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Game 88: Nationals at Phillies, July 9, 2005

These last two games before the all-star break might take on significance way out of proportion to their impact in the standings. Are we buyers or sellers? How will fans react? How the *^%! do the Nats win with Carlos Baerga batting fifth? The Phils showed some heart and spunk last night, twice coming back from huge deficits, but couldn't quite pull it out in the end. Maybe better fortune will come with the better weather today.

Washington's John Patterson (3-2, 3.16) takes on Cory Lidle (8-6, 3.92), who's been easily the Phils' best pitcher for the past dreary month.