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What great finish to today’s game. After Lieber pitched an eight inning gem, Wagner got the save and Kenny Lofton made a catch in deep centerfield. Chase Utley proved why he is the Phillies’ future, his three inch height advantage over Polanco may have saved the game as he dove to record the game’s last out. I thought Manuel was going to keep Lieber in but it was a great decision to bring in Wagner in the 9th, if not obvious. In the Nationals home opener Frank Robinson almost blew the game when left Livian Hernandez a three-run home run too long. Speaking of which, we just saw him use a cell phone in the dugout tonight, that’s a first for me. I wonder if it was for a call to the bullpen that would be an interesting new technological breakthrough in baseball. Maybe they will put earpieces in the catcher’s ear so the manager can call the game from the dugout. Signals have worked for 150 years but the NFL has had success with adopting this practice. It will be interesting to see how MLB integrates technology on the field past Questec. Anyway, the only downside of this afternoon’s game was that Pat Burrell snapped his ten-game winning streak.

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