Phillies stay with same team for NLCS, Diamondbacks add pitchers

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The Philadelphia Phillies are sticking with the same team that got them to the NL Championship Series and have made no changes to their roster ahead of Game 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

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The Phillies have 13 pitchers on the roster. They are still undecided as to who will start Game 4 on Friday evening.

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They had 15-game winner Taijuan Walker and Cristopher Sanchez each throw two innings of a simulated game on Sunday, keeping them in contention for a Game 4 start.

With two short streaks, neither starter has made a pitch this postseason.

Thomson said the decision could depend on how often the Phillies need to use their bullpen in the first three games. Sanchez has extensive experience as a backup, while Walker has made 194 career starts in the first season of a four-year, $72 million contract.

The Diamondbacks, who won all five postseason games and reached the NLCS, also largely held on. They added right-handed pitcher Slade Cecconi to the NLCS roster and left out infielder Jace Peterson. That leaves Arizona with 13 pitchers.

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