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11/03/09 3:35 AM EST
Phils believe they can be 'really special'
Defending champs force Game 6 in hopes of rare rally
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel said before Game 5 that he was going to speak to all of his players, one by one, to give the kind of pep talk that only he could give.
At some point, too, the pressure may to shift back to the Yankees -- perhaps still scarred by 2004 and certainly expected to win their 27th title with two games on their home turf. Several Phillies sidestepped that question, saying they didn't want to speak for New York. They were more than happy to speak for themselves, though. And they still have their sights on another ticker-tape-filled trip down Broad Street. "I feel good about the club," said Raul Ibanez, who homered in the Game 5 win. "I always do. Guys will battle and grind it out and fight." "We're every excited for what we were able to do today," added Cole Hamels, the leading candidate to start a potential Game 7 for Philadelphia. "We had our backs against the wall, and we went out there and showed why we're the Fightin' Phils. And I think that's what we have to do for Game 6. Guys are going to go out there and give it everything they possibly can."
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David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.