Breaking news: Blanton will have the ball for Game 4
After splitting the first two games in New York, Charlie Manuel has opted to go with Joe Blanton for Sunday's Game 4 rather than pitch Cliff Lee on three-days rest following his 122-pitch complete game Wednesday. It would have marked the first time in Lee's career he was used on short rest. Blanton, who's pitched as both a starter and reliever this postseason, allowed four runs over six innings in Game 4 of the NLCS. The right-hander finished the season 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA and was one of the Phillies most consistent starters. Lifetime, he is 0-3 in four starts with an 8.18 ERA against the Yankees.