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Aging Phillies try to seize their chance

Monday - 3/18/2013, 4:11pm  ET

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, far right, greets Ryan Howard (6), Chase Utley (26) and Domonic Brown (9) after Brown hit a fourth-inning, three-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (18) in a spring training exhibition baseball game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, March 16, 2013. The Phillies won 7-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

ROB MAADDI
AP Sports Writer

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- From Cole Hamels to Ryan Howard to Charlie Manuel, the Philadelphia Phillies have different views on whether their window of opportunity to win another World Series is narrowing.

With a core of aging players, some of which are entering the final seasons of their contracts, it's a natural question. The Phillies are no longer the team to beat in the NL East after capturing five straight division titles, two pennants and one World Series title between 2007-11. Injuries to star players and overall inconsistency contributed to an 81-81 finish last year.

Maybe their time is running out, but that depends on who you ask.


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