhouse a reason to feel good about themselves following an 11-23 start, which was the worst record in baseball and the organization's worst start since 1971.

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O'Sullivan, Phils unable to keep up with Mets

O'Sullivan, Phils unable to keep up with Mets

NEW YORK -- The Mets' bats may be starting to warm up. New York blasted four home runs Wednesday, including two from Lucas Duda and one from rookie starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 7-0 win at Citi Field.

Syndergaard showed all of the potential that made him the Mets' No.1 prospect. On the mound, Syndergaard tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings and struck out six. At the plate, he tied a franchise record for pitchers with three hits, including the first homer by a Mets pitcher in almost three years. The Mets banged 11 hits and seven runs off Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan, who fell to 1-4. Syndergaard improved to 2-2, lowering his ERA to 2.55 through four starts.

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Revere likely staying put with Phillies for now

Revere likely staying put with Phillies for now

NEW YORK -- For now it looks like Ben Revere is remaining with the Phillies.

The Angels acquired outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets on Wednesday.

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Phillies need support on NL All-Star ballot

Phillies need support on NL All-Star ballot

NEW YORK -- The Phillies are going to have at least one All-Star, and it is likely to come from the pitching staff, but their position players are lagging behind on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.98 ERA), Aaron Harang (4-4, 1.93 ERA) and Jonathan Papelbon (1.42 ERA, 11 saves) each could make cases for themselves. The case is harder to make for Phillies position players, although Freddy Galvis is sixth among National League shortstops with a .709 OPS and Ryan Howard has played better recently, raising his OPS to .817.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Phillies to skip Gonzalez's turn in rotation

Williams will start against Rockies on Sunday instead

Phillies to skip Gonzalez's turn in rotation

NEW YORK -- The Phillies tweaked their rotation for this weekend's series against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang will pitch Friday and Saturday, respectively, as scheduled, but because the Phillies do not play Thursday, they will skip Severino Gonzalez's turn in the rotation Sunday.

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Phillies Minor League Review, May 18-24

Phillies Minor League Review, May 18-24

Players of the Week

Player C Gabriel Lino, Reading...Lino, 22, led all Reading players with a .412 average last week, collecting seven hits and five RBI in seven games. On May 22, Lino tallied a season-high three hits, including his third home run of 2015, while driving in two runs in a win over Portland. The following day, he went 2-3 with an RBI, making him 5-for-7 with a home run, three RBI, two doubles and a run in the first two games of the series. Lino recorded at least one hit in all but one of his seven games, pulling his batting average up more than 30 points over that span. The Venezuela native was acquired by the Phillies in a June 2012 trade that sent Jim Thome to Baltimore, and he was originally signed by the Orioles and Calvin Maduro.

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Franco comes up clutch at plate, in field

Franco comes up clutch at plate, in field

NEW YORK -- This is why the Phillies think Maikel Franco has a bright future.

This is why they want him at third base.

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Walks come back to bite Phillies' bullpen

Walks come back to bite Phillies' bullpen

NEW YORK -- Walks continue to haunt the Phillies' bullpen.

The Phillies scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a one-run lead in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Mets in 10 innings at Citi Field. But a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth inning led to the tying run and a single and a walk to start the 10th allowed the Mets to win the game.

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Phils rally late before falling to Mets in 10 innings

Phils rally late before falling to Mets in 10 innings

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single Tuesday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings.

Juan Lagares sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Jeanmar Gomez in the 10th, moving into scoring position when Lucas Duda drew a walk off Elvis Araujo. After Daniel Murphy hit into a double play and Michael Cuddyer walked, Flores then served a single into left-center field to plate Lagares.

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Amaro apologizes for comments about Phils fans

Amaro apologizes for comments about Phils fans

NEW YORK -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged the firestorm he caused Tuesday in Philadelphia following comments he made about Phillies fans, saying they "don't understand the game" and "then they [gripe] and complain because we don't have a plan."

He apologized before Tuesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Schmidt, Goroff to represent Phillies at Draft

Schmidt, Goroff to represent Phillies at Draft

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Severino K's career-high 8, looks to stretch further into games

Righty has yet to pitch an outing longer than five innings

Severino K's career-high 8, looks to stretch further into games

NEW YORK -- Phillies right-hander Severino Gonzalez is in the rotation for the foreseeable future, which means at some point the 22-year-old must prove capable of pitching more than twice through a lineup.

He lasted 4 1/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. He is 2-1 with a 6.88 ERA in four starts.

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Phils can't hang on, fall in opener

Phils can't hang on, fall in opener

NEW YORK -- Three home runs helped the Mets burst out of a long weekend offensive drought, with Wilmer Flores' three-run shot in the sixth propelling New York to a 6-3 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.

"The home runs were a big difference today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's something we have not been doing."

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Phils' bullpen working through struggles with inherited runners

Relievers allow three runs to score in Philly's loss to Mets

Phils' bullpen working through struggles with inherited runners

NEW YORK -- If the Phillies could hit just enough and get enough quality starts from the rotation, they figured they could surprise a few people this season because they expected to have one of the best bullpens in baseball.

It has not happened that way.

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Harang continues stellar May against Nats

Right-hander deals fifth straight quality start, but Phillies fall in finale

Harang continues stellar May against Nats

WASHINGTON -- Aaron Harang battled more than he dominated in Sunday's series finale against the Washington Nationals. He also never broke, continuing a personal stretch of nothing but quality starts in May.

The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings. In five starts this month, he's given up five runs over 33 innings. That works out to a microscopic 1.36 ERA.

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Bats falter behind solid Harang in finale

Bats falter behind solid Harang in finale

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper continues to be a game-changer for the Nationals as he drove in two runs in a 4-1 victory over the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. The Nationals improved their record to 26-18.

"Being able to get the W was huge," Harper said. "What we did today to get that W -- going on the road right now -- I'm just glad we ended it on a good note in this homestand."

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Joseph 'sidelined indefinitely' with concussion

Right-hander Martin scheduled to throw live BP on Monday

Joseph 'sidelined indefinitely' with concussion

WASHINGTON -- Catcher prospect Tommy Joseph remains "sidelined indefinitely," and will be doing vestibular rehabbing for a recent concussion, the Phillies announced on Sunday. The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, helps contribute to one's sense of balance and coordination.

Injuries, including multiple concussions, have plagued Joseph, 23, in recent seasons. Acquired in 2012 from San Francisco as part of the return for outfielder Hunter Pence, he played in 63 games combined between 2013-14. Joseph is batting .123 in 20 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

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