Fears of rain in Philly prove unfounded

Fears of rain in Philly prove unfounded

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel watched what happened to the Yankees and Tigers on Friday at Yankee Stadium, and he prayed it wouldn't happen to him. As it turns out, his prayers were answered.

New York and Detroit started Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday only to have rain suspend action in the second inning, which forced the Yankees to burn CC Sabathia and the Tigers to burn Justin Verlander. The game was completed Saturday, with the Yankees' Ivan Nova nearly going the rest of the distance in a 9-3 win.

There was a threat of rain prior to the Phillies' 11-6 win on Saturday in Philadelphia, so Manuel was asked if he would ever consider using Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick or Joe Blanton instead of staff ace Roy Halladay during the first couple innings of Game 1 to avoid a similar problem.

Manuel smiled.

"We're going to win the series," he said. "And how are we going to do it? Let's have our best pitchers out there on the mound. And the weather is not going to be a problem. That's how I look at it."

The only hiccup in Halladay's day was a three-run homer that he allowed in the first inning, but he finished eight innings and retired the final 21 batters he faced as the Phillies rolled.