For Phillies, Revenge Comes Later

The Phillies opened their series with the San Francisco Giants with a 7-2 win behind a complete game effort from Vance Worley. While the series is big, the Phillies don't look at this series as a way to get revenge.

The San Francisco Giants will make their only appearance at Citizens Bank Park this week.

They should be comfortable.

That's because the last time they were there, the Giants were rolling around the field in celebration, then in a clubhouse shower of champagne while celebrating their National League pennant.

Revenge time for the Phillies?

"Obviously we want to beat them," catcher Brian Schneider said. "There's no doubt about it. As far as taking revenge or whatever people say, you want to wait for the playoffs, when it really matters.

"But not to say these games don't matter. They are big games and we are in a tight race right now. So it doesn't matter if we are playing the Giants right now or we are playing the Padres. We want to beat up on everyone bad."

Center fielder Shane Victorino offered a similar outlook for the three-game series.

"It's about going out there and winning," he said. "I don't care how we do it. We just need to win. That's the bottom line. I don't walk out on the field like, 'I want revenge on these guys.'

"Revenge would be bringing the trophy back to Philadelphia. That's my revenge. That's how I look at it. That's how I approach it."

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not dwell long on what went wrong for the Phillies in that NLCS.

"I think the Giants did a lot of the things at we did in '08," Amaro said. "They got the right hits at the right time. They pitched extremely well, obviously. Really it was their year to have success and they played better than we did.

"I was over it fast. We had a lot of work to do after that."

Since Barry Zito filled in for an ill Tim Lincecum in the series opener, there is still some mystery as to who will square off against left-hander Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) on Wednesday. Thursday, it will be right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.45) against right-hander Matt Cain (8-6, 3.06).

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