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Rain helps Rays knock out Hamels

PHILADELPHIA -- Both managers spoke to the media this afternoon via conference call about the postponed resumption of Game Five. Phils skipper Charlie Manuel made it clear that ace Cole Hamels would not be coming back to pitch the top of the seventh inning. Hamels' spot in the order comes first when the game restarts Wednesday night at 8:37 and Manuel said he would use a pinch-hitter.

"Getting him out is important," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Hamels. ""I think us coming back like we did [to tie the game at 2-2] and sitting on it for a day or two possibly could weigh in our favor a little bit. I'm not sure yet."

Both managers said they would pick up the games with their bullpens but were not specific. Grant Balfour is currently in the game for the Rays although lefty David Price has to be looming with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard scheduled to bat fourth and fifth in the sixth inning.

Maddon said he's holding back starters James Shields and Matt Garza for potential Games Six and Seven. Manuel would be doing likewise with Brett Myers and Joe Blanton. MLB opted not to have a travel day if we return to St. Petersburg, and that prevents Hamels from starting Game Seven on full rest if it had been played Saturday night. Still, you'd think he'd have a couple of Randy Johnston-style innings of relief in him if we're still playing Friday.

---Mike Harrington

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