Phillies place Bailey on DL, recall Ramos

Phillies place Bailey on DL, recall Ramos

The Phillies placed right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 23) with a left hamstring strain and recalled right-hander Edubray Ramos from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move Friday.

The Phillies initially ruled Bailey day-to-day after he left Wednesday's game against the Twins, but the club ultimately decided to place him on the DL because of their lack of healthy bullpen options. Bailey has a 4.39 ERA in 26 2/3 innings for Philadelphia in 2016.

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Phils' bats back Eickhoff in finale win over Twins

Phils' bats back Eickhoff in finale win over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- A towering three-run homer in the eighth inning gave Freddy Galvis a career-high five RBIs, as the shortstop powered the Phillies to a 7-3 win over the Twins behind a solid Jerad Eickhoff in Thursday's series finale at Target Field.

The win snapped a season-long nine-game losing streak for the Phillies, who have struggled over the past month. After starting the season 24-17, they are 7-26 since May 18.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Fans must start voting now to get in all 35 ballots

Final-week stretch crucial to deciding who will be in starting lineups

Fans must start voting now to get in all 35 ballots

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is down to its final week, and here are 10 important things to know as you continue deciding starters for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego.

1. Simple All-Star math: 7 x 5 = 35 ballots cast. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET next Thursday. Fans can submit up to five ballots per any 24-hour period, so Friday is the start of an important window to make sure you use 'em and don't lose 'em.

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Veteran advice helps spark Galvis, Phils' bats

Howard, Ruiz speak to team before series against Twins

Veteran advice helps spark Galvis, Phils' bats

MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Tuesday's series opener against the Twins at Target Field, Phillies' hitters gathered with hitting coach Steve Henderson to discuss the upcoming pitching matchups.

The Phillies have these meetings before every series, but this one went differently. Phillies veterans Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz spoke to their teammates, imploring them to relax, trying to get them to take pressure off themselves as the losses piled up and the runs weren't coming. Coincidence or not, Twins' pitching staff or not, the Phillies hit the ball better this week, including during Thursday's 7-3 victory.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eickhoff becoming stopper in Phillies rotation

Right-hander's last three starts are team's only wins since June 5

Eickhoff becoming stopper in Phillies rotation

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lately, only Jerad Eickhoff can stop the Phillies' losing.

The right-hander allowed one earned run over six innings on Thursday afternoon in a 7-3 win over the Twins at Target Field. The Phillies snapped a nine-game losing streak to avoid their longest skid since they lost 11 consecutive in September 1999.

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Eflin takes on surging Giants in opener

Eflin takes on surging Giants in opener

This weekend's series between the Giants and Phillies is a tale of teams headed in opposite directions since May.

The Giants are the hottest team in baseball since posting a 17-18 record through May 10. They are 30-9 since, which is the best record in the Majors. The Phillies posted a 24-17 mark through May 18, which was the third-best record in the National League. But they are just 7-26 since, which is the worst record in baseball in that stretch.

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Eshelman, Hoskins among top prospect performers Thursday

Top Twins prospect dominant over eight scoreless; Yankees' No. 2 continues to show off power

Eshelman, Hoskins among top prospect performers Thursday

Jose Berrios was absolutely dominant in Triple-A Rochester's 2-0 win over Columbus. Berrios (Twins' No. 1) is the No. 15 overall prospect, and after his electric outing, it's very clear why he's so highly regarded.

The 22-year-old needed just 88 pitches, 60 strikes, to throw eight scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine.

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Phils edged out in Minneapolis

Phils edged out in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- Max Kepler was in danger of being the goat after his two-run fielding error keyed a three-run rally that gave the Phillies a lead in the fifth, but he was instead the hero of a 6-5 Twins victory on Wednesday night after driving in the tying run, the go-ahead run and making a highlight-reel diving catch in the eighth to help preserve the late lead at Target Field.

Trevor Plouffe led the way with three hits for the Twins, who did the brunt of their damage against Phillies starter Adam Morgan in the fifth on a two-run triple by Eduardo Escobar and Kepler's game-tying single. Escobar and Robbie Grossman each had two hits and a run scored, as every Minnesota starter hit safely in a 13-hit outburst.

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Morgan's spot in jeopardy as struggles continue

Morgan's spot in jeopardy as struggles continue

PHILADELPHIA -- Hours before Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan threw a pitch on Wednesday night at Target Field, an inquiring mind asked Phillies manager Pete Mackanin about Vince Velasquez's seemingly imminent return from the 15-day disabled list.

Did Morgan need a big start against the Twins with Velasquez's return looming?

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Phils reach deals with 4 more from Draft haul

Phils reach deals with 4 more from Draft haul

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Phillies are locking up their Draft picks.

They announced Wednesday afternoon they either had agreed to terms or signed right-hander Kevin Gowdy (second round), shortstop Cole Stobbe (third round), left-hander JoJo Romero (fourth round) and outfielder Josh Stephen (11th round).

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrera making case for All-Star nod

Herrera making case for All-Star nod

Considering pitcher Aaron Nola's recent struggles, Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera might be the Phillies player with the best shot to make the National League All-Star team.

But he is not among the top 15 NL outfielders in votes in the latest Esurance All-Star ballor update, which means he will have to find another way on the team. Herrera entered Wednesday hitting .305 with six doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 24 RBIs. He is eighth in the NL in on-base percentage (.401) and eighth in walks (40). Herrera is 16th among NL outfielders with an .823 OPS.

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Tocci among top prospect performers Wednesday

Nationals' No. 2 fills out stat sheet in win; top Pirates prospect unhittable once again

Tocci among top prospect performers Wednesday

Trea Turner can do it all, and he put the bulk of his skill set on display in Triple-A Syracuse's 6-4 win over Pawtucket on Wednesday. Turner, hitting .292 in 67 games, drew two walks and went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

The Nationals' No. 2 prospect (No. 9 overall) brought in a run when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, then later delivered the game's decisive blast, a two-run double in the top of the ninth.

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Meet Moniak: Phillies introduce No. 1 pick

Meet Moniak: Phillies introduce No. 1 pick

PHILADELPHIA -- Mickey Moniak has come a long way since tee-ball.

On June 9, the Phillies made Moniak the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Draft and Tuesday, they introduced Moniak at Citizens Bank Park.

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Four homers not enough in slugfest vs. Twins

Four homers not enough in slugfest vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kurt Suzuki's season-high four hits and career-high six RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fifth, powered an offensive explosion for the Twins, who set a season-high in runs with their 14-10 victory over the Phillies at Target Field on Tuesday night.

"I feel warm," Suzuki said. "It's not 10 degrees outside and I can feel the bat. It's one of those things -- like they say in baseball, you find that comfort zone and you get a good pitch to hit and you don't miss it."

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mackanin giving Bourjos chance to win job

Phillies' hottest hitter making case to play every day

Mackanin giving Bourjos chance to win job

PHILADELPHIA -- Pete Mackanin has rested players, shuffled lineups, benched icons and even ordered hitters not to pick up their bats before a game to clear their heads, but nothing has jump-started the Phillies' offense.

Maybe continuity could help.

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Thompson, Canelo among top prospect performers Tuesday

Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect flirts with no-hitter, Yankees' No. 2 notches first pro multi-homer game

Thompson, Canelo among top prospect performers Tuesday

Once the calendar switched to June, Conner Greene became dominant. The Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect twirled seven scoreless frames Tuesday for Class A Advanced Dunedin in a 6-0 shutout of Brevard County and is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA through three starts in the month.

Greene gave up three hits, walked a pair and struck out seven in his longest start of the year. The seven strikeouts were also a season-high for the right-hander, who recently added a slider to his repertoire.

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Phillies continue to target bats

Moniak signing adds to growing cache of offensive talent

Phillies continue to target bats

PHILADELPHIA -- It was just over a year ago that the Phillies signed their No. 1 Draft pick, Cornelius Randolph. Scouting director Johnny Almaraz said at the time that he was the best high school bat available.

It was about 11 months ago that the Phillies officially announced the signing of Jhailyn Ortiz. He was rated by MLB.com as the top international prospect for 2015. "The consensus among scouts is that the raw power (he) shows as a 16-year-old is rarely seen on the international market," the story noted.

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Offense stymied in series finale vs. D-backs

Offense stymied in series finale vs. D-backs

PHILADELPHIA -- The D-backs hate to leave Citizens Bank Park, but they'll have the opportunity to play the Phillies again next week at Chase Field.

Arizona swept the four-game series with Monday afternoon's 3-1 victory. D-backs right-hander Shelby Miller cruised in his return to the rotation, as he allowed five hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings. D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb hit a two-run home run against Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning to give the D-backs a three-run lead. Arizona slugged 10 homers during the series.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Hellickson gives Phils quality after rough first

Hellickson gives Phils quality after rough first

PHILADELPHIA -- With the Draft in the rearview mirror, the Phillies are beginning to prepare to field calls for players as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

Jeremy Hellickson, whose contract expires and the end of the season, figures to be one of a handful of players teams inquire about. If Hellickson's last three starts scared anyone off, his seven innings of three-run ball against the D-backs in Monday's 3-1 loss should at least temper those fears.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Nuns' take in Phillies game, dance with Phanatic

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'Nuns' take in Phillies game, dance with Phanatic

The great baseball stadiums of MLB have been known, informally, as cathedrals of the game. But, it appears, Citizens Bank Park has truly been blessed by a higher power.

No, but seriously. Check it out:

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Mackanin tries another trick to help offense

Mackanin tries another trick to help offense

PHILADELPHIA -- Is there anything Pete Mackanin has not tried to help the Phillies' offense this season?

Mackanin ordered his hitters not to pick up a bat before Monday's 3-1 loss to the D-backs at Citizens Bank Park. No hitting on the field. No hitting in the cage, which is a short walk from the Phillies' clubhouse. Nothing.

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Phillies sign No. 1 overall pick Moniak

Phillies sign No. 1 overall pick Moniak

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak is signed and ready to begin his professional baseball career.

The Phillies announced Monday afternoon they had signed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Draft. Two sources told MLB.com that Moniak agreed to a $6.1 million signing bonus, which is well under the $9,015,000 allotted for the pick. The Phillies will use the savings there to sign second-round pick Kevin Gowdy, a right-hander who has committed to UCLA. The 42nd overall pick is allotted $1,536,200. Gowdy, who could agree as early as Tuesday, could receive in the neighborhood of $3 million.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies Minor League review: June 13-19

Players of the Week

Player OF Jiandido Tromp, Lakewood… The 22-year-old Tromp batted .467 (13-40) with five doubles, a home run, four RBI, a .733 slugging percentage and 1.248 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in all seven of those games, bringing his hitting streak to 14. The Aruba native has multiple hits in five of his last seven contests, including a season-best four-hit effort on June 17. He is second in the South Atlantic League in extra-base hits (33), third in total bases (122) and tied for third in doubles (20). Tromp was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on August 8, 2011.

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Eflin finds redemption with strong 2nd start

Rookie exits on positive note after 5 2/3 IP

Eflin finds redemption with strong 2nd start

PHILADELPHIA -- Although Zach Eflin had already moved on in the hours following his exit after 2 2/3 innings in his Major League debut, there was still a part of him that needed to prove himself.

If he didn't in his second Major League start -- and first at Citizens Bank Park -- he at least made progress, limiting the D-backs to two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 5-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.

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Phillies come up short in Eflin's home debut

Phillies come up short in Eflin's home debut

PHILADELPHIA -- Archie Bradley allowed just one unearned run over six innings to pick up his first win since May 29 as the D-backs beat the Phillies, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Arizona will go for the sweep of the four-game series Monday.

"The guys are really bearing down and playing," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We're getting good starting pitching, which has been the key for us all year. It makes our bullpen a ton better, the hitters are comfortable, they can settle in and have good at-bats and they get off the field quickly. So everything is clicking right now."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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Eickhoff's aggressiveness inside pays off

Eickhoff's aggressiveness inside pays off

PHILADELPHIA -- Jerad Eickhoff got ahead no balls, two strikes on Peter O'Brien with no outs in the second. Then he sent a message.

On the third pitch, Eickhoff fired a 91-mph fastball up and in. O'Brien dipped and dove out of the way, but Eickhoff made it clear: He was going to own the inside part of the plate in the Phillies' 4-1 loss to the D-backs on Saturday.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.