SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers have claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Rangers made the move Monday, a week after the Phillies designated him for assignment when they signed free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta.
The 26-year-old Joseph hit over 20 home runs in each of his two seasons in the majors. He batted .240 with 22 homers and 69 RBIs while starting 125 times at first last year.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Simple is working for Aaron Nola.
Nola held an opponent to two runs or fewer for his 10th straight start, Freddy Galvis had a go-ahead single during a fifth-inning rally and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the veteran-shedding New York Mets 3-1 on Saturday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Thompson didn't have time for nerves or negative thoughts.
Thompson pitched five scoreless innings in an emergency start and Aaron Altherr homered twice to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp also homered and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies, who have scored 19 runs on seven homers and 14 extra-base hits while winning the last two.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The surprise wasn't seeing a team pound out nine extra-base hits, just that it was the Phillies doing it.
Cameron Rupp hit two home runs and had four RBIs and Aaron Nola set a career high with 10 strikeouts over six innings to lead Philadelphia to a 9-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Maikel Franco homered and doubled and Tommy Joseph had two doubles for the Phillies, who had 14 hits while setting season highs for doubles (5) and extra-base hits.
MIAMI (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies began slowly this season and then got worse, which made their fast start on Wednesday a surprise.
First pitch was at 12:10 p.m. and the Phillies were ready, scoring twice in the first inning and totaling a season-high 20 hits to beat Miami 10-3 and win a road series for only the third time this season.
It was an energetic effort that belied the Phillies' 32-61 record.
SEATTLE (AP) — Presented an opportunity to rebound after a tough weekend, the Seattle Mariners instead stumbled at home against the worst team in baseball.
Tommy Joseph hit his 13th homer of the season leading off the ninth inning off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz, Andrew Knapp followed with a two-out RBI single and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — The postgame shower took a little longer for Mark Leiter Jr. He had assorted condiments to scrub away after a celebratory dousing from Philadelphia Phillies teammates in celebration of his first major league win Friday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola felt like himself again.
Nola pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph homered, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.
Nola (4-5) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings and struck out eight.
"I know what I'm capable of and know what I can do," Nola said. "Today was me. I felt confident in all of my pitches."
ATLANTA (AP) — Odubel Herrera extended his hitting tear and had so much offensive support in Philadelphia's lopsided win over Atlanta that the Braves couldn't commit to Bartolo Colon's next scheduled start.
Herrera continued his power surge with a two-run homer and two doubles, Tommy Joseph homered and drove in three runs, and the Phillies beat the Braves 11-4 on Monday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy Joseph knew he was about to get soaked - and he couldn't wait for it.
The Phillies first baseman hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, leading Philadelphia to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. He was mobbed in between first and second base by his excited teammates, who emptied water bottles over his head.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies' hottest hitter came through twice Thursday.
Tommy Joseph hit a tying home run in the seventh inning and a winning single in the 11th, lifting Philadelphia over Colorado 2-1 and stopping the Rockies from a four-game sweep.
CHICAGO (AP) — No sooner did his manager talk about the urgency to produce than Tommy Joseph did just that.
Joseph hit an early three-run homer, Aaron Altherr had three RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies routed the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Monday night.
Prior to the game, Philadelphia skipper Pete Mackanin said he liked to give a struggling player such as Joseph about 100 at-bats to come around.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had to appreciate his team's record start to Saturday's game.
For Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, it was just a bad dream that wouldn't end.
Howie Kendrick hit a bases-loaded triple while Philadelphia scored 12 runs for the biggest first inning in team history, and Philadelphia routed Washington 17-3.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies scored 12 runs for the biggest first inning in team history, with Howie Kendrick delivering a triple and single in the burst against Washington on Saturday night.
The Phillies combined nine hits and four walks against Jeremy Guthrie and reliever Enny Romero. The Phils didn't hit a home run in the inning, although they did have three doubles.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — When Tommy Joseph was traded to Philadelphia back in 2012, the Phillies were just beginning their descent into a lengthy rebuilding period.
The years since then have been challenging for both Joseph and the franchise — but now, there are some signs of progress for both.
NEW YORK (AP) — Closer Jeurys Familia and setup man Addison Reed were out, even before the first pitch. Then starter Gabriel Ynoa got yanked after just two innings.
A day after burning through 10 pitchers in a stirring win, the New York Mets needed someone to own the mound.
Hansel Robles provided a big boost from the bullpen Friday night, escaping a seventh-inning jam and finishing a 10-5 win over Philadelphia that kept the Mets atop the NL wild-card race.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Whether the motivation came from within or from a challenge from his manager, Tommy Joseph certainly has responded.
Joseph homered, doubled and drove in three runs Wednesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago White Sox 8-3.
Earlier this month, Joseph was struggling and found himself on the bench. Since then, he's hit .480 in his last seven games.
Joseph's homer off White Sox ace Chris Sale was his 21st of the season, third-best among big league rookies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trailing by four runs in the ninth, the Chicago White Sox staged a late rally that made a lot of Philadelphia Phillies fans very nervous.
It just wasn't quite enough.
Odubel Herrera kept up his hitting surge with a homer among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Phillies held off a late White Sox comeback attempt in a 7-6 win Tuesday night.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera kept up his hitting surge with a homer among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Philadelphia Phillies held off a late Chicago White Sox rally in a 7-6 win Tuesday night.
Tommy Joseph and Roman Quinn added two hits apiece and combined to drive in three runs for the Phillies. Herrera, who hits between Joseph and Quinn in the lineup, is 15 for 28 in his last seven games.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Bryan once raised the WWE championship over his head in front of 70,000 screaming fans after winning the main event of the biggest wrestling show in the world.
Bryan is used to cheers.
But to earn them in Philadelphia, the retired wrestling star needed pointers on how to throw a baseball before first pitch duties at a Phillies game Monday. Bryan joked he hasn't thrown much of anything in his adult life except tennis balls to dogs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Morgan gave the Philadelphia Phillies another quality start. But once again, the lowest-scoring team in the majors didn't give him a lot of support.
Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals defeated the Phillies 3-2 on Sunday.
Tommy Joseph homered in the seventh to snap Philadelphia's 16-inning scoreless drought and Freddy Galvis homered in the eighth.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday.
Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run on four hits, striking out five with one walk. He bounced back from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start when he allowed six runs in three innings.
MIAMI (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies ran out of runs after scoring 10 in the first two games of a series against the Miami Marlins.
Andrew Cashner struck out nine over 5 1/3 innings to win his first game for the Marlins, 6-0 over the Phillies on Wednesday night.
"He had a good mix of his pitches, fastball and slider, and he was effectively wild at times as well," the Phillies' Tommy Joseph said. "He pitched to his game plan."
MIAMI (AP) — Adam Morgan snapped his major league-worst streak of nine consecutive losses, Odubel Herrera scored three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies spoiled Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton's return by beating the reeling Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Morgan (2-9) allowed five hits and one run in six innings. He hadn't won since May 10, going 0-9 with a 6.72 ERA in his last 15 appearances, 13 of those starts.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left New York's game Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies with one out in the first inning because of a sore left knee.
CHICAGO (AP) — Battered in back-to-back games, the Phillies came out swinging this time.
Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez homered to back Jerad Eickhoff, and struggling Philadelphia beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Wednesday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jabari Blash chopped a grounder toward third base and immediately feared for the worst.
"I knew there was a chance for a triple play," he said.
San Diego's pinch-hitter was right. The Philadelphia Phillies went around the horn for the first triple play ever at Petco Park, then took advantage of a key error to beat the Padres 6-5 on Sunday.
A throwing error by rookie shortstop Jose Rondon on Cesar Hernandez's grounder was costly in the...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco drove home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-4 victory over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Ryan Howard homered among his three hits and Cameron Rupp also connected for Philadelphia. Franco finished with three RBIs, including one on the unusual play that ended the game.
With the bases loaded and one out, Franco lined what appeared to be a clean single into...
ATLANTA (AP) — Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco homered, Aaron Nola won for the first time in eight starts and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Thursday night.
Altherr returned to the lineup after missing the first 103 games of the season with a broken left wrist. He went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Braves starter Matt Wisler (4-11) gave up three homers and has allowed eight homers in his past four starts, a span of 20 1/3...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Miami Marlins plan on contending in the National League and know they will need to win close games like Tuesday's over Philadelphia.
Christian Yelich homered and drove in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th inning to lead Miami to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.
J.T. Realmuto added two hits for the Marlins, who won their third straight to remain one game ahead of the New York Mets for the second wild-card spot in the National...
DENVER (AP) — Maikel Franco and Cameron Rupp hit long home runs, rookie Zach Eflin got his second big league win and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Sunday in their final game before the All-Star break.
The Phillies have won 10 of 13 games. Rupp tied his career high with four RBIs, which included a two-run homer that traveled 465 feet, per Statcast, in the seventh inning. Franco followed with a three-run shot in the eighth that went 471...
DENVER (AP) — Jake McGee was second-guessing himself after throwing a breaking pitch that cost the Colorado Rockies the game.
Pinch-hitter Tommy Joseph turned on a slider from the hard-throwing reliever to hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Friday night.
"Probably should have stuck with my best pitch, the fastball," McGee said. "But I made that pitch and I hung it over...
DENVER (AP) — Tommy Joseph hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Friday night.
Vince Velasquez (8-2) allowed two runs over six innings and won his third straight decision since coming off the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain on June 27. He struck out six and walked two on 98 pitches.
The Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rockies and have won eight...