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5/24/2015 | Move to Diekman backfires against Harper

Based on one set of numbers, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg's decision made sense. There were two outs and a runner at third in the seventh. Philadelphia already trailed Washington, 2-1. Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman was ready in the bullpen. He had retired the lefty-swinging batter due up seven of eight times previously.


5/24/2015 | Harang continues stellar May against Nats

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.


5/24/2015 | Phillies looking to change fortunes against rival Mets

The Phillies haven't had much success against the Mets this season, having lost five of six games. The NL East rivals meet again as Philadelphia wraps up its three city, 10-game road swing in New York.


5/24/2015 | Joseph 'sidelined indefinitely' with concussion

Catcher prospect Tommy Joseph remains "sidelined indefinitely," and will be doing vestibular rehabbing for a recent concussion according to the Phillies.


5/24/2015 | Timely hits, strong Gio lift Nats over Phillies

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.


5/23/2015 | Phillies continue hot stretch on offense

The Phillies pounded the Nationals in an 8-1 victory Saturday at Nationals Park. They picked up four extra-base hits against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg in 3 2/3 innings and one more against Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole as they scored a season-high eight runs.


5/23/2015 | Hamels continues outstanding run in win

Cole Hamels pitched beautifully in Saturday's 8-1 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. He allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out five in eight innings to improve to 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA.


5/23/2015 | Phils shake off Nats' batting practice tunes

The U.S. military bombarded Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega with heavy metal music to force him from his compound and surrender in 1989. Britney Spears' music has blared from merchant ships to scare away pirates off the horn of Africa. The Nationals have chosen "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram to annoy their enemies.


5/23/2015 | Gio, Harang set to square off in rubber match

Aaron Harang will make his 10th start of the season on Sunday afternoon for the Phillies. Harang, whose ERA (1.82) and WHIP (0.98) are significantly lower than his career best for a full season, will face Gio Gonzalez.


5/23/2015 | Phillies' bats, Hamels end Nationals' streak

Left-hander Cole Hamels proved to be too much for the Nationals, who lost to the Phillies, 8-1, at Nationals Park on Saturday afternoon.


5/23/2015 | Marquee bills pitching as Hamels, Strasburg duel

A pair of All-Stars will face off in the second of a three-game series between two of the National League's hottest teams. Cole Hamels, who has been one of baseball's best pitchers over the past three weeks, is tasked with cooling off the Nats, who have won six straight games and 18 of their last 22.


5/22/2015 | Phillies trumped by ace up Nationals' sleeve

An ace trumps momentum almost every time in baseball. The Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Friday night at Nationals Park proved as much.


5/22/2015 | Scherzer no stranger: O'Sullivan holds his own

Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan. He made his fifth start of the season Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park, but it was the third time he matched up against Nationals ace Max Scherzer. He is now 0-2 in those meetings.


5/22/2015 | Max takes over after Bryce's HR as Nats edge Phils

Nationals starter Max Scherzer was brilliant on the mound yet again, and it was his leadoff single in the sixth and run scored from first base on Ian Desmond's double that decided Washington's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Friday night at Nationals Park.


5/22/2015 | Phillies scratch Biddle to work on mechanics

Nothing is wrong with Jesse Biddle, but the Phillies did scratch their No. 9 prospect from Friday's scheduled start with Double-A Reading because they want him to work on his mechanics. He is scheduled to rejoin the rotation next Tuesday.


5/20/2015 | Phillies, Angels have discussed Revere trade

The eventual arrivals of Cody Asche and Domonic Brown may Ben Revere as the odd man out in the Phillies' outfield with Odubel Herrera in center field.


5/20/2015 | Veterans showcased in Phillies-Rockies afternoon contest

A Thursday afternoon tilt at Coors Field showcases a pair of veteran starting pitchers -- Philadelphia right-hander Jerome Williams (3-3, 5.02) vs. Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.56).


5/20/2015 | After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, had one of the hottest bats in Triple-A when they recalled him on Friday. He has continued to hit in the bigs.


5/20/2015 | Getting third out proves difficult for Phils' bullpen

The third out proved problematic for the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday night at Coors Field. Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman allowed two runs with two outs in the seventh inning to hand the Rockies a two-run lead in an eventual 6-5 loss.


5/19/2015 | Phillies recall appearances on Letterman

Cole Hamels is one of the privileged few to have appeared on Letterman's iconic show. Letterman is retiring this week, with his final broadcast Wednesday night on CBS. So it seemed like a good time to ask Hamels and other Phillies about their experiences on the show.


5/19/2015 | Phils' Gonzalez, Rockies' Butler set to battle at Coors

Philadelphia rookie Severino Gonzalez (1-1, 10.57) returns to the Phillies' rotation on Wednesday night at Coors Field against Eddie Butler and the Rockies.


5/19/2015 | Rockies cool off Phillies on Hundley's blast

Nick Hundley homered to left-center field with two outs in the eighth as the Rockies won, 6-5, and snapped the Phillies' win streak at six games on Tuesday night at Coors Field.


5/19/2015 | Hamels' latest gem shows his great value

Contenders take note. There is no sense waiting any longer. If a top-of-the-rotation left-hander is on the wish list, Cole Hamels is alive and well, pitching for the Phillies.


5/19/2015 | Win streak pumping life into Phillies' clubhouse

The Phillies were 11-23 last Tuesday. It was their worst start since 1971 and the worst record in Major League Baseball. But things have been much different lately. The Phillies beat the Rockies on Monday night at Coors Field, 4-3, to give them a six-game winning streak.


5/19/2015 | Hamels gets needed support in strong outing

Give Cole Hamels just a little bit of run support and he will handle the rest. Hamels dominated in 7 1/3 innings in Monday night's 4-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.




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