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(This post was written by Phillies Nation contributor Nick McIlwain, of 93.3 WMMR in Philadelphia. He’s part of the Preston and Steve show. Check them out Monday through Friday from 5:30-10 am.)———————————–Leaving Clearwater is tough to do.I’m flying back from Clearwater, leaving the 80 degree sunny weather and for some inexplicable reason, returning to Philly in March.  As I sit in 21A, looking out the left side of the plane, I can see the complex at Bright House, empty today after 3 games in the 3 days.I saw a tie on Sunday, 3-3 against the Orioles, then a bad loss to the Red Sox on Monday, and a win in walk-off fashion yesterday, with newcomer Scott Podsednik crushing a ball to right to give the Phils a 5-4 win over the Pirates.  The Pirates rallied for 4 runs in the 8th to spoil a gem by Cliff Lee, but after Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes struggled in the 8th, Jonathan Papelbon looked commanding in the 9th and Podsednik won it in the bottom frame.A couple hi

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Phillies Nation 2012 Playoff Projections

Three Phillies Nation Staff Members Anticipate Seeing This Celebration Again in October. Photo: APThe regular season is rapidly approaching and what good would a baseball blog be without predictions and projections? Today begins part one of the Phillies Nation projections as our staff predicts who will reach the playoffs and win the World Series. Tomorrow, we will bring our 2012...

So Juan Pierre has made the Phillies

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My Two Cents Podcast 3/31/2012

Steve and Connie Mack break down the Philadelphia Phillies and add a little Flyers talk. With opening day this week, get the inside scoop and best opinions about the Phillies. Listen to My Two Cents live on Thursdays only on My Two Cents 3-31-12
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