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Travis Jarrod Blackley

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The brother of Adam Blackley, Travis Blackley made his major league debut at age 21.

Blackley was signed out of Australia by scout Jim Colborn for the Seattle Mariners in October 2000. He made his pro debut the next summer with the Everett AquaSox.

He pitched for the Australian national team in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, going 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA. He was third on the staff in ERA behind Dushan Ruzic and brother Adam. He threw five shutout innings against the Dutch national team but allowed two runs in the sixth and was relieved. He allowed only one run in his start against the Japanese national team but Australia was shut out by Tadashi Settsu. The Philadelphia Phillies took him with the 15th pick of the 2007 Rule V Draft.

In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Blackley got a key start against the Cuban national team and did a great job. He allowed a third-inning run when Luis Miguel Navas singled, was bunted over and came in on a hit by Frederich Cepeda. It was the only run he gave up in 5 2/3 innings against Cuba as he battled Aroldis Chapman evenly; his bullpen gave up 4 runs in 3 1/3 innings, though, and Cuba went on to win 5-4.

Blackley signed with the KBO's KIA Tigers for 2011. Debuting on April 3, he was roughed up for four runs in five innings.

He went five years between stints in the major leagues. Before resurfacing with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in 2012, he had last played in the bigs in 2007, also with the Giants. In the interregnum, he pitched all over the world - including in the United States, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.

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