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Austin Hedges had four hits, including a tiebreaking homer in the seventh, and Joey Lucchesi pitched six strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Phillies star Bryce Harper left Sunday's game against the Padres because of dehydration.
Dinelson Lamet pitched six solid innings, Ty France hit a tiebreaking single and the San Diego Padres cooled off the Philadelphia Phillies with a 5-3 victory Saturday night.
Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was trying to pitch despite a bone spur in his right elbow, will have season-ending surgery, the team said Saturday. The team also put center fielder Roman Quinn on the 10-day IL because of a groin strain.
Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game, Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto also went deep and Philadelphia's resurgent offense remained red-hot in an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Buster talks to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer about Charlie Manuel's impact and if last night's game-winner could spark a turnaround for Bryce Harper.
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss league-wide bullpen struggles, Pete Alonso's versatility and if Bryce Harper's heroics last night will launch the turning point for him and the Phillies (12:14). Then, Jessica Mendoza provides the latest on the LLWS before previewing this weekend's Williamsport Classic (25:54). Plus, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies and Charlie Manuel's impact on the team (40:52).
The Phillies star produced a signature highlight in walking off the Cubs. Love him or hate him, the game could use more of the same down the stretch.
Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Phillies over the Cubs 7-5 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Buster returns from vacation and speaks to Keith Law about the historical significance of Albert Pujols' record for most hits by a foreign-born player, if Jake Arrieta will ever reclaim his former glory and how the home run boom has made talent evaluation more difficult (10:16). Then, Sarah Langs brings "The Numbers Game" (38:01) and Pirates OF Bryan Reynolds talks about his big year (42:42).
It was a night of homecomings on Wednesday, as former Phillies ace Cole Hamels was rocked in his first start at Citizens Bank Park since he was traded in 2015, and in the Phils' dugout, former manager Charlie Manuel debuted as the team's hitting coach.
J.T. Realmuto hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper went deep twice and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Charlie Manuel's first game as hitting coach, ruining Cole Hamels' return home Wednesday night.
Charlie Manuel was back in red pinstripes in his old dugout with a new role as hitting coach exactly six years to the day he managed his last game for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bryce Harper isn't setting the baseball world on fire this season. But on his very first day as a Phillie, he told us exactly what to expect.
Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta said he "probably" will not pitch again this season if he has arthroscopic surgery for a bone spur in his right elbow. "This is what I have to do," he said.
J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with an RBI double in the seventh inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Phillies GM Matt Klentak said Tuesday that no decision has been made on Jake Arrieta's status for the rest of the season. The right-hander has been pitching through a bone spur in his elbow.
This Just In
The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former manager Charlie Manuel as hitting coach after relieving John Mallee of his duties, the team announced Tuesday. Manuel, 75, last managed the Phillies in 2013. He is the franchise's winningest manager with a 780-636 mark, leading the team to a 2008 World Series championship and five straight division titles. He will assume his new role immediately, the team said. He has previously twice served as a hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians, with whom he also was manager from 2000 to 2002. After he was fired by the Phillies, Manuel was brought back into the fold as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro in 2014. The Phillies are two games back in the National League wild-card race. They trail the Atlanta Braves by nine games in the NL East standings through Monday.
Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in Phillies history, is returning to the dugout to serve as the team's new hitting coach. The 75-year-old Manuel last managed the team in 2013.
Should the right-hander keep pitching with a bone spur in his elbow while the Phillies chase a playoff spot or shut it down for the sake of 2020 and beyond?
Games in London, Puerto Rico and... Iowa? Next season's schedule has more than the usual collection of quirks.
As the Mets climb back into the race, the Yankees and Astros keep finding ways to get stronger.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta says he hopes to have a conversation with the team in the coming days to decide whether he needs to rest to take care of a bone spur in his elbow.