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Jonathan Papelbon was far from effective on Sunday, but still managed to secure his fourth save of the season despite allowing a ninth inning run to the Braves.

A solo home run by Alberto Callaspo inched the Braves to within 5-4, but Papelbon managed to shut the door in awkward fashion after that, inducing a Kelly Johnson flyball out with runners on first and second to secure his fourth save of the season. To be fair, the pitcher was home in bed with illness on Friday and it's very possible that he's still feeling the aftereffects of his ailment. He's saved four of the team's seven wins and now boasts a 1.23 ERA and 0.50 WHIP over 7 1/3 innings pitched. The Callaspo home run was the first run Papelbon has allowed this season.
Apr 26 - 4:34 PM

Jerome Williams allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings during Sunday's win over the Braves.

Williams walked two and struck out two in the contest. The Braves did all of their damage early, with a pair of runs scoring in the first inning via a two-run single by Jace Peterson and another running coming in during the third when Kelly Johnson hit a shallow double to score Freddie Freeman. Williams has been solid for the Phillies thus far, posting a 3.80 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings. Considering he was out of baseball completely from 2007-2011, it's remarkable that the 33-year-old appears to have found new legs. Williams will square off with the Marlins in a road start when he next takes the mound.
Apr 26 - 4:21 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies haven't received any trade inquiries on Cole Hamels since late March.

It's not a surprise, as teams are aware that general manager Ruben Amaro isn't dropping his asking price for the left-hander. Hamels is off to a fine start this season with a 3.75 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 24 innings. He remains a good bet to be dealt at some point prior to the trade deadline.
Source: Boston Globe
Apr 26 - 11:58 AM

Severino Gonzalez will make a spot start Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Gonzalez's big league debut won't be an easy assignment, but the Phillies don't have many other options. Sean O'Sullivan is on the DL with a knee injury and Dustin McGowan is ill-equipped to be a starter. The 22-year-old Gonzalez has gone 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Lehigh.
Apr 25 - 10:46 PM

Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

The dinger was Howard's second of the season. He hit the two-run shot off of Braves starter Shelby Miller in the fourth inning and put the Phillies out to a 2-0 lead, but that home run would represent the only runs the 6-12 Phillies scored in the 5-2 loss. Howard's now hitting just .189/.246/.358, with two home runs and six RBI and has shown little evidence that his bat might suddenly regain its glory of yore. If we're stretching for signs of life, he does have two home runs in his last four games.
Apr 25 - 9:52 PM

David Buchanan allowed just three runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Braves on Saturday, but his team was unable to lend him enough run support for the victory.

Buchanan struck out three and walked three, while surrendering only two hits. He was cruising until a solo Andrelton Simmons homer in the seventh inning broke up the shutout. The other two runs on his line came after Buchanan had already exited the contest. After an awful open to the season (11 runs allowed in his first 8 2/3 innings), Buchanan's now pitched well in back-to-back starts. There's not much fantasy value here, but at least he's no longer bleeding runs left and right. Buchanan will take to the road to face the Cardinals in his next start.
Apr 25 - 9:36 PM

Domonic Brown (Achilles) said Friday that he feels "outstanding" health wise as he nears his return to the Phillies next week.

Brown has been on an extended minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he has gone 3-for-24 with three walks and five strikeouts. The Phillies wanted him to get as many at-bats as possible to get his timing back before rejoining the big league club. His last game with the Iron Pigs should be Sunday or Monday.
Apr 25 - 8:55 AM

Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Friday due to illness.

Papelbon wasn't even with the team on Friday, he was at home in bed. He may need another day or two before he's able to rejoin the active ranks. Ken Giles would get the call in any save chances while the veteran right-hander is sidelined.
Apr 24 - 10:00 PM

Ben Revere drove home the game-winning run in the ninth inning on Friday, delivering the Phillies a 1-0 victory over the Braves.

Freddy Galvis singled off Jim Johnson to lead off the ninth inning, was sacrificed to second and took third on a passed ball, setting the stage for Revere's ground ball to first base to plate the winning run. Even with the lone RBI, Revere finished the night 0-for-5 and is hitting just .172/.213/.259 on the season.
Apr 24 - 9:51 PM

Aaron Harang was magnificent again on Friday, firing eight shutout innings in a no-decision against the Braves.

Unfortunately for Harang, his team was unable to scratch out a run of support for him. He scattered just two hits and a walk over his eight frames while racking up six strikeouts. He seems to be at his best every April, and this year has been no different with a 1.37 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. He'll face a much tougher test next time out when he does battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Apr 24 - 9:48 PM

Phillies prospect RHP Aaron Nola yielded two earned runs on six hits in seven innings on Thursday for Triple-A Reading.

He struck out six batters in the outing and did not issue a walk. Nola, 21, was shaky in his season debut on April 11, but he’s since turned in back-to-back quality starts during which he’s combined for 1.38 ERA and 11/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 13 innings. The No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft, Nola has an advanced three-pitch mix and superb command that should help him reach the major leagues in short order. However, given the Phillies' season outlook, it’ll be interesting to see whether the club challenges him or takes a more conservative developmental path.
Apr 24 - 2:53 PM

Dustin McGowan, making his first start of the season, took the loss on Thursday after allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Phillies fell to the Marlins 9-1.

McGowan was taking the place of the injured Sean O'Sullivan (knee) and fared reasonably well. Having pitched out of the bullpen since joining the Phillies in early April, he wasn't expected to pitch deep into the game, and it wasn't surprising that he relented in the fourth. The Marlins got two-run singles from both Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado to hang a four-spot in the fourth inning. Overall, McGowan gave up three hits and walked four while striking out four. He's likely to get another start or two while O'Sullivan and Chad Billingsley (elbow) work their way back. McGowan is slated to face the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
Apr 23 - 4:15 PM

Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday.

Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard are also getting the day off. Utley, 36, is batting just .120/.161/.240 in 56 plate appearances this season. Cesar Hernandez will start at second base Thursday versus the Marlins.
Apr 23 - 10:20 AM

Cody Asche provided the Phillies their only run with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Asche tied the game at one apiece with a second-inning blast against Jarred Cosart. He finished 1-for-3 on the night. Since jumping out to a fast start, Asche has cooled off in recent days, as he's now 4-for-23 in his last six games. His fantasy impact is rather limited as he's not even a lock to finish with double digits in home runs and doesn't do much else offensively.
Apr 22 - 10:13 PM

Cole Hamels allowed just an unearned run in six innings but took a no-decision as the Phillies lost to the Marlins on Wednesday.

The unearned run was Hamels' fault, as he dropped a throw from Chase Utley while covering first base on a ground ball that would have ended the inning. Hamels again wasn't sharp, but the ineffectual Marlins' offense wasn't able to do much against him anyway. The lefty yielded five hits, walked three, and struck out five. Still winless, Hamels owns a 3.75 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 23/12 K/BB ratio over 24 innings. He'll toe the rubber next in St. Louis versus the Cardinals.
Apr 22 - 10:10 PM

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