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Lee in Game 4, Hamels or Blanton in a possible Game 5

Update: According to Charlie Manuel, Cliff Lee will start Game 4 Monday, and Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels are in the mix for a potential Game 5. Hamels appears a more likely option, because he is a lefty. "That’s on Hamels’ regular day, but it depends on how much we use (Joe) Blanton or Pedro in the next couple of days,” Manuel said. “I like left-handed pitchers against this team, and I think we match up better that way.”

Lee in Game 4, Hamels or Blanton in a possible Game 5

Game 1 winner Cliff Lee will start game 4 of the NLDS Monday, according to Charlie Manuel. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Game 1 winner Cliff Lee will start game 4 of the NLDS Monday, according to Charlie Manuel. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Update: According to Charlie Manuel, Cliff Lee will start Game 4 Monday, and Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels are in the mix for a potential Game 5.  Hamels appears a more likely option, because he is a lefty.

"That’s on Hamels’ regular day, but it depends on how much we use (Joe) Blanton or Pedro in the next couple of days,” Manuel said. “I like left-handed pitchers against this team, and I think we match up better that way.”

Happ said that his bruised left leg is a "non issue."

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Pedro Martinez is a man at peace with himself and the world.  Leaving the hotel restaurant minutes ago, Martinez was smiling despite losing his playoff start in Game 3 to J.A. Happ.

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"It is the most reasonable thing to do," he said.  "I haven't thrown in 10 days. Difficult weather. Happ has been in there. He has a better feel for the ball."

Martinez said he would be ready to pitch in relief tomorrow.  "Yeah, I will be.  Anything."

He said he would  like to pitch in relief before starting another game, becuase it has been so long since he has thrown.

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