Preview: Following his best start of the season, Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.32), who is 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA in his last six starts, toes the slab today at Petco Park. Right-hander Jon Garland (13-8, 3.25) has it for San Diego. The Phils have put up good numbers against Garland, who is 0-4 with a 7.94 ERA in five meetings against them. The Phils lead the National League wild card race by half a game and trail Atlanta by two games in the division race. The game airs regionally on Fox beginning at 4:00 ET.
Hot stove: Blue Jays relievers Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg, and Shawn Camp were all claimed by unknown teams off trade waivers according to The Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott. The Phils have reportedly scouted Downs heavily all season. The left-hander will be a Type A free agent, so the Jays are likely to hold out for a significant return.
Minor notes: Left-hander Nate Robertson, who was acquired earlier in the week, allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 4 2-3 innings in his IronPigs debut Wednesday. The nine-year veteran was released by the Cardinals on the 23rd. ... When the Phillies outrighted Greg Dobbs to Triple-A, they released outfielder Chris Aguila, who was hitting .199 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 48 games. .... At Double-A, Tuffy Gosewisch homered twice in Reading's 9-1 win over Binghamton Friday night. Reading Eagle beat writer Mike Drago reports that he's hitting .271 with a .404 on-base average since the All-Star break. Right-hander Drew Naylor struck out a season-high 11 in the game. Tagg Bozied went 2-for-3 to raise his EL-leading batting, slugging and on-base percentages to .318/.407/.617.