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Phillies think Lidge can still be a premier closer

Updated: November 8, 2007, 2:10 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Philadelphia Phillies executives made two important phone calls in conjunction with the team's acquisition of closer Brad Lidge from the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

One call went to Lidge, who was upbeat and excited about his new destination -- even though he'll be pitching in a hitter's paradise at Citizens Bank Park, before fans who will never be known for their patient, nurturing approach toward players with fragile psyches.

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