Walks don't worry Mattingly in Blanton's LA debut

Walks don't worry Mattingly in Blanton's LA debut

LOS ANGELES -- In his Dodgers debut on Sunday, Joe Blanton did something he rarely does this season and then followed it up with something he has done often.

Blanton came to the Dodgers tied atop the National League in home runs allowed with 22, but at the same time, he was acquired with the lowest walks-per-nine-innings average with a 1.22 clip.

On Sunday, he gave up his 23rd home run of the season after having walked three batters for only the second time this season.

Manager Don Mattingly wasn't concerned.

"I thought Joe was good," he said. "This guy has four pitches, he pretty much locates everything, he's been a low walk guy. I know he walked a couple guys [Sunday], but the walks were not all over. They were all borderline strikes."

Blanton said the walks weren't because of nerves playing at home in Dodger Stadium for the first time, and he shrugged them off casually after the game. Blanton gave up two runs in six innings while not factoring in the decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 win over the Cubs.

"Sometimes you get balls," he said. "Sometimes you don't."