San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Keys to Long-Awaited Rematch

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San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Keys to Long-Awaited Rematch
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They won't admit it when asked, but the Giants and the Phillies know that their upcoming three-game series at Citizens Bank Park, as well as their early August meeting back in San Francisco, are very important.

Sure, we're talking about a regular season series in late July here, but it is, after all, the first time these two clubs will meet since the Giants clinched the pennant in six games over the Phillies in the 2010 NLCS, completing a huge upset over a heavily-favored powerhouse.

This series is perhaps bigger for the Phillies than it is for the Giants, as the Phillies are still likely shaking their heads trying to understand exactly what happened to them last fall.

Here are five keys to this highly anticipated rematch ...

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