Naturally, Joe Blanton's name will pop up. The Phillies tried to trade Blanton after they signed Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million contract in December, but could not find a deal they liked. But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday afternoon that Blanton is sticking around.
"Blanton is starting for us April 7," Amaro said.
Roy Halladay is scheduled to start the season opener on April 1, against the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee is scheduled to pitch April 2 and Roy Oswalt is scheduled to pitch April 3. Cole Hamels would pitch April 5 against the New York Mets, which actually would put Blanton on course to start April 6 against the Mets.