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Instant Replay: Indians 6, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Indians 6, Phillies 0

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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer overcame six walks in five innings to win his second major-league game, and the Indians completed a sweep of their two-game series with the Phillies with a 6-0 win at Progressive Field.

The Indians outscored the Phillies 20-2 and out-hit the Phillies 31-8 in the two games. Their starting pitchers had won eight combined major-league games coming into the series.

The Phillies are 5-1 vs. the Mets this year and 7-15 against everybody else.

One night after Roy Halladay got smacked around for eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings, the Phillies’ other former Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, allowed five runs (four earned) and nine hits in six innings.

The Phils had two base runners in five of the first seven innings. From the fourth through seventh, they had two base runners in four straight innings. In the fifth and seventh, they had two on with no outs. But they were still blanked for the fourth time in their last 15 games. They’ve already been shut out more in 27 games this year than all of either 2006 or 2007.

The Phillies were 2 for 17 with runners on base Wednesday night and 3 for 25 in the two-game series. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position in the two games.

This is the first time since 1997 the Phillies have been shut out at least four times in their first 28 games.

Stat-o-holic
Bauer is the first pitcher to walk six batters vs. the Phillies without allowing a run since Jorge Sosa on Sept. 20, 2005 in a 4-1 Braves’ win. The last pitcher to walk six in five or fewer innings against the Phillies without allowing a run was Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 2, 1948, in a 9-6 Dodgers’ win at Shibe Park.

Red hot
Has anybody ever been hotter than Ryan Raburn? The Indians’ rightfielder had four hits for the second time in three days. He was 7 for 9 in the series, and he’s 11 for 13 in his last three games, raising his average from .214 to .364.

Raburn is the first Indian with three or more hits in three straight games since Victor Martinez did it from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26, 2005.

Did you know?
When Jimmy Rollins was thrown out by Yan Gomes trying to steal second in the first inning, it was only the 14th time in the last four years he was thrown out. He’s now 80 for 95 since the start of 2010. Rollins’ career 82.9 percent success rate is seventh best in major-league history (minimum 200 attempts).

At the plate
The top five in the Phillies’ order were a combined 0 for 16. The Phils got a leadoff walk in four of the first five innings but couldn’t score.

Carlos Ruiz struck out three times for only the third time in 736 career games. He’s 1 for 12 since returning from his suspension. Ryan Howard went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.

Domonic Brown had two of the Phils’ three hits, and Ben Revere had the other.

Starting pitching report
Lee has now allowed 12 earned runs and 26 hits in his last three starts (6.00 ERA). In his first three starts, he allowed five earned and 15 hits in 23 2/3 innings (1.90).

Bauer needed 93 pitches to get through five innings. He walked six, including four leading off an inning, and struck out five and allowed just one hit, Brown’s fourth-inning single.

Bullpen update
Jeremy Horst pitched the seventh, allowing four hits but just one run. Phillippe Aumont allowed two base runners in the eighth but didn’t give up a run.

For the Indians, Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Joe Smith and Cody Allen combined on four innings of two-hit relief.

In the field
Laynce Nix made a tremendous play in right field to rob Drew Stubbs of a fourth-inning homer. Nix leaped high with his back to the wall and snagged the ball before it sailed over the fence.

Raburn made a terrific leaping catch in right field in the top of the fourth to rob Howard of what would have likely been a double off the very top of the wall. Raburn then laughed as he stood and watched the replay on the huge screen in center field.

What’s next
The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for three games against the Marlins.

Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35) faces Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) Friday and it’s Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) vs. Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) Saturday. On Sunday, Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) pitches against Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43).

MLB Notes: Braves lose 13 international players in sanctions

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MLB Notes: Braves lose 13 international players in sanctions

ATLANTA -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hit the Atlanta Braves with heavy sanctions, including the loss of 13 players, on Tuesday for rules violations committed by the team in the international player market.

Manfred also placed former Braves general manager John Coppolella on the permanently ineligible list. Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, is suspended from performing services for any team for one year.

Manfred said an investigation conducted by Major League Baseball determined the Braves circumvented international signing rules from 2015 through 2017 by moving bonus pool money from one player to boost another player's contract.

Most notable among the players the Braves will lose is Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.25 million in 2016 (see full story).

Yankees: Judge has left shoulder surgery
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees say slugger Aaron Judge had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring training.

The operation was performed Monday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. The Yankees say the procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage cleanup.

The 25-year-old Judge hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 155 games this season, helping New York make it to the AL Championship Series, where they lost to the eventual World Series champion Astros. He was a unanimous selection for AL Rookie of the Year and finished second to Houston infielder Jose Altuve in the AL MVP race.

MLB: Morgan urges voters to keep steroid users out of HOF
Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep "known steroid users" out of Cooperstown.

A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man ballot for the 2018 class, the 74-year-old Morgan argued against the inclusion of players implicated during baseball's steroid era in a letter to voters with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The letter from the vice chairman of the Hall's board of directors was sent Tuesday using a Hall email address.

"Steroid users don't belong here," Morgan wrote. "What they did shouldn't be accepted. Times shouldn't change for the worse."

Hall voters have been wrestling with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs for several years. Baseball held a survey drug test in 2003 and the sport began testing for banned steroids the following year with penalties. Accusations connected to some of the candidates for the Hall vary in strength from allegations with no evidence to positive tests that caused suspensions (see full story).

Cubs: Venable leaves front office to be base coach
CHICAGO -- Will Venable is leaving the Chicago Cubs front office to be their first base coach.

The former major league outfielder was hired last summer as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

The 35-year-old Venable replaces Brandon Hyde, who has been promoted to bench coach for manager Joe Maddon.

The Cubs also announced Tuesday that they had hired Jim Benedict as a special assistant to baseball operations. Benedict spent the previous two seasons as the vice president for pitching development for the Miami Marlins.

Phillies add 4 pitching prospects to 40-man roster

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Phillies add 4 pitching prospects to 40-man roster

The Phillies added four promising pitching prospects to their 40-man roster on Monday. In a corresponding move, they subtracted a notable name.

Right-handers Franklyn Kilome, Seranthony Dominguez and Jose Taveras and lefty Ranger Suarez were all added to the roster, protecting them from being selected by another club in next month's Rule 5 draft.

The Phillies also added an infielder, Engelb Vielma, to the roster. He was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

To make room for these additions, the team needed to clear three spots on its roster, which had been at 38. Left-handed pitcher Elniery Garcia cleared waivers and was sent outright to the minor leagues while right-handers Alberto Tirado and Mark Appel were designated for assignment. The Phillies will try to trade Tirado and Appel before placing them on waivers. If they clear waivers, they could stay in the system.

The Phillies cut Appel loose after he'd struggled with injury and ineffectiveness during two seasons in the organization. The 26-year-old right-hander from Stanford University had twice been a first-round draft pick, by Pittsburgh in 2012 and by Houston — No. 1 overall — in 2013. The Phillies acquired him from the Astros as part of the package for Ken Giles in December 2015, but he never lived up to his huge potential.

"A lot of the tools that Mark showed as an amateur that led to him being the No. 1 overall pick are still there," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. "He has simply struggled with performance. It's certainly not for lack of effort on his part. We think the world of the kid and wish him well. It was a tough decision."

Tirado, 22, was acquired from Toronto in July 2015 as part of the return for Ben Revere. He arrived with a fastball that could reach triple digits on the radar gun and that promise earned him a spot on the 40-man a year ago. Tirado suffered a shoulder injury early last season and struggled in the minors.

All four of the pitchers that the Phillies protected are products of the team's international scouting department. Taveras, 24, was a standout at three levels in the minors last season and could be in the picture in Philadelphia in 2018. He led the system in strikeouts in 2016 and 2017.

"He knows how to get guys out and often times that comes via the strikeout," Klentak said. "No matter where he pitches, he rises to the occasion and puts up a strong performance."

Kilome, 22, and Dominguez, 22, are both power arms who project to see significant time at Double A in 2018. Suarez, 22, should also get to Double A at some point in 2018. He had a 2.27 ERA in 22 starts at two levels of Single A ball in 2017.

"He may have been the breakout pitcher of the year for the Phillies," Klentak said. "We'd always heard a lot about him and this year he took his performance to another level.

"We're really excited for all four of these guys. All have worked extremely hard and they are all deserving of being added to our roster. Our international scouting operation, Sal Agostinelli and his group, continues to crank out players. They've done a great job. These four pitchers have earned this through their work ethic and performance. By no means is this the ultimate goal for them, but it's one step closer. We believe really strongly in the futures of these four pitchers."

Vielma, 23, is a top defensive shortstop who can also play second and third base. He was waived by Minnesota in September and claimed by the Giants, who let him go in a roster crunch.

"He's an intriguing claim," Klentak said. "He adds depth to our infield."

The Phillies’ roster is at 40. The team will have to clear space if it wants to add a player in next month's Rule 5 draft. Last November, the Phils added 11 players to the 40-man roster and still lost lefty reliever Hoby Milner to Cleveland. Milner failed to make the Indians' opening-day roster, returned to the organization in March and ended up making 37 appearances for the big club after coming up in late June. He was one of 12 rookies to make their big-league debut with the Phillies in 2017.

Notable players who were not protected include outfielders Carlos Tocci and Andrew Pullin and pitcher Brandon Leibrandt.

"One of the byproducts of a strong system is every year there are some tough omissions," Klentak said. "There are always tough calls. But we look at that as a good problem to have."