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PHILS HAVE FOUNDATION TO COMPETE FOR YEARS

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies are built to be more than a one-year wonder.

Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge aren't going anywhere. Neither are Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins.

With the team's nucleus expected back next year, the Phillies have a chance to be the first repeat World Series champions since the Yankees won three straight in 1998-2000.

"Thanks for your support! And let's do it again!" general manager Pat Gillick screamed out to the delirious fans Wednesday night, moments after the Phillies beat the Rays to capture the second championship in the franchise's 126-year history.

Gillick, 71, probably got caught up in the celebration when he said "again." After all, he plans to retire when his contract expires today. That doesn't mean the Phillies can't do it without him.

Only the Yankees and Blue Jays (1992-93) have won consecutive titles in the past 30 years. But the Phillies are young, talented and possess the intangibles - chemistry and resilience - needed to maintain success.

Leftfielder Pat Burrell and pitcher Jamie Moyer are the only significant players who will become free agents.

"We're losers no more," Howard said. "The organization, we're winners. Nobody can take that away from the city of Philadelphia, and nobody can take that away from us."

Bush offers congrats: President Bush called Phillies president David Montgomery to congratulate the team on the Series victory, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Brewers hire Macha

MILWAUKEE - Ken Macha was hired as manager of the Brewers, taking over from Dale Sveum after the team's first postseason appearance since 1982.

Macha, 58, who managed the A's to a pair of AL West titles, agreed to a two-year contract.

"It means a tremendous amount to me," Macha said. "The players are the guys that go out there and win or lose the games for you, and I think the job of a manager and a coach is to get these players as prepared as you possibly can."

Big names choose free agency: Manny Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Ben Sheets wasted no time in filing for free agency. The three were among 65 players who filed on the first possible day. Eligible players may file through Nov. 13.

Marlins-Royals deal: The Marlins traded first baseman Mike Jacobs to the Royals for relief pitcher Leo Nunez.

Mets: Fernando Tatis agreed to a $1.7-million, one-year deal.

Nationals: The team rejected a $5-million option on outfielder Wily Mo Pena, but he exercised his $2-million option.

Tigers: The team declined the option on shortstop Edgar Renteria's contract, choosing to give him $3-million instead of $11-million to return.

White Sox: Ken Griffey's $16.5-million option was declined, making the No. 5 home run hitter (611) in major-league history eligible for free agency.

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