• Phillies trade Blanton to Dodgers



    When he wasn't dealt by Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, righthander Joe Blanton thought he might be with the Phillies for the rest of the season.

    So when he heard Friday afternoon that he had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named or cash, he had a natural reaction.

    "I was pretty shocked," Blanton said, talking to reporters in the Phillies dugout moments after hearing the news.

    The trade was made after the Dodgers claimed Blanton off waivers.

    The move continued the dismantling of a team that won five consecutive National League East Division titles but began the day 15 1/2 games out of first place.

    Blanton becomes the third veteran peddled since Tuesday, joining Hunter Pence, who went to the San Francisco Giants, and Shane Victorino, who also joined the Dodgers.

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