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April 24, 2010 | By Chris Melchiorre FOR THE INQUIRER
Both Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge reported being healthy after rehab stints Friday night for the double-A Reading Phillies. The bad news for both pitchers can be summed up in one at-bat as Blanton gave up a double to Richmond Flying Squirrels pitcher Craig Clark. Consistency seems to be the last thing separating both pitchers from their regular- season debuts with the Phils. To be fair, both Blanton and Lidge generally looked strong and escaped their outings without giving up a run. But both ran up high pitch counts, and both admittedly are a few adjustments away from being ready to go. "Tonight felt really good," said Lidge, who allowed a single and a walk in a 20-pitch inning.
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October 14, 2010 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
BY THE TIME Joe Blanton takes the mound in the National League Championship Series, he is all but certain to have gone at least 20 days without starting a game. The effect of that layoff is one of the big unknowns of this year's showdown between the Phillies and the Giants, which starts Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. But ask Blanton about it, and he'll respond with a shrug. "I did it last year," the veteran righthander said. "So, been there, done that. " Last year, Blanton went 16 days between his final start of the regular season and his first start of the postseason, pitching twice in relief in the National League Division Series before taking the mound against the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.
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June 13, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Three hours before Saturday's game, Shane Victorino circled the tiny visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park with instructions for the Phillies players to meet in the underground batting tunnel at 1:40 p.m. "Why not?" the centerfielder said after the Phillies lost, 10-2, to Boston. "Get everyone's thoughts. Get everyone together. Get everyone's feelings on where we're at. " The team emerged from the 30-minute chat with positive vibes, players said. Some came back into the clubhouse and watched the beginning of the U.S. World Cup soccer game.
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July 4, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - In the span of five pitches Sunday, the next seven days for the Phillies gained new significance. Behind Joe Blanton, the Phils took a three-run lead into the seventh against last-place Pittsburgh. The Pirates sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, scored six runs, and won, 8-5. It began with Blanton putting the first three runners on, quickly ruining what had been an impressive outing. "That's kind of the way it's gone for me," Blanton said. "I was throwing the ball great and still find a way to give up three or five runs.
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June 29, 2010 | by David Murphy
7:10 Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish.   Who's hot   Joey Votto: The Reds first baseman doubled last night and has now reached base safely in each of his last 36 games, the longest streak in the majors since Nick Markakis' 38-game streak from July 5-Aug. 18 of last season.   Who's not   Brian Schneider: The Phillies catcher, filling in for injured starter Carlos Ruiz, entered last night with three hits in his last 22 at-bats.
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July 25, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the first time since Sept. 25, 2008, Pedro Martinez will pitch in a competitive game. The 37-year-old righthander, who is on the 15-day disabled list, will pitch for the single-A Clearwater Threshers against the St. Lucie Mets tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Bright House Field. For Martinez, it's the next step toward joining the Phillies, who signed him to a prorated $2 million contract July 15. Martinez has thrown twice since signing the contract. He had a bullpen session last Saturday before the Phillies played the Florida Marlins at Land Shark Stadium and pitched a simulated game Tuesday in Clearwater, when he threw about 60 pitches and afterward expressed optimism that he was on track.
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May 4, 2001 | By Elmer Smith
They led Thomas Blanton Tuesday from the courthouse to a jailhouse, where this baby-killing lowlife will be caged for the rest of his unnatural life. I hope he lives to be 100. Yes, I oppose the death penalty even for a craven coward like Blanton, who planted the dynamite that destroyed the lives of four innocent little girls in Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. Instead of the momentary satisfaction that may come to survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing victims who watch Timothy McVeigh die peacefully next week, I'd sooner see Blanton become a national monument.
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October 16, 2009
From: Gonzalez, John How quickly things change. Last year, Brett Myers was an integral part of the Phillies' postseason push. After they won the National League Championship Series, I remember the look of accomplishment he had on his face while he and the rest of the team stood on the field at Dodger Stadium.  The Phils might win the NLCS again this year, but if they do, Myers won't be part of it - he was left off the roster. What did you think of that move? And in more important matters, who would you start in Game 2 today?
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March 13, 2013
When Joe Blanton takes the mound for the first time in Angel Stadium with his new team, fans who have been oblivious to his career since he left the Phils may be a little surprised. Blanton, who signed with the Halos as a free agent in December, is about 30 pounds lighter than his normal 260. "I never looked at it like I needed to lose weight," Blanton said. "It just kind of happened. " Chipper Jones putting on pinstripes? The banged-up New York Yankees would love to have him. General manager Brian Cashman even said so Monday, expressing interest in the retired Atlanta Braves star.
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December 6, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with former Phillies righthander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with lefthanded reliever Sean Burnett. Blanton's deal includes a team option for 2015, a person familiar with the negotiations said at the baseball winter meeting in Nashville on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. Burnett's agreement also is pending a physical.
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August 30, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
HOPING TO COME together in time for a big finish to the season, the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers relied on holdovers and newcomers alike to get back on a winning track. Former Phillies starter Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first win with Los Angeles and A.J. Ellis hit his first career grand slam in a 10-8 win over the host Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Blanton (9-12), who was 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in four previous starts since joining the Dodgers in an Aug. 3 trade with the Phillies, struck out five and walked one in 7 1/3 innings.
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August 4, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When he wasn't dealt by Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, righthander Joe Blanton thought he might be with the Phillies for the rest of the season. So when he heard Friday afternoon that he had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named or cash, he had a natural reaction. "I was pretty shocked," Blanton said, talking to reporters in the Phillies dugout moments after hearing the news. The trade was made after the Dodgers claimed Blanton off waivers.
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July 18, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES – If the Phillies are going to make the kind of second-half run they insist is possible, they likely will need to utilize the same formula that Monday night led to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That means excellent starting pitching, near-flawless relief, and some timely hitting from their established stars. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both hit solo home runs, while Joe Blanton held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings before turning things over to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the Phillies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.
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July 18, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - The dream, impossible as it may seem, is to make this baseball season interesting again. Win series after series after series and see whether it's enough to get into the playoffs come October. You may not believe it can happen, but the Phillies have to believe. The only way they will add converts is by beating good teams, a mission they rarely have accomplished this season. On Monday night, for only the 19th time in 55 games, the Phillies beat a team that currently has a record of .500 or better.
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June 23, 2012 | By David Murphy and Bob Brookover, STAFF WRITERS
In his last 22 2/3 innings of work, Joe Blanton has struck out 20 batters while walking just one, a ratio that is the definition of ideal for a major-league pitcher. Opponents are hitting just .227 against the Phillies righthander during that span. The problem? The pitches that make it into play are traveling a long way, prompting speculation that he is tipping his pitches. Thursday, Blanton said he doesn't think that is the case. "I feel like I wouldn't be getting strikeouts and not walking guys if I was tipping pitches," said the 31-year-old veteran, who entered Thursday night having allowed more home runs than any other pitcher in the National League.
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June 15, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - For a few innings after Jim Thome clobbered the 607th home run of his Hall of Fame career, fans in right field searched for the ball. It flew so high into the Minnesota sky Thursday that when it landed, it plopped deep into a flower bed at Target Field and vanished. Eventually, once a Twins grounds crew member fetched the ball following a Phillies' 6-1 victory, it would belong to Thome. The slugger tries hard to recover all of his home run balls - he had procured his two previous ones in 2012 after fans threw them back onto the field - and they will forever serve as his souvenirs.
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June 15, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — They needed this. They needed this like a fish needs water or a mammal needs air or a Kardashian needs flashbulbs. Over the previous 24 games, the Phillies pitching staff had allowed 126 runs, a total that defies belief when you consider that their worst 24-game stretch of the 2011 season saw them surrender 92. On Thursday night, Joe Blanton surrendered one, shutting down the Twins for nine innings while leading the Phillies to...
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May 16, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Blanton reached for his helmet and bat without hesitation. Maybe, if he avoided Charlie Manuel or Rich Dubee in the dugout, he could extend his outing beyond the seventh inning Monday. Manuel stopped Blanton before he escaped. "How do you feel?" the manager asked his fifth starter. "Good," Blanton said. So he batted. Even as Blanton cursed when Manuel finally emerged with the hook in the eighth inning of a 5-1 Phillies victory over Houston, there was so much to be happy about.
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