- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

JUPITER, FLA. (AP) - Joe Blanton had his best start of spring training, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-1 win over the Florida Marlins on Thursday.

Florida All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez hasn’t played since Saturday because of mild tendinitis in his right shoulder. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hoped Ramirez could play Saturday against the Red Sox in Jupiter.

Blanton, the Phillies’ No. 4 starter, struck out three and didn’t walk a batter, lowering his ERA to 2.30.

Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing two hits and striking out a batter.

Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad allowed one hit over four scoreless innings, giving him a string of nine shutout innings over two starts.



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