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MESA, Ariz. -- At the start of each new season, there's always a few faces in every organization's spring camp that not everyone recognizes right off-hand. One of them -- acquired in the Todd Hollandsworth trade with Atlanta late last season along with RHP Angelo Burrows -- is right-hander Todd Blackford.

Blackford Background: Born June 10, 1985 ... Drafted by the Braves in the 13th round of the 2004 draft ... Originally from Warsaw, Ind. ... Appeared in 15 games his rookie season in the Gulf Coast League, allowing 28 runs for a 7.86 ERA ... Was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 12 appearances with the short-season Danville Braves in 2005 ... Struck out 30 while walking 22 in 59 2/3 innings at Danville...

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