Philadelphia Phillies defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-4

FROM PHILADELPHIA — Nowhere, fast.

So describes the journey of the 2009 Dodgers, which ended Wednesday in a recognizably battered heap in the darkest part of a familiar dead end.

Again, it was the Philadelphia Phillies dancing on the grass.

Again, it was the Dodgers staring from the dugout.

Again, it was three wins and three light years short of a World Series.

"We thought we were better this year, we thought we had what it takes," said Matt Kemp afterwa...

PHILADELPHIA — The coach turned back into a pumpkin. The emperor realized he wasn't wearing any clothes.

Vicente Padilla ran out of magic.

Like that, the Dodgers' season was over, with Manager Joe Torre and his group of miracle workers falling three victories short of the World Series for the second time in as many years.

Again, the Dodgers were turned away by the Philadelphia Phillies in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series in five games, thi...

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard took measures to protect his eyes, donning a pair of goggles in the Philadelphia clubhouse.

He never imagined he would have to worry about his underwear.

But there was Pedro Martinez, pouring beer on a pair of the slugger's shorts that dangled from a coat hanger Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"I don't think I've ever played on a team that's been so fun," Howard said after the Phillies eliminated the Dodgers from the National ...