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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres
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Austin Nola's RBI single off brother Aaron lifts Padres past Phillies

June 25, 2022, 5:22 AM

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Austin Nola singled off brother Aaron Nola in the sixth inning Friday night to drive home the game's only run and lead the San Diego Padres to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

Eric Hosmer set up the situation with a one-out double off the Phillies' starting pitcher.

Aaron Nola then got two strikes against his brother. But Austin Nola went to the opposite field with an RBI single to right that broke up a scoreless tie. Earlier in the game, Austin Nola grounded out and struck out against his brother and was 0-for-4 lifetime with two strikeouts and a walk before his decisive single.

Austin Nola is the first player since 1900 to get the game-winning hit off his brother that was the only RBI in the game. And it's the first time since 1979 that a major league player got the game-winning hit off his brother.

"It felt good to get the hit," said Austin Nola. "But there are mixed feelings. That's my brother. He pitched a heck of a game. I knew he was going to attack me. I just went after it."

Starting left-hander MacKenzie Gore and three relievers shut out the Phillies on five hits to even the series at 1-1.

Gore rebounded from two bad starts to blank the Phillies on three hits and four strikeouts over five innings. In the third, he retired Bryce Harper with the bases loaded on an inning-ending fly to right. Two innings later, he struck Harper out with two on and one out.

Nabil Crismatt (4-0) worked two scoreless innings to get the win. Luis Garcia struck out Rhys Hoskins, Harper and Nick Castellanos in a perfect eighth. And Taylor Rogers picked up his 22nd save, getting Kyle Schwarber to fly out to center to end the game with the bases loaded.

Aaron Nola (4-5) allowed the one run on seven hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts in seven innings to suffer the loss.

--Field Level Media

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Brotherly Love? Phillies' Aaron Nola could face Padres' Austin Nola

June 24, 2022, 12:08 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola will square off against Padres rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore on Friday night in San Diego.

But that's not the matchup everyone is talking about.

Will Nola (4-4, 3.11 ERA) face his brother Austin? Will Austin Nola start at catcher for the Padres for the second straight game so he can bat against his brother? Or will former Phillie Jorge Alfaro serve as the catcher for San Diego?

Nothing is certain with Bob Melvin managing the Padres. After all, San Diego -- which was without Manny Machado -- had its next two leading run producers, Jake Cronenworth and Luke Voit, on the bench during its 6-2 loss to Philadelphia in the series opener on Thursday.

Melvin might have offered a hint of a Nola vs. Nola showdown late Thursday night.

"Nola is swinging the bat a lot better," Melvin said of his catcher. "He's squaring things up and using the entire field. When he was struggling earlier ... it's hard to put that behind you at times."

But Austin Nola had two hits Thursday for a second straight game. Over the past nine games, he is 11-for-29 with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs and five runs while raising his average 20 points to .239.

"Austin and I enjoy competition," Aaron Nola said last year. "I don't think it's as much a brother thing as it is doing well for your team."

Until now, Austin Nola has three career plate appearances against his brother. He is 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk.

"We both have the same mindset when we're facing each other one-to-one," Austin Nola said. "My hope is that we're playing on the same team at some time."

"Austin was always the leader in our off-season workouts," Aaron Nola said. "He pushed me. He was always positive. I was so happy when reached the majors. I had tears in my eyes. He busted his butt. I'm biased as his brother, but how could you not want it for a guy like that?"

Except maybe when they're facing one another.

Aaron Nola did not face the Padres earlier this season when the teams met in Philadelphia. He is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA in seven career meetings vs. San Diego.

He will make his 15th start of the season Friday with a National League-leading 0.87 WHIP to go with a .206 opponents' batting average. He has given up 32 runs (31 earned) on 67 hits and 11 walks with 99 strikeouts in 89 2/3 innings.

Aaron Nola and Gore (4-3, 3.64 ERA) have one thing in common: Both are former first-round draft picks of their respective teams. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft out of LSU, and Gore was the third overall pick in the 2017 draft out of high school.

Gore allowed three hits with four strikeouts in three innings of relief against the Phillies on May 17. He has given up 14 runs on 14 hits and seven walks in 6 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

In his four previous outings before that, Gore surrendered only one run on 11 hits and eight walks with 29 strikeouts in 22 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
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Phillies' Bryce Harper back in lineup vs. Rangers

June 22, 2022, 4:52 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper was backin the starting lineup against the host Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.

Harper has missed the Phillies' last three games due to a blister on his left hand. He was listed as the team's designated hitter on Wednesday, batting third in the lineup.

Harper, 29, is batting a robust .404 (21-for-52) with five homers and 16 RBIs in 15 games this month. The two-time National League MVP is batting .326 with 15 homers and a team-leading 48 RBIs in 60 games this season.

He is a career .282 hitter with 282 homers, 800 RBIs and 898 runs in 1,343 games with the Washington Nationals and Phillies.

--Field Level Media

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Padres recall C.J. Abrams with Manny Machado ailing

June 20, 2022, 10:37 PM

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After getting his first taste in the major leagues earlier this season, the San Diego Padres placed shortstop C.J. Abrams back on the active roster as third baseman Manny Machado deals with a sprained left ankle.

The Padres still have not placed Machado on the injured list, with Abrams taking the roster spot of right-hander Reiss Knehr, who was optioned to Triple-A El Paso.

Abrams is set to start at shortstop at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, while Ha-Seong Kim moves to third base.

Abrams, the former No. 6 overall draft pick in 2019, played 20 games for the Padres earlier this season, batting .182 with one home run and four RBIs. The 21-year-old was sent down to Triple-A where he batted .314 in 30 games with an .871 OPS and had seven home runs with 28 RBIs.

Knehr, 25, did not give up a run in two appearances (6 2/3 innings) this season. By sending Knehr down, the Padres are now at the required 13-man pitching staff.

Machado, 29, was injured when he slipped over the first base bag in Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies. The five-time All-Star is batting .328 with a .945 OPS and 12 home runs with 46 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

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Phillies acquire utility INF Daniel Robertson from Twins

June 20, 2022, 5:51 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired utility infielder Daniel Robertson from the Minnesota Twins on Monday in exchange for cash considerations.

Robertson, 28, is batting .183 in 17 games with Triple-A St. Paul this season after hitting just .164 with two homers and four RBIs in 50 games in 2021 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Robertson is a career .227 hitter with 18 homers and 78 RBIs in 299 games with the Tampa Bay Rays (2017-19), San Francisco Giants (2020) and Brewers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
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Padres 3B Manny Machado exits with ankle injury

June 19, 2022, 8:27 PM

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San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado departed Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies in with an apparent left ankle injury.

Machado was injured while running out a dribbler in his first-inning at-bat. He was out in a close play and stepped on first base with his left foot and awkwardly slid on the top of the bag and then badly rolled the ankle on his first step on the dirt.

Machado walked off the field with assistance but didn't appear to be able to put much weight on the leg.

Machado is a leading National League MVP candidate, batting .328 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 66 games.

Sergio Alcantara replaced Machado at third base.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals
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Phillies' Bryce Harper (hand) out of lineup vs. Nationals

June 19, 2022, 4:16 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper remained out of the starting lineup against the host Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon due to a blister on his left hand.

The Phillies, who entered the contest having won 14 of their last 16 games, have a day off on Monday. They open a two-game interleague series versus the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.

Philadelphia interim manager Rob Thomson said the injury occurred "just from reps, hitting in the cage, all that stuff."

Harper, 29, is batting a robust .404 (21-for-52) with five homers and 16 RBIs in 15 games this month. The two-time National League MVP is batting .326 with 15 homers and a team-leading 48 RBIs in 60 games this season.

--Field Level Media

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Phillies trade RHP James Norwood to Red Sox for cash

June 18, 2022, 6:56 PM

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The Boston Red Sox acquired right-hander James Norwood from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.

Norwood was designated for assignment Monday after going 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in 20 relief appearances. He struck out 22 and walked nine in 17 1/3 innings.

The Phillies acquired Norwood in a March 30 trade that sent minor league infielder Kervin Pichardo and cash to the San Diego Padres.

Norwood, 28, is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in 48 games (no starts) for the Chicago Cubs (2018-20), Padres (2021) and Phillies.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Chicago Cubs
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Padres send Joe Musgrove to COVID-IL, activate Mike Clevinger

June 18, 2022, 3:34 AM

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The San Diego Padres activated right-hander Mike Clevinger from the COVID-related injury list and sent fellow right-hander Joe Musgrove to the COVID-IL.

Clevinger, who missed a week, will be available out of the Padres' bullpen this weekend before the team decides when to slot him back into the starting rotation. He is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts this season.

Musgrove has enjoyed a terrific start to his second season in San Diego. He is 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 12 starts.

The Padres also promoted right-hander Reiss Knehr from Triple-A El Paso and optioned right-hander Kyle Tyler. The team transferred first baseman-outfielder Matt Beaty to the 60-day injured list.

--Field Level Media

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Padres star Fernando Tatis (wrist) not ready to swing bat

June 14, 2022, 11:45 PM

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San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis' surgically repaired left wrist hasn't yet healed enough for him to swing a bat, general manager A.J. Preller told reporters Tuesday.

Tatis had the wrist re-examined on Monday in the Phoenix area by Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed the surgery on March 16. Dr. Sheridan saw healing in the wrist but not enough to let him starting swinging the lumber.

"Another MRI scan continues to show healing, but it was not quite at the level for ... a full green light," Preller said. "Basically we're in a spot where we're going to progress week-to-week."

Preller said he was fine with the doctor's decision.

"From the beginning, this was all about the long term and a long relationship with Fernando in his career," Preller said. "We're going to be very cautious. This falls in line with that."

Tatis, 23, reportedly injured the wrist in an offseason motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

When the surgery was performed, it was estimated Tatis would miss three months.

Tatis has been throwing and working on his conditioning. He has fielded rolled ground balls but the Padres haven't wanted him to do anything that risks a setback.

"He wants to get back on the field and play," Preller said. "He obviously loves playing. ... I think he understands that this is about what's best for him long-term. I know he feels good, and he feels like he can go out there and do this. But he was very mature in: 'Hey, I'm going to trust what the doctors are saying.'"

Tatis signed a 14-year, $340 million contract prior to the 2021 season and then placed third in National League MVP balloting. He led the NL with 42 homers and also had 97 RBIs and 25 steals while batting .282.

In three seasons, Tatis has a .292 career average with 81 homers, 195 RBIs and 52 steals in 273 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
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Phillies recall LHP Jose Alvarado from Lehigh Valley

June 12, 2022, 3:56 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies recalled pitcher Jose Alvarado from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned fellow left-hander Cristopher Sanchez to the IronPigs on Sunday.

Alvarado, 27, is 0-1 with a 7.62 ERA in 17 relief appearances with the Phillies this season. He is 1-0 with one save and a 0.00 ERA in four games with Lehigh Valley.

Alvarado owns a 9-17 record with 20 saves and a 3.93 ERA in 230 games (one start) for the Tampa Bay Rays (2017-20) and Phillies.

Sanchez, 25, is 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA in eight appearances (one start) for Philadelphia this year. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three games (two starts) with the IronPigs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies
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Padres put Ps Mike Clevinger, Adrian Morejon on COVID IL

June 11, 2022, 6:39 PM

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The San Diego Padres placed right-hander Mike Clevinger and left-hander Adrian Morejon on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday.

The Padres recalled left-hander Ray Kerr and right-hander Reiss Knehr from Triple-A El Paso. Also, the team recalled outfielder Brent Rooker from the Triple-A club as the 27th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Clevinger, who was scratched from his scheduled start in the first game on Saturday, is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts this season. The 31-year-old owns a 45-23 record with a 3.19 ERA in 109 career appearances (96 starts) with the Cleveland franchise (2016-20) and San Diego.

Morejon, 23, didn't allow a hit in two scoreless innings of relief in his lone appearance in 2022 with the Padres.

Kerr, 27, is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 relief appearances this season with El Paso.

Knehr, 25, owns a 3-4 record with a 7.84 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts) in 2022 with the Chihuahuas.

Rooker, 27, is batting .236 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 29 games this season with El Paso.

--Field Level Media

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Giants acquire C Austin Wynns from Phillies

June 8, 2022, 5:30 PM

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The San Francisco Giants acquired catcher Austin Wynns from Philadelphia on Wednesday after sending Joey Bart back to the minors.

The Giants sent minor league left-hander Michael Plassmeyer and cash to the Phillies in exchange for Wynns.

Wynns, 31, never appeared in a game for Philadelphia. He batted .365 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Wynns batted .216 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 115 games over parts of three seasons (2018-19, 2021) with the Baltimore Orioles.

He signed as a free agent with Philadelphia in March.

Bart, 25, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento after Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Bart has struggled at the plate, posting a .156/.296/.300 slash line with four homers and seven RBIs in 36 games.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Bart's career average is at .201 through 71 games over three seasons.

Philadelphia sent Plassmeyer, 25, to Lehigh Valley. He went 0-6 with a 7.38 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) this season at Sacramento.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
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Phillies place INF Johan Camargo (knee) on 10-day IL

June 7, 2022, 8:10 PM

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Philadelphia placed infielder Johan Camargo on the 10-day injured list Tuesday among a series of roster moves.

Camargo has a right knee strain and his IL designation is retroactive to Monday.

The Phillies also recalled outfielder Matt Vierling and selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and placed right-hander Zack Wheeler on the paternity list.

Camargo, 28, is batting .246 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 44 games this season. Defensively, he has started games at shortstop and first, second and third base.

Wheeler, 32, is 4-3 with a 3.14 ERA through 10 starts. He has struck out 67 and walked 15 batters in 57 1/3 innings.

Vierling, 25, opened the season with Philadelphia and batted .170 with two doubles and four RBIs in 23 games.

Kingery, 28, had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder last July. He hit .185 with one homer and six RBIs in 16 games this season at Triple-A.

--Field Level Media

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Phillies activate SS Didi Gregorius (knee) from injured list

June 5, 2022, 4:35 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day injured list on Sunday.

Gregorius has been sidelined by a left knee sprain since last playing in a game on May 4.

Gregorius, 32, is batting .288 with four doubles and seven RBIs in 18 games in his third season with Philadelphia. He is a career .260 hitter with 133 homers and 518 RBIs in 1,032 games with the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Phillies.

Also on Sunday, the Phillies place infielder Nick Maton on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder sprain. The move was made retroactive to Saturday.

Maton, 25, went 3-for-6 with a triple, homer and four RBIs in two games this season with Philadelphia. He has batted .268 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 54 career games with the Phillies.

--Field Level Media