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Phillies offering ticket refunds or credits for April and May home games

Phillies offering ticket refunds or credits for April and May home games

The Phillies are offering two different options to those who purchased tickets to games at Citizens Bank Park in April or May that have been impacted by baseball's shutdown. They're offering either credit toward game(s) later in 2020 or 2021, or your money back.

This applies to season tickets, multi-game plans and single-game tickets. The Phillies are in the process of alerting season-ticket holders.

"Our goal is always to take care of our fans," senior VP of ticket operations John Weber said. "We've spoken with many of them over the last six weeks and they're all hoping for baseball, as we are too."

There still isn’t much clarity with regard to baseball’s return date, though optimism is building toward a potential return in June or July.

The Phillies would have already completed 30 games had the season started on time. Only 10 of those were home games. In May, 18 of their 27 games were set to be at home.

There are no further details just yet about tickets purchased beyond May, likely because MLB itself hasn’t officially ruled out anything beyond the end of the month.

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Yasiel Puig joins the NL East

Yasiel Puig joins the NL East

About nine months after free agency opened, Yasiel Puig has finally found a home. He agreed Tuesday to a deal with the Braves, which means the Phillies could see him 10 times in 2020.

The Braves are still a contender but were reeling and needed to make some sort of move to add more talent to their roster. Over the last two weeks, they've seen superstar Freddie Freeman and top reliever Will Smith test positive for COVID-19, while Nick Markakis and Felix Hernandez have opted out of the season.

Puig, 29, will likely play right field and bat in the spot Markakis would have occupied. The Braves still have a strong outfield with Marcell Ozuna in left field, Ronald Acuña Jr. in center and Puig in right. To optimize for defense, they could play Ender Inciarte in the outfield and have either Ozuna or Puig DH.

There was so much fanfare over Puig when he debuted with the Dodgers seven years ago, but he hasn't been able to replicate the production from his first two seasons. He's settled in as a .260-ish hitter with mid-20s home-run power and an on-base percentage right around the league average. In fact, in back to back seasons, he has hit exactly .267 with exactly a .327 OBP.

In 141 career plate appearances against the Phillies, Puig is a .301 hitter with eight doubles, three triples, three homers and 18 RBI.

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How to watch Phillies intrasquad games live starting tonight

How to watch Phillies intrasquad games live starting tonight

Beginning tonight at 6 p.m. through Friday, the Phillies will be streaming each of their intrasquad games. Fans can watch on Phillies.com or on the Phillies' accounts on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook.

There have been some entertaining moments during the Phils' intrasquad games thus far — players reacting to big hits from their teammates, guys celebrating in unique ways. There was also Bryce Harper's stint at third base.

Heck, hearing the crack of the bat is enough by itself.

Tonight, Zack Wheeler and Vince Velasquez are expected to pitch four innings apiece. Top prospect Spencer Howard is on track to pitch three innings Thursday.

The Phillies then begin playing exhibition games this weekend. They are on the road to face the Nationals on Saturday, at home against the Orioles Sunday and in New York to play the Yankees Monday. Aaron Nola is expected to pitch Saturday and reach about 65 pitches.

The Phillies' regular season begins Friday, July 24 at home against the Marlins.

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