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On to Philly

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Weather permitting (and the forecast is abysmal), Game Three of the World Series is set for Saturday night in Philadelphia. Things are even at a win apiece after the Rays' 4-2 win Thursday in Game Two. The Rays are batting just .207 so far with only one extra-base hit but that doesn't really matter because of the job their pitchers are doing.

Or is it because of the job the Phillies' hitters aren't doing? Going 1 for 28 with runners in scoring position and leaving 22 men on base in two games doesn't get the job done in March in Clearwater. In October at the World Series? Forget it.

Ryan Howard was a no-show during the 40 minutes I spent in the Phillies clubhouse. Jimmy Rollins finally showed up and gave mostly perfunctory, cliche-ridden answers to the inquiries. Maybe there are no answers when your entire team can't get a key hit.

The Phillies better find some soon. Is it great pitching or bad hitting that's ruling this series so far? I vote for the latter. If the Phillies want to have a chance, their big bats have to start doing something.

---Mike Harrington

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