MLB notebook: Phillies trade RHP Blanton to Dodgers
BY Associated Press
Saturday, August 04, 2012
8/04/12 at 3:22 AM
Joe Blanton earned a World Series ring the last time he was traded. He's hoping for an encore.
The right-hander was sent from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Dodgers on Friday after Los Angeles claimed him on waivers.
Blanton will join outfielder Shane Victorino, who was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The last-place Phillies also dealt outfielder Hunter Pence to San Francisco earlier this week.
"It was a little bit of a shock, especially since the trade deadline had passed," Blanton said. "But when you're in trade rumors, you've got to be ready to do whatever. And I was happy if I stayed. At the same time, it will be a new thing, a new adventure to go. And that's always fun."
The 31-year-old Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance.
Upton brothers both hit 100th career HR: Brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both hit career homer No. 100 on Friday night, just about an hour apart and in different leagues.
Justin Upton connected for Arizona in the second at Philadelphia off Kyle Kendrick. Then it was older brother's turn. B.J. Upton went deep in the fourth for Tampa Bay against Baltimore's Tommy Hunter.
Critical of Bobby V, Schilling gets standing O: After criticizing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine earlier in the day, Curt Schilling was given a standing ovation from fans when he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Schilling was the last of the inductees introduced at Fenway Park on Friday night, and applause began as soon as his picture appeared on the video board in center.
Earlier in the day, Schilling went on WEEI radio and predicted Valentine's reign as Red Sox manager will end like Mount Vesuvius. Schilling also said "I would have swung" if Valentine had been his manager and made a sarcastic remark similar to one about Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks that was attributed to Valentine.
Schilling was 53-29 for Boston from 2004-07 and won World Series titles in his first and last seasons with the Red Sox.