• Phillies Minor League review, July 27-Aug. 2
  • Phillies Minor League review, July 27-Aug. 2

  • Phils' Deadline prep pays off with prospect haul
  • Ruben Amaro Jr. took a seat in the GM box Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park, and he spoke for more than 20 minutes about everything that happened in the days, weeks and months before Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.

  • Means leads Prospect Team of the Week
  • Left-hander John Means barely snuck onto MLBPipeline.com's Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, checking in at No. 29. While he may not have the highest profile in Baltimore's system, he's raising it after his performance in July.

  • Phillies can't rally past Braves
  • Jace Peterson's three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Braves the lead and they never looked back in Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, preventing the sweep and ending a six-game losing streak.

  • Herrera's aggressiveness paying off for Phillies
  • Odubel Herrera is the kind of center fielder who is probably going to make a bunch of errors. But that's what makes him so exciting. It's that style of play that led Mackanin, after the Phillies' 6-2 loss to the Braves, to describe Herrera, who never played in the Majors and had next-to-zero experience in the outfield before 2015, as "fearless" and "aggressive." And as of late, that style has played off for the rookie.

  • Utley making progress in rehab assignment
  • Six time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner Chase Utley has been on the disabled list since June 23 with inflammation in his right ankle, but he made his first rehab start at with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

  • Williams, Phillies welcome back Rollins
  • Jimmy Rollins played 1,047 games in Philadelphia wearing red and white. Tuesday he'll make his first appearance in blue. Traded to the Dodgers in the offseason, the player with the most hits, most doubles and third-most runs scored in Phillies history will return to Philadelphia as a visiting player when the Phillies host the Dodgers for the first contest of a three-game series.

  • Phils excited about prospects Cordero, Tirado
  • Ken Giles is not the only pitcher in the Phillies organization that can hit 100 mph with his fastball. The Phillies on Friday acquired two hard-throwing Minor League pitchers from the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere: right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado. Cordero's fastball has hit 102 mph. Tirado's fastball has hit 98.

  • Facing the best, brings out best in Phils' bats
  • After facing All-Star starting pitchers Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner back-to-back-to-back.The Phillies' fate turned for the better. In 16 contests since those three games, the Phillies have a 12-4 record and have scored 5.31 runs per game. Twice in that span the Phillies have either matched or set a season-high in runs scored and eight times they have record double-digit hits in a game.

  • Howard's hot streak helping to carry Phillies
  • Hitting is contagious. If that wasn't a tired baseball aphorism before, Ryan Howard and Pete Mackanin sure made it one. "Guys are going up there having good at-bats all the way around," Howard said. "Hitting is contagious so to speak." "Hitting is contagious. We've all heard that cliché," Mackanin said. "But it seems to be taking a hold with our team right now." Mackanin is right. The phrase is a cliché. But that doesn't make it wrong in the Phillies' case.

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