Phillies choose longer first-round series
WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia Phillies have chosen to play their NL Division Series over an eight-day schedule, allowing them to go with a three-man starting rotation because of an extra off day.
Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels are Philadelphia's top starters. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Tuesday he knows which will start Game 1 at home on Oct. 6, but won't announce that decision yet. Game 2 will be Oct. 8.
The Phillies clinched the NL's best record by beating Washington 8-0 Monday. That allowed them to pick whether to have a seven- or eight-day schedule if the first-round series goes the full five games.
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