Spending spree underway, how deep and full are Phillies' pockets?

Spending spree underway, how deep and full are Phillies' pockets?
LAS VEGAS - The Phillies came into the offseason promising to spend money to add pitching, defense and a power bat for the lineup. On Tuesday, the second day of baseball's Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Phillies agreed to terms with outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a three-year, $50 million deal, pending a physical. But even with that kind of spending, reports are that the Phillies are could sign either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. Phillies ownership has a target on its...
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Opposite dugout: Series against Nationals looms large for fading Phillies' playoff chances

Opposite dugout: Series against Nationals looms large for fading Phillies' playoff chances
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 74-68 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (22 HR, 66 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrera (21 HR, 65 RBIs), 2B César Hernández (.258), LF Rhys Hoskins (30 HR, 88 RBIs), RF Nick Williams (17 HR, 50 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (16-4, 2.29 ERA), RHP Seranthony Domínguez (14 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 8-8 Pitching probables: Sept. 10: RHP Erick Fedde (1-3) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (10-9). 7:05 p.m., MASNSept. 11: RHP Tanner Roark (8-15)...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies firmly in NL East and wild card races

Opposite dugout: Phillies firmly in NL East and wild card races
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 70-60 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (22 HR, 66 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrera (20 HR, 64 RBIs), 2B César Hernández (.259), LF Rhys Hoskins (26 HR, 81 RBIs), RF Nick Williams (17 HR, 49 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (15-3, 2.13 ERA), RHP Seranthony Domínguez (14 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 7-6 Pitching probables: Aug. 27: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-7) vs. RHP Zach Eflin (9-4), 7:05 p.m., MASN2Aug. 28: RHP Max Scherzer (16-6)...
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Scherzer good for Nats, Nola better in 2-0 Phillies win

Scherzer good for Nats, Nola better in 2-0 Phillies win
On this day, in a battle of National League Cy Young candidates, Max Scherzer was good, but Aaron Nola was just a little bit better. Scherzer went seven innings, allowing only a two-run homer by Odúbel Herrera in the seventh that lifted the Phillies past the Nationals 2-0, preventing a three-game sweep. Scherzer allowed just one other hit, struck out 10 and walked four. He threw 109 pitches, 65 for strikes. It was the 14th time this season he has stuck out 10 or more batters in a game and...
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Nats 2019 schedule released; opens March 28 against Mets at home

Nats 2019 schedule released; opens March 28 against Mets at home
The 15th season of Nationals baseball opens the 2019 campaign at home Thursday, March 28 against the New York Mets. It is the earliest start to a season in Nationals history. Major League Baseball wanted to start the season a week early again this season, as they did last season, so that they can build in an extra three or four off days in each campaign. The Nats open with three games at home against the Mets and then two games against the Phillies, April 2 and 3. The Nats will have 13...
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Opposite dugout: Series with Nats looms large over Phillies' playoff chances

Opposite dugout: Series with Nats looms large over Phillies' playoff chances
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 68-56 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (.281 with 20 HR, 61 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrera (10 HR, 62 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (25 HR, 77 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (18 HR, 69 RBIs), RHP Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.70 ERA), RHP Aaron Nola (14-3, 3.24 ERA), RHP Seranthony Domínguez (14 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 6-4 Pitching probables: Aug. 21: RHP Vince Velasquez (8-9) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (8-12), 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Aug. 22: RHP Zach Eflin...
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Braves, Nationals set sights on upending Phillies in NL East

Braves, Nationals set sights on upending Phillies in NL East
As the major league season resumes, the question looms: Can the inconsistent Nationals overtake the Phillies and Braves to win another National League East championship? The Nationals, who have lost in the NL Division Series in four different seasons, will have all they can do to get back to the postseason. They start tonight at home against the Braves. The Nationals, who have been bounced from the postseason in the first round in four different seasons by four different teams, are season...
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Opposite dugout: Day-tripping Phillies travel down I-95 for makeup against O's

Opposite dugout: Day-tripping Phillies travel down I-95 for makeup against O's
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 51-40 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: CF Odúbel Herrera (16 HR, 52 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (14 HR, 51 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (14 HR, 56 RBIs), 3B Maikel Franco (.274), RHP Seranthony Domínguez (8 SV) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-0 Pitching probables: 7-3 July 12: RHP Nick Pivetta (5-7) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (4-6), 6:05 p.m., MASN2 Inside the Phillies: The Phillies split their four-game series with the Mets after allowing a walk-off homer to the...
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Opposite dugout: Surprising Phillies remain in contention in NL East

Opposite dugout: Surprising Phillies remain in contention in NL East
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 45-37 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: CF Odúbel Herrera (.283 with 14 HR, 47 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (14 HR, 51 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (14 HR, 48 RBIs), 3B Maikel Franco (10 HR, 38 RBIs), RHP Zach Eflin (6-2, 3.02 ERA), RHP Aaron Nola (10-2, 2.48 ERA), RHP Seranthony Dominguez (7 saves, 1.98 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 0-1 Pitching probables: July 3: RHP Alex Cobb (2-9 ) vs. RHP Zach Eflin (6-2), 7:05p.m., MASN2 July 4: TBA vs. RHP Aaron Nola...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies hope to build momentum against struggling Nationals

Opposite dugout: Phillies hope to build momentum against struggling Nationals
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 42-36 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: LF Rhys Hoskins (43 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrera (.298, 13 HR, 45 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (46 RBIs), 2B César Hernández (.264, 12 SB), 3B Maikel Franco (38 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (9-2, 2.58 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: June 28: RHP Tanner Roark (3-8) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (9-2), 7:05 p.m., MASN2June 29 RHP Erick Fedde (0-3) vs. RHP Nick Pivetta (4-6), 7:05 p.m., MASN2June 30: RHP...
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Martinez explains keeping Rodriguez in after rain delay

Martinez explains keeping Rodriguez in after rain delay
Nationals right-hander Jefrey Rodriguez pitched to a pair of batters into the fifth inning following the 38-minute rain delay Sunday night against the Phillies. He allowed four runs on five hits in four innings with three walks (one intentional) and three strikeouts. The Nationals came from behind to beat the Phillies, 8-6, to salvage the third game of the series before heading to St. Petersburg, Fla. "I feel like I did a good job," Rodriguez said via team interpreter Octavio Martinez. After...
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Game 76 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

Game 76 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies
The Nats have now lost seven of their last nine games, and are now 18-20 at home and 11-13 in the National League East. So before they head out on a six-game road trip, they need to get away with a win or be saddled with their third home series sweep loss of the season. In order for the club to get a win, they will need a solid start from an inexperienced starter in right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66 ERA), who is looking for his first win in his major league career. Rodriguez did fairly...
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Game 75 lineups: Phillies at Nats

Game 75 lineups: Phillies at Nats
With a glut of healthy outfielders, it was a forgone conclusion that Michael A. Taylor would be the odd man out. Bryce Harper needs to play to get untracked, Juan Soto continues to sizzle and Adam Eaton can be a difference-maker at the top of the Nationals lineup when healthy. But instead of being the square peg trying to fit into the proverbial round hole, Taylor has made the most of the opportunities he's had, and is making manager Davey Martinez's choices more complicated. But even though...
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Opposite Dugout: Phillies ready to see a whole lot of Nationals

Opposite Dugout: Phillies ready to see a whole lot of Nationals
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 39-33 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: CF Odúbel Herrera (.299, 12 HR, 41 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (41 RBIs), 1B Carlos Santana (41 RBIs), 2B César Hernández (.262, 10 SB), 3B Maikel Franco (36 RBIs), RHP Zach Eflin (4-2, 3.43 ERA), RHP Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.55 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-2 Pitching probables: June 22: RHP Tanner Roark (3-7) vs. RHP Zach Eflin (4-2), 7:05 p.m., MASNJune 23: RHP Erick Fedde (0-2) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (8-2),...
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Opposite Dugout: Rebuilding Phillies have surprised in early going

Opposite Dugout: Rebuilding Phillies have surprised in early going
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 23-16 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (7 HR, 28 RBIs), LF Rhys Hoskins (5 HR, 25 RBIs), CF Odúbel Herrara (.360, 24 RBIs),1B Carlos Santana (7 HR, 27 RBIs), RHP Nick Pivetta (2-2, 4.15 ERA), RHP Héctor Neris (8 saves)Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-3 in 2015) Pitching probables: May 15: RHP Nick Pivetta (2-2) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-4), 7:05 p.m., MASN2May 16: RHP: Vince Velasquez (3-4) vs.TBA, 12:35 p.m. MASN Inside...
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Phillies turn tables, slam homer early (Nats fall 3-1)

Phillies turn tables, slam homer early (Nats fall 3-1)
The Phillies jumped out quickly in Saturday's game. César Hernández singled and Rhys Hoskins took Nationals starter Tanner Roark to a full count before crushing a pitch over the center field wall. The two-run shot gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead. This was the opposite of the Nats' 3-0 and then 7-0 leads to start the first two innings on Friday night. In the third, Roark walked two but also struck out three. Odúbel Herrera walked to extend his on-base streak to 34 games. Phillies...
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Game 34 lineups: Phillies at Nats (updated)

Game 34 lineups: Phillies at Nats (updated)
The Nationals welcome back third baseman Anthony Rendon to their lineup today. Rendon did well in two rehab appearances for high Single-A Potomac over the past two days, collecting five hits in eight at-bats. He has been out with a hairline fracture in his left big toe. The team has won a season-high six games in a row, so having Rendon back could help the offense get into overdrive. Since manager Davey Martinez switched up the top of the lineup, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams have...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies in a slump after an impressive early-season run

Opposite dugout: Phillies in a slump after an impressive early-season run
Manager: Gabe Kapler (1st season) Record: 17-13 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Odúbel Herrera (.337 with .392 OBP), 3B Maikel Franco (.261 with 23 RBIs), OF Aaron Altherr (.207/.305/.390), RHP Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA), RHP Hector Neris (5 saves, 3.00 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (8-11 in 2017) Pitching probables: May 4: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-1) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-2), 7:05 p.m., MASNMay 5: RHP Vince Velasquez (1-4) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (2-2), 4:05 p.m., MASNMay...
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Nationals clear favorites to win NL East, but must win in postseason

Nationals clear favorites to win NL East, but must win in postseason
After losing four Division Series in the last six seasons, the Nationals go into the season a clear favorite to win the National League East. Last season, they won the division by 20 games over the second-place Marlins. No team has ever won consecutive division titles by at least 20 games. Maybe the Nationals will be the first. Miami, though, is the odds-on favorite to finish last. That leaves the Phillies, Mets and Braves to battle for second place. If the Mets get a healthy rotation, they'll...
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Checking in on the NL East before the Winter Meetings

Checking in on the NL East before the Winter Meetings
Baseball's Winter Meetings start Monday in Orlando, and while a slow-moving market has defined the offseason so far, that doesn't mean that deals - and endless speculation about deals that aren't going to happen - won't start making headlines in the Magic Kingdom. The Nationals are the defending National League East champions with 97 victories and it would be difficult to see why they wouldn't be the favorites to win the division in 2018, thanks to a rotation that has 2017 NL Cy Young...
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