Phillies surge back into NL East race

Originally Published: August 31, 2007
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

When this week began, just four days ago, we had an inkling that things might get interesting. All you needed to do was look at the standings on Monday morning, along with the upcoming schedule. The combined difference between the first-place and second-place teams in the six divisions was only 22½ games. And in five of the six divisions, the first-place team would play the second-place team; in the other (the American League Central), this year's first-place team would play last year's. ...

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