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Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 8: Arizona belts 8 homers to drop Phillies into first-place tie

Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 8: Arizona belts 8 homers to drop Phillies into first-place tie

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The Arizona Diamondbacks came into Citizens Bank Park on Monday night and put on a power display that left the Phillies bruised, battered and headed the wrong way in the National League East standings.

The Phillies' embarrassing 13-8 loss dropped them into a first-place tie in the division with the surging Atlanta Braves. Both teams are 37-29.

The Phillies, who have lost seven of their last 11 games, had held sole possession of first place since April 26.

The Diamondbacks opened the game with three straight home runs against Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff and hit eight in all, a club record that equaled the most ever hit against the Phils in a game at CBP.

The Phillies had never before given up three consecutive homers to open a game.

The keys

• Arizona had five hits against Eickhoff in four-plus innings. They were all home runs.

• After Eickhoff was tagged for three straight solo homers to open the game, the Phils got big hits from Jean Segura (first-inning homer), Scott Kingery (second-inning triple) and Rhys Hoskins (third-inning RBI single) to tie the game. It did not stay tied long as Eickhoff gave up a pair of two-run homers in the fourth. Both homers were preceded by walks.

• Though it did not affect the outcome, Kingery homered twice to the opposite field. He also tripled. He entered the game just 1 for 10 on the homestand.

• The two teams combined for a major-league record 13 homers. The Phillies hit five, three in the final two innings of a blowout. Jay Bruce hit his fifth in a week with the team.

Eickhoff's night

The right-hander fell to 3-4 and his ERA rose from 4.14 to 5.02.

He has been tagged for 16 home runs and 27 runs over his last six starts. The Diamondbacks did damage against his fastball, his curveball and his slider.

Bombs away

Phillies pitchers have given up 108 home runs, far and away the most in the National League, and they are on their way to blowing past the team record of 221 set in 2017.

Love this place

The Diamondbacks are 10-1 in their last 11 games at CBP and they have hit 28 homers in those games.

An oddity

The Phils successfully challenged back-to-back base-running plays in the third inning. Both times, Jean Segura was ruled safe after initially being called out.

Health check

Seranthony Dominguez will see orthopedist James Andrews later this week for a second opinion on his ailing right elbow. Dominguez has ligament damage in the elbow and will likely require Tommy John surgery that will keep him out well into next season.

Outfielder Roman Quinn has recovered from his groin strain. He is slated to play nine innings for Single A Clearwater on Tuesday. The Phillies have not put a timetable on his return, but the feeling is he could be back soon.

Transaction

The Phillies picked up a big chunk of international bonus money in a minor-league trade

Up next

The series continues Tuesday night with Jake Arrieta (5-5, 4.29) facing Arizona rookie right-hander Jon Duplantier (1-0, 3.27).

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Bryce Harper's headband collection continues to grow with latest design for his son

Bryce Harper's headband collection continues to grow with latest design for his son

Since his time in Philadelphia began just shy of one year ago, Bryce Harper has embraced the city with open arms from the moment he arrived.

One thing that Harper is known for, outside of crushing dingers and having a monster arm in right field, is his vast headband collection that was seen throughout the season.

It’s something that he carried over from his time in Washington, but let’s be honest — the ones that he has worn here have been way cooler.

Who can forget the iconic Phanatic one, that had just about every fan running to the closest team store or taking to their phones to place an order for their own.


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Harper truly took a liking to the Phanatic (who wouldn’t?) and even embraced the mascot via socks and cleats. Notice the details in the laces? They’re fuzzy. Seriously, who designed those? Give that person a raise.



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And let’s just hope the whole Phanatic ordeal gets settled before the start of the season, so Harper can continue repping his biggest supporter.

Let’s get back to the main reason for this post — headbands.

There were many other ways he sported his new team last season, including a headband in army green, one to match the Phillies’ home uniforms and even one with stars.



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His latest one though, looks to be a custom design from JunkBrands.com. It’s personalized with Harper’s number but more importantly, his son’s name, Krew.


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We’re not sure how Harper is going to top last year’s lineup … but he’s off to a pretty great start.

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2020 Phillies spring training pitching probables: Battle for 5th starter begins this weekend

2020 Phillies spring training pitching probables: Battle for 5th starter begins this weekend

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The battle for the Phillies' fifth starter's job will get off to a quick start.

Manager Joe Girardi on Tuesday announced his starting pitchers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Nick Pivetta will start the exhibition opener against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday in Lakeland.

Presumed opening day starter Aaron Nola will get the ball Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Clearwater.

Vince Velasquez will get the nod Monday against the Baltimore Orioles in Clearwater.

Girardi was not ready to announce any other pitching plans.

On paper, the top four spots in the Phillies' rotation appear set with Nola, Zack Wheeler, Jake Arrieta and Zach Eflin. Pivetta and Velasquez will vie for the fifth spot with pitchers like Ranger Suarez, Cole Irvin and prospect Damon Jones also getting a look.

"I think it's important that all these guys that are competing for the last spots get a ton of looks and we can afford to do that," Girardi said. "We have a number of games, we have split-squad games. We'll look at people. I think it's important that we do that, that we're fair to everyone because it's fair to the team that way.

"As we go forward, each start gets a little bit more important, but I think it's not fair to evaluate start 1 and start 2. That's the buildup stage."

Girardi, his staff and the front office will use a couple of factors in picking a fifth starter. Obviously, there is performance in spring training. In addition, Girardi said, the team will consider who might profile best in the bullpen. Suarez opened eyes in the bullpen last year. Velasquez and Pivetta both spent time in the rotation and the bullpen last year. One of them appears to be ticketed for the rotation and the other for the bullpen.

"The bottom line is we're going to want our 13 best pitchers to go with us and we have to kind of put that puzzle together," Girardi said.

New pitching coach Bryan Price has mentioned that a starter transitioning to the bullpen can benefit from some adjustment time because relieving is "a learned craft." In a perfect world, the Phils will identify who starts and who goes to the bullpen before the Grapefruit League schedule ends so the adjustment period can commence.

"We would like to do that," Girardi said. "That doesn't mean it will happen. If they make our job really difficult, it might get drawn out longer. And you can make it difficult two different ways — they're all pitching good or they're all scuffling."

Girardi hopes they're all pitching good.

In Price's view, a starter transitioning to the bullpen should not view the move as a slight.

"There's an emotional hurdle of not starting that has to be cleared," he said. "Some guys look at it as a demotion when it can really be something that stimulates a career and greatly impact the ballclub."

No team gets through a season with five starters. So today's reliever might be tomorrow's starter. 

"Just because we pick a fifth starter at the end of March doesn't mean things couldn't change," Girardi said.

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