Phillies acquire starter Blanton from A's

Updated: July 18, 2008, 9:46 AM ET
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The Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement with the Oakland Athletics to acquire right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton.

"Philadelphia was aggressive," Oakland assistant GM David Forst said. "They made it clear they needed a starting pitcher to help out, and we were able to get the deal done."

Blanton, 27, won 14 games last year but has underachieved in 2008, his fifth big league season. In 20 starts for Oakland, Blanton was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA. He was Oakland's Opening Day starter ...

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