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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Austin Jackson’s incredible throw saves game for Tigers

    Aug 21, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Alex Avila, Kosuke Fukudome

    Jose Valverde can thank center fielder Austin Jackson for improving to 37-for-37 saving games this season. Jackson made an amazing throw to cut down Kosuke Fukudome at the plate on a game-ending double play as the Tigers edged the Indians 8-7 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep in Detroit. Better late than never, MLB.com…

  2. Rafael Furcal trips over rope, sprains thumb

    Aug 21, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal had a little accident and will miss Sunday night’s game with the Cubs.  Tweets Buster Olney: Rafael Furcal sprained his thumb when bracing a fall, after tripping over a rope near the batting cage here in Wrigley… Olney didn’t say which thumb.  Furcal broke his left thumb and missed six weeks earlier this season. …

  3. Braves beat Diamondbacks 1-0 to complete sweep

    Aug 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson allowed three hits over seven innings and combined with two relievers on a shutout as the Braves beat the Diamondbacks 1-0 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday. It was the fifth straight loss for Arizona. The lone run of the game came when shortstop Alex Gonzalez took Josh Collmenter deep in the seventh…

  4. Brewers prospect Mark Rogers gets busted for stimulant use

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Mark Rogers

    Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games Friday after a second positive test for a banned stimulant. The good news for Rogers is that the suspension kicks in immediately.  The injury-plagued right-hander is on the shelf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing wrist, and he was already expected to undergo…

  5. Mike Trout rejoins the Angels, probably for good

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    The Angels still haven’t officially announced the move, but Mike Trout has joined the team and is on the field taking early batting practice.  Mike DiGiovanna said earlier Friday that Vernon Wells could be placed on the DL to open up a roster spot. If that’s the case, then Trout will probably play something close…

  6. Report: Astros place Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers on waivers

    Aug 19, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The Astros have decided to see if anyone will bite on their two most expensive starters, as they placed both Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers on waivers, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports. The salaries make it possible neither will be claimed.  Rodriguez is owed $36 million from 2012-14, while Myers will make $11 million next year…

  7. The best and worst from Cubs GM Jim Hendry

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Jim Hendry, Kenny Williams

    A look at the highlights and lowlights from Jim Hendry’s nine-year tenure as Cubs GM, which ended with his dismissal on Friday. Best moves July 23, 2003: Acquired 3B Aramis Ramirez and OF Kenny Lofton from Pirates for 2B Bobby Hill, INF Jose Hernandez and RHP Matt Burback I called it “highway robbery” on Rotoworld…

  8. Alex Rodriguez rejoins Yankees, remains on disabled list

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    As expected, the Yankees declined to activate Alex Rodriguez from the disabled list after he joined the team in Minnesota for Thursday’s series opener versus the Twins. Rodriguez, who is making his way back from knee surgery, took grounders at third base and ran the bases this afternoon, but according to the AP, he was “looking a…

  9. Joe Mauer is in right field because Luke Hughes went to the wrong gate

    Aug 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Drew Butera, Delmon Young, Danny Valencia, Jason Kubel

    Had things worked out as planned, the Twins would have had Luke Hughes at second base, Trevor Plouffe in right field and Joe Mauer behind the plate tonight against the Yankees.  That Mauer is instead in right field is because Luke Hughes showed up at the wrong airport gate after getting news of his promotion. Which, frankly,…

  10. Clayton Kershaw halts Brewers’ six-game winning streak

    Aug 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw blanked the Brewers for eight innings Thursday to earn his 15th win in what ended up being a 5-1 game. The Brewers, who had won six straight and 19 of their last 21 games, managed just five hits off Kershaw before finally scoring a run in the ninth. Having thrown 104…

  11. No protest from Yankees means case closed on Royals homer

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi, Dana DeMuth

    MLB’s executive VP of baseball operations Joe Torre acknowledged umpire Dane DeMuth’s mistake in awarding Billy Butler a home run in Kansas City last night, but because the Yankees declined to file a protest, the matter is over with. DeMuth got the Kauffman Stadium ground rules wrong in giving Butler a homer in the Yankees’…

  12. MLB wouldn’t let the Nationals wear caps honoring the military

    Aug 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Alex Cora, Ivan Rodriguez (courtesy Washington Nationals)

    The Nationals were given permission to wear a variety of military-flavored caps in batting practice Tuesday, but MLB wouldn’t let them wear them in the game that night against the Reds.  The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg asked why: So then I called an MLB spokesman to ask what happened, and he explained that the league prefers its…

  13. Jerry Hairston Jr. could have killed Josh Wilson

    Aug 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Hairston Jr.

    They tell us the Brewers have been doing all of the little things right while winning 19 of their last 21 games.  Today, they did a little thing wrong and it could have had big consequences. With men on first and third in the bottom of the third inning of the game against the Dodgers,…

  14. Rangers acquire reliever Tim Wood from Pirates

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Tim Wood

    In the second waiver deal of the month, the Rangers have acquired right-hander Tim Wood from the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.  They then optioned the reliever to Triple-A Round Rock. Wood, a 28-year-old who pitched for the Marlins in 2009-10, had a 5.63 ERA in eight innings for the Pirates…

  15. Royals go overboard in re-signing Jeff Francoeur

    Aug 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Pay no attention to the mutual option behind the curtain.  From the day it was dreamed up, it had virtually no chance of being exercised.  What were the odds that both team and player thought said player would be worth exactly $4 million in 2012? On Thursday, the Royals and Jeff Francoeur both decided the 27-year-old outfielder…

  16. That hot dog eater guy is starting for the Orioles on Friday

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Takeru Kobayashi

    If only his fastball had a little more mustard. Takeru Kobayashi, the world-record holder in eating hot dogs and Krystal burgers, threw out the first pitch for the Gary Southshore Railcats on Wednesday and did a pretty outstanding job of it. The Railcats probably should have let him stay in and throw a few more.  They ended…

  17. Former top prospect Jerome Williams returns to majors with Angels

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Jerome Williams

    Jerome Williams, who was last seen going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts with the Nationals in 2007, is back in the majors after being promoted by the Angels on Wednesday. Williams, a native of Hawaii, debuted with the Giants in 2003, finishing 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts as a rookie. …

  18. Wild ending in Oakland sees A’s hold off Orioles

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Blake Davis

    The A’s edged the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday when Kurt Suzuki was able to hold to the throw from right fielder David DeJesus and plant a tag on pinch-runner Blake Davis to end the game. It was a big surprise that it came to that.  Andrew Bailey retired the first two batters he faced in…

  19. Carlos Ruiz sits with oh, OW, OW, OW!

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz, Miguel Montero

    After getting examined Wednesday, Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies lineup tonight with what’s officially being termed a left testicle contusion. Ruiz was injured by a Roy Halladay pitch in Tuesday’s loss, and though he was attended to by the trainer then, he was able to finish the game.  He’s considered day-to-day, and Brian…

  20. Report: Diamondbacks have asked about Edgar Renteria

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix tweets that the Diamondbacks have talked to the Reds about shortstop Edgar Renteria. Arizona has been getting by with Willie Bloomquist at shortstop and Cody Ransom in a reserve role since Stephen Drew went down with a fractured ankle on July 20. Renteria, a black hole offensively while…

  21. On Jim Thome and steroids

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Thanks largely to the work of Sam Miller, the Orange County Register has one of the best baseball blogs of any newspaper in the country.  The other bloggers, though, don’t always measure up, and Jeff Miller decided to take on Jim Thome’s 600th homer today, claiming that it’s just fine for us to assume he did…

  22. Injury-plagued Giants use a wild lineup

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain

    It’s safe to say the defending world champs weren’t projecting this as a starting lineup a few months ago: CF Cody Ross 2B Mike Fontenot 1B Pablo Sandoval LF Aubrey Huff RF Brandon Belt SS Orlando Cabrera 3B Miguel Tejada C Chris Stewart For the record, this is the Giants’ 122nd game of the season.  The eight players…

  23. Draft signings roundup: No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole gets $8 million bonus

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    MLB’s attempts at holding down draft pick bonuses again resulted in a wave of signings announced just after the midnight deadline.  This year, all but one first-round pick, the Blue Jays’ Tyler Beede, got a deal done. Top overall pick Gerrit Cole of the Pirates was one of 23 first-round picks to sign just prior to the deadline,…

  24. Padres prospect Drew Cumberland forced into retirement

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drew Cumberland

    A hat-tip to Baseball America for pointing out the Pensacola News Journal story on Drew Cumberland, a Padres prospect whose career is now over because of an inner-ear condition known as bilateral vestibulopathy. Cumberland was a supplemental first-round pick in 2007.  He hit .350/.385/.505 with seven homers and 21 steals between high-A Lake Elsinore and…

  25. With Delmon Young in Detroit, Magglio Ordonez is done as a regular

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Manager Jim Leyland said Monday he plans to play new arrival Delmon Young in left, Austin Jackson in center and Brennan Boesch in right, leaving no room for Magglio Ordonez in the Tigers’ remade outfield. “That’s as honest as I can be,” Leyland said. “That’s the way the situation is.” Upon returning from the DL in…

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