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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
95-67 4-6 W2
90-72 7-3 L1
86-76 4-6 L2
77-85 5-5 W1
60-102 5-5 L1

2021 Pitching

STATS IP
Innings Pitched
W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 38.1 1 4 5.87 26 10

Top Paul Blackburn News

  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Gives up six runs

    Blackburn (1-4) was tagged with the loss Saturday against Houston after allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning two across two innings.

    This wasn't a solid end of the season for the right-hander, who gave up a season-high six runs while also tossing his shortest outing of the campaign. Plus, the three home runs he gave up represents a season-high mark as well. Blackburn only made eight starts on the year but his numbers were not encouraging, as he ended the season with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP through 38.1 innings.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Limits Houston to one run

    Blackburn got a no-decision in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Astros, allowing one run on three hits and one walk with one strikeout in five innings.

    Blackburn didn't permit a runner past second base until the fifth inning, when he surrendered his only run on three straight two-out singles. The outing was only Blackburn's second allowing fewer than two runs in eight starts since the beginning of August, and he's yet to go six innings in any appearance. He projects to take the hill a final time against Houston next weekend.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Allows three earned runs in loss

    Blackburn (1-3) allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk while striking out five across four innings, taking the loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Blackburn surrendered a three-run fourth inning that included a pair of triples, while it took him 83 pitches to get through four innings. The 27-year-old has a 5.17 ERA and 1.60 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 31.1 innings this season, though he's done a good job in the walks department, giving up one or zero in five of his seven starts this season. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Astros.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Bounces back against Royals

    Blackburn (1-2) earned the win against Kansas City on Thursday, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts across five innings.

    Blackburn scuffled in his previous two outings, allowing four runs in each while failing to get through four innings in either of them. He also got off to an auspicious start Thursday, giving up a two-run homer to Salvador Perez in the first inning, but he held the Royals off the board the rest of the way. The 27-year-old Blackburn owns a 4.94 ERA through six starts, posting an underwhelming 18:7 K:BB across 27.1 innings. He'll face the Mariners at home next week.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Can't capitalize on run support

    Blackburn pitched 2.2 innings against Texas on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.

    Oakland handed the right-hander a 6-1 lead after two innings, but Blackburn was unable to convert the offensive outburst into his first win since 2018. He was pulled after allowing the Rangers to get right back into the game with three runs in the third, giving up four hits in the frame. Blackburn enjoyed a strong three-start run in August during which he posted a 2.81 ERA, but he has since faltered, giving up eight runs over his past 6.1 innings. If he remains in the rotation, he'll likely face Kansas City on the road next week.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Handed second loss

    Blackburn (0-2) allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out three in 3.2 innings, taking the loss versus Toronto on Saturday.

    On the bright side, he didn't walk a batter, but it didn't matter when he allowed Toronto to tee off for three home runs. Blackburn's outing Saturday was the shortest of his four starts this season. He's posted a 4.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB across 19.2 innings overall. The 27-year-old lines up for a more favorable start versus Texas in next weekend's three-game series.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Submits five scoreless innings

    Blackburn got a no-decision in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Yankees, allowing five hits and a walk with one strikeout in five innings.

    Blackburn was able to quiet New York's potent bats, working around a two-on, one-out jam in the first and sailing through the remaining four innings. It took Blackburn only 72 pitches to go five innings, and he was most likely pulled so he wouldn't face the lineup a third time through. The 27-year-old has delivered three solid outings since being recalled and is set to face Toronto next weekend.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Decent against Seattle

    Blackburn didn't factor into the decision during Monday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

    Blackburn limited Seattle to just three baserunners through the first five innings but was dealt a big blow in the form of a Mitch Haniger two-run bomb in the sixth and departed with the score even at 2-2. The 27-year-old lines up to face the Yankees on Sunday and should remain in the rotation barring poor performance.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Likely to start again

    Blackburn will likely make another start for the Athletics, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Blackburn made his 2021 debut Wednesday against the White Sox, and he was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three in 5.1 innings. Although the right-hander didn't fare particularly well, manager Bob Melvin said Blackburn threw a bullpen Friday and will likely take at least one more turn through the rotation. The 27-year-old tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Mariners on Monday.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Solid in emergency start

    Blackburn (0-1) took the loss in a defeat at the hands of the White Sox on Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out three.

    The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier Wednesday and responded relatively well on the road in a daunting matchup. Two of the three runs Blackburn surrendered came on Luis Robert singles, and he didn't allow any balls to leave the park. Blackburn checked into his first majors stint of 2021 with 21 appearances (18 starts) under his belt at Triple-A, but those have largely been poor -- he forged a 5-7 record, 5.69 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in that span, making him a tenuous multi-start option in the absence of Chris Bassitt (face).

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Starting Wednesday

    Blackburn's contract was selected by the Athletics to start Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    Blackburn began the season at Triple-A Las Vegas and posted a 4.97 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 88.2 innings across 17 appearances (16 starts). He hasn't fared particularly well in limited major-league action across the last two seasons, recording a 13.50 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 13.1 innings during five appearances (two starts) over that span.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Heads to minor-league camp

    The Athletics reassigned Blackburn to their minor-league camp Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    Blackburn was one of eight non-roster invitees dismissed from big-league camp in the Athletics' first round of cuts. He's made 21 appearances (18 starts) across parts of the past four seasons with the big club, logging a 5.69 ERA over 99.2 innings.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Remains with organization

    Blackburn cleared waivers Saturday and will remain in camp as a non-roster invitee, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.

    Blackburn and his 5.69 career ERA were unsurprisingly not a hot commodity on waivers. He'll remain in an organizational depth role for Oakland going forward.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Removed from 40-man roster

    Blackburn was designated for assignment by Oakland on Tuesday.

    Blackburn made just a single start last season, allowing seven of the 14 batters he faced to score while recording just seven outs. With a career 5.69 ERA and a very low 11.9 percent strikeout rate, he's unlikely to generate much interest on the waiver wire. The move clears space on the 40-man roster for Oakland to add Mitch Moreland.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Moves to alternate site

    The Athletics optioned Blackburn to their alternate training site Sunday.

    Blackburn made his lone appearance of the regular season Saturday, when he started the second game of the Athletics' twin bill with the Mariners. He didn't make a positive impression during the spot start, giving up seven runs on five hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Blackburn won't be a serious candidate to fill a spot on the Athletics' postseason roster.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Hit hard by Mariners

    Blackburn (0-1) gave up seven runs on five hits and two walks and struck out two in 2.1 innings in a loss to the Mariners in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader.

    Blackburn was the 29th man for the doubleheader, and he wasn't able to deliver a positive start. That forced the bullpen to absorb 3.2 innings of play. Blackburn hadn't pitched in the majors since last September, and it's likely the right-hander will return to the alternate training site after Saturday's uninspiring effort.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Recalled ahead of start

    Blackburn was called up as the Athletics' 29th man for Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners.

    Blackburn will start the second game of Saturday's twin bill, so his temporary promotion to the major-league roster comes as no surprise. He'll be making his 2020 debut during the penultimate game of the regular season after posting a 10.64 ERA and 2.09 WHIP over 11 innings in 2019.

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  • Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Slated to start Saturday

    Blackburn will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Blackburn will return to the active roster Saturday after spending nearly a month at the Athletics' alternate training site. The right-hander failed to make an appearance during his first stint in the majors this year, but he'll make his season debut during Saturday's twin bill as Oakland prepares for the postseason.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs
Birthplace: Antioch, CA
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R