Phillies-Mets rivalry building in intensity

Originally Published: April 8, 2008
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- There's no need to hype this series, not now, not anymore. The Mets-Phillies rivalry is under warranty for 2008 and beyond. It has all the trimmings of an old-school turf war, including history (last September), trash talk (see: Jimmy Rollins) and geography (these guys aren't just in each other's faces, they're practically in their backyards).

The three-game series, which begins this afternoon, is irresistible from every vantage point. The Mets are looking to repair the damage ...

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