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Saturday, July 19 (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) at Atlanta Braves (53-43), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.93) Atlanta - Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.53)

(SportsNetwork.com) - With the non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, Cole Hamels could certainly help a team that is fighting for a playoff spot, but the Phillies are reportedly not interested in trading their homegrown talented left-hander.

Hamels, who takes the mound tonight against Atlanta in the middle test of a three-game series, is owed $90 million over the next four years (2015-18) and the Phillies hold an option on his deal at $20 million for 2019.

Hamels was reportedly the subject of rumors involving the Red Sox, but a Boston radio station said there weren't any discussions between the teams regarding the starter.

The 30-year-old is coming off a no-decision against Washington a week ago when he allowed four hits and three runs in seven innings. Hamels pitched once against the Braves this season, June 16 at Turner Field when he threw seven shutout innings in a no-decision, a game the Phillies won, 6-1, in 13 innings.

In 32 games (31 starts) against Atlanta, Hamels is 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA.

Aaron Harang tries to win his fifth straight start for the Braves. The righty threw seven solid frames against the Mets July 10 at Citi Field. He's 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) versus the Phillies.

Atlanta has won five straight against the last-place Phillies, who are 11 games behind Atlanta for first place in the NL East. The Braves hold a one- game edge on second-place Washington.

Last night, Jason Heyward hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the Braves held on for a 6-4 win. Andrelton Simmons also had two RBI, while B.J. Upton scored once and drove in one for the Braves, who went into the All-Star break having won three of four.

"It's a great win and a great way to start the second half and a great way to start a homestand," said Atlanta catcher Christian Bethancourt. "It was a good game. We came back and tried to do the best we can. I think things went well for us, and we got the win tonight."

Ervin Santana (8-6) pitched six innings and gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with three walks and a strikeout. He also went 1-for-2 with a run scored at the plate.

Ryan Howard drove in two runs with Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp supplying an RBI each for the Phillies, who have dropped their past three games.

A.J. Burnett (6-9) was tagged for six runs on 10 hits in five innings to take the loss.

"I thought A.J. was having a hard time getting the third out," said Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg. "Nine of the 10 hits he gave up were with two outs. They clumped them together and put up a couple of strong innings. The bullpen was good for us tonight, though."

The Braves are 7-4 against the Phillies this season.

07/19 10:20:15 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
CHA 107
ATL 93
 
3rd
CAR 3
NJD 1
 
Final
NYY 2
BAL 10
Final
TAM 6
BOS 9
Final
MIA 1
HOU 1
Final
MIN 7
PHI 1
Final
DET 4
STL 3
Final
PIT 8
TOR 3
Final
TOR 3
ATL 5
Final
NYM 10
WAS 2
Final
CIN 9
CHC 5
Final
MIL 2
CLE 3
Final
CHC 18
COL 4
Final
CWS 4
OAK 10
Final
TEX 2
SDP 3
Final
SEA 8
SFG 9
Final
ARI 5
KAN 10
Final
ANA 4
LOS 5
4th
CHA 107
ATL 93
 
Half
CHI 54
NYK 34
 
1st
MIL 18
GSW 19
 
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UTA
OKC
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POR
DEN
Final
WISC 85
ARZ 78
2nd
YALE 54
CAN 55
 
1st
KENT 12
ND 11
 
Final
WAS 3
NAS 4
Final
NYI 2
ANA 3
Final
PIT 3
ARI 2
Final
BOS 4
NYR 2
Final
PHI 2
SJS 3
Final
DET 4
TAM 0
2nd Intermission
MON 2
FLA 2
 
3rd
CAR 3
NJD 1
 
3rd
TOR 0
OTT 2
 
2nd
STL 1
CLB 1
 
2nd
MIN 2
LOS 0
 
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COL
BUF
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VAN
DAL