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MLB: Cleveland 2, Oakland 1

OAKLAND, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- Cleveland's Cliff Lee held Oakland to four hits and a run in 6 2/3 innings Sunday and the Indians nipped the Athletics 2-1.

MLB: Boston 2, Oakland 1

OAKLAND, Calif., April 2 (UPI) -- Jason Varitek's RBI double in the sixth inning carried the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics Tuesday.

MLB: Cleveland 4, Oakland 3

CLEVELAND, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Indians went in front on consecutive sixth-inning homers by Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta Friday night, en route to a 4-3 victory over Oakland.

MLB: Oakland 7, Texas 3

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Dan Johnson hit two solo homers and a two-run single, going 3-for-4, as Oakland topped Texas 7-3 Saturday.

MLB: Oakland 9, Seattle 3

SEATTLE, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Grand slam homers by Kurt Suzuki and Dan Johnson powered the Oakland Athletics' 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners Monday.

MLB: Oakland 6, LA Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Mark Ellis belted a key three-run homer Wednesday afternoon, helping the Oakland Athletics beat the LA Angels of Anaheim, 6-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 14, Oakland 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Jonny Gomes had a home run, three RBI and a pair of runs scored Saturday as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays routed Oakland, 14-3.

MLB: Oakland 6, Toronto 4

TORONTO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Nick Swisher and Jack Hannahan homered Monday, providing the firepower in the Oakland Athletics' 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

MLB: Oakland 3, Chi. White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Kurt Suzuki gave Oakland a three-run lead in the seventh with a two-run homer Wednesday and the Athletics held off the Chicago White Sox 3-2.

MLB: Oakland 16, Detroit 10

DETROIT, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Jack Cust had a career-best seven RBI Friday night and Travis Buck drove in three runs on four hits as the Oakland Athletics out-slugged Detroit, 16-10.

MLS: Oakland 2, LA Angels 1

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Joe Blanton outdueled Kelvim Escobar and Travis Buck singled in the winning run in the seventh inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the LA Angels, 2-1. Oakland had just two hits, but managed to win for the fourth time in five games.

MLB: Detroit 5, Oakland 2

OAKLAND, Calif., July 31 (UPI) -- Detroit's Jordan Tata baffled Oakland Monday, limiting the A's to two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 Tigers victory in his first major league start.

MLB: Baltimore 6, Oakland 1

OAKLAND, Calif., July 20 (UPI) -- Erik Bedard allowed one hit and struck out 11 over seven innings Friday night, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-1 victory over Oakland.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Oakland 3

MINNEAPOLIS, July 14 (UPI) -- Michael Cuddyer had two RBI and Carlos Silva gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday night as the Minnesota Twins beat Oakland, 4-3.

MLB: Seattle 7, Oakland 3

OAKLAND, Calif., July 8 (UPI) -- Raul Ibanez Sunday hit a three-run double in the top of the seventh to help the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland, 7-3.
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Joe Blanton
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton delivers a pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 4, 2009. Philadelphia won the game 6-1. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Joseph Matthew Blanton (born December 11, 1980, in Nashville, Tennessee) is a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

He graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School (Kentucky) in 1999. He pitched three seasons for the University of Kentucky. He posted a 13–12 record from 2000 to 2002, and led the Southeastern Conference with 133 strikeouts in his final season, finishing with a 4.59 ERA.

Blanton was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the New York Yankees' first round pick (24th overall) in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, acquired as compensation for the loss of free agent Jason Giambi. In 2003, while pitching for the Kane County Cougars and the Midland RockHounds, he ranked second in all of minor league baseball with a combined 174 strikeouts.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Joe Blanton."
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