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Offense of no concern to Manuel

ATLANTA -- The Phillies were outscored, 16-7, in the first two games of their three-game series against the Braves at Turner Field, but manager Charlie Manuel isn't concerned about his offense.

Two games into the season? Come on.

"I saw [Albert] Pujols come into today's game, not a hit," Manuel said. "[Mike] Trout came in without a hit. They didn't have any hits. They got a hit today. But we've played two ballgames. I'm going to panic and go up there and jump off top of that thing there. Off that stadium. It would be my luck to live."

"I'm not upset. But really, we've played two games. When I was a player, quite a few times, I went two games without a hit. … It's just a matter of time before we start hitting and scoring some runs. Might be tonight, might be tomorrow. We're going to hit. I feel strong about our team. We're going to win some games. I mean, I like our team. We should be there all year long, really. When we go on skids, we'll come out of those, then we'll play much better at times."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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