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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Yankees unlikely to call up top prospect Manny Banuelos

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Manny Banuelos

    There’s been plenty of talk of the Yankees trying southpaw Manny Banuelos, their top pitching prospect, as a reliever next month, but GM Brian Cashman said it probably won’t happen. “You may or may not see him. It’s more likely you won’t see him,’’ Cashman said. “There are no plans for him to join us. He…

  2. Delmon Young thinks it’ll be a cakewalk now

    Aug 15, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    Delmon Young

    After being penciled into the third spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera in Detroit’s order in his first game as a Tiger, Delmon Young had this to say: I’ve never been in that situation before, where I have a Hall of Fame-type player behind me Except, you know, Jim Thome.  And hitting behind Joe Mauer and Justin…

  3. Rangers planning Shannon Stone statue

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Rangers Ballpark

    The Rangers will honor firefighter Shannon Stone with a statue set to be unveiled next year. The statue, which is tentatively set to be named Rangers Fans, will feature Stone along with his 6-year-old son, Cooper.  The two were at the game together when Shannon Stone tumbled over a Rangers Ballpark railing catching a thrown ball from…

  4. Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer taken to emergency room

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    Rich Dauer

    Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer was taken to an emergency room after getting struck on the bridge of his nose by a throw prior to Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals. A team spokesman said Dauer was hurt during a double play drill by a throw from Chris Nelson.  Infielders had been practicing double…

  5. Report: Ted Lilly, Jason Vargas among those to clear waivers

    Aug 14, 2011, 7:07 PM EST

    Jason Vargas

    Color me skeptical, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says all of the following starting pitchers have already cleared waivers and are eligible to be traded: Chris Capuano, Bruce Chen, Tom Gorzelanny, Ted Lilly, Rodrigo Lopez, Jason Vargas, Chien-Ming Wang and Carlos Zambrano. It’s largely Vargas’ presence that causes me to question the list.  It’s very hard to…

  6. Charlie Manuel: master of the head game

    Aug 13, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about unbreakable records in the dugout prior to Sunday’s game and Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters, always a popular choice, came up. Manuel, though, shot down that one as unbreakable, pointing to a division rival’s own pitcher: “That one could be got,” Manuel said. “I see [Stephen] Strasburg, he’s very…

  7. Aramis Ramirez wouldn’t trade his career for Todd Hollandsworth’s

    Aug 13, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    I stuck up for Aramis Ramirez when Cubs analyst and former teammate Todd Hollandsworth criticized his lack of a leadership role on a radio show Friday.  I’m sort of regretting that now. Asked to respond to Hollandsworth’s comments by the Chicago Sun-Times, Ramirez came up with this: One thing I got to say is I’ve never seen…

  8. Bad hop grounder leaves Justin Smoak with broken nose

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:51 PM EST

    Justin Smoak

    Making his first start in 10 days after dealing with a sore thumb, Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak suffered a broken nose when a Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounder took a bad hop and hit him in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Red Sox. He was taken to a Seattle hospital for a CT…

  9. Carlos Zambrano says he’s retired after giving up five homers

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:21 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    This has to be it for the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano.  If the right-hander is to be believed, this is it for him period. After giving up a career-high five homers and getting ejected for throwing at the Braves’ Chipper Jones, Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told a Cubs trainer he was retiring,…

  10. Braves announcer Ernie Johnson dies at age 87

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    Ernie Johnson Sr.

    Ernie Johnson Sr., a former major league pitcher better known for his long tenure in the broadcast booth with the Braves, passed away Friday night at age 87. Johnson went 40-23 in a nine-year major league career spent mostly with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves.  Primarily a middle reliever before such a role got much attention, he finished…

  11. CC Sabathia, Carlos Zambrano give up five homers apiece

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:52 PM EST

    CC Sabathia

    With the 2011 scheduled nearly three-quarters completed, just one pitcher had given up five homers in a game, that being the long-since demoted Sean O’Sullivan of the Royals on May 28 against the Rangers. On Friday night, it happened twice more to two of the game’s highest-paid pitchers.   The Yankees’ CC Sabathia gave up five…

  12. It doesn’t sound as though A.J. Burnett is bullpen bound

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    A.J. Burnett

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman came to the defense of beleaguered right-hander A.J. Burnett on Friday amid speculation that the $18 million-per-year pitcher could get sent to the pen. “The stuff on A.J. is well overblown,” Cashman said. “A.J. Has been solid for us this year. I just think the way it’s playing doesn’t necessarily reflect…

  13. John Kruk joins Phillies’ Wall of Fame

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

    John Kruk - 89 Topps

    The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame. Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall.  His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year. Kruk is better known now for his big appetite…

  14. Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Al Alburquerque

    Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News. The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing. As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was…

  15. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth slams Aramis Ramirez

    Aug 12, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    Whether’s it’s Manny, Hanley, Ramon or now Aramis, slamming a Ramirez is simply the in thing to do in baseball these days. Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, who works in the studio for Comcast Sportsnet, decided to take on Aramis Ramirez on “The McNeil and Spiegel Show” this morning.  The Chicago Tribune has the quotes: When…

  16. launches free “Triple-A” app

    Aug 12, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Using an interface modeled after the MLB At Bat 2011 app, is now offering the free Triple-A app, providing scoreboard and pitch-tracker information for every Triple-A game over the rest of the season. The app also features a customizable home screen that can be set up with one’s favorite affiliate, archived box scores…

  17. Kyle Davies was arrested day before release from Royals

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Kyle Davies

    While Kyle Davies’ performance certainly justified the Royals’ decision to release him, the timing was curious.  It wasn’t like he could do any harm while on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Except apparently he could. Davies was arrested early Tuesday morning in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication, the Kansas City Star…

  18. Tim Hudson knows he wouldn’t stand a chance against Jose Constanza

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Tim Hudson

    The AJC’s David O’Brien has a nice article up today on Braves rookie sensation Jose Constanza, who apparently goes by “Georgie” in the Atlanta clubhouse.  And just what sort of article would it be without the traditional quote about how the ace never likes to face one of those pesky singles hitters: “For me, personally,…

  19. Mariano Rivera earns 30th save despite surrendering homer

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    For just the third time in his Hall of Fame career, Mariano Rivera has given up homers in back-to-back relief appearances.  However, It didn’t prevent him from notching his 30th save Thursday against the Angels. Rivera, who gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Abreu in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday, came into…

  20. Johnny Cueto goes seven scoreless, lowers ERA to 1.94

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto, who keeps straddling the innings threshold for the NL ERA lead, beat the Rockies by pitching seven scoreless innings on Thursday, lowering his ERA to 1.94. Cueto missed the first month of the season with a strained triceps muscle, so he’s currently at 120 1/3 innings in the Reds’ 118 games.  Because he’s…

  21. Stat of the day: most homers during a hitting streak

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Joe DiMaggio

    Inspired by a Danny Knobler tweet, here’s a list of players to hit the most homers over the course of a hitting streak. Joe DiMaggio (NYY, 1941): 15 HR in 56 G Willie McCovey (SFG, 1963): 15 HR in 24 G Alex Rodriguez (NYY, 2006): 15 HR in 23 G Chuck Klein (Phi, 1929): 13…

  22. What’s gotten into the Padres?

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Kyle Blanks, Jesus Guzman, Will Venable

    The Padres last night started their fourth options at first base and catcher, their third options at third base and in left field and their backup second baseman, yet scored nine more runs in a win over the Mets. Their batting lines by month to date: April: .211/.293/.308, 14 HR in 27 G May: .249/.303/.363, 19…

  23. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis goes 5-for-5, scores four times

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:07 PM EST

    Jason Kipnis

    Jason Kipnis, who already has a streak of homering in four straight games in his very young career, went 5-for-5 with a homer and four runs scored Wednesday in the Indians’ 10-3 win over the Tigers.  It was his sixth homer in 16 games as a major leaguer. Kipnis became the first rookie to finish…

  24. Curtis Granderson ties and then overtakes career high in homers

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson

    Curtis Granderson hit his 30th and 31st homers Wednesday to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the Angels. The second homer gave him a new career high with 47 games left to play.  He hit 30 homers in 160 games in his final year with the Tigers in 2009. Granderson had already long…

  25. Ron Santo’s Wrigley Field statue unveiled

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

    Ron Santo's statue

    The Cubs on Wednesday unveiled the statue of former third baseman and longtime broadcaster Ron Santo, who passed away last Dec. 3 at age 70. The statue, which features a blue cap and stirrups, depicts Santo, a nine-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover with the Cubs, throwing to first after handling a grounder. Santo played from the…

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