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Bright spot for Phillies: In 7-game World Series, Hamels will be rested

In Philadelphia, the notion that the World Series championship may be snatched away by Mother Nature, Bud Selig or the Curse of Billy Penn haunts the region.

However, there is something of a silver lining here for the Phillies who may or may not resume Game 5 at home tonight against the Rays with the score tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the sixth inning and Philadelphia leading the Series three-games-to-one.

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Should things not go the Phillies' way in Game 5, assuming it is played out tonight, and they trip in Game 6 in Florida, which presumably would be played on Friday after a travel day, that would set up Game 7 for Saturday. Just to clarify (or not), the MLB Web site currently has Games 6 and 7 (orginally set for Thursday and Friday) as dates to be decided.

But let's assume a normal pacing with Thursday as the travel day. In that case, the Phils would have ace Cole Hamels available for a deciding game with four days rest and that's a better scenario for Philadelphia than other potential seven-game possibilities.

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