Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 8/2/12
Philadelphia Phillies (47-57) at Washington Nationals (61-42) Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31 ERA) vs Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24 ERA) Time: 7:05, Nationals Park TV: CSN Weather: 87, partly cloudy Media: Twitter and Facebook When you’re a team sitting 12 games out of a playoff spot and have officially declared your season over by trading away two main cogs in your lineup, you’re looking for any kind of motivation to get up for a game. Sweeping a first place team that has made it a point to declare you a rival this season is one of those rare instances where motivation won’t be hard to come by. That’s right, tonight the Phillies have a chance to earn a small victory and deliver a little payback by sweeping the Washington Nationals, who have owned them of late. If you believe this game doesn’t mean anything to the Phils because, for all intents and purposes, their season is over, I’d suggest otherwise. I think getting a sweep here is important to the Phillies, especially since the Nats have...
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