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Joe Blanton | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (24) / OAK
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Dodgers activated RHP Joe Blanton from the bereavement leave list.
Blanton was away from the club for a couple of days, but is active and will rejoin the Dodgers bullpen on Friday. He'll continue to work in middle relief. Aug 12 - 7:23 PM

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Dodgers placed RHP Joe Blanton on the bereavement leave list.

Blanton is expected to be away from the team until Friday. Josh Ravin will take his place on the active roster for now.
Aug 8 - 7:16 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Joe Blanton is not a rotation candidate.

It's been a rough spring on the injury front for some of the starting pitchers in Dodgers camp, but Roberts wants to use Blanton strictly as a long reliever. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA as a reliever and a 4.47 career ERA as a starter.
Mar 21 - 12:52 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Joe Blanton to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and is now official. Blanton had a surprisingly good 2015 campaign, putting up a 2.04 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings for the Royals and Pirates. He'll be used in a swingman role with the Dodgers.
Jan 19 - 5:49 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Dodgers and right-hander Joe Blanton have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Blanton was quietly very effective as a reliever last season between the Pirates and Royals, posting a 2.04 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings. The 35-year-old will likely function in a swingman role out of the Dodgers' bullpen.
Jan 19 - 3:28 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash considerations.

Blanton was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Tuesday to open a 40-man roster spot for new ace Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a strong 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for the Royals and should be an asset as a swing man down the stretch for Pittsburgh.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Royals designated RHP Joe Blanton for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for Kansas City. He is 34 years old but will probably draw interest on waivers.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Joe Blanton pitched the final three innings of Monday's 9-4 win over the Indians, earning his second save.

With the Royals ahead 9-1, Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Lindor in the seventh, but only one of those runs was charged to him. It's a save only in the technical sense, as the Royals were never in any real danger of losing Monday's contest.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 10:31:00 PM

Joe Blanton tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief Tuesday against the Pirates.

Stepping in for the injured Jason Vargas, Blanton pitched admirably to keep the Royals in the game. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out five in the appearance. He didn't earn a decision for his efforts, but it was a nice showing for the 34-year-old nonetheless. Blanton now owns a 3.96 ERA on the year.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 11:34:00 PM

Joe Blanton will start against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Blanton was originally slated to move to the bullpen with Yordano Ventura coming off the disabled list, but the Royals will need another start from him because of Tuesday's doubleheader. Edinson Volquez will start Sunday.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Joe Blanton surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work against the Twins on Saturday.

Three of those four runs scored in the first inning, when Blanton served up a two-run homer to Joe Mauer and an RBI out to Aaron Hicks. He settled down after the initial hiccup and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. Pitching between the bullpen and the rotation, Blanton is the owner of a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Thursday afternoon home date with the Rays.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 11:20:00 PM

Joe Blanton tossed six innings of one-run ball, limiting the Mariners to two hits in Monday's win.

Blanton had made his first start on Wednesday, earning his first win since 2013. He was even better on Monday, yielding only two hits while walking none and striking out seven. The 34-year-old did not pitch in the majors in 2014 but is looking quite strong thus far. That being said, any value he has is constricted to AL-only leagues. Blanton will match up with the Athletics in Oakland next.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 12:47:00 AM

By limiting the Brewers to one run in five innings Wednesday, Joe Blanton earned a win in his first start in two years.

Good for Blanton. He entered with a 1.80 ERA in seven relief appearances, all of which came in Royals losses. And, of course, he exited with a 1.80 ERA, too. He'll probably be needed to make at least a couple of more starts, giving him a little value in AL-only leagues.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 11:40:00 PM

The Royals will utilize Sunday's rain out to skip Joe Blanton's scheduled start on Tuesday.

Edinson Volquez will remain the scheduled starter on Monday while Chris Young will get pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday. Look for Blanton to make his debut in the Royals rotation over the weekend.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 05:18:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Carlos Ruiz
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Chase Utley
2Howie Kendrick
3Charlie Culberson
4Micah Johnson
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
2Rob Segedin
LF1Trayce Thompson
2Andre Ethier
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Josh Reddick
2Yasiel Puig
3Andrew Toles
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Kenta Maeda
3Rich Hill
4Scott Kazmir
5Hyun-Jin Ryu
6Julio Urias
7Brandon McCarthy
8Jose De Leon
9Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Joe Blanton
5Yimi Garcia
6Jesse Chavez
7Louis Coleman
8Adam Liberatore
9Grant Dayton
10Alex Wood
11Josh Ravin
12Josh Fields
13Brock Stewart
14Luis Avilan