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Phillies 9, Marlins 1: Jake Arrieta notches 100th career win, offense back to mashing

Phillies 9, Marlins 1: Jake Arrieta notches 100th career win, offense back to mashing

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MIAMI — A former National League MVP and a former NL Cy Young Award winner both came up big for the Phillies on Friday night.

Andrew McCutchen ignited a five-run rally in the third inning and later clubbed a three-run home run and Jake Arrieta pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Phillies past the lowly Miami Marlins, 9-1.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Phillies, who were held to just three singles in a 15-1 loss to Washington on Wednesday night. The Phils erupted for 14 hits in this one.

The victory improved the Phillies to 8-4. Miami is 3-11.

The keys

• The Phils strung together six straight one-out hits and scored five times in the third inning. McCutchen started it off with a single and aggressively moved to third on a base hit to left by Jean Segura.

• The Marlins came into the game scoring 2.62 runs per game, 29th in the majors, and hitting a paltry .215. Arrieta did just what a pitcher is supposed to do against a weak-hitting team: He attacked the strike zone. Seventy-six of the 108 pitches he threw were strikes.

• The rebuilding Marlins had the worst record in the NL last season, but they won six of nine against the Phillies in Miami. Friday night’s starter, Sandy Alcantara, pitched seven shutout innings in beating the Phillies in September. Though young, the Marlins have some young talent in their rotation. It was a good sign that the Phils came in and asserted some dominance over the Marlins in the teams’ first meeting of the season.

A milestone

The win was the 100th of Arrieta’s career. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out eight. He had a three-hit shutout going until the seventh.

Sights and sounds

A smattering of fans behind home plate chanted “Overrated … Overrated” each time Bryce Harper came to the plate. Harper answered with singles in his first two at-bats. His hit in the third drove in the Phils’ first run. He just missed a gapper in the sixth. Leftfielder Rosell Herrera made a nice diving catch.

The Marlins ditched the lime green colored outfield walls for navy blue. They also got rid of the gaudy home run sculpture that used to loom over center field.

Plenty of empty seats remain. In fact, a foul ball landed in the upper deck and it will probably still be there when the Phillies return in late June.

Transaction

The Phils sent reliever Edubray Ramos to the minors and recalled reliever Victor Arano. Arano pitched two scoreless innings.

Homecoming

J.T. Realmuto, drafted and developed by the Marlins before being traded to the Phillies in February, returned to Miami for the first time since the deal. He had a pair of singles and an RBI.

The Phillies sent three players to the Marlins for Realmuto.

Jorge Alfaro is the Marlins’ starting catcher in the big leagues.

The Marlins took it slow with right-hander Sixto Sanchez after he missed time with an elbow injury last season. He has been on a throwing program in extended spring training and is scheduled to make his season debut April 26 for Double A Jacksonville.

Lefty Will Stewart is pitching for Single A Jupiter in the Florida State League. He pitched a gem against Lakeland on Friday night — 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, one walk and struck out seven.

Up next

The Phillies and Marlins play again Saturday night. Game time is 6:10.

Zach Eflin looks to continue his strong start. He will pitch against lefty Caleb Smith.

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

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Phillies' Scott Kingery exits game with hamstring injury

DENVER — Scott Kingery left Friday night’s game against Colorado with a right hamstring injury.

Kingery grabbed his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the fourth inning.

He was in the midst of his third straight start at shortstop, filling in for Jean Segura who, coincidentally, was out of the lineup with a hamstring injury.

Odubel Herrera is also out with a hamstring injury.

Phil Gosselin, the former Malvern Prep and University of Virginia star, made his Phillies’ debut and took over at shortstop for the Phillies after Kingery exited. Gosselin is a West Chester native.

Segura is not on the injured list. He was tentatively scheduled to return on Sunday. He could be pressed into duty on Saturday night.

Kingery left the field with athletic trainer Scott Sheridan by his side.

Kingery had been swinging a hot bat and was looking at getting more playing time (see story).

More later.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, issues warning

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, issues warning

Busted.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia have announced they’ve seized 314 counterfeit Bryce Harper jerseys, which, if sold at their full price, would total more than $44,000. Let’s be real, though, these were probably listed for $20 apiece online.

The press release says that six shipments of Harper — or perhaps a few said Haprer or Harpr —  jerseys were en route from Hong Kong to addresses in the tri-state area.

Am I shocked? Of course not. Harper jerseys are the hottest item in Philadelphia fashion this spring and were bought, legally, in record numbers when the then-free agent signed his mega contract. There are, however, a few things to consider here.

The first, which I actually didn’t know, is that the CBP warns against “dangerously flammable textiles” being used in counterfeit jerseys. That’s kind of a surprise and perhaps cause for concern.

The other is that Harper signed a 13-year deal, so a nice, legitimate jersey is actually a decent investment over a jersey that looks OK but may fall apart after a few spins in the washing machine. You want something to stand the test of time, that you can wear for more than a decade, so spending money up front on a jersey for a guy that’ll be here for a while isn’t actually a bad idea.

If you’re reading this and the tracking on your Harper jersey suddenly stopped, you might be out of luck. If you’re reading this and you’ve already bought a counterfeit jersey, stay clear of the grill this summer.

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