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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.

8/26/2016 | Rookie catcher Alfaro joins Phillies in New York

Aug. 26 is a date Jorge Alfaro won't soon forget. The Phillies' No. 4 prospect, according to, was called up before Philadelphia's game against the Mets. That he's likely to be sent back down to Double-A Reading after the contest was of no consequence.

8/26/2016 | Brinson among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers No. 2 prospect Lewis Brinson was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Thursday.

8/25/2016 | Phillies of past and present recall Ruiz's impact

Current and former Phillies showed their love for Carlos Ruiz on Thursday, just hours after the Phillies announced they had traded him to the Dodgers.

8/25/2016 | Phillies deal longtime catcher Ruiz to Dodgers

The Phillies on Thursday sent veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash to the Dodgers in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, pitching prospect Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later or cash.

8/25/2016 | Eickhoff continues leading Phils' staff in '16

The Phillies opened the season with Jeremy Hellickson, Charlie Morton, Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez and Jerad Eickhoff in their rotation.

8/24/2016 | Thompson will remain in Phillies' rotation

Jake Thompson's first four starts in the big leagues have not gone according to plan, but he will have more opportunities to turn things around this season.

8/24/2016 | Howard, Ruiz clear waivers, but trade unlikely

Do not expect Ryan Howard to be anywhere but Philadelphia when the Phillies finish their season Oct. 2.

8/24/2016 | Colon looks to continue impressive August vs. Phils

If the Mets want to make a run in the National League Wild Card race, they have an excellent opportunity in front of them this week at Citi Field.

8/24/2016 | Thompson still seeking big league success

Phillies prospect Jake Thompson struggled through five innings Tuesday night in a 9-1 loss to the White Sox. He is tied with Alec Asher for the second-highest ERA in franchise history for a pitcher who started his first four big league games.

8/23/2016 | Rosario, Smith among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

8/23/2016 | Rodon rolls on as White Sox pound Phillies

Carlos Rodon went from May 23 to Aug. 11 without a victory, but factoring in his 6 2/3-inning shutout performance during a 9-1 trouncing of the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hurler has gone four straight starts without a setback.

8/23/2016 | Shields looks to get on track vs. Phillies

James Shields' spot in the White Sox rotation might be tenuous, but he will have an opportunity to right the ship Wednesday night against the Phillies and right-hander Jerad Eickhoff at U.S. Cellular Field.

8/23/2016 | Young fan injured by foul ball leaves hospital

The girl who Freddy Galvis struck in the face with a foul ball Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park is out of the hospital and recovering at her South Jersey home.

8/23/2016 | Relief help likely on Phillies' list for Sept. 1

The Phillies are expected to promote a handful of players once the 25-man roster expands on Sept. 1. But don't expect those promotions to come all at once.

8/23/2016 | Phillies will scout Tebow, contract unlikely

Do not expect another round of Tebowmania in Philadelphia. But, the Phillies will have a scout at former college football star Tim Tebow's workout Aug. 30 in Los Angeles.

8/23/2016 | Alexander tossed 16 shutouts in 1916

The pitcher who rules the world for most shutouts in a season is right-hander Grover Cleveland Alexander, pitching for the Phillies in 1916. At age 29, he did it 16 times, breaking his own club record of 12 set the previous season. A 33-game winner, almost half were shutouts, a very rare feat.

8/22/2016 | Who exits fastest? Phils on board with Statcast

The only thing Cameron Rupp knows is that he has hit the ball hard. Rupp does not know the velocity of the baseball as it leaves his bat. He does not particularly care that he is 39th out of more than 300 hitters in average exit velocity at 92.1 mph, according to Statcast™. But he likes to know that his average exit velocity confirms what he is feeling at the plate -- he is making solid contact more often than not.

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