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Move to opposite side of rubber nets results for Angels' Joe Blanton
Move to opposite side of rubber nets results for Angels' Joe Blanton

TEMPE, Ariz. — Could a little move make a big difference for pitcher Joe Blanton, who confounded the Angels and their fans by going 2-14 with a 6.04 earned run average and allowing 29 home runs last season? Manager Mike Scioscia hopes so. Blanton moved from the first-base side of the rubber to the third-base side Wednesday and threw five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking none. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in his previous start against Colorado. “Going to the other side of the mound gave him a slightly different perspective,” Scioscia said. “He pitched well against some good hitters.” ...

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