Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blanton to start Game 4

Cliff Lee will not come back to pitch Game 4 on three days' rest.

Blanton to start Game 4

Joe Blanton will start for the Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Joe Blanton will start for the Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

Cliff Lee will not come back to pitch Game 4 on three days' rest.

Instead, Joe Blanton will get the call on Sunday night against the Yankees at Citizens Bank Park.

Lee has never pitched on three days' rest in his career, but seemed confident he could. He threw 122 pitches in his masterful Game 1 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Blanton started Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers and gave up four runs in six innings. He had pitched out of the bullpen in the Division Series.

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Blanton won Game 4 against Tampa Bay last year, allowing two runs over six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. He also bashed a home run.

More to come.

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