- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2008

— Lou Marson and Matt Stairs hit back-to-back homers for Philadelphia and the NL East champion Phillies rested their regulars in an 8-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

So Taguchi drove in three runs for the Phillies, who kept all their starters out of the lineup a day after they clinched their second consecutive NL East title. Major league home run champion Ryan Howard had a pinch-hit single and scored on Taguchi’s triple.

The Phillies already tacked a “2008 National League East Division Champions” sign over the 2007 version on the wall into the clubhouse. Championship T-shirts and hats hung in the lockers, and some players stashed away bottles of champagne with a “Phillies” label.

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