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Each October morning, the Stew will take a look at what they're writing about in the hometown papers of the postseason teams

• Phillies' Game 2 starter Brett Myers has been in Philadelphia long enough to know what a world championship would mean to the city. [Philly.com]

• Did Joe Maddon make all the right moves last night? Paul Hagen believes that Phillies took advantage of a few of his decisions. [Philly.com]

• The Phillies won their 100th game last night and now sit just three more wins away from the big prize [Philly.com]

Brad Lidge's stat line during the 2005 World Series read like this: 0-2, 4.91 ERA. After saving the game last night and striking two out at the end, the closer has exorcised some more of his playoff demons. [Philly.com]

• One writer from Philadelphia wants to know why anybody in Florida would want to wear a blue mohawk. [Philly.com]

Cole Hamels showed everybody why he is the best starter in the Phillies' rotation. He always seemed to be in control last night on the mound. [Philly.com]

• "Big Game" James Shields is ready for his first World Series start. If you're the Rays is there anyone you'd rather see on the mound down 1-0? [Tampa Tribune]

• Quick Akinori Iwamura story: After Game 7 of the ALCS, Iwamura was so excited that he stepped on top of the Rays' dugout, and walked back and forth while high-fiving adoring fans. He loved being in the spotlight. It's no surprise to me that he had three hits last night on baseball's biggest stage. [Tampa Tribune]

• Even the Rays don't have the magic every single night writes Martin Fennelly. [Tampa Tribune]

• The Rays should not be panicking yet writes John Romano. Why should they? The came back to beat Boston after dropping the first game of the ALCS. [St. Pete Times]

B.J. Upton has done everything the Rays have needed him to do during these playoffs. For the first time, it looked like he was struggling to find his groove last night. He was 0-4 and grounded into two double plays. [St. Pete Times]

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