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"It is a business, but at the same time, it's a good feeling," Phelps said. "I'll wake up tomorrow and I'll be pretty happy. For me it was just cool going out there and pitching against some of those guys I played with for a while."
In three seasons with New York, Phelps went 15-14 with a 4.21 ERA as he mainly pitched out of the bullpen. Now with the Marlins, he's recorded two straight terrific outings -- tossing a career-high eight scoreless innings on Thursday before notching his second straight win Tuesday.
"Phelps executed pitch after pitch and did a great job of getting it in and letting these guys continue to swing it," manager Dan Jennings said. "[For the offense] to put up an eight-spot [in the first inning], he could be a little more free with what he wanted to throw and how he wanted to attack that lineup, and he certainly did. Tremendous effort by him. That's a good hitting ballclub."
Phelps said: "The biggest thing for me was going out in the second inning and putting up a zero."
He also pointed out a nostalgic moment that came from his Yankees days.
"I played with [Mason Williams] there in the Minor Leagues, and he hit a double [in the seventh]," Phelps said. "I was walking off the field and just smiling at him. If it's anybody else on any other team, I'm pretty upset. But I have a lot of good friends over there."
Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.