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Phillies Prospect From Giles Trade Throws No-Hitter

Harold Arauz celebrates with teammates in Clearwater (Photo courtesy Danie Berlingis)

It was a miserable day in Clearwater.  After being scheduled to play a double header thanks to the all-too-common Florida rainout, the rain got in the way once again in game one.  Phillies prospect Ranger Suarez was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning due to a one hour, 59 minute rain delay after allowing just one run.  After J.D. Hammer made his much-anticipated Threshers debut, the Phillies fell to the Fort Myers Miracle 4-0.  Finally, game two began at  5:31 p.m. with next to no crowd.  It would be a memorable one for a Phillies prospect.

Pitcher Harold Arauz, who came to the Phillies as part of the Ken Giles trade, pitched a no-hitter in the seven-inning game, coming close to a perfect game.  A one-out walk in the seventh inning to third baseman Brandon Lopez spoiled the perfect game.  But that would be it for baserunners allowed by Arauz as the Threshers won 2-0 and Arauz completed his no-hitter.

Mostly used as a reliever, Arauz has appeared at three levels: Class A Lakewood, Class A Advanced Clearwater, and Double-A Reading for one game.  Arauz only recently returned to starting games for the Phillies organization in 2017.  After a July 4 spot start, Arauz started on July 25 before making a second consecutive start today.   Arauz went 6-6 with a 3.19 earned run average for Lakewood in 2016.

Though Brett Oberholtzer left the Phillies organization, pitchers Vince Velasquez, Tom Eshelman, and Arauz all remain in the Phillies organization from the trade that sent the former Phillies closer Giles and shortstop Jonathan Arauz to the Houston Astros.

Combined over the three levels, Arauz is 5-4 with a 1.95 earned run average this season for the Phillies organization.  At 22 years old, Arauz has some time to show he should be part of the organization's plans going forward.  

Kings tab Sixers VP Brandon Williams as new Assistant GM


By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

According to The Undefeated, by way of ESPN's Marc Spears, the Sacramento Kings have found their new Assistant General Manager in the Sixers' VP of Basketball Administration, Brandon Williams.

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Phillies seek 9th series win as Velasquez takes mound opposite Dickey, Braves

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

PHILADELPHIA — Having won the first two games of the series, the Philadelphia Phillies (37-64) will look to capture their ninth series victory as they take on knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey and the Atlanta Braves (48-54) in the third of the four-game set Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Right-hander Vince Velasquez will make his 13th start and his third since returning from the disabled list on July 18, recovered from a right elbow flexor strain.

The Phillies guaranteed at least a series split Saturday evening with their 4-3, 11th-inning victory. Center fielder Odubel Herrera led the way with three hits, including a game-tying, one-out home run in the ninth off of Braves closer RHP Jim Johnson. Third baseman Ty Kelly took advantage of the bases loaded, two-out opportunity in extras with a walk-off RBI single. In relief, RHP Jesen Therrien tossed a scoreless frame in his big league debut, while RHP Luis Garcia extended his scoreless inning streak to 21 2/3 — the longest since RHP Larry Andersen's 32 2/3-inning club record in 1984. Right-hander Hector Neris received the win, tossing two shutout frames with a strikeout and just one hit allowed on 28 pitches.

The Phillies have won eight of their last 12 games, outscoring their opponents 72-50. They are 5-3 thus far with two games remaining on their current, 10-game homestand. While the Braves have dropped three straight, the Phillies have won three straight.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Atlanta Braves (48-54) Philadelphia Phillies (37-64)
RHP R.A. Dickey RHP Vince Velasquez
(6-7, 4.31 ERA) (2-6, 5.49 ERA)

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Phillies rookie RHP Jesen Therrien tosses scoreless frame in debut

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jesen Therrien tossed a scoreless sixth inning in his major league debut Saturday evening against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

While opposing shortstop Johan Camargo began the frame with a double, Therrien, 24, went on to retire the next three Braves batters unscathed, including his strike out of pinch hitter Micah Johnson. The right-hander threw a total of 14 pitches, nine of which were strikes. He topped out at 92.9 miles per hour on a four-seam fastball while facing Johnson, according to

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Cafardo: 'Don't be shocked' if Phillies make play for Sonny Gray

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves are in the midst of a weekend series that seems fairly inconsequential when you consider that the Phillies have the worst record in the sport and the Braves would need a historically successful second half to make the playoffs. But the two teams are far from irrelevant when you discuss the long-term picture of the league. 

The Braves organization is deep in young talent, with's Keith Law ranking them as the No. 1 overall farm system in his midseason organizational rankings. The Phillies were an honorable mention for Law's top-five list, which scares the rest of the league when they consider how much of a dent the Phillies can also afford to make in trades and free-agency because of their deep pockets. 

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe says that while neither of these teams profile as traditional buyers, they are worth keeping an eye on in regards to Oakland Athletics RHP Sonny Gray: 

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Despite overperformance in first season, Phillies had bad luck with Jeremy Hellickson

By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

When you consider that Jeremy Hellickson has a 5.50 FIP in 2017 (per FanGraphs), the Philadelphia Phillies seem fairly lucky that the Baltimore Orioles, who don't seem to be serious playoff contenders, were willing to part with minor league reliever Garrett Cleavinger and international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of their return for the free-agent-to-be. That's about where their luck with Hellickson ends. 

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New-look Phillies tab Eickhoff for start against Newcomb, Braves

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies (36-64) and RHP Jerad Eickhoff will take on rookie LHP Sean Newcomb and the Atlanta Braves (48-53) in the second of a four-game series Saturday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies routed the Braves 10-3 in Friday's series opener behind five shutout innings from right-hander Jake Thompson. Thompson picked up his first win since Sept. 20, allowing just four singles, one double and two walks while punching out five. Left fielder Aaron Altherr homered twice — his 15th and 16th — in addition to catcher Cameron Rupp and first baseman Tommy Joseph going yard for their 10th and 16th dingers. Right-hander Joaquin Benoit recorded the final four outs to notch his second save as a Phillie and secure the victory.

Veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was the slated Phillies starter on Friday, however he was a late scratch due to a reported "active talks." He was officially dealt later that evening to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim and minor-league LHP Garrett Cleavinger. Infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick was also dealt to the National League East division-leading Washington Nationals for minor-league LHP McKenzie Mills. International bonus pool money were also acquired in both trades.

The Phillies have outscored opponents 19-3 over their last two games on 24 hits — 10 singles, five doubles, two triples and seven home runs.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Atlanta Braves (48-53) Philadelphia Phillies (36-64)
LHP Sean Newcomb RHP Jerad Eickhoff
(1-5, 4.81 ERA) (2-7, 4.71 ERA)

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Former Villanova Linebacker Don Cherry Taking Charge For Eagles

By Andrew DiCecco, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

Around this time last year, Don Cherry was just trying to make sure he lined up correctly. What a difference a year makes.


When the Eagles kicked off their 2017 Training Camp on July 24, Cherry found himself calling out plays from his middle linebacker position -- and making sure everyone else was lined up correctly. 


Taking such a prominent surge forward is not unusual for a second year player, especially one of Cherry’s ability.

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Flyers Fantasy Draft Results

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

On Friday, we published Episode 5 of the Flyerdelphia Podcast. As is typically the case in late July and early August, the hockey world isn’t buzzing with new developments, and given the Flyers offseason checklist, a lot of their work ahead of training camp has already been completed.

So on our latest episode, we started a look back at 50 years of Flyers hockey by looking at some of the greatest players in franchise history. But rather than just listing a bunch of players, we held a fantasy draft to construct our starting lineups -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie.

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Phillies send Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles

By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor

Not too long after shipping Howie Kendrick to the Nationals late Friday night, the Phillies and Orioles completed a deal that will send right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to Baltimore.

The Phillies acquired Hellickson in the offseason prior to the 2015 season from the Diamondbacks. He was a trade chip leading into last year's deadline, but didn't get dealt and the Phils brought him back for $17.2 million in 2017 on a qualifying offer. In 52 starts for the Phils over the last two seasons, the 30-year-old veteran starter went 18-15 with a 4.09 ERA. This season, Hellickson hasn't been as reliable as 2016, posting a 4.73 ERA in 20 starts after sporting a 3.71 ERA last year.

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