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Don't count out the Phillies

Originally Published: August 23, 2006
ESPN.com

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By Mark Simon, ESPN Research

We break down the NL and AL wild-card races in full force heading into the final weeks of the season. The contenders are plentiful, with a couple of surprise teams in the mix, particularly the Phillies, who have been among the best teams in baseball this month. Go figure. Trading Bobby Abreu has proved to be exactly the spark the Phillies needed.

Injuries also could play a major role. The Phillies are a bit banged up, and boy, ...

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