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Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Last One

DateToday, 1:35
Opponentat Philadelphia
Nationals PitchersOdalis PĂ©rez (7-11, 4.27)
Opponent PitchersJ.A. Happ (1-0, 3.90)
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ALL GAMES ON WFED (1500 AND 820 AM)

Personnel Dept.

During the final two starts of his season, rookie pitcher Collin Balester's ERA soared from 4.54 to 5.51. Up and down all year, Balester ended with a backslide that has him itching for spring training and management not guaranteeing anything for 2009. "It all depends on what we do in the offseason and spring training to consider whether the kid is ready to have a spot to start next year here," Manager Manny Acta said. Balester, promoted to the big leagues at the start of July, made 15 starts and finished 3-7.

By the Numbers

10

Starts that Philadelphia LHP Jamie Moyer has gone without a loss

Quotable

"[The pennant] is what we play for. Very few guys here will play for the money. I think everybody wants to be part of that. And unfortunately, the last two years we had to be here seeing the towels and seeing them celebrate."

Manager Manny Acta


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