After much anticipation, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel named future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez the game three starter for Saturday nightÆs match up at Coors Field. Manuel came to that decision after using four of his starters in the first two games of the series. Cliff Lee went all nine innings in the opener, then after Cole Hamels only got through five innings, Manuel went with Joe Blanton and JA Happ, both of whom had been possibilities to start game three. Now the Phillies are forced to go with Martinez, who has struggled with soreness in his neck and has consistently had arm problems, in a game that is supposed to involve snow and 25 degree weather. Manuel said that Martinez is expected to throw in the range of 85-100 pitches before his night is over. With Martinez on the mound it ...
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