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Floyd, Manuel On Shorter Leashes

Gavin Floyd makes his fifth start Sunday.

Sunday's game in Pittsburgh could have a lot of significance. Gavin Floyd makes his fifth start of the season and needs to show that he belongs in the Phillies' rotation. Meanwhile, the Phillies look to snap their three-game slide, and show that Charlie Manuel belongs in the dugout.

Let's point out right at the top that when the Phillies hired Charlie Manuel, I wasn't for or against it. Manuel was good enough to be given a chance and I was going to be patient, which is not one of my better virtues. Also, Gavin Floyd has been one of the young players that I most thought would succeed. When he was put in the starting rotation, I figured it was a good move. I'm starting to...

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