Saturday Links: Joe Blanton gets game fours tart

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UK alum and Franklin-Simpson graduate Joe Blanton will get the start for the Philadelphia Phillies in game four of the World Series. Some had thought the Phillies might bring ace Cliff Lee back on three days rest, but his 120+ pitch performance in game one ended that chance. Blanton also got the start in game four of the World Series in 2009, when he recorded the win an hit his only career home run. I posted the video above during the ALCS, but it’s worth another look.

  • David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News writes Blanton has faced the Yankees five times in his career.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports the decision was easy because Lee has never pitched on three days rest in his career.
  • MLB.com’s Noah Coslov interviews Blanton.
  • Hal Body breaks down the decision in an MLB.com video.
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Sunday Links: Blanton to start game four

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Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The Phillies were off Saturday, so no Bluegrass ties in the Yankees extra-inning win. But don’t fear, here are several Kentucky storylines to get you through a Sunday morning:

  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed what we had expected: UK alum Joe Blanton will start opposite Randy Wolf in game four of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
  • All indications point to the D’Backs picking up Ashland-native Brandon Webb’s 2010 contract option.
  • Andy Burns and Marcus Nidiffer highlighted UK baseball’s parent weekend scrimmage.
  • The Messenger-Inquirer reports Owensboro Catholic Coach Allen Cox is brining Kentucky minor-leaguers, Logan Johnson, Tyler Blandford, Wade Gaynor and Justin Marks to his baseball camp in Owensboro this week.
  • 2009 Bat Chris Heisey was 2-3 with a home run and two runs scored in the Arizona Fall League Saturday. Yonder Alonso was 0-3.

Friday Links: Blanton’s role in NLCS still TBD

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Chris Heisey; Photo via Flickr

Chris Heisey; Photo via Flickr

The playoffs are back in full swing. Check out those storylines and more in today’s hot links:

  • The Phillies held on for an 8-6 marathon win Thursday in game one of the NLCS. UK alum Joe Blanton didn’t appear in the game,
  • Pedro Martinez will start game two for the Phillies and Cliff Lee will start game three. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel says he doesn’t know who will start game four because J. A. Happ and Joe Blanton are still in the pen for now. Happ appeared in game one, so that might give Blanton the edge for game four.
  • Sean McAdam of the Boston Herald reports the Red Sox would be interested in Brandon Webb if the D’Backs don’t pick up his option.
  • Chris Heisey was 2-4 with two runs scored and a double for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League Thursday. Yonder Alonso was 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Louisville Bats closer Logan Ondrusek had a miserable outing, allowing five runs in two-thirds of an inning. 2009 Legend Daniel Meszaros allowed four runs in one and one-third innings.

Pedro to start instead of Joe Blanton in game three

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Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has named right-handed pitcher Pedro Martinez his starter for game three of the NLDS against the Rockies. UK alum and Franklin-Simpson graduate Joe Blanton had been rumored a candidate for the start, but appeared in relief in game two. No starter has been named for game four yet, so Blanton may still start that game.

Cook earns win in game two for Rockies

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Aaron Cook; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Aaron Cook; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Fort Campbell-native Aaron Cook earned his first win of the postseason in game two of the National League Division Series between Colorado and Philadelphia. The Rockies right-handed starting pitcher allowed three runs in five innings of work while striking out four and walking two. Cook was cruising with five shutout innings before allowing three runs without recording an out in the sixth inning. He also had a hit an a run scored in the game.

The Rockies added one seventh inning insurance run that proved enough to hold off a late  Phillies comeback. UK alum and Franklin-Simpson High School graduate Joe Blanton was the surprise first man out of the Phillies pen in game two. Blanton was thought to be the leading candidate to start game three for Philadelphia, but after Cliff Lee’s complete game victory in game one, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel chose to used Blanton out of the pen. He surrendered one run in one-plus innings of work. (Read more)