Manuel: 'It ain't goin' to happen, but it can happen'

Charlie Manuel said the Phillies would approach Sunday's Game 3 like they approach every other game. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

So, how daunting is the task in front of the Cincinnati Reds?

Well, they have to beat the two-time defending National League champions in three consecutive games to advance and beat Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt to do it.

Said Charlie Manuel: "I think sometimes when you play, and when you look and say, 'There is no way that can happen,' the more I think about it and the longer I've been in the game and how we talk about the day to day thing and how we're going to play on that day, it can happen. It ain't goin' to happen, but it can happen."

Manuel said having a 2-0 series lead won't change the way his team approaches things.

"I think we're going to come out tomorrow and play a game just like we did yesterday and the day before and like 162," he said. "We are going to play in that game in that moment and going to try to win that game. That's the way I want us to do it. And that's the way I've been preaching since I've been in Philly. And I think that's what works for us and I think that's how we're going to achieve like where we want to go."

Manuel said catcher Carlos Ruiz is fine after getting plunked in the knee in Game 2. X-rays were negative.

"He's not as sore as we thought he was," Manuel said. "Actually, he's doing very good."

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