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8/30/2016 | 20th HR shows Howard can do more with less

Ryan Howard has 20 or more homers in a season for the 11th time, so the accomplishment in and of itself is not unusual. But considering that he has spent the 2016 campaign in a reserve role, it is noteworthy that he has hit 20 in just 276 at-bats.


8/30/2016 | Rad Max: Scherzer fans 11, flirts with no-no

Max Scherzer overmatched the Phillies for eight dominant innings, striking out 11 to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 victory. It was Washington's eighth consecutive victory over Philadelphia; the Nationals have won 13 of their last 15 games at Citizens Bank Park.


8/30/2016 | Mackanin to keep Goeddel in reserve role

Manager Pete Mackanin and the Phillies plan to use September's expanded rosters to get an extended look at some of their young players, but Tyler Goeddel won't be one of them. "I've seen enough of Goeddel to know -- we kept him this long, we're going to keep him and see where we go next year with him," Mackanin said. "I don't feel a need to play him."


8/30/2016 | Joseph to see more playing time in September

First baseman Tommy Joseph had been getting the occasional start against right-handers, but his role had devolved; that will no longer be the case.


8/30/2016 | Beede among top prospect performers Monday

Giants No. 2 prospect Tyler Beede was among the top prospect performers in the Minors Monday.


8/30/2016 | Scherzer, Eickhoff square off at Citizens Bank Park

As the Nationals look to extend an already firm lead in the National League East against the Phillies, they will hope Max Scherzer's 10 strikeouts over eight shutout innings against the Orioles can propel him into his Tuesday start and on a run into the postseason. Philadelphia counters with its most consistent starter, Jerad Eickhoff.


8/29/2016 | Small change pays big dividends for Thompson

A change in his delivery paid off big for Jake Thompson, as he tossed seven innings and allowed only two runs to the Nationals in a 4-0 Phillies loss at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.


8/29/2016 | Nats back Roark early to take Phils opener

Tanner Roark held the Phillies to four hits in seven innings while Jayson Werth continued to torment his former team with a solo homer in the first inning of Monday's 4-0 Nationals win.


8/29/2016 | Phillies Minor League Review: Aug. 22-28

Grenny Cumana batted .476 (10-21) with a double, two RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored in six games. He registered three consecutive multi-hit games, during which he recorded his fourth four-hit game of the season. Cumana's .294 average ranks seventh in the South Atlantic League, and he is the hardest player in the league to strikeout, averaging just one every 12.45 at-bats. The Venezuela native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on March 10, 2013.


8/29/2016 | Bean throws first pitch at Phils' Pride Night

A rainbow flag fluttered from a flagpole in center field at Citizens Bank Park on Monday and Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's vice president of social responsibility and inclusion, threw out a first pitch as the Phillies recognized the LGBT community.


8/28/2016 | Ellis' first game with Phils one to remember

A.J. Ellis could not hide his disappointment Thursday, when the Dodgers blindsided him and traded him to the Phillies. But as Ellis joined the Phillies on Saturday, he said his feelings of disappointment had started to fade and he had refocused and found a new purpose with his new team.


8/28/2016 | For Phils' Velasquez, another step forward

Vince Velasquez did not pitch to perfection Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, but he pitched to positive results anyway. He needed them.


8/28/2016 | Phillies pull Hellickson off waivers

Any small chance that Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had to be traded before the end of the season has become no chance.


8/28/2016 | In Phils debut, Ellis sinks Mets with big hit

In his debut with the Phillies, catcher A.J. Ellis broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double, highlighting a four-run frame in a 5-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field.


8/28/2016 | Nats' Roark, Phils' Thompson look to find groove

Tanner Roark will look to bounce back from a rare abbreviated outing when he faces rookie Jake Thompson and the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.


8/28/2016 | Blanco rejoining Phils after rosters expand

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Andres Blanco is the best utility player he has seen in 48 years. Blanco has not played since July 24 because of a broken left index finger. He said Sunday morning at Citi Field that he expects to rejoin the team sometime after the Phillies' roster can expand Thursday, although it likely will be after that.


8/28/2016 | Groome, Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.


8/27/2016 | Phils amid stretch of stagnant starting pitching

This is not the way the Phillies wanted to enter the final month of the season. After the Mets pounded them Saturday night at Citi Field, 12-1, they find themselves limping into September with just four more games to play in August. The Phillies have lost seven of their last 10, with their starters posting a 6.79 ERA (42 earned runs in 55 2/3 innings) in that stretch.


8/27/2016 | Cespedes, slam lead Mets' rout of Phillies

He had sent Citi Field into delirium once more, and Yoenis Cespedes wanted to show the 35,832 fans his appreciation. Jogging back to the dugout in the fourth inning of the Mets' 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, his 26th homer of the year in the seats, Cespedes raised both hands to his lips and blew the Mets faithful a kiss.


8/27/2016 | Velasquez, Thompson expected to be shut down

The end is coming for Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez, who pitches Sunday afternoon against the Mets at Citi Field. The end is coming for rookie Jake Thompson, too. The Phillies are monitoring their workloads, and it is expected both will be shut down sometime before the end of the season.


8/27/2016 | 'Reenergized' Ellis joins Phillies after trade

A.J. Ellis, who had spent his entire career with the Dodgers, joined the Phillies before Saturday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field. He said he is getting acclimated to his new reality.


8/27/2016 | Gsellman to make first start in finale vs. Phils

Robert Gsellman probably didn't picture his first Major League appearance playing out as it did. Promoted Aug. 22 to provide bullpen stability, the long-haired righty from Santa Monica, Calif., found himself on the mound one day later in the first inning of the Mets' 7-4 win over the Cardinals.


8/26/2016 | Morgan's up-and-down season continues with loss

Friday night at Citi Field, Adam Morgan made history, but not the kind he'll want to remember. In losing his eighth consecutive decision, the lefty tied for the franchise's third-longest losing streak among starting pitchers since 1913.


8/26/2016 | Thor looks to keep Mets rolling vs. Phils

If the Mets plan to make a late postseason push, Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) will likely need to play a big role. After a string of inconsistent outings, the big righty tossed eight shutout innings vs. the Giants on Aug. 21 for his 11th win of the season. The Phillies hope to halt that momentum Saturday.


8/26/2016 | Howard stands as final Phillie from 2008 club

Not much remains from the Phillies' 2008 World Series team. Chase Utley? Gone. Jimmy Rollins? Gone. So are Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and Jayson Werth. Don't forget about manager Charlie Manuel, either. Now, with Carlos Ruiz's trade to the Dodgers on Thursday, only one player from Philadelphia's magical season is left: Ryan Howard.




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