Hernandez usurps Utley as second baseman

Phillies rookie earns spot while veteran awaits return from DL

Hernandez usurps Utley as second baseman

LOS ANGELES -- Chase Utley is the greatest second baseman in Phillies history, but it appears Cesar Hernandez's time has come.

Hernandez, 25, entered Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers hitting .302 (54-for-179) with 10 doubles, one triple, one home run, 19 RBIs and a .771 OPS in 71 games. Meanwhile, Utley is on the disabled list with an injured right ankle. He is hitting .179 (39-for-218) with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs, 25 RBIs and a .532 OPS in 65 games.

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Papelbon named to NL All-Star pitching staff

Papelbon named to NL All-Star pitching staff

LOS ANGELES -- If the Phillies handle July the way everybody in baseball expects them to handle it, Jonathan Papelbon will make one of his final appearances in a Phillies uniform next week at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Papelbon is the Phillies' lone All-Star, selected by National League manager Bruce Bochy based on strong numbers for a closer (1.65 ERA, 14 saves in 31 appearances entering Monday's series opener in Los Angeles) despite pitching for a team that entered play Monday winning only one-third of its games this season.

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Phillies closer to bringing up right-hander Nola

Club gives Buchanan the nod for Saturday's start in San Francisco

Phillies closer to bringing up right-hander Nola

LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies named Triple-A right-hander David Buchanan their Saturday starter vs. the Giants. They said they never considered Triple-A right-hander Aaron Nola, who is the organization's top pitching prospect.

But it sure sounds as if Nola will be in the big leagues before the end of the month.

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Amaro doesn't feel pressure to make trades

Phillies GM would like to make a deal to help club long-term

Amaro doesn't feel pressure to make trades

LOS ANGELES -- The clock is ticking on the Phillies with the July 31 Trade Deadline just around the corner.

But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium that the organization is not feeling pressured to trade anybody. Of course, that might be posturing on his part, but he said the Phillies will not be forced into a trade.

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Phillies make moves, clear roster space

Phillies make moves, clear roster space

Something had to give, which is why the Phillies cut loose two starting pitchers in less than 12 hours.

They outrighted right-hander Sean O'Sullivan following Monday's 10-7 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. O'Sullivan was 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 starts, failing to pitch six innings in eight starts, and posting an 11.05 ERA in his last three. Then on Tuesday morning, they announced right-hander Kevin Correia had been designated for assignment. Correia went 0-3 with a 6.56 ERA in five starts, failing to pitch six innings in any start.

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Papelbon 'would be surprised' if not traded

Papelbon 'would be surprised' if not traded

Jonathan Papelbon expects his appearance at next week's All-Star Game to be one of his last in a Phillies uniform.

The Philadelphia reliever, who has a 1.65 ERA and 14 saves in 31 games this season, told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that he "would be surprised" if he was still a member of the Phillies next month.

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Rollins gets best of Phils as LA takes opener

Rollins gets best of Phils as LA takes opener

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins came through in the clutch against his old team and the Dodgers held on for a hard-fought 10-7 victory over the Phillies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium in a game that took four hours and 13 minutes to complete.

Rollins came to the plate with two outs in the seventh inning with the score tied at 7, and drove in a pair of runs to give the Dodgers a lead they wouldn't surrender. Rollins was 2-for-4 in his first game against Philadelphia after spending 15 years with the Phillies. Howie Kendrick chipped in four hits for Los Angeles.

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Long night for Phils as pitching woes persist

Long night for Phils as pitching woes persist

LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies took Monday night's loss to the Dodgers to new lengths.

They played what is believed to be the longest nine-inning game in franchise history. Their 10-7 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium lasted four hours and 13 minutes, with former shortstop Jimmy Rollins hitting a two-out single to left field to score two runs in the seventh inning to break a tie and help give the Dodgers the victory.

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Amaro: Phils pleased with Rollins trade

Amaro: Phils pleased with Rollins trade

LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies only truly began their rebuilding process last December, when they traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers for a pair of Minor League pitchers.

The move proved symbolic, because the organization finally cut ties with one of its iconic players.

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Rollins: Facing Phils in LA just 'another game'

Rollins: Facing Phils in LA just 'another game'

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins is not feeling especially nostalgic this week at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are in town, but they traded him to the Dodgers in December. So those warm and fuzzy feelings about facing his former team?

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O'Sullivan outrighted to Triple-A, Neris recalled

O'Sullivan outrighted to Triple-A, Neris recalled

The Phillies outrighted right-hander Sean O'Sullivan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Monday's game, and have recalled right-hander Hector Neris from Triple-A.

In 13 games (all starts) with the Phillies this year, O'Sullivan has gone 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA. It's his second season with Philadelphia after going 0-1 with a 6.39 mark in three games last year.

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Amaro: Pitching prospect Nola 'close' to bigs

Amaro: Pitching prospect Nola 'close' to bigs

LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Nola remains the Phillies' closest pitching prospect to the big leagues, especially with the rotation consistently struggling to pitch six innings. It would not be a surprise to see him with the Phillies before the end of the month.

Nola, the club's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com, is 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, after going 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 starts for Double-A Reading.

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4-run 10th helps Phillies snap losing skid

4-run 10th helps Phillies snap losing skid

ATLANTA -- After Cole Hamels and Shelby Miller produced a pitching matchup that lived up to expectations on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, Ryan Howard helped the Phillies claim a 4-0, 10-inning win over the Braves courtesy of the sacrifice fly he produced against Dana Eveland.

Before Nick Masset loaded the bases with none out in the 10th inning, this was a pitchers' duel being waged between two teams that had recently gone in different directions. The Phillies had lost six straight and the Braves had won their past four games.

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Despite lack of run support, Hamels excels

Despite lack of run support, Hamels excels

ATLANTA -- Cole Hamels had little to show for his efforts Sunday, but at least he helped to temporarily stop the bleeding.

He pitched seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Braves in 10 innings at Turner Field, which snapped the Phillies' seven-game losing streak. The Phillies continue their 10-game road trip on Monday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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Phillies Minor League Review: June 29-July 5

Players of the Week

Player INF/OF Tyler Henson, Lehigh Valley...Henson, 27, batted .444 with a home run, 10 RBI, six runs scored, five doubles, four stolen bases and a triple last week on his way to Phillies Minor League Player of the Week honors. Henson went 3-4 with a home run, double and four RBI on June 30, setting the stage for his productive week. He went 10-26 in the four games that followed, recording multiple hits in three of them and multiple RBI in two. He raised his batting average 31 points in just seven games from June 29 to July 5, and was also named an International League All-Star. Henson was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in 2011 after originally being signed by the Orioles and Jim Richardson following his selection in the fifth round of the 2006 draft.

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Phillies trade for No. 1 international signing slot

Two Minor League pitchers and No. 9 slot head to Arizona

Phillies trade for No. 1 international signing slot

ATLANTA -- It is not Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon or Ben Revere, but the Phillies made a trade Sunday.

They acquired the No. 1 overall signing slot ($3,590,400) for the 2015-16 international signing period from Arizona for Class A Lakewood right-hander Chris Oliver, Class A Lakewood left-hander Josh Taylor and the team's No. 9 overall signing slot ($1,352,100).

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Revere dealing with mild right hamstring soreness

Revere dealing with mild right hamstring soreness

ATLANTA -- Ben Revere has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since the middle of May.

He entered Sunday's series finale against the Braves at Turner Field hitting .333 (56-for-168) with five doubles, three triples, one home run, 10 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .784 OPS in 43 games since May 16. He is eighth in baseball in batting average and 11th in hits in that span. Yet Revere has not started in eight of the Phillies' last 10 games.

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Phillies sunk by Braves' early outbursts

Phillies sunk by Braves' early outbursts

ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.

Kelly Johnson produced a two-run single in the four-run first and chased Correia with an RBI single in the four-run fourth inning that also included a Nick Markakis two-run double. The early offensive support was welcomed by Wood, who was fortunate to allow just four runs while surrendering 10 hits over six innings.

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Correia continues troubling trend for starters

Short outings putting strain on Phillies' bullpen

Correia continues troubling trend for starters

ATLANTA -- Something has to give and that something could put Triple-A right-hander Aaron Nola in the big leagues before the end of the month.

Phillies right-hander Kevin Correia allowed 10 hits and nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings Saturday night in a 9-5 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. It was the 14th time in the past 18 games a Phillies starter had not pitched six innings. Phillies starters have pitched six or more innings just 42 times in 83 games (50.6 percent) this season. Compare that to the 2011 rotation, which pitched six or more innings 128 times in 162 games (79.0 percent).

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Papelbon is All-Star worthy, says Phils skipper

Papelbon is All-Star worthy, says Phils skipper

ATLANTA -- The Phillies entered Saturday on pace for 109 losses, which means Jonathan Papelbon has not been a particularly busy closer this season.

But when he has pitched, he has pitched well.

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Morgan's stellar start ends in defeat

Morgan's stellar start ends in defeat

The Braves entered Friday's series opener with the Phillies as Major League Baseball's worst home run hitting team, but the long ball proved to be the difference as Jonny Gomes and Juan Uribe both connected off of Phillies starter Adam Morgan to lead Atlanta to a 2-1 win.

The homers backed up yet another solid home performance from Julio Teheran, who allowed just one unearned run over seven innings. Teheran was far from flawless, as he worked around Philadelphia baserunners throughout the evening, but still managed to lower his home ERA to 2.04.

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Todd Zolecki has been the Phillies beat reporter for MLB.com since 2009, and has been covering the Phillies since 2003.

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Morgan fends off tomahawk chop in return home

Phillies rookie shines in front of family and friends in Atlanta

Morgan fends off tomahawk chop in return home

ATLANTA -- Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan grew up about 30 minutes north of Turner Field, so he probably imagined himself pitching in the big leagues in front of his family and friends.

Those aspirations became reality Friday night in a 2-1 loss to the Braves.

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Utley eyeing late July return

Phillies second baseman hoping to test lingering ankle injury on field next weekend

Utley eyeing late July return

ATLANTA -- Chase Utley is hopeful he can be back on the field before the end of the month.

The Phillies second baseman received a cortisone injection in his right ankle June 24, a day after he landed on the 15-day disabled list.

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Young Phillies hitters have big night vs. Brewers

Young Phillies hitters have big night vs. Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies lost unceremoniously.

In an 8-7 defeat to the Brewers that lasted 11 innings, the Phillies sent six batters to the plate in extra innings. The results?

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Phillies' bullpen carries load in loss

Phillies' bullpen carries load in loss

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies bullpen carried the team in Thursday night's 8-7 11-inning loss to the Brewers, putting the Phillies in position to steal one win out of this four-game series.

But being in position to win and winning are not one in the same.

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Phillies rally, but fall short in 11 innings to Brewers

Phillies rally, but fall short in 11 innings to Brewers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers had already waited since last August to celebrate a sweep. A pair of extra innings on Thursday night were worth the effort.

Adam Lind's 11th-inning single sent the Brewers to an 8-7 win over the Phillies and sealed Milwaukee's four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park in a series that featured the NL's bottom two teams, and in the Phillies, the league's worst pitching team. The Brewers scored 28 runs in Philadelphia and have averaged 6.6 runs per game during a five-game winning streak, part of a larger stretch of eight wins in 10 games.

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Phillies place Harang on DL with plantar fasciitis

Phillies place Harang on DL with plantar fasciitis

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies moved pitcher Aaron Harang to the disabled list on Thursday afternoon with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The move, which came as a counter move to Chad Billingsley being activated from the disabled list to start Thursday, came a day after Harang became the first Phillie to lose eight consecutive starts since 1972.

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said the injury has been hampering Harang in his last three starts, but the right-hander opted to play through it, thinking it was just an everyday ache.

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Phillies have deal with international star Ortiz

Sources say outfielder has agreed to estimated $4.2 million signing bonus

Phillies have deal with international star Ortiz

The Phillies are finalizing a signing bonus with teenage outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz of the Dominican Republic for an estimated $4.2 million, according to industry sources.

The belief among scouts is that the raw power that Ortiz -- ranked No. 6 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list -- shows as a 16-year-old is rarely seen on the international market, and the rest of his game is not far behind. The Phillies are also coming to terms with teenage catcher Rafael Marchan of Venezuela for a sum near $200,000, according to industry sources. The club did not confirm the agreements.

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Franco named NL Rookie of the Month

Third baseman puts up impressive numbers throughout June

Franco named NL Rookie of the Month

Maikel Franco's stellar numbers in the month of June earned the Phillies' third baseman National League Rookie of the Month honors.

During the month, Franco hit .352 with eight home runs and 24 RBIs. He also had an 11-game hit streak and two five-RBI games in back-to-back contests against the Yankees on June 22 and 23.

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

It stands to reason that Kyle Lohse, a pitcher, might not be used to reaching first base three times in one game. In fact, before Wednesday's start against the Phillies, he'd only recorded three hits once before in his career. Which might explain why Lohse's third hit of the night ended with a combination hug/tackle of Ryan Howard.

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