SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Maikel Franco has a new look to go along with a new attitude.
Franco had short hair, rather than his usual shoulder-length dreadlocks, when he arrived at the Kansas...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals third baseman Maikel Franco would boost his salary to a $4 million if he has 625 plate appearances.
Franco and Kansas City agreed Dec. 27 to a $2.95 million,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed third baseman Maikel Franco to a $2.95 million contract Friday to be their everyday third baseman next season.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández and third baseman Maikel Franco became free agents when the Phillies did not offer them contracts on Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper is doing what he can to help the Philadelphia Phillies end a string of seven straight losing seasons.
Harper hit one of three Philadelphia home runs, and...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Haseley and Philadelphia's bullpen showed the Phillies aren't quitting on the season.
Haseley's fielder's choice scored Rhys Hoskins with the winning run in the 15th...
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for every extra edge in a playoff chase, the Philadelphia Phillies tried most everything — stealing and bunting, plus plenty of pinch-hitters and pitchers.
MIAMI (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed slugger Bryce Harper on paternity leave.
The Phillies also recalled third baseman Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have demoted third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Philadelphia made the surprising move Sunday with Franco hitting just .231 with 15 home...
Los Angeles Dodgers (62-33, first in the NL West) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (48-45, third in the NL East)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco got exactly the pitch he wanted, and he didn't miss it.
Franco homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jean Segura had no problem with three water coolers being dumped on his head after a big hit off his former teammate.
Segura ripped a three-run, walk-off homer against...
New York Mets (37-43, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (41-38, second in the NL East)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery scrolled their phones inside the clubhouse looking for popular hot spots in Philadelphia with "Bamboo" in the name.
New York Mets (37-42, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (40-38, second in the NL East)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies busted out of their slump in a big way.
Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead two-run homer, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura and Jay Bruce also went deep and...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have a slew of good young players. Their nearly-40 trio can still come up big, too.
Rich Hill scattered three hits over seven innings, David Freese went 2 for...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco keeps producing like a cleanup hitter from the bottom of the lineup.
Franco hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh, Rhys Hoskins homered and the...
Philadelphia Phillies (12-9, first in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (11-10, third in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Jake Arrieta (3-1,...
Philadelphia Phillies (11-7, first in the NL East) vs. Colorado Rockies (7-12, fifth in the NL West)
Denver; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.25...
New York Mets (10-7, second in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (10-6, first in the NL East)
Philadelphia; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.47...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scott Kingery is earning more playing time with every hit.
Kingery and J.T. Realmuto each had three hits and five RBIs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies cruise to a 14-3...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper crushed a long home run for his third hit while performing to jeers in his return to Washington, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have avoided arbitration with six players, including second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco.
All-Star right-hander Aaron Nola didn't reach an agreement with the team. The Phillies offered $4.5 million and Nola is seeking $6.75 million. He finished third in NL Cy Young award voting last year after going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA. The 25-year-old earned $573,000 in 2018.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies did not tender contracts to first baseman Justin Bour and left-hander Luis Avilan, allowing the players to become free agents.
Both players were acquired in trades during the season and saw limited action in Philadelphia.
Bour hit .224 with one homer and five RBIs in 49 at-bats after batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 112 games for the Marlins.
MIAMI (AP) — Phillies infielder Maikel Franco has reported worsening soreness in his right wrist, and he's expected to return to Philadelphia for evaluation by a specialist.
Earlier X-rays were negative, but Franco missed his second game in a row Tuesday in Miami, and he'll likely undergo an MRI. He's batting .267 with 22 homers and 66 RBIs.
The Phils recalled infielder J.P. Crawford from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales became the seventh player in major league history to homer in at least seven consecutive games, going deep in the third inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Morales hit a two-run shot off Vince Velasquez, his 21st homer of the season. He has a chance to equal the major league record of homers in eight consecutive games, shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and Don Mattingly.
TORONTO (AP) — Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana hit back-to-back home runs, Maikel Franco and Wilson Ramos each had two-run shots and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Ramos had four hits. He singled in the first, doubled home a run in the second, singled in the sixth and homered off Tyler Clippard in the eighth, his 15th.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo left Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies after he injured his left index finger hitting a grounder to third base.
Nimmo checked his swing and fell to the ground as the ball rolled all the way to third base with the bases loaded and two outs. Maikel Franco fielded the ball and was late tagging the bag but threw to first to easily retire Nimmo, who remained on the dirt for a couple of minutes.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies got their offense jump-started. Aaron Nola took care of the rest.
Nola pitched six scoreless innings, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez homered, and the Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Saturday night.
The Phillies had been shut out in their previous two games and went 18 consecutive innings without scoring at Petco Park, dating back to last season, before they put two on the board in the first inning.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco launched a towering drive, watched the ball clear the left-field wall and flipped his bat high in the air backward before his jubilant trot around the bases.
Franco's three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night and kept Philadelphia a half-game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds didn't exactly smash the ball, but they didn't have to while again beating first-place Philadelphia.
Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a sharp single that glanced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez's glove, helping Cincinnati to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies on Saturday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies are having so much fun right now that Nick Williams compared them to kids at recess.
Williams, Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco each hit two of Philadelphia's record-tying seven home runs, and the Phillies overpowered the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
Carlos Santana added a two-run homer as the NL East leaders tied the franchise record for home runs in a game, set on Sept. 8, 1998, against the Mets.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Power got the Los Angeles Dodgers started. Patience gave them a win.
Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson hit solo homers and Alex Verdugo scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning, lifting Los Angeles to a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a matchup of division leaders Monday night.
Maikel Franco hit a pair of solo homers and Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera also went deep for the Phillies.
MIAMI (AP) — All-Star Aaron Nola gave up two runs in the first inning and the punchless Philadelphia Phillies never recovered, losing Saturday to the Miami Marlins 2-0.
The NL East-leading Phillies have scored only 24 runs in their past nine games.
Nola (12-3) needed 31 pitches to get through the first. After he loaded the bases with none out, one run scored on a groundout, and another came home on Martin Prado's two-out single.
NEW YORK (AP) — Phillies prospect Enyel De Los Santos was slated to be the International League's starting pitcher in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. Instead, he joined the big club and made the most of an unexpected opportunity.
De Los Santos won his major league debut and Philadelphia got home runs from Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera in a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Eflin and the Phillies are on a roll.
Eflin pitched seven strong innings for his sixth straight victory, Andrew Knapp had the winning hit for the second straight game and Philadelphia beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night for its 11th win in 16 games.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicked in the first inning, Aaron Nola figured he'd be fine if could find his form.
He did, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage.
Maikel Franco went 4 for 4, Carlos Santana homered and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Saturday.
"The way (we've) been swinging lately, I just felt like if I kept putting up zeros and battling out there they were going to come through and score some more runs," Nola said.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco didn't know he'd be in Philadelphia's starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he'd been on the bench.
Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee's ninth-inning rally for a 10-9 victory.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vince Velasquez was cruising with a 4-0 lead while holding the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless into the sixth inning.
Then the bottom dropped out. Yasiel Puig broke up the no-hit bid and the Phillies piled up miscues in the late innings to hand the Dodgers a 5-4 victory that spoiled manager Gabe Kapler's return to Los Angeles.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom lasted only one inning in his return from the disabled list despite not allowing a hit or a run.
DeGrom needed 45 pitches to get through the first, which included 20 foul balls by Philadelphia. The pitches were his most ever in an inning.
New York said he was removed from Sunday's start as a precaution because of the length of the inning and the 59-minute rain delay that preceded it.
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