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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, September 16, 2011


The Phillies lost, 4-2, to the Cardinals in 10 Friday, delaying their N.L. East championship celebration.

That will happen, and soon.

Not guaranteed, thoguh, is postseason success --- not until Charlie Manuel finds a way through that eighth inning.

As usual lately, Antonio Bastardo was hopeless in the setup role, allowing St. Louis to build a 2-1 lead. Manuel says the rookie reliever has had enough rest lately, and that now it is just a matter of getting sharp.

In the meantime, Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee need a Plan B ... and quick.

Check out my column on the Phillies' delayed celebration on and in the Daily Times Saturday.


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