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Phillies broadcasters Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Ben Davis to call game from Harry the K's in outfield at Citizens Bank Park

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Phillies broadcasters Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Ben Davis to call game from Harry the K's in outfield at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies broadcasting team of Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Ben Davis will call the game from a special location at Citizens Bank Park during the Phillies-Dodgers game on Tuesday, August 16.  The broadcast will emanate from an area near Harry the K’s in the outfield. This is the third year the game will be called from a different location in Citizens Bank Park, with the team having done them in the outfield stands, and by the on-deck circle the past two years.
 
This booth location provides the broadcasters with an unique view of the game, the players and the ballpark.  In 2015, the broadcast location was moved to the outfield, where Phillies play-by-play voice Tom McCarthy caught a home run ball hit by Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves.   Last year the broadcast team was able to interact with the Phillies players on-deck and provided fans with a view of the ballpark from the Diamond Club.
 
"To be able to broadcast from different parts of the ballpark is such a treat for all of us,” said McCarthy. “Over the last couple of seasons we have been able to absorb the great vibes at the ballpark and enjoy the game with the best fans in baseball. This year will be no different. The perch at Harry the Ks is not only special in name but in atmosphere. This is a great opportunity for us to show off some of the best spots to watch a game. I know I can speak for Matt and Ben when I say we are excited for this baseball moment."
 
*This special broadcast is weather permitting.

Former Phillies 1st-rounder Jesse Biddle earns win in MLB debut

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Former Phillies 1st-rounder Jesse Biddle earns win in MLB debut

Former Phillies first-round pick Jesse Biddle had a memorable major-league debut Saturday night for a division rival. 

Biddle, the 27th overall pick by the Phillies in 2010 out of Germantown Friends High School, pitched a scoreless ninth inning of relief for the Braves, earning the victory after Atlanta came back in the bottom half against Mets closer Jeurys Familia.

Minutes earlier, Biddle had to bear down with two outs and a man on third base and his team trailing by a run. Yoenis Cespedes launched a moonshot homer to left field that was originally ruled a home run before being overturned to a foul ball. On the next pitch, Biddle got Cespedes to tap out to short to end the inning.  

Good for the now 26-year-old Biddle, who battled injuries during a rough minor-league career with the Phils. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015, Biddle was traded to the Pirates and then claimed by the Braves in the spring of 2017.

The Phillies have no major-leaguers left from that 2010 draft class, which also produced Cameron Rupp, David Buchanan and Mario Hollands. 

Phillies set to activate Tommy Hunter after sending Hoby Milner to Triple A

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Phillies set to activate Tommy Hunter after sending Hoby Milner to Triple A

The Phillies sent left-handed reliever Hoby Milner to Triple A after Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Pirates. Though the team said it would not announce a corresponding roster move until Sunday, the transaction clears a spot for reliever Tommy Hunter to be activated.

Hunter, 31, signed a two-year, $18-million contract with the Phillies in December, but was forced to begin the season on the disabled list after suffering a hamstring strain late in spring training. The right-hander has pitched twice at Double A Reading in recent days in preparation for his return.

Milner’s departure leaves the Phillies with just one lefty — Adam Morgan — in their bullpen. However, as manager Gabe Kapler mentioned several days ago, Hunter’s cutter can be effective against lefty hitters.

Hunter pitched in 61 games for Tampa Bay last season and held lefty hitters to a .170 (15 for 88) batting average and a .501 OPS. Righties hit .224 (28 for 125) with a .649 OPS.

Milner pitched 4 2/3 innings over 10 appearances. He allowed six hits and four runs. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out four.