Howard's homer delivers walk-off win for Phils

Howard's homer delivers walk-off win for Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- If you blinked, you might have missed it.

After 10 1/2 innings of play and nearly 3 1/2 hours, Ryan Howard ended Friday night's game at Citizens Bank Park on one pitch. The veteran first baseman lined a 3-2 pitch from Cody Allen over the right-field wall to give the Phillies a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Indians.

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Stephen Pianovich is a contributor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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MLB's K leaders, Phils bolstered by Morgan

Philadelphia strikes out 18 vs. Indians, most since May 2014

MLB's K leaders, Phils bolstered by Morgan

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said before Friday's game that Adam Morgan was not guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation moving forward. For the first 14 outs of his start, Morgan looked like a pitcher deserving of it in the Phillies' 4-3, 11-inning win.

Morgan, a 26-year-old lefty, cruised through the first 4 2/3 innings of his first Major League start of the season, even retiring nine consecutive batters before Indians pitcher Corey Kluber stepped in to the batter's box with two outs in the fifth. What looked to likely be an innocent end to the inning turned into trouble.

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Howard turns back the clock at Citizen's Bank

Veteran first baseman tallies three hits, including walk-off homer in 11th

Howard turns back the clock at Citizen's Bank

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard hit a walk-off home run as the Phillies continued their winning ways on Friday night.

It felt like the good old days at Citizens Bank Park.

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Eickhoff looks to lead Phils to fifth straight

Eickhoff looks to lead Phils to fifth straight

The Phillies and Indians will wrap up the first month of the season on Saturday night at 7:05 ET in the second game of their Interleague series at Citizens Bank Park. Trevor Bauer will be making his first start of the season for Cleveland and will be opposed by Philadelphia right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. The Phillies will be looking for a fifth straight win.

Bauer has made six appearances so far in 2016, compiling a 4.76 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. This will be the hard-throwing right-hander's first start since October.

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Barry M. Bloom

Nola's curve gives him confidence to top Nats

Right-hander threw seven shutout innings, striking out seven

Nola's curve gives him confidence to top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Phillies starter Aaron Nola was on a mission to find himself on Thursday against the Nationals. And what he found at Nationals Park was the right combination of a split-finger fastball with a devastating curve.

"I felt better about that pitch," Nola said, when asked about the curve. "I felt like I had a much better feel for it than the last few games."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rupp's clutch double seals sweep of Nats

Rupp's clutch double seals sweep of Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Thursday afternoon, but thanks to some clutch ninth-inning hitting, the Phillies completed their three-game sweep, winning 3-0 at Nationals Park. It was the Phillies' first sweep at Nationals Park since 2009.

Scoreless heading into the ninth inning, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out and Jonathan Papelbon on the mound. On a 2-2 pitch, Cameron Rupp doubled over Bryce Harper's head in right field to score Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis. Two batters later, David Lough reached base on an infield single, scoring Maikel Franco. All three runs were charged to Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero, who allowed two hits and an intentional walk to start the inning.

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Hinojosa exits after liner hits hand; X-rays negative

Hinojosa exits after liner hits hand; X-rays negative

WASHINGTON -- Phillies right-hander Dalier Hinojosa suffered a bruise on the palm of his pitching hand when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Washington center fielder Matt den Dekker in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 3-0 win at Nationals Park on Thursday.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said X-rays were negative, but he intends to watch the reliever closely.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lindor gives back with Philadelphia RBI program

Indians shortstop takes part in drills with Philly youth players during off-day

Lindor gives back with Philadelphia RBI program

PHILADELPHIA -- The Indians had an off-night in Philadelphia on Thursday. You have to understand. Off-nights are precious for big leaguers, a rare opportunity to take a break from the daily grind of the regular season.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor chose to spend part of his evening at Citizens Bank Park. There was no game. Outside, it rained on and off. The place was nearly deserted by the time the 22-year-old rising star arrived. Except at one of the indoor batting cages where members from three of Philadelphia's Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) program were going through some drills.

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Barry M. Bloom

Phils making other Nats, not Harper, beat them

Phils making other Nats, not Harper, beat them

WASHINGTON -- When the Phillies faced the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park earlier this month, Bryce Harper pummeled Philadelphia pitching.

So prior to this week's three-game sweep that ended on Thursday with a 3-0 win at Nationals Park, the Phillies' baseball brain trust decided on a different strategy: pitch around the left-handed power hitter, who is again tearing up the National League to the tune of a .314 batting average, nine homers and 24 RBIs.

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Jim Callis

Top 100 Draft prospects: Prep flamethrowers lead the way

Hurlers bring intrigue with no clear-cut choice for Phillies at No. 1

Top 100 Draft prospects: Prep flamethrowers lead the way

Though Jason Groome and Riley Pint headline MLBPipeline.com's new Top 100 Draft Prospects list, the odds that they will actually go first and second in the Draft are as long as the odds of piling up runs vs. Jake Arrieta.

Groome, a Barnegat (N.J.) High product, is a 6-foot-6 left-hander who dazzles scouts every time he takes the mound and could have three plus pitches in his 92-96 mph fastball, tight curveball and improving changeup. Pint, a right-hander from St. Thomas Aquinas High (Overland Park, Kan.), has even better stuff, with a heater that has reached 102 mph, a more powerful curve and a more advanced changeup, though his command isn't as consistent.

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Hellickson, Phils combine for two-hitter

Hellickson, Phils combine for two-hitter

WASHINGTON -- What a difference nearly two weeks makes for Jeremy Hellickson.

On April 15, the Nationals hit him hard, scoring six runs over three innings in Philadelphia. Hellickson was virtually unhittable in a 3-0 victory Wednesday at Nationals Park. The Phillies have won four of their last five games in the nation's capital.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

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Sparkplug Herrera making offense go 'round

Sparkplug Herrera making offense go 'round

WASHINGTON -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin made a couple noticeable changes to his lineup a week ago.

Mackanin put Odubel Herrera in the leadoff spot and placed his pitcher eighth.

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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.

Eflin, Cozens among top prospect performers Wednesday

Indians' No. 3 notches three extra-base hits, Rangers' No. 29 prospect strikes out 11 in one-hit shutout

Eflin, Cozens among top prospect performers Wednesday

Bobby Bradley is on a roll right now, and his hot hitting continued on Wednesday.

Baseball's No. 90 overall prospect (Indians No. 3) helped Class A Advanced Lynchburg to a 12-6 win over Winston-Salem by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Bradley's three-run homer was part of a 10-run fifth inning for the Hillcats, who erased a 4-1 deficit.

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Hellickson steps up as veteran presence

Hellickson steps up as veteran presence

WASHINGTON -- The Phillies acquired Jeremy Hellickson and Charlie Morton in the offseason because they believed they needed a couple veterans to stabilize a rotation of talented, but inexperienced starters.

The Phillies learned on Wednesday they lost Morton for the season with a torn left hamstring.

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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.

Hamstring surgery will end Morton's season

Phillies right-hander to undergo procedure Monday; recovery is 6-8 months

Hamstring surgery will end Morton's season

WASHINGTON -- Phillies right-hander Charlie Morton's season is finished.

The Phillies announced Wednesday that he will have surgery on his torn left hamstring Monday in Philadelphia. Morton, 32, will need six-to-eight months to recover, which means he will miss the remainder of the year.

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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.

Franco signs brand contract with Fantex

Franco signs brand contract with Fantex

WASHINGTON -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has been heating up the past few days.

Entering Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Nationals, Franco had hit .444 (8-for-18) with one double, three home runs and nine RBIs in his last four games. He went 1-for-3 with a walk from the third spot in the lineup. 

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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.

Blanco, Franco propel Phils past Nats

Blanco, Franco propel Phils past Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' bullpen had been virtually unhittable entering Tuesday, but it proved it could be scored upon as the Phillies claimed a 4-3 win at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. It's Philadelphia's second straight victory over Washington.

The score was tied at 3, when the Phillies took the lead in the seventh inning off left-hander Oliver Perez. With one out, Andres Blanco doubled to left field. Maikel Franco followed and doubled over the head of center fielder Michael Taylor to send Blanco home to take the one-run lead.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

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Working over Scherzer pays off for Blanco

Shortstop calls time twice before HR in 1st inning of Tuesday's win

Working over Scherzer pays off for Blanco

WASHINGTON -- Give Andres Blanco a break. He just wants to get comfortable, too.

He had a big night Tuesday in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. He hit a two-run home run against Nationals ace Max Scherzer in the first inning and made Scherzer work hard in a nine-pitch at-bat in the third. Blanco then hit a first-pitch fastball for a single against Scherzer in the fifth and doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh against Oliver Perez.

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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' strategy vs. Harper a walk in the park

Philadelphia deals Nats' star three free passes in 4-3 win

Phillies' strategy vs. Harper a walk in the park

WASHINGTON -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday afternoon he had some ideas for handling Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. He said he conveyed those ideas to Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure.

"Just throw him fastballs down the middle of the plate," Mackanin joked before Tuesday night's 4-3 victory at Nationals Park.

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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.

Phils quietly exceeding expectations

Phils quietly exceeding expectations

MILWAUKEE -- The Phillies had a chance Sunday to sweep their first road series since August, but they fell short to the Brewers in an 8-5 loss at Miller Park.

The Phillies are 9-10. That pace will not get them into the postseason, but it is a better start than most expected. It also has temporarily quieted the folks who mentioned the Phils and the t-word -- tanking -- a word that riles up folks in their front office.

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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.

Phils celebrate 40 years since 'Phillies Fever'

Schmidt, Bowa, Luzinski, Maddox and Cash produced record in 1976

Phils celebrate 40 years since 'Phillies Fever'

MILWAUKEE -- America partied hard in 1976, and Philadelphia felt like the epicenter of the country's bicentennial celebrations.

It had fireworks, parties and parades. President Gerald Ford spoke at Independence Hall on July 4. Queen Elizabeth II visited the city. Philly hosted the MLB, NBA and NHL All-Star Games, and the Phillies got the city excited as they marched toward their first postseason since 1950.

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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.

Williams among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 1 hits go-ahead shot in third multi-homer game, Reds' No. 4 strikes out nine in scoreless start

Williams among top prospect performers Monday

No. 7 overall prospect Joey Gallo slugged his sixth and seventh home runs of the season on Monday, including a go-ahead blast in the top of the 12th inning to help push Triple-A Round Rock past Memphis, 6-5.

The Rangers' No. 1 prospect drove in three runs and scored three times, also walking twice, as part of a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Gallo connected on a two-run shot to right-center field in his first at-bat against Memphis starter Jeremy Hefner, and then took reliever Heath Wyatt deep to right field to open the 12th inning.

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Eickhoff fans 7 in loss to Brewers

Eickhoff fans 7 in loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta finally delivered a quality start, and the Brewers rewarded their struggling Opening Day starter with a go-ahead, six-run rally for an 8-5 win over the Phillies on Sunday at Miller Park.

Peralta surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits in his first six-inning outing this season, and he notched his first victory thanks to a 10-batter, six-run outburst in the sixth that turned a 4-2 Brewers deficit into an 8-4 lead. Scooter Gennett and Alex Presley homered in the frame, the biggest single-inning rally for Milwaukee this season. Relievers Michael Blazek, Tyler Thornburg and Jeremy Jeffress preserved the lead, Jeffress rebounded from a two-homer outing the night before by recording his sixth save in as many chances.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Trouble with curve: Rare off day for Eickhoff

Trouble with curve: Rare off day for Eickhoff

MILWAUKEE -- It is easy to see why Jerad Eickhoff is filled with confidence every time he throws his curveball.

Eickhoff had allowed only two extra-base hits on curveballs in 11 career starts before Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park: a double to Marcell Ozuna on Aug. 21, 2015, and a double to Melvin Upton on April 13. Opponents had hit a feeble .081 (6-for-74) with a .108 slugging percentage against the pitch.

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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.

Rising stars Franco, Herrera vying for ASG spots

Voting has begun for 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard

Rising stars Franco, Herrera vying for ASG spots

MILWAUKEE -- The Phillies have not had two position players named to the National League All-Star team since 2011, when Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino made the squad.

But the Phillies could have two at the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, if Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera keep hitting like they have through the first three weeks of the season. Major League Baseball announced its All-Star Game ballots Sunday, and that pair is the Phillies' best bet to play in the Midsummer Classic in July in San Diego at Petco Park.

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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.

Ballpark Franc: Maikel drives in 4 in win

Ballpark Franc: Maikel drives in 4 in win

MILWAUKEE -- Maikel Franco hit his third home run in two games and finished with four RBIs as the Phillies outlasted the Brewers, 10-6, on a long Saturday night at Miller Park.

The teams combined to throw 387 pitches in a game that surpassed the four-hour mark and was closer than the final score indicated. Franco's three-run homer in the fourth gave the Phillies a 6-4 lead that grew to 7-4 by the eighth, when the Brewers scored twice to make it a one-run game. But the Phillies added insurance during a three-run ninth, highlighted by Odubel Herrera's two-run shot off Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, who hadn't allowed a run in his first seven appearances this season.

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Dynamic duo keeping it light on diamond

Franco, Herrera continue to lead young Phillies ballclub

Dynamic duo keeping it light on diamond

MILWAUKEE -- Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera can make things fun again.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has been hoping his two best hitters would start hitting together, and both had huge games Saturday night in a 10-6 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.

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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.