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10/26/08 8:23 PM EST

Sickness doesn't affect Moyer's start

Lefty was ill during Game 3, but pitched 6 1/3 strong innings

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies players and coaches shook their heads in astonishment when they were told the latest amazing fact about Jamie Moyer, their 45-year-old teammate.

Hey, did you hear Moyer was really sick Saturday night?

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"Really?" Eric Bruntlett said. "I had no idea. It didn't seem to affect him."

Nothing affects Moyer at this point in his 22-year career. And nothing stops him, either. He said that he started feeling ill at the onset of the World Series in St. Petersburg, and he figured it would pass.

With his wife, Karen, feeding him liquids and healthy food, Moyer tried his best to shake it off and get ready to make the biggest start of his life.

By Friday night, a stomach virus became more severe.

"I didn't eat a whole lot, some soup and peanut butter, toast with bananas on it, a lot of water and Gatorade," Moyer said.

On Saturday, he waited out a 91-minute delay, and tossed 6 1/3 brilliant innings in the Philadelphia's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the World Series.

The lefty was protecting a 4-1 lead when he snagged Carl Crawford's bunt leading off the seventh, and made a backhand flip from his glove to first baseman Ryan Howard. First-base umpire Tom Hallion called Crawford safe, and the Rays rallied for two runs. Moyer received a no-decision, and Phillies fans gave him a standing ovation when he left the mound.

Veteran Jamie Moyer's performance -- despite being ill -- helped the Phillies win Game 3 of the World Series, 5-4, at Citizens Bank Park.

"During the course of the game, on the field, I didn't really feel it," Moyer said. "I felt it more in the dugout. I don't know what it was, if it was a virus, the flu. I feel a lot better today. I don't feel like I'm out of the woods yet, but I'm watching what I eat. To me, it was a moot point. There was no question as to whether I was going to pitch."

Of course not.

"After 22 years, you could put an IV in him, and he still would've gone out to the mound," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "It took him a long time to get here."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.