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Philadelphia Phillies 

Phils hold private workout for Cuban slugger Tomas

The Phillies got a much closer look Monday at Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. A source confirmed reports the team privately worked out Tomas in the Dominican Republic.

Inbox: How will Phils' offseason play out?

In the latest Phillies Inbox, beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers fans' questions on what to expect this offseason, the status of the outfield and whether Jonathan Papelbon could be on the trade market.

Phils drop seesaw finale with A's in 10th

Despite rallying for ties after falling behind three times in the series finale, the Phillies were saddled with an 8-6 walk-off loss in 10 innings to the AL Wild Card-leading A's on Sunday in Oakland.

First career save a testament to Giles' progress

Phillies rookie setup man Ken Giles recorded his first career save on Saturday, which also marked his 24th birthday. And to think, when he turned 23, Giles was getting prepared for the Arizona Fall League after a disappointing season at the Class A Advanced level.

Brown expects to return from injured wrist Tuesday

Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown, dealing with a sore wrist, said he was available to pinch-hit for Sunday's series finale against the A's and he expects to be back in the starting lineup against the Marlins on Tuesday.

Red-hot Hamels leads Phillies vs. rival Marlins

The Phillies begin a three-game set against the Marlins on Tuesday. Cole Hamels will get the ball for Philadelphia, which trails Miami in the NL East. The Marlins will send Henderson Alvarez to the mound.

Williams' third win vs. A's one for the books

Jerome Williams made baseball history on Saturday -- albeit in bizarre fashion -- as he became the first pitcher ever to earn three wins against the same team in one season as a member of three different clubs.

Rollins progressing, but return uncertain

Jimmy Rollins, who has been out with a strained left hamstring since Sept. 8, continues to work on running the bases, and it remains unclear whether he will return this season.

Galvis helps Williams earn historic 'W' over A's

Freddy Galvis' two-run homer aided Jerome Williams in making baseball history as the right-hander became the first pitcher to earn three wins against the same opponent in a season as a member of three different teams when he lifted the Phillies to a 3-0 win over the A's on Saturday.

Phillies bats stay quiet in loss to Oakland

David Buchanan was good, not great, on Friday in the Phillies' first game at Coliseum since 2008, but a three-run second inning by the hosts was enough to spell defeat against Jon Lester and the A's. Philadelphia fell, 3-1, and has now dropped nine of its last 13 games on the heels of a 19-14 stretch.

Phillies pitching prospect suspended 50 games

Right-hander Shane Watson, the Phillies' first pick of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Kendrick, offense unable to find rhythm in SD

Kyle Kendrick labored through five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and five walks as the Phillies dropped the series finale, 7-3, to the Padres in San Diego.

Gwynn Jr. forging ahead after his father's passing

For Tony Gwynn Jr., there hasn't been much time to mourn. The baseball season has a pace and presence to it that demands staying in the present and not reflecting on the past. There are signs and stories and memories of his famous father everywhere. Gwynn Sr., the Hall of Fame right fielder and eternal Padre, passed away June 16 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland.

Sandberg wants Revere to revisit approach

The Phillies' future plans include improvement in the outfield, and manager Ryne Sandberg suggested that center fielder Ben Revere should strive to hit 30-40 doubles in a season. Revere entered Thursday with 13 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, and a .690 OPS.

Ruf spells Howard at 1B in back-to-back games

With Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in a recent slump, Darin Ruf started consecutive games at first base for the first time since late July.

Ruf makes his case for playing time with big night

Darin Ruf went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in a 5-2 victory over the Padres at Petco Park on Wednesday night.

Cryptic Burnett hints at health issue

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park that he was unaware of any health issues for A.J. Burnett, other than the inguinal hernia he has had since April.

Power-seeking Phillies keen on Cuban outfielder Tomas

The Phillies need some big bats in the middle of the lineup. Internally, Phillies officials acknowledge Chase Utley (.660 OPS since May 28) and Ryan Howard (.685 OPS this season) would be better suited hitting somewhere other than third and fourth in the lineup.

Sixty years ago, A's play last home game in Philadelphia

Exactly 60 years ago Friday, the Philadelphia A's departed the corner of 21st and Lehigh for a train that would take them to play the Boston Braves, beginning a season-ending road trip. They never returned.

Umpire West suspended one game for contact with Papelbon

Umpire Joe West was suspended by Major League Baseball for one game Wednesday for making contact with Phillies reliever Jonathon Papelbon during an argument on Sunday.

Would replay have changed history for '77 Phillies?

Phillies fans have to wonder how vastly different things might have turned out if a replay system had been available on Oct. 7, 1977, during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on what will always be remembered as Black Friday. It's all speculation, naturally, but the potential ripple effect is profound.

Burnett coy about future after giving up lead in loss

A.J. Burnett allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings on his way to his 17th loss of the season in a 5-4 loss to the Padres. Burnett, who leads Major League Baseball in losses and walks, is the first Phillies pitcher to lose 17 games in a season since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997

Rollins named Phillies' nominee for Clemente Award

Major League Baseball named Jimmy Rollins the Phillies' 2014 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The award recognizes the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Gwynn Jr. gets start in city his late father starred in

Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Padres, died in June following a battle with salivary cancer. His son, Tony Gwynn Jr. returned to Petco Park for the first time since his father died. He learned Tuesday afternoon he would start that night's game, a nice moment for the son of the Padres legend.

Papelbon suspended seven games for gesture

Major League Baseball suspended Jonathan Papelbon for seven games Monday and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in the top of the ninth inning Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Williams' brilliant start foiled by silent bats

Petco Park lived up to its reputation as a pitcher's park Monday night. Or were the Phillies living up to their reputation in a 1-0 loss to the Padres?

Marlins win challenge on close play at first base in Philly

Enrique Hernandez believed he beat the throw, and instant replay confirmed his instincts in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.

Papelbon's rough ninth spoils Buchanan's bid for win

Jonathan Papelbon blew a three-run lead in the ninth as he loaded the bases with no outs before a groundout and back-to-back singles made it a tie ballgame. With Marcell Ozuna batting and Christian Yelich at third, Papelbon's bitter afternoon got worse, as a wild pitch allowed the decisive run to score in Miami's 5-4 victory.

Key connections: Star-Spangled Banner, baseball forever linked

The celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is on, as Francis Scott Key's memory is honored for his poetic description of the "dawn's early light" of Sept. 14, 1814, at the height of the War of 1812. With that in mind, two centuries later, we go around the horn with nine things to know about the song that is now eternally connected to the Grand Old

Brown day to day with right wrist tenderness

Left fielder Domonic Brown is day to day with right wrist tenderness, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said after Friday night's 3-1 loss to the A's.

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