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Washington Nationals re-signing Josh Harrison to one-year contract

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with utility player Josh Harrison on a one-year, $1 million contract, the team informed Thursday.

Harrison spent the 2020 campaign with the Nationals after signing with them in July, less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old hit .278 with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, six walks and 11 runs scored for Washington. He hit .309 as a starter.

Harrison can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses as part of the deal: $50,000 for 200 plate appearances and additional increments of $50,000 up to 400. He made 91 plate appearances in 33 games during the 60-game 2020 season.

Harrison, a right-handed hitter, is a two-time All-Star who has started games at second base, third base, shortstop, designated hitter and both corner outfield spots during his 10 years in the majors.

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He played eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates before joining the Detroit Tigers in 2019 and has compiled a career .273 batting average with 56 homers, 291 RBIs and 384 runs.

He was a National League All-Star in 2014 and 2017 for Pittsburgh. But Harrison hit .175 with one homer in 36 games for the Tigers last year before getting released in August 2019.

He had signed a minor league contract with the Phillies in November before they let him go in July.

“You never know where you’re going to end up in this game,” Harrison said last month. “I’m blessed. I was fortunate enough to find a situation like this when it didn’t work out with Philly. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better place, a better group of guys.”

Harrison is the first free-agent question addressed by the Nationals. Players entering free agency this offseason include infielders Ryan Zimmerman and Asdrúbal Cabrera, outfielder Michael A. Taylor, catcher Kurt Suzuki and pitchers Sean Doolittle and Roenis Elías.

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Philadelphia Phillies to retire Dick Allen’s No.15 next month

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies informed that they will retire No. 15 in honor of Dick Allen. The Phillies will host a ceremony honoring Allen on Sept. 3 — the 57th anniversary of Allen’s MLB debut — prior to their game versus the Nationals.

The Phillies also said that they will honor Allen during the 2021 season, when presumably fans will be permitted in attendance. 

“Dick Allen burst onto the 1964 Phillies and immediately established himself as a superstar,” Phillies owner John Middleton said in a press release.

“His legendary performance on the field gave millions of fans lasting memories, and he helped cement my love for baseball and the Phillies as a young boy.

The Phillies organization is thrilled to give Dick and his family this honor that recognizes his Hall of Fame-worthy career and his legacy as one of the greatest Phillies of all time.”

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Allen is the first non-Hall of Famer in Phillies history to have his number retired.

In 2014, Allen was a candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Golden Era Committee. He fell one vote shy of the required 12 votes needed for election into the Hall. He will join Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn (1), Jim Bunning (14), Mike Schmidt (20), Steve Carlton (32), Roy Halladay (34) and Robin Roberts (36) as the only Phillies in team history to have their numbers retired.

Allen, who spent 15 years in MLB, is known for the impressive power numbers he accomplished while playing during a pitcher-dominated era in baseball.

The seven-time All Star, who played the two corner infield spots and left field, and also spent time playing for the Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox and Athletics. In his nine campaigns with the Phillies (1963-77), he batted .290 with 204 doubles, 204 home runs, 655 RBI, a .371 on-base percentage and a .530 slugging percentage (.902 OPS) in 1,070 games.

The 1964 National League Rookie of the Year owns the second-best slugging percentage in Phillies history, behind only Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (.553).

Allen also led the league in OPS four times in his career, including twice with the Phillies in 1966 (1.027) and 1967 (.970).

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Zack Wheeler joins Phillies on five year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent starting pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year deal worth $118 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Wheeler, 29, ended the 2019 season with a 11-8 record and a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts (in a career-high 195 1/3 innings) for the Mets. The right-hander posted a 1.26 WHIP with a career-high 195 strikeouts last season. 

Wheeler, whose fastball averaged nearly 97 mph in 2019, was considered one of the top second-tier starters on the free-agent market behind top-end arms Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

CBS Sports ranked Wheeler as the seventh-best available free agent on the market this offseason. He became the second notable starting pitcher to sign with an NL East team on Wednesday after veteran lefty Cole Hamels agreed on a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves.

Wheeler ended 2019 averaging 8.98 strikeouts per nine innings and struck out 23.6 percent of the batters he faced, compared to just 2.30 walks per nine innings. The 2019 season also saw Wheeler post double-digit wins for the second year in a row.

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Wheeler rejected his one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Mets in November, and the club will now receive third-round draft-pick compensation.

Over the last two seasons, Wheeler has proved to be a solid starter, averaging 30 starts while posting a 3.65 ERA and a 3.37 WHIP.

He missed both the 2015 and 2016 seasons following Tommy John surgery and subsequent setbacks, but worked his way back to earn a spot in New York’s rotation.

Wheeler was a highly coveted arm this winter and also reportedly had interest from the White Sox, Reds and Rangers. The White Sox offered Wheeler more than $118 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Wheeler’s wife is from New Jersey and the proximity to Philadelphia played a role in Wheeler’s decision, Rosenthal reported.

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Joe Dillon hired as Phillies new hitting coach under Joe Girardi

Joe Dillon has been hired as hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies under new manager Joe Girardi. Dillon served as assistant hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for the past two seasons and previously spent two seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Miami Marlins.

Dillon began his coaching career with the Nationals in 2014 as hitting coach for Triple-A Syracuse for two seasons.

Under Dillon and hitting coach Kevin Long, the Nationals led the National League in on-base percentage (.338) and ranked second in batting average (.259), runs (1,644), OPS (.775) and walks (1,215) over the past two seasons. Washington’s 20.7% strikeout rate was the fifth-lowest in the majors.

Dillon played parts of four seasons in the majors with the Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays from 2005-09. He combined to slash .263/.344/.378 over 137 games in his major league career.

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He has gained recognition around the game for marrying new-age science with old-school principles in coaching hitters. Long, in fact, has called Dillon “the best assistant hitting coach in the baseball.”

Dillon succeeds Charlie Manuel, who assumed the hitting coach position on a temporary basis when the Phillies released John Mallee in August.

The former Nationals assistant hitting coach has earned recognition as an ascending coach and his resume was only bolstered by Washington’s championship season.

For two seasons in Washington, Dillon was the assistant to hitting coach Kevin Long, who spent seven seasons as Girardi’s hitting coach with the Yankees.  The relationship between Dillon and Long dates back to Dillon’s playing days when Long was one of his hitting coaches.

The two worked together during offseasons, and Long later brought him aboard when he got the Nationals hitting coach job in 2018.

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New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

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Bartolo Colon isn’t too old to try new things.

The big right-hander tossed five-hit ball and struck out eight in seven sharp innings, Michael Cuddyer hit a long homer and the NL East-leading New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Wednesday night. Colon (11-11) bounced back from a rough outing in Colorado, helping the Mets improve to 18-6 since July 31. They took a 6 1-2 game lead over second-place Washington, which lost 6-5 to San Diego.

The Mets have dominated the Phillies, winning eight straight, 11 of 12 this season and 23 of the last 28 meetings. They will go for a four-game sweep Thursday night with plenty of visiting fans

New York (70-56) leads the East by 6 1/2 games over second-place Washington and is on the verge of its second seven-game winning streak this month after beating the Phillies 9-4 on Wednesday.

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The Mets’ current run includes three wins each over Colorado and Philadelphia (50-77), occupants of last place in the West and East. Following the conclusion of this four-game series, New York’s next nine games come against last-place Boston, the Phillies and Miami before a series with the Nationals that may lose its importance to the division race.

The Mets have won 28 of the last 35 matchups with Philadelphia, including eight straight for their longest winning streak in the series since a 10-game stretch from 1971-72. New York is making itself at home at Citizens Bank Park, winning 17 of the last 20.

The Phillies have dropped six of seven at home and are turning to Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.67), who’s tied with Milwaukee’s Matt Garza for the most losses in the majors. The right-hander is 0-3 with an 8.18 ERA in his past four starts


The Mets have scored 64 runs during a six-game winning streak. They have 84 hits and are batting .347 in those games.


Mets: LHP Steven Matz (lat muscle) allowed one hit over six scoreless innings in a rehab outing for Double-A Binghamton against Erie. He struck out six and walked none, throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. The promising rookie could return to the major league rotation by next week. … 3B David Wright had a scheduled day off. He was 2 for 9 with a homer in his first two games back after missing four months because of a back issue.

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco (left wrist fracture), on the DL since Aug. 12, is expected to return this season, according to interim manager Pete Mackanin.


Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (8-9, 3.80) faces Phillies RHP Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.67) in the series finale. Niese is 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 21 career starts vs. Philadelphia. The Mets are 7-0 in his last seven starts against the Phillies. Harang is 6-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 15 starts vs. New York.

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Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies

Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia PhilliesWhen: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm
Where: Citizens Bank Park
R Dickey (7-10) (3.96) vs. A Nola (3-1) (4.25)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +180 / Toronto Blue Jays -190
Over/Under: 8.5

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Tuesday in Philadelphia for game one of their MLB series

The Toronto Blue Jays are still battling it out on the top of he American League East with the Yankees and currently they trail by a game. The Blue Jays are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 25-31 on the road, and they are the top Wildcard team in the AL. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .261 with Josh Donaldson hitting .292, Kevin Pillar hitting .259, and Edwin Encarnacion hitting .255. The Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.76 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.20. For game one against the Phillies the Blue Jays start R.A. Dickey who has allowed 142 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 97 over 157 innings for a 7-10 record and a 3.96 ERA.

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The Philadelphia Phillies have he worst overall record in baseball and they have los their last three games. The Phillies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 27-29 at home, and they are 17 games back in the National League East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .252 with Odubel Herrera hitting  .288, Andres Blanco hitting .284, and Freddy Galvis hitting .269. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70 with the starters at 5.40 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one against the Blue Jays the Phillies start Aaron Nola who has allowed 30 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 23 over 29.2 innings for a 3-1 record and a 4.25 ERA.

Philadelphia is 4-1 following an off day, 9-4 in their last 13 home games, and 4-0 in Nola’s last four starts. Toronto is 6-1 following an off day, 19-7 in their last 26 games, and 3-9 in Dickey’s last 12 road starts. Toronto has won their last seven games in Philadelphia.

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Milwaukee Brewers at Philadelphia Phillies

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(SportsNetwork.com) – In the second installment of a four-game series of Philadelphia Phillies versus the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, and Cole Hamels hasn’t earned a win in more than a month, he won four straight starts from May 8-23, but is 0-3 with a 3.82 earned run average in his last five appearances.

The Phillies are 1-4 in that span and were hammered by the New York Yankees in Hamels’ previous start on Wednesday in a 10-2 setback in the Bronx. Said so, he has fared well in 12 career starts against the Brewers as evidenced by a 7-3 record and a 3.71 ERA.

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Taylor Jungmann will make his fifth career start for Milwaukee and the rookie is 2-1 with a 2.74 earned run average in four appearances. Jungmann has won both of his road starts and will face the Phillies for the first time.

The Brewers erased a 4-1 deficit in Monday’s 7-4 victory, as Jonathan Lucroy led the comeback with four hits, two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Jimmy Nelson gave up four runs early on and settled down for the win, lasting five innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Francisco Rodriguez posted his 16th save with a scoreless ninth.

Philadelphia lost for the fourth time in five tries last night and is an MLB- worst 27-51 on the season.

The Phillies and Brewers are meeting for the first time this season and are scheduled to play three games at Miller Park in August. Philadelphia had won the past four games in this series.

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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

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(SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees will try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium
Ivan Nova returns to the New York Yankees rotation in the intent to win against the Phillies

Nova made four starts last season before shutting it down with a torn ligament in his elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Nova was a 16-game winner for the Yankees in 2011 and is 40-22 with a 4.20 ERA in parts of five seasons with them.

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“It is the moment that we have been waiting for,” Nova said. “I was coming in here, pitching every day, making sure I do everything right and I was pitching in the minors trying to get everything down and being good to go. Now, two days from the return I’m really anxious. I’m happy to be back.”

Nova went 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in three starts between Class A and Triple-A during his rehab assignment. He had 10 strikeouts and three walks in 15 2/3 innings. However, on Friday, Nova had a rough outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, giving up five runs in five innings to Lehigh Valley. He threw 84 pitches.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, turns to its ace, left-hander Cole Hamels, who is winless in his last four starts, but had to miss his last start with a hamstring injury. Hamels certainly pitched well enough to win his last start back on June 14 in Pittsburgh, as he tossed seven scoreless innings in his team’s 1-0 loss.

He is 5-5 on the year with a 2.96 ERA.

This is the Phillies first visit to the Bronx since taking two of three back in 2010.

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