Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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No one was sure what to expect of Joe Blanton when he arrived at spring training three months ago. He was limited to eight starts in 2011 due to an elbow injury. The Philadelphia Phillies, the doctors and Blanton felt the best remedy was rest, not surgery. The uncertainty prevailed throughout the beginning of the spring, but Blanton has proved all doubters wrong in the time since. The 31-year-old veteran took a shutout into the eighth inning Monday and settled for his fourth win in seven starts this season as the Phillies beat the Astros 5-1. Blanton had held Houston to four hits in seven shutout innings before allowing a home run to pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez to begin the eighth. Blanton, who was tagged with a loss in his first game this season, which came in relief, is 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA in seven starts. The fifth starter of the Philadelphia rotation, Blanton has gone at least seven innings in five of his seven starts. Phillies starting pitchers lead off of baseball wit...
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