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Phillies acquired RHP Victor Arano from the Dodgers in the Roberto Hernandez trade.

Arano is the second of two players-to-be-named in the deal, joining Jesmuel Valentin. The 19-year-old owns a 4.12 ERA and 133/32 K/BB ratio over his first 135 1/3 innings of pro ball. Ultimately, the Phillies did pretty well in the deal.
Aug 28 - 5:48 PM

Kyle Kendrick allowed four runs over six innings, but escaped with the win in the Phillies' 8-4 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday.

Kendrick allowed two more first-inning runs of the earned variety, giving him 30 in 27 first innings overall on the season (10.00 ERA). The right-hander was able to settle down afterward, giving up seven hits overall with a walk and four strikeouts. He's been among the worst starters in baseball, as he has a 4.97 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 99/46 K/BB ratio. Kendrick's next assignment will come on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Aug 27 - 11:18 PM

Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a solo home run as the Phillies defeated the Nationals on Wednesday.

Rollins answered the Nationals' two-run top of the first with a solo home run off of Doug Fister in the bottom half. The 35-year-old shortstop has quietly had a productive season, especially when his numbers are compared to those of only shortstops, as he is slashing .242/.324/.392 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI.
Aug 27 - 11:08 PM

Grady Sizemore belted a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning of Wednesday's win against the Nationals.

Thanks to Sizemore, the Phillies polished off a series sweep of the NL East-leading Nationals. Sizemore's blast put the Phillies up 5-4, a lead they never relented. It's only his second home run as a Phillie, and he has knocked in nine runs with a .307/.342/.474 slash line in 120 plate appearances. Sizemore's playing time is a day-to-day decision for manager Ryne Sandberg, who will juggle at least five outfielders for three spots through the remainder of the season.
Aug 27 - 11:06 PM

Phillies prospect 3B Maikel Franco went 1-for-4 with a grand slam on Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco had a horrendous start to his season, as he batted just .209/.367/.318 with 22 extra-base hits (five home runs) over the first three months of the season (78 games). Thankfully, the 22-year-old has looked more like his 2013 self since beginning of July, with a .327/.341/.598 batting line, 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 44 RBI over 49 games. Meanwhile, his seven home runs in August represent his highest total for any month this season, and it’s more than he hit over a combined 52 games between June and July (5 HR). Franco now has 16 home runs this season after hitting 31 in 2013. The Phillies haven’t decided whether they’ll call up Franco in September, but his torrid second half definitely has shifted the odds in his favor.
Aug 27 - 3:13 PM

Darin Ruf clubbed his third home run of the season in Tuesday's win against the Nationals.

Ruf, getting the start at first base against a left-handed starter, finished the night 2-for-3. Manager Ryne Sandberg has found it difficult to find Ruf playing time, especially at first base given Ryan Howard's presence, so his status is rather murky at this moment. In 64 plate appearances this season, he's slashing .250/.365/.481 with five RBI.
Aug 26 - 9:51 PM

Jonathan Papelbon earned his 33rd save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the Phillies topped the Nationals on Tuesday.

Papelbon has notched the save in 10 consecutive attempts dating back to July 23. Despite pre-season concerns about his declining velocity and strikeout rate, the right-hander has been getting the job done with regularity all season long. He has 33 saves in 36 opportunities with a 1.60 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a 54/13 K/BB ratio.
Aug 26 - 9:48 PM

Cole Hamels started the eighth inning but allowed a lead-off home run, taking him out of the running for a win and resulting in a no-decision as the Phillies defeated the Nationals on Tuesday.

Hamels blanked the Nationals through six innings, but allowed two runs in the seventh inning to make it a 3-2 game. Manager Ryne Sandberg let Hamels hit for himself in the bottom-half, thus allowing him to start the eighth, but the lefty surrendered a lead-off, game-tying home run to Asdrubal Cabrera. Overall, Hamels allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out five. He sports a tidy 2.59 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and a 158/47 K/BB ratio. The Braves await him next in Monday's road start.
Aug 26 - 9:42 PM

Phillies pitching prospect Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is expected to be recalled next month.

Gonzalez has pitched well as a reliever at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this month, posting a 1.93 ERA in 10 games while sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball. The Cuban defector began the season on the DL with a shoulder issue and then got off to a rough start when healthy, but he's made up for lost time and remains an intriguing arm.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 26 - 8:18 PM

Chase Utley is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

He's presumably getting the day off. Freddy Galvis will make the start at second base.
Aug 26 - 2:44 PM

Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Aug 26 - 2:42 PM

A.J. Burnett indicated after Monday's game that he hasn't made a decision on retirement.

Burnett said earlier this month that he probably won't play next season, but he softened his stance after striking out 12 batters over seven innings of one-run ball on Monday. "I guess you could say I’ve still got it when I do have it," said Burnett. "My decision will come down to how I feel and what my family and I decide. It’s just one start, but to be able to go out and do that tonight makes you wonder." Burnett holds a player option for 2015 which is currently worth $10 million, but will increase to $12.75 million with four more starts.
Aug 26 - 8:59 AM

A.J. Burnett limited the Nationals to one run in seven innings and struck out a season-high 12 in the Phillies' 3-2 win Monday.

Burnett snapped a six-start losing streak with the performance; the Phillies had been 0-7 in his outings since the All-Star break. It was his eighth career game of at least 12 strikeouts, and his third game in double figures this year. The performance probably comes a little too late to give him trade value, but he will get one more chance to impress before the Aug. 31 postseason-roster deadline.
Aug 25 - 10:27 PM

Cody Asche hit his ninth homer Monday in the victory over the Nationals.

The solo shot gave him his first RBI in eight days. Outside of an excellent month of May, Asche has been a well below average regular this year. Since the All-Star break, he's at .235 with three homers, three doubles and 12 RBI in 115 at-bats, which shouldn't have given the Phillies much pause about tossing him aside (or shifting him to the outfield) to make room for Maikel Franco next month.
Aug 25 - 10:24 PM

Phillies sent INF Reid Brignac outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brignac had been designated for assignment, but he cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. It's possible he'll be back up next month.
Aug 25 - 8:17 PM


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