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Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Marlins 5, Phillies 0

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MIAMI – Cole Hamels’ string of strong starts was snapped at 10 as the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies, 5-0, on Wednesday night.

The loss marked the low point of the season as the Phillies, losers of six straight and 10 of their last 12, fell to 12 games under .500.

The Phillies, who had just five singles in the game, have been shut out 11 times on the season. Only San Diego has been shut out more.

Hamels lasted just five innings (97 pitches) and allowed three runs. He had pitched at least seven innings in 10 straight starts.

Starting pitching report
Hamels (2-5) seemed off right from the get-go. He allowed a base hit and two walks in the first inning. Though he escaped a bases-loaded jam, he threw 34 pitches in the first inning. In all, the left-hander went five innings, allowed five hits and three runs. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out three. Hamels gave up a leadoff walk in the fifth inning then allowed a pair of RBI doubles.

Miami’s Tom Koehler (6-6) held the Phillies to three hits over six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Bullpen report
Kenny Giles pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one. He has pitched nine innings since coming up from Triple A and has allowed just one run, which came in his first inning of work.

Mario Hollands’ scoreless innings streak was snapped at 18 when he allowed a two-run homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth. The home run came one batter after Hollands took a ball off the right knee from the bat of Marcell Ozuna. Hollands faced two more batters then left the game with what was called a contusion.

Miami’s bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.

At the plate
The Phillies’ offense let Koehler off the hook in the first inning. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins opened the game with base hits to put runners on first and third with no outs. The Phils got nothing out of the threat as Koehler struck out Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd before retiring Ryan Howard on a ground ball to second.

The Phillies did not get their third hit of the game until the sixth inning. They were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins had four extra-base hits. The Phillies had none.

Health check
Cliff Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with a strained left elbow, will make a minor-league rehab start for Single A Clearwater on Sunday. Lee threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. He could throw up to 75 pitches Sunday (see story).

Transactions
The Phillies placed outfielder Domonic Brown on paternity leave and recalled outfielder Aaron Altherr from Double A (see story). Brown is expected to be back in a couple of days.

The Phils also shifted reliever Mike Adams (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. Adams won’t be eligible to return until early August.

Pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez came off the disabled list and was assigned to Double A, where he will work as a reliever.

Up next
Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22) will oppose Miami lefty Brad Hand (0-1, 6.38) in the series finale Thursday night.

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.