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October 4, 2010
Best of five. Game 1: Reds (Volquez, 4-3, 4.31 ERA) at Phillies (Halladay, 21-10, 2.44), Wednesday at 5:07 p.m. Game 2: Reds (Arroyo, 17-10, 3.88) at Phillies (Oswalt, 13-13, 2.76), Friday at 6:07 p.m. Game 3: Phillies (Hamels, 12-11, 3.06) at Reds (Cueto, 12-7, 3.64), Sunday, time TBA. Game 4 : Phillies at Reds, Oct. 11, time TBA. Game 5 : Reds at Phillies, Oct. 13, time TBA. All games televised by TBS. -If necessary  
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October 11, 2010
Here's how the Phillies' Big Three starters did in the National League division series sweep (4-0, 7-4, 2-0) over the Cincinnati Reds.   1    Roy Halladay (W)      9      0      0      8      1      0.00 2   Roy Oswalt   (ND)      5      5      4/3   5      1      5.40 3   Cole Hamels (W)      9      5      0      9      0      0.00
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December 30, 2008
THE VIKINGS have put out the word: They need you! Well, maybe not you, but they need warm bodies to fill the Metrodome. The team has announced that it has 20,000 tickets available for Sunday afternoon's playoff game against the Eagles. That's right - 20,000. "We appreciate our loyal fans and want to ensure they understand tickets are still available at all price levels for this game," said Vikings vice president of sales and marketing/chief marketing officer Steve LaCroix.
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September 30, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's just a rumor at this point, but the Atlanta Braves want to hand out bobblehead dolls to entice more than 20,000 fans to show up for Games 1 and 2 of their National League division series with the Chicago Cubs. You have to love Braves fans. Such great support. Imagine this team in Philadelphia. The Braves tied for the best record in baseball (101-61) because they have the best offense in the National League. They led the league in batting average (.284), runs (907)
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October 4, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Well, that was easy. The Atlanta Braves, once again rolling through the National League Division Series, defeated Houston, 4-1, yesterday behind John Smoltz's three-hitter to finish off a three-game sweep of the Astros. The Braves, who had 101 victories during the season and became the first team in baseball history with six straight postseason appearances, were simply too strong for the Astros, who won the NL Central with an 84-78 record, worst among playoff teams. "[October]
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October 8, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The question hovered over the Phillies through a troubling September, as their starting pitchers faltered and their lineup slept: Come playoff time, could they rediscover their swagger? Supremely confident (or were they self-assured to a fault?) that they would succeed in a meaningful game when one arose, the Phils backed that attitude with an impressive effort yesterday. They defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-five National League division series. Cliff Lee, acquired in late July for just such a moment, pitched a complete game in his first postseason appearance.
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October 2, 1998 | By Ray Glier, FOR THE INQUIRER
It could only happen to the Chicago Cubs. A pitcher who has a four-hit shutout after eight innings gives up a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth. Then, a batter whom the Cubs had struck out three times and baffled all night rips a line drive into the left-field corner. Naturally the line drive is fair by inches, and the Cubs lose. Misery has visited the Cubs often in the 90 years since their last championship and 53 years since their last pennant. It hit them right between the eyes again last night in a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves.
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October 8, 1999 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The middle of the baseball season can be a black hole for slumps, mistakes, failures of all description. A hitter has gone three days without a hit? So what? There is another game tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. Then comes the postseason. This is when reputations can be made or broken in the blink of an eye. Reggie Jackson became Mr. October. And who can forget, a few years later, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dissing Dave Winfield as Mr. May for being unproductive by comparison?
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October 1, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
It was a game fitting of the playoffs: tight, well-pitched, and it could have changed on one play. Of course, what else would you expect from the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros? What else would you expect from Greg Maddux and Darryl Kile? Maddux pitched a seven-hitter and Atlanta defeated Kile and the Astros, 2-1, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series yesterday afternoon. Houston, playing in the postseason for the first time since 1986, has stayed close to the Braves all year.
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October 4, 2008
MILWAUKEE - There is an uncomfortable symmetry to Ryan Howard's first two games in the National League Division Series. Eight plate appearances. Four walks. Four strikeouts. To say that the Brewers are being careful with Howard is to be guilty of gross understatement. Two of the four walks have been intentional. Very few of the pitches thrown in his at-bats have been what you would call hittable. He is being patient on the one hand and sometimes getting himself out on the other.
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October 15, 2010 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN SAN Francisco tied Game 3 of the National League Division Series in the ninth inning on Sunday, Tim Lincecum jumped so high in the Giants' Turner Field dugout that it looked like he might hit his head. It was an image that summed up these improbable Giants and that improbable game. It looked like the Braves would never get a hit. And certainly not a run. Then, suddenly, Atlanta led the game, 2-1, and was an out from a 2-1 series lead, a series that had really been dominated by Giants pitchers, just like they dominated the final month of the season.
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October 11, 2010
Here's how the Phillies' Big Three starters did in the National League division series sweep (4-0, 7-4, 2-0) over the Cincinnati Reds.   1    Roy Halladay (W)      9      0      0      8      1      0.00 2   Roy Oswalt   (ND)      5      5      4/3   5      1      5.40 3   Cole Hamels (W)      9      5      0      9      0      0.00
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October 4, 2010
Best of five. Game 1: Reds (Volquez, 4-3, 4.31 ERA) at Phillies (Halladay, 21-10, 2.44), Wednesday at 5:07 p.m. Game 2: Reds (Arroyo, 17-10, 3.88) at Phillies (Oswalt, 13-13, 2.76), Friday at 6:07 p.m. Game 3: Phillies (Hamels, 12-11, 3.06) at Reds (Cueto, 12-7, 3.64), Sunday, time TBA. Game 4 : Phillies at Reds, Oct. 11, time TBA. Game 5 : Reds at Phillies, Oct. 13, time TBA. All games televised by TBS. -If necessary  
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June 15, 2010 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
BOSTON - If Ryan Howard had cracked the code over the last 8 months, he wasn't about to share the intelligence in a public forum 2 days before the Phillies' World Series rematch with the Yankees was set to begin. "I guess we'll find out," Howard said Sunday afternoon after hitting a double and scoring a run to help the Phillies escape what had been a lackluster series with a 5-3 win over the Red Sox. "To be continued. Just put dot-dot-dot . . . " Last November, that dot-dot-dot would have been followed by a dash-dash-dash and another dot-dot-dot, as both he and the Phillies limped back to port after losing the World Series in six games to the mighty Yankees.
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October 8, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The question hovered over the Phillies through a troubling September, as their starting pitchers faltered and their lineup slept: Come playoff time, could they rediscover their swagger? Supremely confident (or were they self-assured to a fault?) that they would succeed in a meaningful game when one arose, the Phils backed that attitude with an impressive effort yesterday. They defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-five National League division series. Cliff Lee, acquired in late July for just such a moment, pitched a complete game in his first postseason appearance.
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December 30, 2008
THE VIKINGS have put out the word: They need you! Well, maybe not you, but they need warm bodies to fill the Metrodome. The team has announced that it has 20,000 tickets available for Sunday afternoon's playoff game against the Eagles. That's right - 20,000. "We appreciate our loyal fans and want to ensure they understand tickets are still available at all price levels for this game," said Vikings vice president of sales and marketing/chief marketing officer Steve LaCroix.
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October 14, 2008 | By RICH HOFMANN, hofmanr@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - "Soft?" Phillies coach Rich Dubee said that night, nearly spitting out the mouthful of adult beverage he had just sipped. "Cole? If anything, he's the exact opposite. " It was about 2 weeks ago, after Cole Hamels two-hit the Milwaukee Brewers over eight innings in the National League Division Series. The guy is closing in on 250 innings for the season; he is the Phillies' undisputed ace. He has been great in his two previous playoff starts and will take the ball in tomorrow's Game 5. But he cannot shake this nonsense, this image, mostly because he doesn't always walk around with his Cali-to-South Philly dictionary.
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October 4, 2008
MILWAUKEE - There is an uncomfortable symmetry to Ryan Howard's first two games in the National League Division Series. Eight plate appearances. Four walks. Four strikeouts. To say that the Brewers are being careful with Howard is to be guilty of gross understatement. Two of the four walks have been intentional. Very few of the pitches thrown in his at-bats have been what you would call hittable. He is being patient on the one hand and sometimes getting himself out on the other.
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October 1, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rotation. Rotation. Rotation. It is now, always was and always will be the mantra for baseball's postseason. Everybody talks about the significance of starting pitching in a short series. And yet when it comes to implementing that philosophy, the certainty goes - you should pardon the expression - arm in arm with uncertainty. Even in 2008, as baseball becomes ever more reliant on computers, charts and Bill James-ian data, no one seems quite sure how to set up a postseason rotation.
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October 5, 2007 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was no fanfare when the Arizona Diamondbacks headed to Chicago early this morning. There weren't any household names on their flight. They aren't rich in tradition or payroll. Heck, they couldn't even sell out their downtown ballpark for a postseason game. But when they flew into Chicago today, they had one thing the lovable Cubs and their noisy network of aggrieved fans don't - a two-games-to-none lead in their best-of-five National League division series. The Diamondbacks took the bloom off Cubs starter Ted Lilly last night.
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