Mannyfest Can't Beat Phillies

Manny Ramirez. Joe Torre. Manny Ramirez. Joe Torre. Manny Ramirez. Joe Torre. Manny Ramirez. Joe Torre.

Game 1 ... the Phillies.

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Chase Utley is greeted by Shane Victorino after Utley's two-run homer in the sixth inning of last night's NLCS game.

That threw a wrench in the works, didn't it? There has been a Manny-Torre love fest in the National League Championship Series -- OK, we get it, everybody wants Manny to play the Red Sox in the World Seris -- but the Phillies beat the Dodgers last night in Game 1, 3-2, to lead the best-of-seven series. Phil Sheridan points out that the Phillies found their Inner Manny, which I guess means they out-Manny'd Manny. Or something.

Bob Ford talks about Chase Utley's big night.

Bill Lyon is back and writes about Cole Hamels' big-game performance.

Can't forget about Pat Burrell, who has three homers in his last two playoff games.

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Sounds and sights from Opening Night.

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Jim Salisbury takes us Inside the Game.

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Ramirez thought he had hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Yeah, not so much. Derek Lowe left a sinker up to Utley and it cost him. Brad Lidge got the save in the ninth, but Ryan Madson got the biggest outs in the eighth.

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John Gonzalez talks about T.J. Simers' much discussed column in the Los Angeles Times. Gonzalez, Ford and Sheridan then chit-shat about Brett Myers, who pitches Game 2 this afternoon. Myers faces Dodgers righthander Chad Billingsley.

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In the Phillies Notebook: Carlos Ruiz is Charlie Manuel's everyday catcher. Ruiz got some hits last night, too.

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