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Harper, Machado tangle in wild card NLCS between Phillies, Padres

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) celebrates after scoring on Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Jean Segura (2) home run during the MLB game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dod SAN DIEGO - Either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado will be playing in the World Series this year.Harper’s Philadelphia Phillies will face Machado’s San Diego Padres in an all-wild card NL Championship Series starting Tuesday night at Petco Park. It’s not exactly the matchup most fans would have predicted, but neither slugger is about to apologize about their teams making thrilling October runs as the two lowest seeds."I think, honestly, we’ve got the two best teams going up against each other, and it’s going to be a fun week for sure," said Machado, who had an MVP-caliber season as he carried the Padres in the absence of star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.The 89-win Padres, who have benefited from veteran manager Bob Melvin’s calm style during his first year as their skipper, went to New York and beat the 101-win Mets in the wild-card round.

Then they eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball’s best team with a franchise-record 111 wins, by winning three straight games after losing the opener on the road.The 87-win Phillies are the No. 6 seed.

They downed the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card round and then beat the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, who took the NL East title with 101 wins, in the division series.Phillies fans are stoked after the team won the division series against the Atlanta Braves three to one, but the good vibes kicked off hours before the game.That sent the Phillies and their hot bats to San Diego, which was back to

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