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Werth Has Kind Words For Manuel

Nationals RF Jayson Werth (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth irritated Phillies fans last week when he faked a throw into the stands to a couple of children, claiming he was concerned with the drunk fans behind them.

Today, Bob Brookover of theĀ Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a piece that should enlighten Phillies fans on Werth’s real emotions on the organization and especially his former manager, Charlie Manuel.

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Five for Fightins: A fifth division championship is the best one yet

Welcome to Philly, Hunter Pence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

2007: We are finally back on top.

2008: Okay, let’s get busy.

2009: A repeat is on our minds.

2010: Only the Giants got in our way.

2011: Here we go again…

Your Philadelphia Phillies are five time… let me repeat that… FIVE TIME National League Eastern Division Champions.

The best record in baseball, soon to be best record in franchise history and probably the greatest Phillies team to ever be assembled have all be rolled up into the first 150 games of the season. With only 12 games left in the season, step one has been completed.

On to step two: winning two tough National League playoff series. And step three: becoming a baseball dynasty.

In a city that has had to wrap its head around losing so many times, especially with a franchise such as the Phillies that is 128 years old and only two rings to show. A third championship will only be the icing on the cake for this already historic season.

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Halladay makes due with one run

Phils SP Roy Halladay pitches his 8th complete game of the season and first shut out in the Phils 1-0 win. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

If you’re going to give Roy Halladay only one run to work with, he’s going to win with that one run.

The Phils scored two batters into the game but were shut down. But it was all Doc needed to earn his 18th win of the season, and finally posting his first complete game shut out of the year as the Phils beat Houston 1-0 to prevent a sweep.

The Phils clinched a playoff spot with today’s win. It’s the first time in Philadelphia baseball history that a team reached the playoffs five straight years. It is also the fastest a Phillies team has clinched a post season birth. The 1915 Phillies did it in 148 games with far less games to play whereas this team did it in 146 games.

Halladay pitched his 8th complete game of the season, and first shut out, scattering six hits and one walk over his nine innings while striking out six. His gem stopped the bleeding of a three-game losing streak, getting the Phillies out of Houston alive.

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