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8/1/2015 | Howard's hot streak helping to carry Phillies

Hitting is contagious. If that wasn't a tired baseball aphorism before, Ryan Howard and Pete Mackanin sure made it one. "Guys are going up there having good at-bats all the way around," Howard said. "Hitting is contagious so to speak." "Hitting is contagious. We've all heard that cliché," Mackanin said. "But it seems to be taking a hold with our team right now." Mackanin is right. The phrase is a cliché. But that doesn't make it wrong in the Phillies' case.

8/1/2015 | Phillies willing to be patient with Harrison

Matt Harrison, a 29-year-old right-handed pitcher the Phillies received from Texas as a part of the Hamels deal, Harrison has made just nine starts since the end of the 2012 season due to complications and surgeries relating to herniated discs in his back. His first action as a Phillie was to go back to the disabled list. That being said, Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said he sees Harrison having a role in the future of the Phillies organization.

8/1/2015 | Scouting profile: Aaron Nola

Nola has an effective repertoire that includes a two-seam fastball that sits between 92 and 94 mph, an infrequent four-seam fastball, a very good changeup and a curveball that can be very effective. He mixes and matches well between those pitches.