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According to the newspaper’s website, Rizzo also said: “Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he wished Hamels wouldn’t have been so forthcoming with his comments.

“He could have been a little more discreet or less honest,” Manuel said. “The way I look at it, baseball is going to take care of it between the two teams on the field. To me, that’s the issue. When they hit Cole, it set it even. At the same time, the best way to handle the Nationals is to beat them on the field.”

As for Rizzo’s reaction, Manuel brushed it off.

“I think that if we beat them on the field, that will take care of our business and that takes care of it,” Manuel said. “When they hit Hamels, that takes care of it and we’re back on even ground. There was no warning or nothing. They had a chance to get even. That even made it a wash. What Rizzo says is no concerns to me.”