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10/05/07 9:44 PM ET
Notes: To a man, Phillies believe
Denver forecast calling for increasing cold, chance of rain
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
DENVER -- The Phillies sound confident. "There are 25 guys in this clubhouse who believe we've got a chance to rewrite everybody's script," Jimmy Rollins said. "We're very focused." The script suggests that the Phillies don't survive the first-round of the National League Division Series. They trail two games to none and need to sweep the final three games to play the winner of the Cubs-Diamondbacks series in the NL Championship Series. They'll be in the hostile environment of Coors Field, not that this will affect Jamie Moyer, who starts Game 3 of the best-of-five series on Saturday night. "You just have to go out and pitch your game," Moyer said. "The gaps are bigger, outfielders normally play deeper, but I think every team has a rhyme or reason for what they do. The thing I notice here, if anything, they take advantage of the ball in the gap and go first to third or second to home." Relax: Ryan Howard embodied the Phillies' relaxed state at the conclusion of the team's off-day workout. The first-baseman stood at the bottom of the dugout steps, and greeted each player and coach as they headed to the clubhouse. "Take the rest of the day off," he said to Aaron Rowand. Weathering the weather: The weather forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy and windy with a high of 75 and a low of 46. There's also a 20 percent chance of rain. For Game 4, Sunday is dicey, with a 60 percent chance of rain, lows expected to dip to the 40s. Should be fun, and quite different from the unseasonably warm low-80s temperatures in Philadelphia for the first two games. "I don't think it will matter," third baseman Wes Helms said. "A game like this, you play." Added reliever Tom Gordon: "If it's cold, it's cold -- you still do whatever you can to help the team win." Manuel back? The Phillies approached Charlie Manuel about a contract extension toward the end of the season and were told that the manager didn't want to be distracted from trying to reach the playoffs, according to a baseball source. Manuel has endured a litany of injuries to key players and guided the Phillies to an NL East title with a steady hand and a positive outlook, and has been praised by upper management for this ability. Quotable: "This team has always stepped up. They've faced adversity and gotten through it. The only thing you hope is that they didn't wear themselves out doing it." -- Dallas Green, senior advisor to GM Pat Gillick, on the Phillies' run to the postseason. Philling in: Kyle Lohse reiterated that he'll be able to start Game 4, if necessary. He threw 22 pitches in relief of Kyle Kendrick on Thursday in Game 2. Game 1 starter Cole Hamels isn't an option to pitch on three days' rest, and he would pitch Game 5, if the Phillies survive. ... After leading the National League with 892 runs scored in 2007 -- their largest total since a franchise high of 944 in 1930 -- the Phillies have scored seven runs in the first two games of the NLDS. "I give credit to the Rockies' pitching," Manuel said. "The left-handed pitchers offset us." ... Kendrick said he's available for bullpen duty.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.