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Daily Notes for Friday: Blanton, Harden to square off

Updated: August 29, 2008, 11:27 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Pitching encapsulates the story lines for Friday, with former A's rotation-mates to begin the season Joe Blanton and Rich Harden, now with the Phillies and Cubs, respectively, battling in a potential National League playoff-series preview. Harden, incredibly, has a 1.47 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 49 innings in eight starts for the Cubs since his escape from Oakland, certainly demonstrating his health.

Finally, the National League West showdown between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks begins, ...

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