BOSTON -- Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton finds himself in familiar territory.
He is 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA through seven starts this season, which has been disconcerting for Phillies fans. But Blanton, who pitches Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, went 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA through eight starts last season before he went 10-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 23 starts to finish the season.
"We had a good talk the other day," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He's kind of fallen in love with the cutter too much. I think it's taken away from his sinker, his curveball and his changeup. Right now he's just gotten too cutter-happy. We'll see."
Phillies slot in Gload as DH vs. Lackey
BOSTON -- Ross Gload got the call as the Phillies' designated hitter Friday at Fenway Park.
Gload, who hits left-handed, has hit .286 (4-for-14) with two doubles and two RBIs in his career against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey. Manager Charlie Manuel liked Gload because he has had some success against Lackey, and also because he provided some balance to the lineup.
"Plus he needs some at-bats," Manuel said.
The Phillies will use the designated hitter in nine of their next 15 games. It will be a good time to get his bench players at-bats.
Phillies adjust rotation for Yankees series
BOSTON -- The Phillies adjusted their rotation for next week's series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Roy Halladay will pitch Tuesday, Kyle Kendrick will pitch Wednesday and Jamie Moyer will pitch Thursday. Kendrick had been scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Halladay had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee explained that Halladay pitching Tuesday gives him six more starts before the All-Star break instead of five.
Rollins set for Clearwater assignment Tuesday
BOSTON -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is on the disabled list with a strained right calf, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Clearwater. Rollins had been scheduled to begin the assignment Monday.
The Phillies are hopeful Rollins could rejoin the team in time for next weekend's series against the Minnesota Twins at Citizens Bank Park.
Halladay vs. Johnson a budding rivalry?
BOSTON -- Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson could be in the early stages of a phenomenal pitching rivalry.
Halladay beat Johnson on May 29, throwing a perfect game in a 1-0 victory at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Johnson allowed one unearned run in the loss. But Johnson threw eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay allowed just one run in eight innings.
Johnson is 2-1 with a 0.44 ERA (one earned run in 20 2/3 innings) in three career starts against Halladay. Elias Sports Bureau said that is the lowest ERA against Halladay amongst pitchers with at least three starts against him.
Halladay is 1-2 with a 1.96 ERA (five earned runs in 23 innings) against Johnson.
Elias also said Thursday's rematch was the first time a pitcher who threw a perfect game faced the same opposing pitcher with the same team in the same season since Sandy Koufax faced Bob Hendley in 1965. Koufax threw his perfect game Sept. 9 in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, but Hendley threw a four-hitter to beat Koufax five days later in Chicago at Wrigley Field.
Hendley allowed just one hit in nine innings in the loss to Koufax.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.