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Dodgers Vs. Giants Game Preview: Joe Blanton Looking For First Win With L.A.

Since being acquired a few weeks ago, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Joe Blanton has made both good starts and bad starts for his new team. He's still looking for his first victory with L.A., though, and he'll be taking another shot as the Dodgers continue their series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

In three starts with the Dodgers this season, Blanton has allowed 14 runs over 15.1 innings, translating to an unacceptably bad 8.22 ERA. The right-hander got crushed in his most recent outing, although he pitched far better in his first two appearances with Los Angeles.

Before the early August trade, Blanton was solid in a Phillies uniform this year, so there's good reason to believe he'll rebound. The 31-year-old had a 4.59 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 18 walks in 133.1 innings with Philadelphia this season.

Coming into Tuesday's game, the Dodgers trail the Giants by just a half-game in the NL West standings, so the remaining two games in this series are particularly important. L.A. has played well of late, winning eight of its past 12 games, but the Giants continue to hang around.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT, with the game being broadcast on television by KCAL. To catch the game on the radio, check out 570 Fox Sports L.A. and, for Spanish-speaking listeners, KTNQ 1020.

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