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Phillies dump Blanton, Dodgers pick him up

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PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Blanton earned a World Series ring the last time he was traded. He's hoping for an encore.

The right-hander was sent from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Dodgers on Friday after Los Angeles claimed him on waivers.

Blanton will join outfielder Shane Victorino, who was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The last-place Phillies also dealt outfielder Hunter Pence to San Francisco earlier this week.

The 31-year-old Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance. He is making $8.5 million and, like Victorino, can become a free agent after the season.

Garrett won't Face fans

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys fans on Facebook, and there are a lot of them, won't be getting a friend request from coach Jason Garrett.

The Cowboys say the team's Facebook page surpassed 5 million likes this week. They are the first NFL team to hit that mark.

When Garrett was asked it, he said he had no idea what likes were. He said he's never been on Facebook, but says the social media outlet is an incredible phenomenon.

The coach joked everybody in the world is on Facebook but him. Garret did see the movie, The Social Network, which he called outstanding.

Kings sign Pearson

LOS ANGELES -- The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings signed forward Tanner Pearson to a three-year, entry-level contract Friday.

Pearson, selected 30th overall in the June draft, had 37 goals and 54 assists in 60 regular-season games last season for the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League. He also had a goal and five assists in six games for Canada in the world junior championships.

Leafs, Rielly have deal

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 2012 first-round draft choice Morgan Rielly to a three-year entry level contract.

Rielly, 18, was selected fifth overall at the NHL entry draft by the Maple Leafs on June 22.

The 6-1, 200-pound defenceman had 18 points in 18 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League last season.

Rielly played 83 career games over two seasons with Moose Jaw but missed the majority of the 2011-12 season due to a knee injury.

The Vancouver native will represent Canada at the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge later this month.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 4, 2012 C2

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