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Phillies Unable to Repeat As MLB Champs
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies continued a 33-year streak of National League champions who could not repeat as World Series champions.

Despite a record-tying five home run performance in the World Series by Phils second baseman Chase Utley, the Phils could not overcome a cold streak by their slugger, Ryan Howard, who set a record for futility in this Series.

Howard struck out swinging in the eighth inning of the Yanks clinching Game 6 victory, setting a record with his 13th strikeout of the World Series.

Howard was MVP of the Phillies' NL championship series victory over the L.A. Dodgers. He passed Willie Wilson's old mark when he struck out 12 times for Kansas City against Philadelphia in 1980.

Howard went 2 for 5 in the opener, but got two hits the rest of the Series, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning in Game 6. He fanned four times in Game 2 and three times in Game 3.

The last NL team to repeat as World Series champions was the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 76.

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