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Blanton shuts down Tigers in Phillies' 4-0 victory


CLEARWATER, FL – Joe Blanton used a mix of fastballs and changeups to shut down the Detroit Tigers, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-0 victory Thursday.

Blanton has focused solely on the fastball-changeup combination in his first two spring starts before he incorporates breaking pitches into his repertoire. So far the results have been promising: Blanton held the Tigers to three singles in four innings of work.

After Blanton exited, David Herndon, Joe Savery, Yohan Flande and Scott Mathieson combined for five no-hit innings. Mathieson, who is attempting to make the team after two Tommy John surgeries, struck out two batters to finish off the Tigers in the ninth.

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