Phils' Manuel won't miss any NLCS games to attend services for mother

Updated: October 12, 2008, 3:09 AM ET
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Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will not miss any NLCS games to attend the funeral of his mother, June, who passed away before Game 2 on Friday.

The Phillies said June Manuel died Friday morning at Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was 87.

The team announced Saturday that Manuel would leave after Wednesday's Game 5 in Los Angeles. He will take a private plane to Roanoke, Va., for the services. The viewing will be Thursday with the funeral Friday morning.

Manuel is scheduled to return to Philadelphia by 5 p.m. Friday for Game 6, if necessary.

The Phillies hold a 2-0 edge in the series which continues Sunday in Los Angeles.

Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino found out after Game 2 his grandmother died early Friday. He hopes to attend the funeral in Hawaii, which the Phillies said will be scheduled on an off day. No arrangements have been made.

ESPN.com's senior writer Jayson Stark contributed to this report.

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