Phils thrust themselves into playoff chase

PHILADELPHIA -- Two Phillies team buses were driving south on Interstate 5 in southern California late Thursday night when Charlie Manuel felt a gnawing sensation in the pit of his stomach. That's a common affliction among big-league managers, who are conditioned to replay decisions in their heads with full knowledge that newspaper columnists and radio talk-show callers will be second-guessing right behind them.

But this time the pangs hit closer to home.

"We're going to pull over here soon, son," Manuel told Greg Casterioto, the team's media relations representative. "I'm hungry."