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Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Heads to IL with finger issue
The Athletics placed Blackburn on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with an inflamed right middle finger, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Blackburn had been scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale with the Angels, but the finger injury forced the Athletics to scrap those plans. The All-Star right-hander may been dealing with the issue for multiple starts, as he had posted an 8.79 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 14.1 innings in his three outings since making his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic. JP Sears, one of the players the Athletics acquired in last week's trade that sent Frankie Montas to the Yankees, was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and will pick up a spot start Wednesday in Blackburn's stead.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Serves up four homers
Blackburn (7-6) allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the Angels.
Blackburn allowed a home run in each of the first four innings, yet he still managed to earn his seventh win of the season. He has had a significant problem with the long ball across his last eight starts, serving up 12 homers in only 39.2 innings. Unsurprisingly, he has an 8.04 ERA in that span. Overall, Blackburn has a 4.28 ERA with an 89:30 K:BB across 111.1 frames on the season.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Spins five shutout frames
Blackburn registered a no-decision during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox, allowing five hits while striking out four in five scoreless innings.
Blackburn cruised through four easy frames and escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the fifth to submit his second scoreless outing of July. With the top of Chicago's lineup due to bat a third time in the sixth, manager Mark Kotsay opted to pull the 28-year-old at 62 pitches, though Blackburn was effective by tossing 41 strikes with eight whiffs. Blackburn has compiled a 4.15 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 86 strikeouts in 106.1 innings across 20 starts. He's scheduled to pitch again next weekend against San Francisco.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Crushed for 10 runs
Blackburn (6-6) allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4.1 innings Sunday, striking out five and taking a loss against the Rangers.
Blackburn allowed four runs through the first four frames of Sunday's game, including three during the first inning. Things got worse from there as he gave up four runs in the fifth and was charged with two more while David McKay was on the mound. Blackburn posted a 2.26 ERA through his first 13 starts of the year, but over his last six outings, he's 0-4 with a brutal 9.40 ERA. The 28-year-old righty will look to turn things around on the road against the White Sox next week.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Struggles with control in loss
Blackburn (6-5) took the loss against Texas on Wednesday, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out four batters.
Blackburn didn't give up any extra-base hits in the contest, but Texas took advantage of his poor control to hand him the defeat. The right-hander threw only 55 of 101 pitches for strikes and issued four free passes -- the second most he's given up in a game this season. Three of the walks came in the first inning, when the Rangers scored all five of their runs against him. Blackburn started off the season incredibly strong, but he's begun to fade of late. Over his past six starts, he's posted a 6.46 ERA and 1.60 WHIP across 30.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Allows two home runs in loss
Blackburn (6-4) gave up six earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six over four-plus innings to take the loss in an 8-3 defeat to the Astros on Friday.
Blackburn got off to a very good start by facing the minimum number of batters through three innings and striking out five of them. However, he started to unravel when Alex Bregman went deep in the fourth. Blackburn wasn't able to right the ship and was pulled without having recorded an out in the fifth after another home run to Martin Maldonado. The 28-year-old right-hander began the season on a high note with a 2.15 ERA through the end of May, but he appears to be coming back down to earth after being shelled by the Astros and posting an ERA of 5.13 in June. Look for him to start next week at Texas.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Tosses 6.1 shutout frames
Blackburn pitched 6.1 scoreless innings against Seattle on Saturday, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision.
Blackburn stranded three runners in scoring position over the first two innings before settling in and retiring 14 straight batters. The right-hander was pulled while ahead by a run with one out and one on in the seventh, but he had to settle for a no-decision when the Mariners tied the score in the following frame. This was Blackburn's first quality start since June 10 and only his second such performance over his past nine outings. He's slowed down a bit after a remarkable start to the campaign, but the veteran still has a strong 2.90 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 67:22 K:BB over 87 frames overall.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Fans seven in no-decision
Blackburn allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings in Monday's loss to the Yankees. He struck out seven and did not factor in the decision.
Blackburn was taken deep twice in Yankee Stadium on Monday with Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton each a ripping solo shot against the 28-year-old. After giving up just two home runs over an eight-game stretch, Blackburn has allowed four over his last two outings. He's also seen his ERA jump from 1.70 to 3.12 since May 30. Blackburn is expected to take the mound in Seattle this weekend.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Hit hard in Wednesday's loss
Blackburn (6-3) took the loss Wednesday versus the Mariners. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four in four-plus innings.
Blackburn allowed runs in each of the first three innings and then ran into a bunch of trouble in the fifth without recording an out. This was easily the worst start of the season for the right-hander, as he gave up season highs in hits and runs. Despite the stumble, he still has a 2.97 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 55:19 K:BB across 75.2 innings overall. Blackburn is projected to face an even tougher challenge next week in New York versus the Yankees.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Picks up sixth win
Blackburn (6-2) allowed a run on eight hits and two walks while striking out four in 5.1 innings to earn the win over the Red Sox on Thursday.
Blackburn has righted the ship over his last two starts, and he earned his first win since May 25 during Thursday's 4-3 victory. The right-hander has a lackluster 17.9 percent strikeout rate over his first 13 starts of the season, but he's posted a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, both of which would be the best marks of his career. Blackburn tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Mariners on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Dominant outing
Blackburn did not factor into the decision after pitching eight innings against the Guardians on Friday, allowing zero runs on four hits while striking out three and walking one.
Blackburn was dominant for eight innings, throwing 65 of 101 pitches for strikes and picking up a quality start. He was pulled after leaving the eighth inning with a two-run lead, but reliever Dany Jimenez cost the team and Blackburn a win. The righty will take a 2.31 ERA into his next appearance, which is projected for next week in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Struggles in Saturday's loss
Blackburn (5-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings, taking the loss Saturday versus the Red Sox.
Blackburn has now lost consecutive starts, and Saturday's was his shortest outing of the year. He was limited to 73 pitches (45 strikes) as the Red Sox rallied for four runs between the third and fourth innings. The right-hander's recent struggles have his ERA up to 2.62 with a 1.06 WHIP and a 44:14 K:BB through 58.1 innings across 11 starts. He's projected for a road start versus the Guardians next week.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Suffers first loss of 2022
Blackburn (5-1) was charged with the loss Monday after he pitched 6.2 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out five versus the Astros.
Blackburn surrendered a solo home run to Yordan Alvarez in the top of the fourth and then three more runs in the fifth including a two-run homer by Jose Altuve. The four runs given up were a season high for the right-hander and the home runs were the first he's allowed since May 3, raising his total surrendered to three on the year. He had better strike zone command Monday, not walking a batter for the first time in four starts. The difficult outing raised Blackburn's season numbers to a still impressive 2.15 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 41 strikeouts over 54.1 innings. He tentatively lines up to pitch again Saturday against the Red Sox.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Shaky control in fifth win
Blackburn (5-0) picked up the win Wednesday, giving up one hit and five walks over 5.1 scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Mariners. He struck out two.
It was a rough showing for the right-hander, who managed to get only 45 of 81 pitches over the plate before exiting, but Seattle couldn't take advantage of all the extra traffic on the basepaths. Blackburn had issued just seven free passes in 42.1 innings coming into the start, so his loss of control doesn't seems like a serious issue for now. He'll take a 1.70 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 36:12 K:BB into his next outing.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Surrenders two runs in no-decision
Blackburn didn't factor into the decision during Friday's 4-2 win over the Angels, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Blackburn had trouble with the top of the Los Angeles order, putting on a season-high eight baserunners and ultimately falling one out short of his fifth win. The 28-year-old walked two batters for the second straight start after issuing three free passes total through his first six turns. A 2.29 FIP confirms Blackburn's 1.91 ERA, and he ranks 12th in MLB with both an 0.99 ERA and 4.86 K/BB. He lines up to face Seattle next week.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Top five in ERA
Blackburn gave up one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Angels. He did not factor in the decision.
Blackburn certainly pitched well enough to earn his fifth win of the season, but he didn't get the run support. It helped his cause that Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon began the contest on the bench. Blackburn now ranks fifth in the majors with a 1.67 ERA, behind Pablo Lopez, Nestor Cortes, Miles Mikolas and Justin Verlander.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Improves to 4-0
Blackburn (4-0) allowed four hits over 6.2 shutout innings, striking out three and earning a win over Detroit on Monday.
Blackburn allowed just one extra-base hit and never faced much danger against the struggling Tigers. The 28-year-old righty has now allowed two or fewer runs in five of six starts to begin the season. His 6.2 innings and 88 pitches thrown Monday were both season highs. Blackburn will carry an impressive 1.74 ERA into his projected matchup at home against the Angels this weekend.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Logs no-decision
Blackburn didn't factor into the decision during Tuesday's 10-7 loss to Tampa Bay, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Blackburn was staked to an early 5-1 lead but couldn't make it through the fifth inning and Oakland ended up blowing the sizable lead anyway. This was the 28-year-old's worst start in five turns, as he permitted highs in runs and baserunners in what was his shortest outing to date. He carries a 2.22 ERA and 0.95 WHIP into his next start, slated to come next week against Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Keeps rolling Wednesday
Blackburn (3-0) earned the win over San Francisco on Wednesday, tossing five scoreless innings during which he allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four.
The left-hander's surprising season continued with his third win in four starts despite receiving very little offensive support and watching his defense commit two errors behind him. Blackburn induced 12 swinging strikes and allowed only one extra-base hit while finishing with his second scoreless outing of the campaign. Perhaps the only knock on his performance thus far is that he has yet to post a quality start, as Blackburn has gone exactly five innings in each of his four outings this season. Still, he has been one of the league's biggest surprises in 2022, as the 28-year-old entered the campaign with a career 6-11 record and 5.74 ERA. He'll look to keep the momentum going in his next scheduled start, which is tentatively slated to come at home against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs|
|Birthplace: Antioch, CA|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|