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TODAY'S PITCHING MATCHUP

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TodayÕs pitching matchup
ANDY SONNANSTINE, RHP, Rays JOE BLANTON, RHP, Phillies
Record/ERA
13-9, 4.38 9-12, 4.69
Postseason
2-0, 3.46 2-0, 3.27
Height/weight, age
6-3/185, 25 6-3/256, 27
WhatÕs new
Sonnanstine has won both of his postseason starts, including the ALDS clincher against the White Sox, but he hasnÕt pitched in 12 days. In both playoff outings, he gave up three earned runs or fewer. Blanton, traded from the AÕs in July , has pitched well in both postseason starts (both Phillies wins), with his latest outing coming Oct. 13 against the Dodgers, when the right-hander gave up three runs in five innings of a no-decision.
Scouting report
Sonnanstine doesnÕt throw especially hard, but he craftily mixes in a five-pitch repertoire (including a fastball, curve, changeup and slider) with an assortment of delivery options, including varying arm slots and speeds. Blanton throws a fastball, curveball and slider. He tends to go late into games (22 of his 33 regular-season starts were at least six innings) and hold runners on (didnÕt allow a steal in first 26 starts).
Season
vs. Phillies: N/A vs. LH: .265 vs. RH: .289 on road: 6-5, 4.35 ERA vs. Rays: 0-0, 6.00 (with AÕs) vs. LH: .256 vs. RH: .286 at home: 4-9, 4.31
Career
vs. Phillies: N/A at Citizens Bank Park: N/A vs. Rays: 2-3, 6.05 at Citizens Bank Park: 2-0, 3.55
Matchups to watch
Matt Stairs is 4-for-12. Carl Crawford is 7-for-22, B.J. Upton is 3-for-11, Carlos Pena is 4-for-7, Jason Bartlett is 2-for-14, Rocco Baldelli is 0-for-8, Cliff Floyd is 0-for-6.
What theyÕre saying
"I hate to lose. I love to win. I try to do all the little things that give me a little bit of an edge, whether itÕs pausing in my delivery, messing up the tempo, working quick, fielding my position." Sonnanstine "TheyÕve got a great lineup. IÕve always thought of them as athletic hitters. They can really beat you with their legs. And this postseason theyÕve shown a lot of power, as well. They really have a lot of different ways to beat you." Blanton
Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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