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8/28/2016 | Ellis' first game with Phils one to remember

A.J. Ellis could not hide his disappointment Thursday, when the Dodgers blindsided him and traded him to the Phillies. But as Ellis joined the Phillies on Saturday, he said his feelings of disappointment had started to fade and he had refocused and found a new purpose with his new team.

8/28/2016 | For Phils' Velasquez, another step forward

Vince Velasquez did not pitch to perfection Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, but he pitched to positive results anyway. He needed them.

8/28/2016 | Phillies pull Hellickson off waivers

Any small chance that Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson had to be traded before the end of the season has become no chance.

8/28/2016 | In Phils debut, Ellis sinks Mets with big hit

In his debut with the Phillies, catcher A.J. Ellis broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double, highlighting a four-run frame in a 5-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field.

8/28/2016 | Nats' Roark, Phils' Thompson look to find groove

Tanner Roark will look to bounce back from a rare abbreviated outing when he faces rookie Jake Thompson and the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday.

8/28/2016 | Blanco rejoining Phils after rosters expand

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Andres Blanco is the best utility player he has seen in 48 years. Blanco has not played since July 24 because of a broken left index finger. He said Sunday morning at Citi Field that he expects to rejoin the team sometime after the Phillies' roster can expand Thursday, although it likely will be after that.

8/28/2016 | Groome, Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

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.

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