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Mattingly happy with steady presence of Blanton

Mattingly happy with steady presence of Blanton

Mattingly happy with steady presence of Blanton
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Blanton's numbers with the Dodgers aren't pretty. The righty is 2-4 with a 4.99 ERA in 10 starts and he's given up 66 hits in 57 2/3 innings.

But manager Don Mattingly has been pleased with what the veteran has done since being acquired in August, especially after the past few starts.

Blanton has given up just one run in his last two outings (11 2/3 innings) and just four runs in his past three (17 1/3). On Saturday, he was pleased with his cutter, curveball and slider as he kept the depleted Rockies from scoring despite surrendering seven hits into the seventh.

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"I thought he was going to give us quality outings as much as anything," Mattingly said. "We didn't expect him to be [Clayton Kershaw] or anybody else, but someone to give you solid innings and a guy you could count on to keep you in the game that knew what he was doing with experience. I think he's done it."

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