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Gabe Kapler shares heartbreaking news, touching message about Phillies fan Matt Vecere

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Gabe Kapler shares heartbreaking news, touching message about Phillies fan Matt Vecere

The nationwide exultation, the deep relief, the great expectations — Bryce Harper's signing with the Phillies was bigger than sports.

Perhaps no story better captures that fact than the devastating one shared by manager Gabe Kapler on Twitter Friday night about Matt Vecere, one of the Phillies fans who let Kapler know the Phillies had landed Harper.

Kapler’s story about Vecere, one of the 157 people killed on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, is heartbreaking.

Credit to Kapler for sharing Vecere’s story, and to Matt and his family for their commitment to humanitarian work and determination to honor Matt’s legacy.

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At The Yard Podcast: Effect injuries will have on lineup; did Aaron Nola turn a corner?

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At The Yard Podcast: Effect injuries will have on lineup; did Aaron Nola turn a corner?

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman (live from New York for the Mets series) and Ricky Bottalico discuss how the mounting injuries may affect the lineup. What does Scott Kingery need to do with his time on the injured list?

Did Aaron Nola turn a corner in his start in Colorado? How much concern over the workload the bullpen has faced so far?

Also, the proper strategy pitching to Bryce Harper in a high leverage situation.

0:30 - Impact injuries will have to the lineup.
3:30 - How Scott Kingery should stay sharp while on the IL.
5:15 - Positives from Aaron Nola's start in Colorado.
10:00 - Aces around MLB are struggling.
12:00 - Too much bullpen?
17:30 - Confidence that Jake Arrieta can keep up this form?
20:30 - Strategy pitching to Bryce Harper in key late-game moments.

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Phillies change lineup vs. Mets thanks to injuries

Phillies change lineup vs. Mets thanks to injuries

NEW YORK — The injury-ravaged Phillies went with a new-look lineup Monday night on the road against the Mets.

J.T. Realmuto, who has batted fifth in 17 of 18 starts this season and cleanup in the other, is in the two-hole for Gabe Kapler against Mets lefty Steven Matz.

Kapler said Monday afternoon that he spent some time thinking about who to bat second in this lineup. His goal was to keep Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Realmuto as the 3-4-5 because of how well they've fared in those spots, but the more he thought about it, Realmuto was the most logical option to bat second.

Maikel Franco remains in the five-spot for the second straight game. Aaron Altherr is in center field in place of Roman Quinn.

1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
2. J.T. Realmuto, C
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Phil Gosselin, SS
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
8. Aaron Altherr, CF
9. Jake Arrieta, P

Batting Realmuto second could get him an extra plate appearance in this game. On Sunday, the Phillies had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth inning, trailing 4-1 with Hernandez at the plate. Hernandez grounded out softly to end the game with Harper waiting on deck. 

If a similar situation is presented tonight, the Phillies would have a better bat in the two-spot.

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