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Dodgers add pitcher Blanton from Phillies

Aug. 3, 2012 at 7:27 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Friday acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton from Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later.

Blanton, 31, a nine-year veteran with a record of 8-9 and an ERA of 4.59 ERA this season, will likely take the fifth spot in the LA rotation as the Dodgers battle the San Francisco Giants for the National League West title during the final two months of the season.

Blanton, a former first-round draft choice by the Oakland Athletics, is 81-71 over 227 games (218 starts) in his career with the A's and Phillies.

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