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Rollins gets the attention

Rollins NEW YORK -- The Phillies' session in the Great Hall is complete and the center of attention, of course, was Jimmy Rollins (left). Asked immediately about his prediction of a five- or six-game victory last night on Jay Leno's show, Rollins didn't back down. (See post from earlier today for that video)

"I don't worry about fans getting on me and I don't worry about the pposing team getting on me," he said. "We all have a job. I'm trying to get on base offensively, they're trying to get me out. We have to do our job. They feel the same way about their team.

"Do I expect it to go seven? It could. But if we execute and we play hard and our brand of baseball, we should be able to win. That's the bottom line."

The Phillies have a swagger about them. They're the defending champions and are acting like it. Shane Victorino was aggravated by a New York Post photographer who tried to set up a picture of the Phillies outfielder holding a copy of today's paper -- which featured a photo illustration of Victorino wearing a skirt on the cover. He pushed the paper back in the guys' face and told him to get lost.

The Phililes believe in themselves and they work hard too. They've been on the field for more than an hour, working out through some solid showers. We've yet to hear from Charlie Manuel or Game One starter Cliff Lee.

---Mike Harrington


AP Photo: Rollins meets the media in the Great Hall


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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