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Blanco pitches in to spare bullpen

Righty has played seven positions throughout career
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ATLANTA -- Seven down, two to go.

Phillies infielder Andres Blanco pitched one-third of an inning in Wednesday night's 14-1 loss to the Braves at Turner Field as manager Pete Mackanin tried to save his bullpen for Thursday's series finale and beyond.

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ATLANTA -- Seven down, two to go.

Phillies infielder Andres Blanco pitched one-third of an inning in Wednesday night's 14-1 loss to the Braves at Turner Field as manager Pete Mackanin tried to save his bullpen for Thursday's series finale and beyond.

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Blanco still needs to play catcher and center field to play all nine positions in the big leagues.

Blanco allowed a two-run home run to Matt Adams before getting Tyler Flowers to pop out to end the inning.

"I feel proud," Blanco said.

Video: PHI@ATL: Position player Blanco proud of his fastball

Blanco, 33, is the first Phillies position player to pitch in a game since Jeff Francoeur threw two innings in a 19-3 loss to the Orioles on June 16, 2015. Coincidentally, Francoeur now works with the Braves' broadcast team and they had him on a split screen as Blanco pitched to Adams.

Blanco's pitches were in the 66-75 mph range. The SunTrust scoreboard called them cutters. MLB Gameday called them knuckleballs.

They were fastballs.

"I'm still alive," he joked, kissing his biceps. "Five more years, baby.

"Since I became a utility [player] I want to have all that experience," he said. "I'll be able to talk to my grandkids, 'Your grandpa played everywhere in the big leagues.'"

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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