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July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their starting rotation, moving the pitcher who leads the major leagues in losses into their bullpen. Garrett Richards will replace Blanton in the rotation, starting with Saturday's game against the first-place Oakland Athletics. Richards has started four games this season -- the last one a 10-6 loss to Oakland on April 30 -- and has been in the Angels' bullpen since then. Blanton, 32, is 2-13 with a 5.66 earned-run average. No major league pitcher has given up more hits, runs or home runs.
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling right-hander Wednesday, eating the $8.5 million remaining on his contract. The Angels signed Blanton, 33, to a two-year, $15-million deal before the 2013 season, thinking he would be a durable and effective innings-eater. But Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average and 29 homers allowed and was demoted to the bullpen in late July. Though Blanton rarely pitched over the final two months of the season, he was still the object of endless derision from fans who urged the team to release him. With Garrett Richards securing a rotation spot behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the final two months of 2013 and the Angels acquiring young left-handers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs in a three-team trade for Mark Trumbo, it was clear there was no room for Blanton in the rotation this season.
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October 19, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Joe Blanton made all 31 of his appearances during the regular season as a starter. His first two outings of the postseason came in relief. On Monday it will be back to starting for the Philadelphia Phillies right-hander in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. Blanton said it has not been difficult to alternate between the roles. "Not really," he said Sunday. "I mean, a couple days' notice, so you've got those days to get mentally prepped and get yourself ready to get back in that mode of going 100 pitches and cruising it out through."
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March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling and oft-criticized right-hander on Wednesday and ate the remaining $8.5 million on his contract, a move that was probably more difficult for General Manager Jerry Dipoto to digest than Blanton. "It's regrettable, it's a mistake on my part, there's no one else to blame," said Dipoto, who signed Blanton to a two-year, $15-million deal before 2013. "I made the call on signing Joe Blanton, and obviously this isn't the way he or I wanted it to work out. Unfortunately, that's the way it goes sometimes.
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August 4, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
One Phillies starting pitcher joined the Dodgers on Saturday, this one being right-hander Joe Blanton. That other guy, left-hander Cliff Lee, has hours ticking away on his chances of becoming a Dodger. The Dodgers claimed Lee off waivers Friday, giving the two teams 48 hours to work out a trade, or for the Phillies to allow him to go to Los Angeles or simply keep him. Indications remain that the Phillies will retain him and his $95-million contract. Meanwhile, Blanton joined the Dodgers and Manager Don Mattingly announced he would start Sunday against the Cubs.
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June 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
An off day last week allowed the Angels to skip Joe Blanton's turn the last time through their rotation. But Manager Mike Scioscia said the right-hander, who leads the majors with 10 losses and 111 hits allowed, will return to the mound Tuesday against Seattle. Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher has worked to repair some mechanical issues in Blanton's delivery and the Angels are hoping to see a different pitcher Tuesday. “He knows what he needs to do,” Scioscia said.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BALTIMORE - The Angels will skip Joe Blanton in the rotation this weekend, and Manager Mike Scioscia did not commit to a specific return date for the struggling right-hander, who is 1-10 with a 5.87 earned-run average, worst among American League starters. “We'll push him back a couple of days with [Thursday's] off day and see where he'll fold in,” Scioscia said. “We'll see how some guys come out of some starts and go from there.” C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson and Jered Weaver will pitch against the New York Yankees in a series that begins Friday night in Angel Stadium.
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February 27, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels plan to use six starters in Cactus League games, Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. That breakdown: the projected rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, with Joe Blanton getting his innings as well. Blanton could get a rotation spot in case of injury to one of the projected five starters, or if the Angels decide to send Skaggs or Santiago to the minor leagues. However, if the Angels do not alter their planned rotation, Blanton could be traded or released.
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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia will get an in-person look at Joe Blanton on Saturday. So will scouts from opposing teams. Blanton will start Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Angels have shifted Hector Santiago, the scheduled starter, to a minor league exhibition game. The Angels did not project Blanton on their 25-man roster when spring training opened. In the wake of injuries to relievers Sean Burnett and Dane De La Rosa, they appear to be considering whether to keep Blanton as a sixth starter -- in an organization perilously thin in starting pitching depth -- and long reliever.
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August 3, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers acquired a starting pitcher from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, but it wasn't Cliff Lee. The trade they made was for Joe Blanton, the other Phillies pitcher they claimed on waivers. The Dodgers will send the Phillies a player to be named later. Blanton, 31, figures to take the rotation spot of rookie Stephen Fife, who has made three career starts. Manager Don Mattingly said he is unsure of when Blanton will pitch his first game for the Dodgers. Until he was traded, Blanton was scheduled to pitch for the Phillies on Friday.
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March 25, 2014 | Mike DiGiovanna
One nasty collision with an outfield wall or failure to stick the landing on a headfirst slide or dive could cost Mike Trout millions. The Angels star is in negotiations with the team on what could be a nine-figure contract extension, and a major injury probably would table those talks. That hasn't slowed the center fielder a bit this spring, even if his aggressive play causes a few irregular heartbeats among the Angels and their fans. Trout, the American League most valuable player runner-up in 2012 and 2013, gave the team a scare Sunday when he rolled his left wrist under his chest while attempting a diving catch in the outfield.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX  - The Angels and Milwaukee Brewers did not use instant replay in Saturday's exhibition game in Maryvale Park, but Joe Blanton did, which is not necessarily a good thing for the veteran right-hander. Blanton, in what may have been his last chance to win a spot on the Angels' pitching staff, was tagged for four earned runs and six hits, including a home run, in 41/3 innings, striking out three and walking four, a near carbon copy of many of his starts from 2013, when he went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average.
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March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels Manager Mike Scioscia will get an in-person look at Joe Blanton on Saturday. So will scouts from opposing teams. Blanton will start Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Angels have shifted Hector Santiago, the scheduled starter, to a minor league exhibition game. The Angels did not project Blanton on their 25-man roster when spring training opened. In the wake of injuries to relievers Sean Burnett and Dane De La Rosa, they appear to be considering whether to keep Blanton as a sixth starter -- in an organization perilously thin in starting pitching depth -- and long reliever.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
AT THE PLATE: Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run, the second of his two hits against the Giants. He also stole a base. Erick Aybar (two hits) and Howie Kendrick (two runs batted in) make for a hot-hitting middle infield, with Aybar at .333 and Kendrick at .387. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago (against the Giants) and Joe Blanton (against the Cubs) each pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Joe Smith, the Angels' $15.75-million relief solution, blew a 6-3 lead against the Giants by giving up four runs and four hits.
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March 15, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  - The Angels' most intriguing start of the spring could come Monday, when Joe Blanton takes his next turn. If Blanton turns in a second consecutive strong performance, the Angels might have to consider whether they can afford to get rid of him. That might sound ludicrous, given how poorly Blanton pitched last year. But the Angels appear short on pitching depth. Without Blanton, the Angels' depth chart would have seven starters. Of the 30 major league teams, only the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers did not use more than seven starters last season.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Mike Trout has not set a deadline for negotiations on a long-term contract extension, and the Angels' center fielder said Thursday he would not be opposed to talks carrying into the regular season. Players in similar situations often prefer to sign before the start of the season, so talks don't become a distraction, or put off negotiations until after the season. Not Trout, 22, who finished second in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2012 and 2013. "It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension.
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July 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels face a short-term question and a long-term question with Joe Blanton. The short-term question: Does he make his next scheduled start? On the day after Blanton failed to complete six innings for the fourth consecutive start, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia refused to commit to another one. "Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be," Scioscia said. "Right now, it's very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher.
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August 4, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Joe Blanton will make his first start for the Dodgers on Sunday, when he takes the mound for the series finale against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Blanton was acquired by the Dodgers on Friday from the Philadelphia Phillies in the second midseason trade of his career. In the first, in 2008, he moved from the Oakland Athletics to the Phillies. The Phillies won the World Series that year. "Hopefully, history will repeat itself for me," Blanton said. He has recently found his form, averaging 72/3 innings over his last three starts.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Could a little move make a big difference for pitcher Joe Blanton, who confounded the Angels and their fans by going 2-14 with a 6.04 earned run average and allowing 29 home runs last season? Manager Mike Scioscia hopes so. Blanton moved from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side Wednesday and threw five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking none. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in his previous start against Colorado.
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March 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that the Angels could open the season with eight relief pitchers, an acknowledgement that a youth-filled rotation may not be able to pitch as deep into games as the team would like. Jered Weaver, who has thrown 200 innings or more in three of the past five seasons, is an established ace, and C.J. Wilson, who surpassed the 200-inning mark in each of the past four seasons, is a solid No. 2 starter. But none of the other three projected starters - Garrett Richards, 25, Hector Santiago, 26, and Tyler Skaggs, 22 - has thrown more than 158 innings in any of the past three seasons.
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