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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Alex Rodriguez day-to-day after X-rays come back negative on thumb

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez is sitting out Tuesday’s game and will undergo X-rays on his left thumb after jamming it Sunday in his first game back from knee surgery. Rodriguez said he hurt the thumb while fielding a grounder in the game against the Twins.  He was a late scratch tonight after cutting short his batting-practice session,…

  2. Thinking about the Kelly Johnson-for-Aaron Hill swap

    Aug 23, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill

    Ahhh, the elusive challenge trade. With just five weeks left in the season, the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays opted to swap second basemen Tuesday.  Toronto received Kelly Johnson and sent along Aaron Hill, also including shortstop John McDonald in the bargain. That all three players in the trade are free agents-to-be makes it an especially…

  3. Former Rockies outfielder Cory Sullivan aims for front office job

    Aug 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Cory Sullivan

    Cory Sullivan never officially announced his retirement after the Phillies let him go from Triple-A earlier this year, but he’s done as an active player and is looking for a front-office job, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports. Sullivan, a six-year major league veteran, hit .271/.327/.381 in 1,127 at-bats, most of them coming with the…

  4. Rangers, Orioles have discussed the Chris Davis situation

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Batlimore’s Chris Davis, who is currently on the disabled list with a partially torn right labrum, has complicated the July 30 Koji Uehara trade by saying the shoulder started bothering him when he was with Texas. Such a statement could be considered grounds for reworking the deal that sent Davis and right-hander Tommy Hunter to the…

  5. Starlin Castro benched after Sunday’s lapses

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Upon reviewing the tape from Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, manager Mike Quade has decided to give shortstop Starlin Castro a “mental day off” against the Braves on Monday. In truth, it’s a benching. Castro has been accused of a lack of focus several times during his age-21 season, and ESPN focused on it…

  6. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz closer to returning for Red Sox

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kelly Shoppach, Jacoby Ellsbury

    It looks like the banged-up Boston offense will soon get a boost. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out for a third straight game tonight, likely will return to center field on Tuesday. The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber also reports that David Ortiz will take batting practice and then have his…

  7. Heath Bell, Carlos Pena and Jim Thome all go on trade waivers

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes the news that the Padres’ Heath Bell, the Cubs’ Carlos Pena and the Twins’ Jim Thome and Jason Kubel were all placed on trade waivers Monday. They’ll all be on waivers — but still eligible to play — through Wednesday.  If they clear waivers, they can be dealt at any…

  8. Austin Jackson’s feat hadn’t been pulled off since 1988

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson

    When Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home to end Detroit’s 8-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday, it was the first time since 1988 that a game had ended with an 8-2 double play. Baseball-Reference’s Raphy did the research and saw only five games that had ended that way since 1973, the last coming…

  9. Pirates finalize Jose Tabata’s six-year contract

    Aug 21, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Jose Tabata

    23-year-old Jose Tabata is under control through 2019 after officially signing a long-term extension with the Pirates on Sunday.  MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch has the dollar amounts: Signing bonus: $1 million 2011: $500,000 2012: $750,000 2013: $1 million 2014: $3 million 2015: $4 million 2016: $4.5 million 2017: $6.5 million club option 2018: $7.5 million club…

  10. Angels sign Jered Weaver to five-year, $85 million extension

    Aug 21, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    The Angels have called a Tuesday press conference to announce the signing of ace Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million contract extension. SI.com’s Jon Heyman had the dollar amount.  Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that the deal contains a full no-trade clause. Weaver is making $7.37 million this year after losing in arbitration back…

  11. 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…

  12. 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. …

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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’…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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