• by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Pirates acquire veteran SP Joe Blanton from Royals

    The Pirates made a minor move early Thursday, grabbing veteran starter Joe Blanton from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations, per the teams involved. Blandon had been designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday, shortly after they acquired starter Johhny Cueto. Blanton was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.89 ERA in 15 games with the Royals this season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Royals DFA Joe Blanton

    The Royals designated pitcher Joe Blanton for assignment Tuesday, the team announced. Blanton was moved to make room for Johnny Cueto on the active roster. Blanton produced a 3.89 ERA over 41 2/3 innings.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Joe Blanton records first career save for Royals

    It took 11 seasons and 277 games, but Royals reliever Joe Blanton recorded his first career save, Sunday against the White Sox. Blanton pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to protect a three run lead.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Royals P Joe Blanton given spot start Saturday

    Veteran Royals right-hander Joe Blanton is set for a spot start Saturday against Toronto despite his recent move to the bullpen, per MLB.com. The start was necessitated by shifts in the rotation off the Tuesday doubleheader and the return of Yordano Ventura on Thursday. Blanton was pounded in his last two appearances, but still owns a respectable ERA of 3.74.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Royals pitcher Joe Blanton heading back to bullpen

    Royals pitcher Joe Blanton will be shifted to the bullpen with Yordano Ventura set to come off the disabled list Thursday, according to The Kansas City Star. Since joining the rotation June 17, Blanton went 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA in four starts. He struck out 17 and issued four walks in 18 2/3 innings.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals' Joe Blanton loses second straight start on Saturday

    Royals right-hander Joe Blanton gave up four runs on nine hits over five innings in the 5-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday. Blanton struck out four and did not walk a batter, but he picked up his second consecutive loss. Blanton (2-2, 3.74 ERA) got off to a bad start on Saturday, as he gave up a two-run home run to Joe Mauer in the first inning. He would give up another run later in the inning, before allowing an RBI triple to Trevor Plouffe in the fifth inning. After allowing two earned runs over 11 innings in his first two starts of the season, Blanton has now allowed eight runs in 7 2/3 innings. "It was good to get him into the fifth inning, especially after the first," Royals manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Mechanically, he was drifting, which means that his body was going forward, not allowing his arm to catch up. It results in a flat fastball and not as much bite on the sinker. He finally, about the middle of the second, stayed back more. He was pretty good from that point on. But the big, three-run first inning was a little bit of a hole to climb out of." It remains to be seen if he will get another start, as the Royals are expecting to have Yordano Ventura back from the disabled list next week sometime.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Joe Blanton allows five runs in Monday's loss

    Royals pitcher Joe Blanton failed to get out of the third inning during Monday's start against the Indians, which the Royals lost 6-1. Blanton surrendered five runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out two and walked four during the outing. He gave up a solo home run to Jose Altuve in the third inning. It was his first loss of the season. Monday's loss broke his two-game winning streak. Prior to Monday's outing, Blanton had given up a total of two runs over his last two starts.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Royals P Joe Blanton could start Tuesday in Houston

    Royals right-hander Joe Blanton may make one more start before moving back to the bullpen. Manager Ned Yost has yet to commit to his rotation plans for next week's series in Houston, but those plans may be contingent on the health of fellow righties Yordano Ventura and Jason Vargas. As of now, it appears Blanton will start the series-opener on Tuesday if neither Ventura nor Vargas are ready, according to the Kansas City Star. Both are said to be close to returning, but Blanton has pitched well enough to warrant another start, which would allow more time for the others to prolong their respective recoveries.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Royals SP Joe Blanton allows one run in Monday's win

    Royals pitcher Joe Blanton was solid throughout Monday's start to help lead the Royals to a 4-1 win over the Mariners. "Anytime you can go six innings and not pitch out of the stretch," manager Ned Yost said, per The News Tribune, "odds are you had a pretty good game." Blanton allowed one run on two hits over six innings of work to earn his second victory of the season. Blanton also struck out seven and did not walk a batter during the outing. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Robinson Cano in the first inning. Monday was Blanton's second start this season. He has given up a total of two runs over his last 11 innings of work. His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Houston.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Royals P Joe Blanton gets win in spot start

    Royals pitcher Joe Blanton recorded his first win in Wednesday night's 10-2 victory over the Brewers. Blanton was making a spot start for Yordano Ventura. He went five innings and only allowed one earned run. Blanton gave up five hits and struck out four batters. He now has an ERA of 1.80 this year. It was his first start since 2013.