Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Marlins 0

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Instant Replay: Phillies 3, Marlins 0

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MIAMI – Delmon Young homered for the second time in as many games and Cliff Lee pitched his 12th career shutout in leading the Phillies to a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

After a miserable showing behind Cole Hamels in the first game of the series, the Phillies won the next two to run their record to 23-24 heading into Friday night’s NL East clash with Washington.

This is the first time since April 15 that the Phils have been a game under .500. Over the last month, they had gotten to two games under .500 eight times. This was the first time they won the next game. The Phils haven’t been .500 since April 14.

The Phillies had 12 hits in the game. They had 15 in Tuesday night’s win.

Starting pitching report
Lee (5-2) pitched his first shutout since 2011. He allowed just three singles (two were infield hits), walked two and struck out five. Lee also had two hits.

Lee pitched out of big trouble in the second inning when he got Nick Green to ground into a 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded.

Miami right-hander Kevin Slowey couldn’t answer the bell for the sixth inning because of a strained lat muscle. That was a break for the Phils because Slowey allowed just six hits and a run over five innings. He walked none and struck out six.

Slowey has been tough on the Phils this season. He’s given up just two runs in 17 1/3 innings against them.

At the plate
A day after hitting a 398-foot homer to left-center, Delmon Young smacked an 0-2 fastball 400 feet to left-center in the fourth inning for his third homer of the season. The solo shot gave the Phils a 1-0 lead.

The Phils had some two-out success in the sixth after Young reached base on an infield single. Domonic Brown followed with a triple to deep center and Freddy Galvis drove home Brown with a single. Galvis started his second straight game in place of Chase Utley.

Bullpen report
Lee completed the game in 115 pitches and gave the Phillies’ bullpen the night off.

Marlins reliever Wade LeBlanc allowed five hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

In the field
Young had a terrific game in right field. He made a nice running catch on Marcell Ozuna’s sinking liner in the fourth and gunned down Chris Coghlan from near the warning track as Coghlan tried to advance to second on a fly ball in the fifth.

Injury report
Utley is headed for an MRI and possibly the disabled list. Mike Adams should be ready to go Tuesday or Wednesday. Details here (see story).

Transaction
After the game, the Phillies sent reliever Phillippe Aumont to Triple A so he could get more work. The Phillies will add a reliever before Friday night's game. It is believed they will recall right-hander Mike Stutes.

Up next
The Phillies are off Thursday. They open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington on Friday night. Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82) and Jordan Zimmerman (7-2, 1.62) will be the pitchers in that game.

Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.00) opposes Dan Haren (4-5, 5.54) on Saturday night. Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45) pitches Sunday afternoon. The Nats have not named a starter for Sunday.

Instant Replay: Phillies 5, White Sox 3

Instant Replay: Phillies 5, White Sox 3

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CHICAGO — The Phillies got a nice start from Jerad Eickhoff, mostly good bullpen work and plenty of timely hitting in posting a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox in interleague play Wednesday night.
 
The Phils had been outscored 18-1 in losing their previous two games to the White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.
 
The Phillies are 59-68. They are four wins shy of last year’s majors-low total of 63.
 
Starting pitching report
Eickhoff (9-12) pitched six innings of two-run ball and left with a 4-2 lead after throwing just 71 pitches. Eickhoff scattered four hits, walked nine and struck out two. The sixth inning has been a problem for him this season. He has allowed 26 earned runs over 19 innings for a 12.32 ERA in the frame. Eickhoff did hold it together and limited the damage to two runs in the sixth before handing off to the bullpen.
 
Eickhoff’s ERA in the first five innings of a game this season is 2.64.
 
White Sox right-hander James Shields gave up four runs over six innings. He is 5-16 with a 5.98 ERA.
 
Bullpen report
The trio of Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez closed it out for the Phillies.
 
Gomez survived a run in the ninth for his 34th save.
 
Ramos and Neris both pitched a scoreless inning.

Since the All-Star break, Neris has pitched 18 1/3 innings and allowed one run and two walks while striking out 26.
 
At the plate
Tommy Joseph had a nice game with a double, his 17th homer and two runs scored. Aaron Altherr had a pair of RBI singles and scored a run. Freddy Galvis doubled home a run and Cesar Hernandez homered.
 
Dioner Navarro smacked a two-run homer off Eickhoff in the sixth.
 
Trade talk
There’s interest in Carlos Ruiz (see story).
 
Up next
The Phillies are off on Thursday. They open a three-game series against the Mets in New York on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
 
Friday night — LHP Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36)
 
Saturday night — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.60) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61)
 
Sunday afternoon — RHP Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (1-0, 0.00).

Source: Phillies have gotten trade 'nibbles' on Carlos Ruiz

Source: Phillies have gotten trade 'nibbles' on Carlos Ruiz

CHICAGO — Another trade deadline arrives next Wednesday.

Could a Phillies veteran such as Ryan Howard or Carlos Ruiz, the lone holdovers from the 2008 World Series championship team, be on the move?

ESPN reports that both players have cleared waivers, which would make them eligible to be dealt. Players traded after Aug. 1 must first clear waivers. They have to be on a new team’s roster by Sept. 1 to gain postseason eligibility. Players traded after Sept. 1 are not eligible for the postseason.

Howard has been available for a trade for a couple of seasons, but there has been no interest. Even now, with him hitting .339 with seven homers, 16 RBIs and a .742 slugging percentage since the All-Star break (entering Wednesday), there remains little interest, according to sources. Howard is still owed about $16 million in the form of salary and a $10 million contract buyout for 2017, but that would not be an impediment to a deal as the Phils would eat that. Still, it’s unlikely he will be traded because most of the American League contenders are set at designated hitter, which would be his optimal role.

So, Howard, 36, is likely to play out the final year of his contract with the Phils, take his well-earned bows and exit either to retirement or a new team next season. He says he wants to keep playing.

Ruiz, 37, is also in the final year of his contract. Like Howard, he has swung the bat well recently, hitting .298 with a .433 on-base percentage in his last 26 games. He’s a backup catcher at this stage of his career, but that could appeal to a team like Cleveland or Boston, contenders who could be in the market for catching depth.

A baseball source said the Phillies have received some recent “nibbles” on Ruiz. It’s unclear if a deal will reach the finish line.

As players with 10 seasons in the majors and five consecutive with the same team, Howard and Ruiz both have the power to block a trade. It’s doubtful that either would because both have stated that their goal is to play in the postseason again.

“I’m still happy here,” Ruiz said. “We’ll see what happens. If that happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I'm going to play.”

Howard has taken the same attitude.

“Those are situations where I guess you’ve got to see what presents itself,” he said. “You know me. The last 12 years I’ve just been focused on playing ball. If it presents itself, it presents itself. You handle that situation. Otherwise, I just try to stay in the moment, stay in the now and prepare for the game.”

Tonight's lineup: Ryan Howard and Tommy Joseph both start

Tonight's lineup: Ryan Howard and Tommy Joseph both start

Wednesday's matchup against floundering White Sox righty James Shields is a rare opportunity for Phillies manager Pete Mackanin to have both Ryan Howard and Tommy Joseph in the same lineup (see game notes). In an American League ballpark against a right-handed starter, Howard (DH) will bat cleanup and Joseph (1B) will hit sixth.

Howard, who is hitting .378 with five homers and 13 RBIs in August, sat out Tuesday's 9-1 loss (see game recap). The Phillies managed only five hits, as White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon stymied the team's offense.

Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera also return to the lineup. Herrera has four hits in six career at-bats against Shields. Overall, the Phillies have a .297 batting average against the veteran Sox starter. 

With Herrera and Hernandez back at the top of the order, Aaron Altherr moves down from second to seventh. Out of Altherr's 95 at-bats this season, only four have come from the seventh spot. Here is the full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. Cameron Rupp, C
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Aaron Altherr, LF
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Peter Bourjos, RF