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The Phanatic is Headed to Japan

The Phillies are sending the Phanatic to Japan for his birthday, where he will be doing events with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Lost in the shuffle of the weekend’s four game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies announced on Saturday that the Phillie Phanatic is going to Japan for five days, starting Monday, April 30th. While there, he will be performing at two Tokyo Yakult Swallows games on May 2nd and 3rd.

Last night, the Phanatic learned that he is taking a trip to Japan,...

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Phillies, D-backs open series in battle between early-season juggernauts

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor Two of the National League's top three teams — the Philadelphia Phillies (14-7) and Arizona Diamondbacks (15-6) — will open a three-game series Tuesday evening at Citizens Bank Park. Diamondbacks southpaw Robbie Ray and Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez will each make their fifth starts of the season. The Phillies are coming off of their first four-game sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time since May 12-15, 1994. The club...

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Phillies to sign Trevor Plouffe

The Phillies have struck a minor-league deal with veteran third baseman Trevor Plouffe, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). (H/t to Eric English, who first tweeted the connection.)Details are sparse beyond the fact that it is a minors arrangement. Plouffe spent the spring in camp with the Rangers but ultimately asked for his release after failing to crack the MLB roster.The 31-year-old Plouffe returned to the open market in search of an opportunity to earn his...

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Phillies prospect Ranger Suarez named EL Player of the Week

Steven Kiebach/SportsTalkPhilly   By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor   The Philadelphia Phillies (14-7) are on a roll and trail the New York Mets by just half a game for first place in the NL East. Sure, it's early, but the youthful Phillies have come alive and it is an exciting team to watch with the plethora of up-and-coming talent whether it be Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta, Scott Kingery or Rhys Hoskins. Don't let the current big league success let you forget that the...

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Betting the Phillies against the spread has been risky early on

Remember the first week of the baseball season when it seemed Gabe Kapler didn’t have a clue what he was doing? That seems like a distant memory already as the Phillies have strung together wins, rising to second place in the NL East just a half game behind the Mets for the division lead and already sitting a game up in the wild-card standings. But for those trying to make a few bucks betting on Phillies games this season, the early results have been a bit up-and-down. Every game this...

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Inbox: What's the evidence Santana will hit?

Will Carlos Santana heat up at the plate? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

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Scott Kingery On Pace to Make More History

The accidental utility man could wind up as the most versatile rookie MLB has ever seen

When Phillies rookie Scott Kingery first set foot on a big league field last month, he was already a major league record holder: the six-year, $24 million contract he signed late in spring training was the largest guaranteed deal ever for a player with no major league service time. A few weeks into his career, Kingery has given strong hints that the Phillies made a wise decision to lock him up: he’s...

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Arrieta tabbed to extend staff streak

Jake Arrieta looked more like the 2015 National League Cy Young winner in a win against the Pirates last Wednesday. He allowed one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out 10. The Phillies' rotation has gone 12 straight games allowing three earned runs or fewer.

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Liz Roscher

Sweep sweepity sweep sweep: Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Oh how SWEEP it is... I’ll show myself out.

The Phillies did it again. They stayed with the Pirates the entire game, and beat them in the end. They won 3-2.

Like the two previous games I recapped in this series, the baseball was deeply, deeply frustrating and boring through the bulk of the innings. Both the Pirates and the Phillies sent good pitchers to the mound today in Trevor Williams and Nick Pivetta (respectively). Pivetta outdueled Williams by 1?3 of an inning, and they both allowed...

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Pivetta does it all; Altherr walks off in 11th

Altherr's one-out single scored Andrew Knapp with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th as the Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon. Nick Pivetta gave the Phillies another solid outing from a starting pitcher. Pivetta went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, walking two and striking out seven. The only blemish on his afternoon came in the top of the fifth, when he surrendered a two-run homer to Pirates catcher Elias Diaz that...

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Justin Klugh

Game Thread 4/22: Pirates at Phillies

It’s Nick Pivetta in control as the Phillies go for a four-game sweep of the Buccos Sunday afternoon.

Yesterday, the Phillies won the third of four games against the Pirates, Aaron Nola spun a gem through a mix of composure and curveballs, and Rhys Hoskins reenacted the Philly Special while circling the bases after hitting a lead-taking three-run bomb. The Phillies are 13-7 after a 1-4 start and are currently contending for the top spot in the NL East. The Nationals are under .500.

I...

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Paul Boyé

Tommy Hunter Flips the Matchup Script

The burden on the bullpen’s righties to get lefties out has increased. Here’s how Hunter might do his part.

For the immediate future, the Phillies will be operating on a bit of a tilt.

Tommy Hunter, one part of Matt Klentak’s suite of offseason acquisitions, was activated from the disabled list Sunday morning. To make room, sidewinding lefty Hoby Milner was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, leaving the Phillies still with eight relievers...but now only one lefty. Period. On the...

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Phillies vie for sweep, National League East lead in series finale

The Philadelphia Phillies are off to their best start in Citizens Bank Park history, having won eight of  their first nine games at the 15-year-old venue (Matt Rappa/Sports Talk Philly). By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor Off to their best home start since 1981 — 8-1 — the Philadelphia Phillies (13-7) will look for their third series sweep in a Sunday matinee opposite RHP Trevor Williams and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-9) at Citizens Bank Park. Manager Gabe Kapler's squad...

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Pivetta looks to sweep Pirates on Sunday

The Phillies will look to sweep the Pirates in the final game of a four-game set on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET. The Pirates will go with 26-year-old right-hander Trevor Williams, who has been dominant over his first four starts of the year. The Phillies' pitchers have been stingy of late as well and Nick Pivetta looks to continue a streak of 11 games allowing 3 earned runs or less.

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Rhys Hoskins swats big home run, calls his own 'Philly Special' while rounding the bases

The Super Bowl party is far from over in Philadelphia

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Liz Roscher

Philly Special: Phillies 6, Pirates 2

I love this team. I love them so much.

When I look back on the end of this season, I’ll be able to identify the exact moment I got completely on board with this team.

are they saving the Philly Special for when they are in the World Series? pic.twitter.com/XZCKRb5wH0

— chris jones¯_(?)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) April 21, 2018

That’s Rhys Hoskins calling some Philly Special play action as he rounds the bases after hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning. That fills me...

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Nola dazzles, Hoskins muscles up in win

On a chilly Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies just needed to practice patience and hope that at some point, a break would fall their way. That break came in the sixth of the Phillies 6-2 win, and no one benefitted more than starter Aaron Nola. The right-hander continued an 8-game stretch of performances where he allowed two earned runs or fewer, dating back to last season. In the sixth, Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana appeared to get hit by a pitch, but home-plate...

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Phillies Option Hoby Milner

The corresponding move is yet to be announced, but smart money is on Tommy Hunter’s arrival Following Saturday’s afternoon’s win over the Pirates - the Phils’ third straight and twelfth in their last 15 overall - the Phillies announced that left-handed reliever Hoby Milner had been optioned to Lehigh Valley. Although the move wasn’t officially announced in the wake of that announcement, it seems this move is a harbinger of the arrival of offseason acquisition Tommy Hunter. At first...

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Hoskins launches go-ahead 3-run homer in 6th

Rhys Hoskins knew when he hit the first offering from Pirates reliever Michael Feliz, it would land deep in foul territory. The Phillies' left fielder also knew that with one out and runners on the corners, he still had an opportunity to make an impact on a wind-swept afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Six pitches later, he did just that, pulling a long three-run home run to give the Phillies a one-run lead.

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