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Phillies Catch a Break, But So Do Rockies

Given a chance at a do-over, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel's change of heart about his starter for Game 3 was a wise decision.

Substituting rookie J.A. Happ for Pedro Martinez allows the Phillies to keep throwing left-handers at the Rockies, a discouraging prospect for the left-leaning Colorado offense.

The fact that Manuel could have used most of Saturday's arguments Friday, when he was coming to a different conclusion, was yet another insight into his distinctive logic, but it's also moot.

Had he chosen Happ to pitch Game 3 originally — and why he didn't remains a bit of a mystery, with both Happ and the Phillies training staff saying he was ready to go either day — Manuel still would have had to come up with a fourth starter in the series....

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