Blanton in line for Game 4, but could be Doc

Blanton in line for Game 4, but could be Doc

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Sunday that Joe Blanton remains his starter for Game 4 on Wednesday in San Francisco, but he left some room to change his mind.

"That's still our plan," Manuel said before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. "But we'll just take it day to day and see what happens."

If the Phillies trail the NLCS entering Game 4, they could start Roy Halladay on short rest. Halladay has pitched on short rest five times in his career as a starter. (He started on short rest two other times, but those followed relief appearances.) Halladay is 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA (seven earned runs in 37 innings) in those five starts, but he has made just one start on short rest since 2004.