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.
July 18, 2012 |
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.
July 16, 2010
1. Raul Ibanez has to start hitting. 2. Joe Blanton must return to his winning form. 3. J.A. Happ has to get healthy and contribute. 4. A healthy Chase Utley would do the trick.
April 20, 2011
Lost Monday in the shuffle of a cold offense, two tie games blown by a shaky bullpen, and 12 innings of baseball was Joe Blanton's rebound. The Phillies' fifth starter was more effective than he had been in his first two outings. In seven innings, he pitched in and out of trouble and allowed only two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out four. More important, with runners on base, Blanton was improved. Milwaukee had the leadoff man on in five of Blanton's seven innings.
October 11, 2008 |
National League Championship Series Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Best of seven Phillies lead series, 2-0 TV: Fox29. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM), ESPN (950-AM) WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish GAME 1: THURSDAY Phillies 3, Dodgers 2 WP: Hamels (2-0) LP: Lowe (1-1) HR: Burrell, Utley GAME 2: YESTERDAY Phillies 8, Dodgers 5 WP: Myers (2-0) LP: Billingsley (1-1) HR: Ramirez GAME 3: TOMORROW, 8:22 P.M. Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 0-1)
April 28, 2012 |
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel revamped his lineup in hopes of shaking up a struggling offense, and, at least for one night, he received the desired results. With Jimmy Rollins returning to the leadoff spot for the first time this season and contributing a two-run double, the Phillies defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Saturday at chilly Citizens Bank Park. Manuel said before the game the move wasn't made specifically for Rollins, but more because he wanted to get others in the lineup.
October 13, 2008 |
Joe Blanton's first start in a Phillies uniform came in the not-so-friendly confines of Shea Stadium. The Phillies won that game against the New York Mets, scoring a slew of runs in the ninth, but Blanton, a midseason acquisition from Oakland, did not figure in the decision. On that late July evening, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel called Blanton's effort "pretty good. " Two-and-a-half months later, Blanton is slated to pitch what could be the Phils' most important game in 15 years - since 1993, when they last played in the National League Championship Series.
April 13, 2012
WHEN Joe Blanton is right, there are innings in which you fear for the safety of the men who play behind him. Balls scald the infield, come at you as if shot from the hot-dog gun, force you to play every pitch with your glove up around your chest, the way you were taught as a kid. Again, this is when he is right, when he is not bothered by a bad biceps, an ornery oblique, a back that limited him to eight starts last season and made him just...
July 23, 2008 |
The difference between the Mets and the Phillies in the National League East standings is one game, but what separated Joe Blanton from a strong debut for the Phils last night was the slightest turn - or lack thereof - by Carlos Delgado's wrists. The Phillies won, 8-6, churning the bases for six runs in the ninth, but when the newly acquired Blanton left the game after the sixth, they were trailing, 5-1. Blanton had not pitched in two weeks. "I thought Blanton did pretty good," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who was ejected in the third inning and watched from the clubhouse.
April 15, 2009 |
Ryan Howard has made a number of changes since the Phillies won a World Series championship last October. He signed a multiyear contract. He dropped about 20 pounds. He labored to improve his defense. And, canny observers may have noticed, he began wearing a mouthpiece during games. The first baseman, 29, is always seeking ways to improve. When he saw Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez sporting a clear mouthpiece on his lower row of teeth last season, Howard was intrigued.