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Phillies SP Joe Blanton Available; Orioles Want Him

The Phillies haven’t made it clear if they are buyers or sellers at the deadline just yet, but one thing made clear is the availability of starting pitcher Joe Blanton.

The Phillies said that Blanton is available in a potential trade, and that the team with the most interest in him right now is Baltimore.

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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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BREAKING: Thome Traded to Orioles

Thome (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have traded first baseman Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles.

The Phillies got two players for Thome, RHP Kyle Simon and C Gabriel Lino, both of the Orioles Single-A team.

Thome hit .242 with two doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs in 30 games for the Phillies this year.  He made four starts at first base and nine starts as the designated hitter.

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TTB’s Road Trip to Baltimore

Nothing beats the comfort of the confines of Citizens Bank Park. Hell, nothing beats Citizens Bank Park in general.

It’s the best damn stadium in all of baseball. Any Phillies fan will tell you that.

But once in a while, you have to spread your wings, travel around a bit and see why other fans will argue that their park is the coziest, comfiest and most beautiful place to watch a game of baseball.

Cities like New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Baltimore offer Phillies fans the opportunity to travel via road trip to catch a baseball game. I can safely say I’ve watched baseball in each of those cities but Boston and D.C. (I did catch the Marlins in Miami a few years back).

But what makes the trip better is seeing your home town team playing as the visitors in an opposing park. That is what a handful of us from TTB did this past weekend, as well as 70 percent of the attendance in Baltimore all weekend.

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Wieters Crushes Double in O’s Second Straight Walk-Off Win

Orioles designated hitter Matt Wieters watching his walk-off double in the 10th inning. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Orioles 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – David O’Day (0-1, 3.06)
LP – Joe Savery (4-0, 1.78)

BALTIMORE — The quality that Baltimore that has made it such a successful team in the league’s toughest division is that they have the ability to strike at any given moment.

A pair of timely sources of power led the Orioles to their second straight walk-off hit in extra innings of the series, a 5-4 win in 10 innings Sunday afternoon. This one came from Matt Wieters, and it was a missile.

In the 10th after Ty Wigginton allowed an Adam Jones ground ball to tie him up, Wieters blasted a double off the wall in right field, scoring Jones from first to end the game.

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Series Preview: at Baltimore Orioles

PHI: 28-31, 5th in NL East; BAL: 32-25, 1st in AL East

When: June 8-10
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore, MD)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) vs Jake Arriete (2-7, 5.53)
Saturday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.38) vs Tommy Hunter (2-3, 5.59)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92) vs Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.67)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Season Preview: AL East

Expectations: Better than the Yankees
Key Addition: 1B Carlos Pena (signed from Chicago Cubs)
Key Loss: OF/DH Johnny Damon (free agent)
Projected Record: 103-59
Summary: The odds on favorite to win the division, the Rays have it all: great young hitting, great young pitching, solid veteran presence. With guys like Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, and Desmond Jennings anchoring the offense along with key players like Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez, it will power them to a division crown.

They can also pitch with any team. David Price (my pick for CY Young in 2012) combined with James Shields and youngster Jeremy Hellickson can pitch with the big boys any day of the week. Most exciting prospect to watch is in their rotation too: Matt Moore. The kid has electric stuff.

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Split Squad: vs Baltimore; at Detroit

Phillies 3, Tigers 6 — Scott Elarton really wants to make the big league club this season.

Elarton pitched four strong innings, allowing a run on two hits but walking four. Location was an issue for Elarton in the 1st inning, walking three batters and allowing a run on a sacrifice fly that followed Brennan Boesch’s triple.

Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre each had two-hit days for the Phillies.

Phillies 3, Orioles 3 (10 inn.) — Roy Halladay got the start in this one. Doc went deep, missing a few of his spots, but overall on track to be as ready as ever heading into the season.

Halladay went 6 1/3, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Jim Thome crushed a two-run double in the Phillies’ three-run 3rd inning. Freddy Galvis had a three-hit game.

He will have one more Spring start before Opening Day on April 5.

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon faces Baltimore's Adam Jones in the 7th. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

There were doubts about Roy Halladay. Yes, doubts. Be shocked.

Well, those concerns about his velocity and inability to controls his breaking pitches last start and doubts he will be ready by Opening Day have all but vanished.

Halladay was in midseason form, commanding everything in his arsenal as well as pitching back at his usual velocity in the Phillies 4-1 win over the Orioles.

He threw 72 pitches (51 strikes) in six innings of work. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five in the win.

Freddy Galvis had another big hit, tripling in his second straight game. His go-ahead RBI triple in the 7th was his only hit of the game.

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Blanton improving so far this spring

Encouraging words from Matt Gelb.

Joe Blanton knows the 5th starter’s spot isn’t a lock heading into this season. But he does have the advantage over Joel Pineiro and Kyle Kendrick and he’s taking advantage of that opportunity.

Looking to erase a poor 2011 as well as focus on a contract year, 2012 is going to be the most important year of the 31-year-old’s career as he nears the end of his prime.

Blanton was excellent in three innings of work, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 1-0 loss against the Baltimore Orioles.

Blanton was using his change-up quite a bit, tweeted David Hale, as well as forcing batters to make low-quality swings. He did allow five base runners in the three innings, though.

Former Indians reliever Scott Elarton, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, pitched well in relief after Blanton. He gave up a lead-off homer to Chris Davis before cruising through four innings without allowing a base running, striking out four.

Phils had a prime opportunity to tie the game in the 6th. They had runners on the corners with one out but Shane Victorino struck out and Jim Thome flew out to end the threat.

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