Tony Reali and the national panel discuss Johnny Cueto's role for the Royals, possible Cole Hamels destinations, Alex Rodriguez' successful birthday weekend and more.
Phillies last despite turnaround week
Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter and the Phillies have now won eight of their last nine, but their abysmal .370 win percentage keeps them at the bottom of the power rankings. MLB Power Rankings
Add another to Cole Hamels chase
The D-backs have expressed interest in the Phillies lefty ace, a source told Jerry Crasnick. Jayson Stark has reported that the Rangers and Dodgers are the favorites to land Hamels, but at least 4 other teams are still in the mix.
Cole Hamels' no-hitter would make a fitting farewell, but the best gift he could give Phillies fans is enough of another team's talent to fan a smoldering organization's embers into a flame.
Where will Cole Hamels land?
Fresh off a no-hitter, Cole Hamels is still the most sought-after starting pitcher available. The Phillies are also hoping for legitimate prospects in exchange for Jonathan Papelbon and Ben Revere. Updated deadline preview (Insider)
The trade deadline is nearing, and speculation is heating up that the Orioles are seeking a left fielder with power, among other things. Find out what our writers are hearing today.
ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney covers the latest on the trade deadline, including the Royals' acquisition of Johnny Cueto, the status of David Price and the most likely destination for Cole Hamels.
A tribute to the strikeout
Baseball's oddities saw many pitchers reach (at least) the 11-strikeout plateau this week, so as a tribute to the 11th letter of the alphabet, check out some strikeout nuggets. Ex: Cole Hamels' 13 K's is the most by a Phillies pitcher in a no-hitter. More K kernels
Rapid Reaction from the Philadelphia Phillies' 11-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs Sunday to finalize a three-game sweep by Philadelphia.
Ryan Howard homered for the second straight day, rookie Aaron Nola got his first major league win and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Sunday to complete a three-game serie
Phillies sweep Cubs at Wrigley Field
The Phils took the final game of the series 11-5 as Aaron Nola earned his first MLB win. Catcher David Ross pitched the top of the 9th for the Cubs, then promptly hit a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 9th. Since the All-Star break, the Phillies are 8-1. Box score
Position player pitching for Cubs
Catcher David Ross is on the mound for the second time this season as the Cubs trail the Phillies 11-4 in the 9th. This is not a good series for the Cubs, who were no-hit Saturday. Follow live
Rangers, Dodgers in lead for Cole Hamels
Texas and L.A. have emerged as the likely favorites to trade for the Phillies ace, multiple sources told Jayson Stark, who added that Philadelphia continues to discuss Hamels with at least four teams -- the Cubs, Yankees, Giants and Red Sox.
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged over the weekend as the likely favorites to trade for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Phillies staying hot in Chicago
The good news for the Cubs is they won't get no hit today. The bad news is after cutting into the Phillies' lead, they've given up two more runs in the 4th inning and now trail 5-2. The Phillies are 7-1 since the All-Star Break. Follow live
Fresh off baseball's third no-hitter of the season, Cole Hamels is preparing to start for the Phillies on Thursday.
Report: Hamels trade gaining steam
Cole Hamels' no-hitter Saturday has improved trade offers for the Phillies ace, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who listed the Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Giants as teams with the most recent interest.
Cole Hamels' no-hitter might be a bittersweet moment for Phillies fans, not just a shining light in the midst of the club's worst season in decades.
By no-hitting the Cubs, Cole Hamels was the best of several pitchers delivering big games, while Alex Rodriguez's three homers earned him a new title.
If Saturday's no-hitter was an audition of sorts for trade-deadline suitors such as the Chicago Cubs, Cole Hamels passed with flying colors.
Cole Hamels shines in no-hitter
John Jackson on the potential trade target: "Hamels certainly showed all who were watching -- especially the Cubs -- that there's nothing wrong with his stuff. He consistently threw his fastball 94, 95 mph and effectively changed speeds by mixing in his cutter (90 mph), curveball (79, 80) and changeup (86).” More reaction
Chicago made Cole Hamels work for it
Hamels used 129 pitches in his no-hitter today, four short of a career high. The 129 pitches were the most by a single pitcher in a no-hitter since Tim Lincecum (148) in 2013. (via Elias)
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