MLB: Seattle 3, Baltimore 2

BALTIMORE, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Henry Blanco rallied Seattle with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning Sunday, sending the Mariners over Baltimore 3-2.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 10, Seattle 9

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- Alberto Callaspo put Los Angeles ahead for the first time on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth Thursday and the Angels went on to defeat Seattle 10-9.

MLB: Seattle 4, Oakland 0

OAKLAND, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- Felix Hernandez fired seven shutout innings and Henry Blanco cracked a grand slam Saturday, boosting the Seattle Mariners over Oakland 4-0.

MLB: Toronto 4, San Francisco 0

SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 (UPI) -- R.A. Dickey pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings and added a go-ahead RBI double for Toronto in its 4-0 interleague blanking of San Francisco Wednesday.

MLB: Arizona 11, New York Mets 5

PHOENIX, July 28 (UPI) -- Willie Bloomquist's single and Jonathon Niese's throwing error accounted for three second-inning runs Friday in Arizona's 11-5 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: Cincinnati 7, Arizona 6

CINCINNATI, July 19 (UPI) -- Brandon Phillips knocked in five runs and scored the game-winner Thursday in bringing the Cincinnati Reds back from a 6-run deficit for a 7-6 win over Arizona.

MLB: Arizona 4, Milwaukee 3

PHOENIX, May 27 (UPI) -- Henry Blanco's run-scoring single capped a three-run, sixth-inning rally Sunday that carried the Arizona Diamondbacks past Milwaukee 4-3.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Arizona 5

PHOENIX, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Matt Kemp concluded a sensational season with a two-run homer Wednesday that helped lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-5 victory over Arizona.

MLB: Arizona 5, New York Mets 3

PHOENIX, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Henry Blanco's RBI double in the sixth inning put Arizona ahead Sunday and the Diamondbacks went on to sweep the New York Mets with a 5-3 victory.

MLB: Arizona 4, Colorado 3

PHOENIX, May 4 (UPI) -- Justin Upton's eighth-inning solo home run lifted the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 win over Colorado Tuesday.

MLB: San Diego 4, N.Y. Mets 2 (1st game)

NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- Mat Latos and three relievers combined for a two-hitter Thursday, leading San Diego to a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader.

MLB: New York Mets 10, Milwaukee 4

MILWAUKEE, May 30 (UPI) -- Luis Castillo stroked a tie-breaking two-run single and Angel Pagan homered Sunday in the New York Mets' 10-4 victory over Milwaukee.

MLB: New York Mets 5, San Francisco 4

NEW YORK, May 8 (UPI) -- Henry Blanco's game-winning, walk-off homer in the 11th inning Saturday handed the New York Mets a 5-4 win over San Francisco.

MLB: New York Mets 3, Atlanta 1

NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- Jeff Francoeur's double in the seventh inning drove in Ike Davis with the go-ahead run Saturday, lifting the New York Mets to a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

MLB: San Diego 2, Pittsburgh 1

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Henry Blanco's ninth-inning sacrifice fly Saturday lifted the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Henry Blanco
Chicago Cubs' Henry Blanco (R) interferes with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after popping up a bunt during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on April 20, 2007. Blanco was called out on the play. The Cardinals won 2-1. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Henry Ramón Blanco (born August 29, 1971 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan professional baseball player. He currently plays in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although Blanco is a light-hitting player, he is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.

Blanco began his professional baseball career in 1989 when, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent. He didn't begin to play as a catcher until 1995. After 7 years in the minor leagues, he finally blossomed in 1997 when he hit for a .313 batting average in 91 games for the Albuquerque Dukes of the Pacific Coast League. Blanco made his major league debut with the Dodgers on July 25, 1997. He returned to play for Albuquerque in 1998 and was granted free agency in October of that year.

In December 1998, Blanco signed a contract to play for the Colorado Rockies and won the starting catcher's role for the 1999 season. Hitting for a .232 batting average, he embellished his defensive credentials by leading National League catchers with 39 baserunners caught stealing. In December 1999, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of a three-team trade. Blanco caught the majority of the Brewers' games in 2000, posting a .236 batting average with 7 home runs, 31 runs batted in. He led National League catchers with a 58.2% baserunners caught stealing percentage, the highest percentage since 1982 when Bob Boone also had a 58.2% success rate. His batting average fell to .210 in the 2001 season and, in March 2002, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Paul Bako and José Cabrera.

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