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Despite rallying for ties after falling behind three times in the series finale, the Phillies were saddled with an 8-6 walk-off loss in 10 innings to the AL Wild Card-leading A's on Sunday in Oakland.
The Phillies begin a three-game set against the Marlins on Tuesday. Cole Hamels will get the ball for Philadelphia, which trails Miami in the NL East. The Marlins will send Henderson Alvarez to the mound.
Phillies rookie setup man Ken Giles recorded his first career save on Saturday, which also marked his 24th birthday. And to think, when he turned 23, Giles was getting prepared for the Arizona Fall League after a disappointing season at the Class A Advanced level.
Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown, dealing with a sore wrist, said he was available to pinch-hit for Sunday's series finale against the A's and he expects to be back in the starting lineup against the Marlins on Tuesday.
The A's late-season woes continued on Saturday vs. the Phillies, setting up a rubber match on Sunday afternoon. Lefty Scott Kazmir will face righty A.J. Burnett as the A's cling to a Wild Card spot.
Jerome Williams made baseball history on Saturday -- albeit in bizarre fashion -- as he became the first pitcher ever to earn three wins against the same team in one season as a member of three different clubs.
Jimmy Rollins, who has been out with a strained left hamstring since Sept. 8, continues to work on running the bases, and it remains unclear whether he will return this season.
Jerome Williams made baseball history, becoming the first pitcher to earn three wins against the same opponent in a season as a member of three different teams when he lifted the Phillies to a 3-0 win over the A's.
Left fielder Domonic Brown is day to day with right wrist tenderness, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said after Friday night's 3-1 loss to the A's.
David Buchanan was good, not great, on Friday in the Phillies' first game at O.co Coliseum since 2008, but a three-run second inning by the hosts was enough to spell defeat against Jon Lester and the A's. Philadelphia fell, 3-1, and has now dropped nine of its last 13 games on the heels of a 19-14 stretch.
Drew Pomeranz gets the nod for the A's on Saturday as they make their push for a Wild Card spot, marking his 10th start with them this year and first since Aug. 27 in Houston. Jerome Williams will take the mound for Philadelphia on the heels of his best outing of the year.
Right-hander Shane Watson, the Phillies' first pick of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Jimmy Rollins was not in the Phillies' lineup for Friday's series opener against the A's, but he could play this weekend if he successfully runs sprints at full speed. The shortstop has not played since Sept. 8, when he strained his left hamstring legging out a triple.
Exactly 60 years ago Friday, the Philadelphia A's departed the corner of 21st and Lehigh for a train that would take them to play the Boston Braves, beginning a season-ending road trip. They never returned.
With the A's in place to earn a Wild Card berth, the Phillies, who sit in last place in the National League East, enter O.co Coliseum on Friday to begin a three-game Interleague set.
Kyle Kendrick labored through five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and five walks as the Phillies dropped the series finale, 7-3, to the Padres in San Diego.
For Tony Gwynn Jr., there hasn't been much time to mourn. The baseball season has a pace and presence to it that demands staying in the present and not reflecting on the past. There are signs and stories and memories of his famous father everywhere. Gwynn Sr., the Hall of Fame right fielder and eternal Padre, passed away at 54 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland on June 16.
With Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in a recent slump, Darin Ruf started consecutive games at first base for the first time since late July.
The Phillies' future plans include improvement in the outfield, and manager Ryne Sandberg suggested that center fielder Ben Revere should strive to hit 30-40 doubles in a season. Revere entered Thursday with 13 doubles, seven triples, two home runs, and a .690 OPS.