The Philadelphia Phillies are listening to offers for University of Kentucky alum Joe Blanton, who stands in line for a substantial raise in arbitration this offseason, Ed Price reports for AOL Fanhouse. Blanton was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 2009 and something around $7 million in 2010. In five career postseason starts, Blanton is 2-0 with a 4.03 ERA. (Read more)
Of course the big BluGrass Baseball storyline is UK alum Joe Blanton’s start in game four of the NLCS tonight. Blanton has a chance to give Philadelphia a substantial 3-1 lead in the series to put a second consecutive world series berth in reach. Check out the AP video above from Joe Blanton’s last game four postseason start in the 2008 world series other stories on a Monday morning:
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.
You probably know California Redwoods quarterback Shane Boyd better for his days roaming the gridiron at Commonwealth Stadium, but he also spent time on the diamond for the Cats as a left-handed reliever. Boyd was drafted in the thirteenth round of the MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins out of high school but chose to pursue football and baseball on the collegiate level. Boyd appeared in 19 games for UK between 2002 and 2004 with mixed results before being drafted by the Twins again in 2004. Boyd spent time with the Titans, Cardinals and Texans in the NFL, before a season in the Canadian Football League. This year he is the starting QB for the California team in the inaugural UFL season. Last week, Boyd scored the first touchdown in league history, shown below.
Sorry for the late links, but here there are for your Friday afternoon:
- In the final organizational standings the state’s major league affillitates finished in the lower half of the league: Rays (17), Reds (27) and Astros (30 of 30).
- Jiovanni Mier (2), Juri Perez (10) and Jonathan Meyer (18) each were ranked on BA’s top 20 prospects list for the rookie Appalachian League. The three Astros’ farmhands may all end up in Lexington in 2010.
- UK alum Chris Rusin was on invited to the Arizona Instructional League for top prospects by the Cubs.
- WKU sports reports PGCrosschecker named Kes Carter the 19th best prospect in the Coastal Plains Summer League.
- The Bats have released their 2010 schedule.
- The Legends 2010 schedule is out as well.
- Synthetic turf has been installed at EKU’s Turkey Hughes field.
A former Bat was in action on the mound, and the state’s college and minor league teams had several announcements. Check out those stories in today’s hot links:
- Former Bat Homer Bailey picked up his sixth win for Cincinnati.
- Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 1-4, 2 SO
- UK Baseball will host alumni weekend during the football Homecoming Game on Oct. 31.
- Bowling Green Hot Rods media relations introduces fans to the Midwest League, where BG will move next season.
- RaysProspects.com profiles the Hot Rods.
Ashland, Ky., native and UK alum Brandon Webb told Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic that he has no interest in accepting a restructured deal from the Diamondbacks if they decline his $8.5 million option. Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day due to an injury to his throwing shoulder and underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in August.
“If it comes down to that and they ask me to do something like that, I would have to – just for myself – see what else is out there and see if there’s something better,” Webb told McManaman. Arizona has until five days after the end of the World Series to decide on the option. Diamondbacks’ GM A. J. Hinch responded: “I don’t know what the plans are moving ahead, but if Brandon Webb is healthy, why wouldn’t you want him?” (Read more)
- UK alum Joe Blanton picked up his 11th win of the season with seven shutout innings for the Phillies.
- Louisville native Dan Uggla hit his 30th home run of the season for Florida.
- Former Bat Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs for the Blue Jays.
- Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 1-5, 1 2b, 1 R, 1 RBI
- The Bowling Green Daily News reports on Matthew Moore being named the Hot Rods’ MVP and Anthony Scelfo being named one of seven finalists for the Erik Walker Community Champin Award.
Louisville moved closer to the playoffs as Bowling Green moved further away Tuesday. Check out those stories and more in today’s hot links:
- Louisville defeated Toledo 3-2 and lowered its magic number to 5. The Bats also added former major league outfielder Lew Ford to the roster for the stretch drive.
- Lexington earned its third consecutive victory after its 12-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Hickory.
- Bowling Green fell to .500 in the second half with a 3-1 loss to West Virginia.
- Former UK standout Michael Bertram was a single away from the cycle in AA Erie’s 8-5 loss to Reading. Bertram already hit for the cycle once this season.
- Former Legend Hunter Pence won the Astros’ “Heart and Hustle” Award.
Former UK pitchers Brandon Webb and Scott Downs both received bad injury news Sunday. The Daily Independent in Ashland, Ky., first reported that Webb would undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Monday. The newspaper quoted Webb’s father that Brandon had elected to let Dr. Keith Meister repair his injured right shoulder.
Toronto Blue Jays closer and former UK pitcher Scott Downs was also placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Downs was suffering from the same injury to his left foot that caused him to spend 19 games on the disabled list earlier this season.