Phillies News: Bryce Harper taking BP, Ranger Suarez makes rehab start

Seattle Mariners v Philadelphia Phillies
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The Philadelphia Phillies closed out their three-game set with the Seattle Mariners as winners of two out of three. Both teams pitching staffs were pitching like it was the 1960s and the game was just cruising on by. The game lasted a total run time of two hours and four minutes. The Phillies came out on top with a 1-0 win that saw Kody Clemens drive in the lone run, Matt Strahm continue to be “Strahnomenal” (sorry, I had to try that pun), and the bullpen seal up the victory. The victory put the Phillies at .500, with a record of 13-13, for the first time this season. 

The Phillies travel to Houston to face the Astros in a three-game series. Their first meeting since this past World Series. The Phillies will be looking to avenge their ‘Fall Classic’ loss as Aaron Nola (1-2, 5.40 ERA) and Frambler Valdez (2-2, 2.25 ERA) duel as the game’s respective starters. 

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On the injury front, we have more encouraging news about Bryce Harper and Ranger Suarez. Harper will be taking batting practice Friday and Saturday. Suarez pitched a rehab start in Double-A on Thursday, allowing no runs and a hit in two innings.

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