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Phillies use another waiver claim, bring in left-hander from Seattle

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Phillies use another waiver claim, bring in left-hander from Seattle

The Phillies again made use of their high priority in the waiver order, claiming left-handed reliever Zac Curtis off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Curtis, 25, was the Diamondbacks' sixth-round pick in 2014. He made 21 appearances out of Arizona's bullpen in 2016 and three more for Seattle this season. In 18 career innings, he has a 5.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 12 strikeouts and 14 walks.

In four minor-league seasons, Curtis owns a 2.44 ERA with 229 strikeouts and 54 walks in 162⅓ innings.

Curtis was part of a high-profile trade last offseason when he was shipped by Arizona along with infielder Jean Segura to Seattle for starting pitcher Taijuan Walker.

Because the Phillies have the worst record in the National League, they had the first crack at Curtis once every American League team passed on him.

To make room for Curtis on the 40-man roster, the Phillies transferred righty Jesen Therrien (elbow) to the 60-day DL.

Curtis is the third reliever the Phillies have claimed off waivers in the last two weeks. They brought in Juan Nicasio on Aug. 3 (only to later trade him to St. Louis) and lefty Kevin Siegrist on Sept. 2.

Phillies call up Henderson Alvarez
In a separate move, the Phillies brought up veteran right-hander Henderson Alvarez, according to the pitcher himself via a pair of retweets. 

Alvarez was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League when the Phillies signed him on Aug. 22. He made three starts with Triple A Lehigh Valley and went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA.

Alvarez was an All-Star in 2014 with the Marlins, when he went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts. But arm injuries sapped him of his effectiveness and kept him out of the majors from early in the 2015 season until now.

MLB Notes: Mariners send top prospect Tyler O'Neill to Cardinals

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MLB Notes: Mariners send top prospect Tyler O'Neill to Cardinals

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have acquired young left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill.

The clubs pulled off the surprising deal Friday, the second move to add pitching help in as many days for the Mariners. Seattle acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from Miami on Thursday.

This time, Seattle added a young starter who will have a number of seasons of club control but paid a hefty price.

O'Neill was considered one of the top prospects in Seattle's farm system and had been on a tear of late at Triple-A Tacoma. The 22-year-old O'Neill had 19 home runs in 93 games at Triple-A.

Gonzales, 25, is still working his way back from missing all the 2016 season due to elbow surgery. He pitched in one major league game this season for the Cardinals.

Cubs: 3B Bryant sidelined by sprained finger
CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the starting lineup after he sprained his left little finger on a headfirst slide.

Bryant got hurt in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, and he is considered day to day.

The 25-year-old Bryant is hitting .275 with 19 homers and 40 RBIs in 88 games. He won the NL MVP award last year, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

Javier Baez got the start at third for Chicago's series opener against St. Louis on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Athletics: Carter signed to minor-league deal
NEW YORK -- The Oakland Athletics have signed free agent slugger Chris Carter to a minor league deal and promoted right-hander Frankie Montas and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson to the majors.

The A's made the moves before playing the New York Mets on Friday night.

Carter was recently cut by the New York Yankees after hitting .201 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. He tied for the NL lead with 41 homers for Milwaukee last year but struggled as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Yankees.

Carter was assigned to Triple-A Nashville. He played for Oakland in 2010-12 and hit 19 home runs.

Montas was 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 21 relief appearances for Oakland before being sent down on June 11.

Olson is joining Oakland for the fifth time this season. He hit .184 with four homers and nine RBIs in his previous four stints.

Cardinals: OF Grichuk, LHP Duke activated from DL
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals have activated outfielder Randal Grichuk and reliever Zach Duke from the disabled list and recalled catching prospect Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis also acquired minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill in a trade with Seattle for left-hander Marco Gonzales, and designated catcher Eric Fryer for assignment before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Right-hander Sam Tuivailala and outfielder Magneuris Sierra were optioned to the minors after Thursday's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.

Grichuk was sidelined by a lower back injury. He made a rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and went 1 for 4 with a three-run homer.

The 34-year-old Duke is coming back from Tommy John surgery last October. He went 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 81 games last season for St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox.

Look who showed up in Seattle — the Fightin' Phils ... and they swept a series!

Look who showed up in Seattle — the Fightin' Phils ... and they swept a series!

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SEATTLE — Freddy Galvis spoke out and his teammates noticed. He wanted more fight and that's what the Phillies have shown the last two days.

Six runs in the final three innings on Tuesday night. A go-ahead two-run rally in the ninth inning on Wednesday afternoon.

Galvis' what-the-bleep-we're-better-than-this-boys! rant seemed to work. The shortstop made his hard-edged comments after a loss in Arizona on Monday and the Phillies responded with two wins in Seattle, including Wednesday afternoon when they rallied from a run down in the ninth to win, 5-4 (see Instant Replay).

"I think it's nice to have a leader like that call us out a little bit," said Andrew Knapp, one of the heroes of the ninth-inning comeback. "It's been a tough stretch, but we have a lot of good players here, and he's right — we need to start playing better and that's what we're capable of. I don't think he's asking too much. It lit a fire a little bit."

Tommy Joseph, another ninth-inning difference-maker, concurred.

"I think everybody kind of takes that personally," Joseph said. "It wasn't like an organized meeting or anything, but we all know what was said and it's a matter of taking that personal, taking it to yourself and making a difference."

Joseph made a difference Wednesday. It was his ninth-inning homer against hard-throwing Edwin Diaz — the Phils' first hit since the third inning — that tied the game at 4-4. Four batters later, Knapp singled home the go-ahead run with two outs. Hector Neris closed it out in the bottom of the inning and baseball's worst club had its first road series win since April 18-20 — and a two-game sweep.

"I'm happy about that," manager Pete Mackanin said. "It was great to come back and snatch this game."

It sure made for a more enjoyable six-hour flight to New York. That's where the Phillies will spend an off day Thursday before beginning a three-game series against the Mets on Friday night.

There were other difference-makers besides Joseph and Knapp.

Utility man Ty Kelly got the start at second base and smacked a two-run homer in the third inning. And Cameron Perkins drew a crucial, eight-pitch walk to keep the ninth inning alive for Knapp. Perkins moved to second on a balk by Diaz, setting up Knapp's go-ahead hit.

"When Cam walked, I was trying to drive something in the gap," Knapp said. "But then he got to second and it was like shorten up and get a single."

The ninth-inning comeback doesn't happen if it's not for the work of rookie right-hander Ricardo Pinto, who was recalled from Triple A on Monday. He kept the game close with three scoreless innings after starter Mark Leiter Jr. departed after five innings with the Phils down a run.

The Phils' rally in the ninth gave Pinto his first big-league win in his third appearance.

"He was the key to the game," Mackanin said.

Knapp, the catcher, agreed.

"He shut the door," Knapp said. "Coming out of the bullpen and putting on that performance was huge for us."

These last few days have been bittersweet for Pinto. His call to the majors on Monday came at the expense of Edubray Ramos, who was sent to Triple A. Pinto and Ramos are good friends from the same town — Guacara — in Venezuela. They work out together in the offseason.

"It's not a good feeling," Pinto said of replacing his friend on the roster. "I was sad. I'm hoping he will be back soon."

Pinto won the Paul Owens award as top Phillies' minor-league pitcher in 2015. He moved to the bullpen earlier this season and likes it.

"As a starter I was not as aggressive as I am now," he said. "I like this mindset."

Mackanin likes the mindset he saw from his entire team the last two days. It doesn't matter if it was spawned by Galvis' comments or came from somewhere else. He wants to see it continue in New York.

"Yeah, I did," he said when asked if he saw more fight the last two days. "I think the guys are tired of losing and we've been in so many games that it gets to be frustrating. (Hitting coach) Matt Stairs had a meeting with the hitters the other day and he basically read them the riot act and told them we need more quality at-bats. I think that affected them along with Freddy. They're coming out of it with a little more effort — well, I shouldn't say effort because they always give me effort — but there's a little more, 'Come on, let's win some games.'

"It's nice to be able to say, 'We played them tough,' and come out on top."