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September 2 Cincinnati Enquirer
Four days, four bloody noses. The big kids from Philadelphia came to town, pummeled the Reds and took their lunch money, then headed to the airport. The team with baseball’s best record (87-46) beat the Reds 6-4 on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep. Philadelphia outscored the Reds 21-6 in the series, and swept a four-game series in Cincinnati for the first time since 1916.
A handful of names are mentioned whenever the subject of Phillies MVP comes up. Shane Victorino, who ranks in the top 10 in the National League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, is a hot pick. Ryan Howard, with 30 homers and a league-leading 104 RBIs, has to be in the discussion. Ryan Madson, a savior at closer, might seriously be in the talk if he hadn’t missed time with injury.
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