Phillies to rest ace Lee, tap Blanton for game fourPhiladelphia southpaw Cliff Lee
Cliff Lee (born Clifton Phifer Lee on August 30, 1978, in Benton, Arkansas) is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in Major League Baseball. , who pitched the Phillies to victory in the World Series opener, will have to wait until game five to make his return against the New York Yankees Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. .
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel Charles Fuqua Manuel (born January 4, 1944 in Northfork, WV) is the current manager of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. Baseball playing career
Major League Career announced Friday that he will use pitcher Joe Blanton Joseph Matthew Blanton (born December 11, 1980 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. College Career
He graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School (Kentucky) in 1999. in game four of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final rather than turn to Lee again on only three days of rest.
"I don't think he's ready for it on three days' rest," Manuel said. "That's really pushing him because he has never did it before.
"I think you're taking a chance on really pushing him... and definitely we don't want to hurt him. We want him to stay strong when he does pitch."
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"I like him in game five because we have an off day Tuesday and if it goes seven games, that would be on his bullpen day and he might be able to pitch," Manuel said.
The Yankees evened the Series against the defending champions at one victory each with a 3-1 home victory on Thursday but the scene shifts 150 kilometers southwest to Philadelphia for games three to five on Saturday through Monday.
Andy Pettitte Andrew Eugene Pettitte (born June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees.
In his major league career, he played for the New York Yankees from 1995-2003. , who helped the Yankees to four World Series titles, will take the mound in game three Saturday against Cole Hamels Colbert Michael "Cole" Hamels (born December 27, 1983, in San Diego, California), is a starting left handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball. High School and Draft
Hamels attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California. , last year's World Series Most Valuable Player who went 10-11 this season and is 1-1 in the playoffs.
Blanton, a 28-year-old American right-hander, went 12-8 with a 4.05 earned-run average this season. He has allowed six runs over nine 2/3 innings in this year's playoff run.
"Blanton fits for us," Manuel said. "Joe pitched last year in the World Series and he has got a little more experience."
Blanton was last year's fourth game starter in the World Series and helped the Phillies beat Tampa Bay 10-2 with his arm and his bat, becoming the first pitcher since 1974 to hit a home run in a World Series game.
The rules will change with the shift to the home of the National League champions as pitchers will be forced to bat, unlike the American League rules used at Yankee Stadium, where designated hitters replaced hurlers at the plate.