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BALTIMORE >> Bryce Harper will stand out in an All-Star crowd Monday night, just as he did when he used to hit over .300 and his Washington Nationals team used to sit atop the (regular season only) competition.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Runners at the corners, game against the Orioles and feel-good homestand hanging in the balance, and the star the Phillies are seeking to make their own standing at the plate, seeking to give them another bitter reason to want him.

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PHILADELPHIA >> There doesn’t seem to be much doubt about Luis Severino’s place in the game right now. The Yankees pitcher is on a roll, notching his major league leading 12th victory Tuesday night in a 6-0 pinstriping of the feeble Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Rhys Hoskins has answered the question on at least several other occasions this season, and still he’s convinced that the way he and his Phillies teammates aren’t seeing the ball well enough has more to do with the other guys.

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PHILADELPHIA >> He might be a generation removed from his managerial predecessor, but Gabe Kapler has been around the major leagues for a long time. Though as skilled at hyperbole as he was at frequently overachieving as a player, you tend to believe Kapler’s reaction to what Odubel He…

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PHILADELPHIA >> Jake Arrieta couldn’t like the way his outing ended Wednesday, even if there was everything to like about his team’s getaway against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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VOORHEES, N.J. >> The chains are off. The ghosts of July 1’s past have been vanquished. The Scrooge side of Ron Hextall’s general managing personality has seen the light ... or at least has brightened from humbug to hopeful.

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PHILADELPHIA >> For a political tone, it might be more than 20 years outdated, but for managerial sincerity, Gabe Kapler perhaps thought he struck the perfect chord Thursday while talking about the ongoing rebuilding project on Vince Velasquez’s confidence.

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PHILADELPHIA >> If keeping Odubel Herrera on the bench at the start of Wednesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies raised some eyebrows, it’s probably because it took Gabe Kapler so long before finally sitting Herrera down.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Immediately after Wednesday’s practice, Eagles rookie tight end Dallas Goedert got together with a visitor from South Dakota State University, where he developed into a second-round draft pick.

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PHILADELPHIA >> Crowding Brandon Graham’s locker is a pair of crutches and an enormous protective boot. Picture an over-sized stocking hanging from the mantle during the Christmas season.

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PHILADELPHIA >> The Eagles weren’t much help Wednesday explaining the role they played in deciding to send a spartan delegation to visit the White House, infuriating President Donald Trump, who revoked the invitation.

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PHILADELPHIA >> It was tough to say what the most surprising development on the first day of organized team activities was for the Eagles.