September 29 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Majestic. And, ultimately, irrelevant. That about sums up the monstrous walkoff home run that Adam Dunn slugged off Jose Contreras to lift the Nationals to a 2-1 victory last night.
With a division title and homefield advantage throughout the postseason already locked up, the Phillies turned their attention toward playoff preparation. That meant limiting Roy Oswalt to 66 pitches, resting half of the regular starting lineup, and doling out some much-needed repetitions to some potential playoff contributors. It also meant getting star shortstop Jimmy Rollins back into the starting lineup for the first time since he strained his right hamstring on Sept. 8.
Rollins went 1-for-3 before leaving the game in the sixth inning. Joining him in the lineup were regular leftfielder Raul Ibanez, who hit his 16th home run of the season, second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard. Besides Rollins, each of those regulars should get some time off over the remaining four games.
The rest could be a huge benefit to a team that was racked by injuries this season. Third baseman Placido Polanco, who will likely need offseason surgery to remove a bone chip in his left elbow, was one of the regulars who did not start last night. He will travel to Philadelphia today for an examination by team doctor Michael Ciccotti, which could include a cortisone injection to help reduce pain that has plagued him throughout the season.
“We have to keep our regulars ready and we’ve go to try to get some of the players who haven’t hit ready, too, I guess,” manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies still have some logistical decisions to make for the postseason. Oswalt, who allowed one unearned run in five innings, will likely start Game 2 or 3. He said he doesn’t expect to make another start before the end of the regular season, although Manuel said he had not yet decided exactly how to handle the veteran righthander.
As for the makeup of the postseason roster, the Phillies have their minds made up on most of the players they will keep.”
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