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Game 3 Magic

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 3:51 AM
Jimmy Rollins sat in the Phillies dugout before the National League Division Series earlier this month against the Milwaukee Brewers and recalled the Kirk Gibson home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. As a young Oakland A's fan, it crushed Rollins. "I think I almost cried," he said... Read more

World Series Game 3: First Pitch at 10 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 9:47 PM
The best sign that the Phillies and Rays would play Game 3 of the World Series tonight? It wasn't the moment the grounds crew removed the tarp from the field. It was the moment a batboy took coffee to the bullpen. Jamie Moyer emerged a short time later. First pitch is at 10 p.m. "The commissioner's... Read more

Game 3 World Series Lineups

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 5:11 PM
Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the World Series: Rays - Akinori Iwamura, 2B - B.J. Upton, CF - Carlos Pena, 1B - Evan Longoria, 3B - Carl Crawford, LF - Dioner Navarro, C - Gabe Gross, RF - Jason Bartlett, SS - Matt Garza, P Phillies ... Read more

Ready to Rock

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 4:11 PM
Everybody talked about how loud Tropicana Field would be for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. Honestly, I wasn't impressed. The cowbells, etc.? Yeah, not that loud. I mean, it was loud. But it's not like I needed ear plugs or anything. And I found Rays fans mostly cheered and rang their bells... Read more

Silent Bats, Silent Clubhouse

Friday, October 24, 2008, 6:31 AM
Charlie Manuel thinks the Phillies are pressing at the plate. Publicly, most players say they're not. But Jimmy Rollins at least acknowledged he "felt a little tense" in one of his at-bats last night in a 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the World Series. How else to explain a team that... Read more

Phillies Punchless in Game 2

Friday, October 24, 2008, 1:21 AM
The Phillies went 1 for 15 (.067) with runners in scoring position in Game 2. They are 1 for 28 (.036) with RISP in the World Series. "I'm concerned about us hitting with guys on base because it looks like at times we might be trying a little too hard," Charlie Manuel said. Whatever the... Read more

100 Down, Three to Go

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 11:52 AM
One hundred down, three to go. Jimmy Rollins predicted the Phillies would win 100 games this year. They got 100 last night. But what Rollins and the Phillies (and millions of Phillies fans) really want is 103 wins. Three more wins and we're asking important questions like, "When exactly is the... Read more

Game 2 starting lineups

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 5:02 PM
Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the World Series tonight at Tropicana Field: Phillies - Jimmy Rollins, SS - Jayson Werth, RF - Chase Utley, 2B - Ryan Howard, 1B - Pat Burrell, LF - Shane Victorino, CF - Greg Dobbs, DH - Pedro Feliz, 3B - Carlos... Read more

Swift Justice

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 3:28 PM
So you heard the Backstreet Boys ruin the National Anthem last night with their "singing" and "harmonizing" before Game 1. And that's after an hour-long sound check. Los Lonely Boys sing the National Anthem tonight before Game 2. Let's hope they don't try to make it their own... Read more

De-fense! De-fense!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 2:52 PM
I've been hearing how the Tampa Bay Rays are a better defensive team than the Phillies, so I called Fielding Bible author John Dewan to see what he thinks. Dewan uses a Plus/Minus System. According to fieldingbible.com, "video scouts review video of every play of every major league game and record... Read more
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