Kevin Long, who spent the past four seasons with the Washington Nationals, is the new hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, replacing Joe Dillon, who was fired on the final day of the regular season.
Shohei Ohtani, the favorite for American League MVP, is the first player who also pitches ever nominated as a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the best offensive player in each league.
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— Nick Fortes hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the fourth inning, and Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins closed their 11th losing season in 12 years with a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
— Jesús Luzardo struck out a career-high 11 and Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a three-run homer to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Saturday night.
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— Bryce Harper had three hits including his 35th homer, Ranger Suárez pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Friday night.
— The Atlanta Braves have done it all before — many, many times before — but this one felt a bit different.
A small cat scurried through the rafters at Truist Park before the Atlanta Braves tried to clinch their fourth straight NL East title against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
— With the Braves closing in on a division title, Max Fried wanted to pick up where Charlie Morton left off the night before.
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— A dominant late-September performance by Charlie Morton left the Atlanta Braves hoping it was a preview of October postseason starts to come.
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— Phillies starter Hans Crouse gave up a home run to Cole Tucker on his first major league pitch and Philadelphia’s playoff hopes took a hit Sunday with a 6-0 loss to Max Kranick and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
— Ranger Suarez has done a little bit of everything this season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Right now, he’s keeping them in the playoff race.
— Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, Bryce Harper had an RBI double and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled closer to first place in the NL East with an 8-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
— J.T. Realmuto homered and drove in four, Ronald Torreyes hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies erased a six-run deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-6 Thursday night and pick up ground in the NL East.
Who is rising and falling as the end of the season rapidly approaches?
— Bryce Harper won games for the Phillies this year with one swing, one slide, one daring dash around the bases.
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— Bryce Harper put his head down and sprinted from first base as soon as J.T. Realmuto lined an opposite-field shot to right.
— Bryce Harper gave the 96 mph fastball a deep ride that had a few thousand straggling fans that paid for $1 hot dogs and a pennant race standing in euphoria.