Kyle Blanks needs season-ending shoulder surgery

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Kyle Blanks’ 2012 season is already over.

According to beat writer Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the 25-year-old corner outfielder needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will not return to action this year.

Blanks made just six plate appearances for the Padres this season, tallying one hit, one walk and two strikeouts for a .200/.333/.200 slash line.

He played in only 55 games in 2011 because of Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and has been unable to build on the production he flashed (.868 OPS, 10 home runs in 54 games) as a rookie in 2009.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.