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Article: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/preview?gid=240411128

 

It's a different season, but not much has changed for the Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins.

 

The Marlins still rule.

 

Florida will try to complete a three-game sweep of Philadelphia when the teams conclude their series in Miami.

 

The Phillies lost 13 of 19 games to the Marlins last season, including 10 of the final 12. Philadelphia has dropped the first two contests of this three-game series, including a 5-3 defeat on Saturday, before which the Marlins received their 2003 World Series championship rings.

 

The Phillies have lost their last nine games in Miami. ``It's not a big deal right now because they're going to get theirs,'' Phillies starter Brett Myers said of the Marlins. ``We'll get it going and jell, and it will be trouble for them.''

 

Still, Myers said the Marlins have changed little from last season, when they won it all with strong pitching and timely hitting.

 

``They're a scrappy team,'' he said. ``They're the world champions. What they did tonight is what they did last year. They come back on you, and they always fight back. They're not a team that panics just because they're down three or four runs.''

 

The Marlins have tagged Phillies reliever Rheal Cormier with losses in both games. The left-hander hadn't lost since August 2002.

 

``They never give up,'' Phillies reliever Roberto Hernandez said. ``That's a good ballclub, a young ballclub. There's not a game that they think they're out of. It's why they won well over 50 games at home last year. This ballpark works well for them. They don't give games away, and if you make a mistake, they make you pay.''

 

Hee Seop Choi sat on the bench watching his teammates collect their rings and wanted to do what he could to get one of his own. Choi, who was acquired from the Cubs for Derrek Lee during the offseason, hit two homers in Saturday's victory.

 

``I was envious,'' Choi said through an interpreter. ``I wanted one, too. That motivated me.''

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