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It seems Jimmy Rollins isn't the only Phillie who likes zinging the Mets. We were talking to Charlie Manuel post-game when he addressed the back-and-forth between the two teams the past year or so. Now, keep in mind, Manuel's a little under the weather (he's been sick for the past few days) and thus perhaps a little less judicious than normal. But he had me laughing.

New York, New York

ContactIt seems Jimmy Rollins isn't the only Phillie who likes zinging the Mets. We were talking to Charlie Manuel post-game when he addressed the back-and-forth between the two teams the past year or so. Now, keep in mind, Manuel's a little under the weather (he's been sick for the past few days) and thus perhaps a little less judicious than normal. But he had me laughing.

“As long as we whip them, we don’t have to make a big deal out of it,” Manuel said yesterday after the Phillies’ 5-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ballpark. “They’ll talk, we’ll hit. That’s the only way I see it.”

Nobody in the clubhouse is pretending not to care about this series.

Pat Burrell: "It could be worse. It could be two teams that finish in last place every year and nobody cares. So it’s exciting. Personally I enjoy going to NY and playing, there’s a little extra excitement there and especially with what happened last year, I don’t think anybody would say otherwise."

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Tom Gordon was probably the unheralded star of the day today. Nursing a three-run lead, he shut down the heart of the Reds order on nine pitches in the eighth inning. That's 2 1/3 scoreless inning since his Opening Day Blow-up.

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Here's the preview box for tomorrow's game:

LHP Oliver Perez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jamie Moyer (0-0, 7.36 ERA)


ABOUT THE PHILLIES: The Phillies have won their last 8 games against the Mets and were 12-6 against them last season. . .Moyer allowed 6 runs - 3 earned - on 9 hits in his first start of the season. He took a no decision in an 8-7 win over the Nationals April 3. . .Pat Burrell is hitting .435 this season with 3 home runs. Burrell is 6-for-17 with 4 home runs lifetime off of Perez . .Chase Utley went 0-for-5 yesterday vs. the Reds, but is still hitting .346 on the season. . .CF Shane Victorino went 1-for-5 with 2 strikeouts yesterday and is now 4-for-28 on the season. . .Moyer has a 2.59 ERA in 8 career starts at Shea Stadium, his second best mark in any ballpark in which he has started at least 8 games. . Moyer was 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 4 starts against the Mets last season. . .1B Ryan Howard is 1-for-10 lifetime against Perez with 6 strikeouts and 1 home run.


ABOUT THE METS: The Mets are coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of the Braves. . .1B Carlos Delgardo is 28-for-65 (.431) with 7 home runs and 16 RBI lifetime against Moyer. . .The only Mets regulars not hitting over .300 are 2B Luis Castillo and SS Jose Reyes. . .Perez pitched 6 shutout innings, striking out 8 in his 2008 debut, a 13-0 win over Florida. . .Perez went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA last season, but went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 3 starts against the Phillies. . .6 of CF Carlos Beltran's 7 hits this season have been doubles. He has not hit a home run. . .OF Ryan Church is 8-for-21 with 5 runs and 5 RBI.

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