Ryan Howard's loving family was a factor behind his rise to prominence. Now, the loss of that support system is at least partially behind his decline.
The Phillies on Tuesday announced changes to their development staff, adding former major-leaguers Brian Sweeney and Pat Borders.
The Phillies are reportedly conducting background work on several Red Sox prospects who could interest them in Cole Hamels trade talks.

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Their win over the Mariners on Aug. 20 improved the Phils to 6-11 this season in interleague play.