Skip to content

Matthew Pouliot

  1. Pitch like Tim Lincecum? Then maybe you can hit off him, too

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum Red Bull

    Tim Lincecum is offering a lucky fan the chance to hit against him next spring.  All that fan will need to do is emulate his delivery better than everyone else. Fans can submit a video to the “Red Bull Ultimate” competition doing their best Lincecum windup for the opportunity to meet the ace in spring training.  According…

  2. We own you: each team’s best record vs. another franchise since 2000

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Royals loss

    Here’s something I thought would be quick and fun on a slow news day: each team’s best record versus a league opponent since 2000.  I’m not including the small-sample interleague results. Arizona: 46-32 vs. Pittsburgh (.590 winning pct.) Atlanta: 52-31 vs. San Diego (.627) Chicago: 107-82 vs. Pittsburgh (.566) Cincinnati: 43-33 vs. Florida (.566) Colorado:…

  3. White Sox rotation could go from six to four

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Five appears to be an unlucky number for the White Sox.  While they’ve recently gone back to a six-man rotation with Zach Stewart up, they’re considering dropping down to a four-man rotation with three off-days coming up in the second half of the month. “It has been on my mind the last couple of days.…

  4. Nationals unlikely to sign draft pick who made racist tweets

    Aug 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    Zach Houchins, the Nationals’ 15th-round pick in the 2011 draft who created a bit of a stir when a fanblog highlighted some very unflattering tweets, hasn’t heard from the team in months and is highly unlikely to sign a contract prior to the Aug. 15 deadline. Houchins, a shortstop from a North Carolina juco, apologized…

  5. David Ortiz got punk’d by Dustin Pedroia

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia

    Remember last week when David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session and went on a profanity-laced tirade over a lost RBI, the result of a changed scoring decision? Well, apparently no one got a bigger chuckle out of it than little Dustin Pedroia.  Says the CSNNE.com report: Pedroia told Ortiz that John Henry and Theo Epstein…

  6. With six days to go before deadline, 14 of top 16 draft picks still unsigned

    Aug 9, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Gerrit Cole - UCLA

    It looks like we’re going to have another very busy Aug. 15 this year.  As of Tuesday morning, only nine of the 30 first-round picks have signed.  A mere two of the top 16 have inked deals. Here’s the top 16: 1. Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole 2. Mariners: LHP Danny Hultzen 3. Diamondbacks: RHP Trevor…

  7. With Alex Cobb down, Matt Moore is ready and willing to help the Rays

    Aug 8, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    In another organization, Matt Moore would likely already have arrived in the majors.  The 22-year-old was dominant right from the start in Double-A this year, going 8-3 with a 2.2o ERA and a 131/28 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings. The Rays, though, are probably more cautious with their pitching prospects than any club in baseball. …

  8. Mike Moustakas benched so that he can work on swing

    Aug 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mike Moustakas

    The Royals said Wednesday that Mike Moustakas will get the next two days off so that he can work on an adjustment to a swing that’s produced a .194 average to date. Moustakas, who was called up nearly two months to replace Wilson Betemit as the Royals’ starting third baseman, has just one homer —…

  9. Yankees place Burnett, Soriano and Posada on waivers

    Aug 2, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    It’s supposed to be hush-hush when veterans get placed on revocable waivers in August, but names always tend to leak, and the New York Post is reporting that the Yankees have placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada all on trade waivers. It’s doubtful any member of the trio will be claimed.  Burnett is…

  10. Witness in Bryan Stow case dies suddenly

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times reports that a key witness in the beating case of Bryan Stow died suddenly Sunday, apparently of an allergic food reaction. Law enforcement sources told the Times that Matthew Lee died after eating a salad that apparently contained nuts.  The coroner’s office has not released a cause of death, however. Lee…

  11. Yankees to use six-man rotation this week

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova

    Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs over seven innings against Baltimore in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, will make at least one more start for the Yankees, as the team will go to a six-man rotation this week. The Yankees announced Monday that Nova would slot in Thursday, pushing Bartolo Colon back to Friday.…

  12. Johan Santana’s rehab start gets pushed back

    Aug 1, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    GM Sandy Alderson said it’s simply a “tweak in the schedule, not a setback,” but Johan Santana had his second scheduled rehab start for Single-A St. Lucie pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday because he didn’t feel as strong as hoped after his last outing, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. It means Santana will be going…

  13. Could the Orioles have turned J.J. Hardy into Colby Rasmus?

    Jul 31, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    J.J. Hardy

    The Orioles would have had far-and-away the best shortstop available in trade talks this month if they didn’t sign J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $22.5 million extension two weeks ago.  The 28-year-old Hardy has had a terrific season in his first year in Baltimore, hitting .275/.325/.510 with 18 homers in 298 at-bats. And extending Hardy…

  14. Heyman: Yankees wanted Astros to eat $17 million on Wandy Rodriguez

    Jul 31, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees offered to take on $21 million of the $38 million due to left-hander Wandy Rodriguez in trade talks with Houston.  The Astros would have had to swallow $17 million to get the deal done. With that kind of cash changing hands, the Astros would have needed to get a top…

  15. Johnny Cueto shuts out Giants, takes over as MLB ERA leader

    Jul 31, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Johnny Cueto pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout Sunday against the Giants and finally accrued enough innings to put himself into the ERA standings, where he now ranks first in the majors at 1.72. Cueto overtook Jered Weaver for the ERA lead.  Weaver entered the day at 1.79, but he gave up three…

  16. Some initial post-trade deadline thoughts

    Jul 31, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    – I was stunned that the Yankees didn’t make so much as a minor deal, but they definitely stand out as obvious candidates to be busy in August.  Just how busy could hinge on Rafael Soriano‘s performance.  Still, whether it’s Wandy Rodriguez — who could clear waivers and again become a possibility to be dealt as soon as Wednesday…

  17. Twins, Nationals fail to complete Denard Span-for-Drew Storen swap

    Jul 31, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    4:20 p.m. EDT update: We’re a bit late on things because WordPress, of all of the possible times to crash, picked 3:58 p.m. on deadline day.  Storen, anyway, is in the game against the Mets, so obviously nothing got done with the Twins. /// FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network that he believes the…

  18. Marlins telling teams that Leo Nunez is unavailable

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez

    3:57 p.m. EDT update: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Marlins have held on to Nunez, Infante and everyone else. /// It looks like the Marlins weren’t kidding: they’re telling suitors that closer Leo Nunez won’t be traded prior to the 4 p.m. EDT deadline, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. The…

  19. Yankees out on Wandy Rodriguez, Cleveland, Toronto in?

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are out on Wandy Rodriguez, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman is saying something similar. The Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice, who doesn’t normally break trade news, briefly reported that Rodriguez would go to Cleveland for two minor leaguers, only to take it back minutes later. And now…

  20. Justin Verlander loses no-hitter in eighth, Jered Weaver ejected

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    3:45 p.m. EDT: It’s over, with the Tigers winning 3-2.  Jose Valverde replaced Verlander to start the ninth and walked leadoff man Bobby Abreu, but he bounced back to retire the next three batters.  Erick Aybar, who started the eighth-inning rally with his bunt, popped up foul to end it. We’ll likely be hearing more…

  21. Are the Padres asleep at the wheel?

    Jul 31, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Obviously not.  The Padres have traded Mike Adams to the Rangers for left-hander Robbie Erlin and right-hander Joe Wieland. /// We know San Diego is about to shed Ryan Ludwick, but that’s likely to bring back a minimal return, probably from the Indians.  There hasn’t been anything hot and heavy on the bigger bait —…

  22. Diamondbacks add A’s reliever Brad Ziegler, make room for Paul Goldschmidt

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    Feeling they have an even better one on the way, the Diamondbacks traded their starting first baseman to the A’s for a setup man on Sunday.  The three-player deal sent Brad Ziegler to Arizona in return for Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. Allen had three homers and seven RBI in 29 at-bats since his…

  23. Report: Blue Jays targeting Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    The Blue Jays have a rookie catcher with 17 homers this year in J.P. Arencibia, but according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, they’re making a run at the Rockies’ Chris Iannetta anyway. As Knobler goes on to say: “Arencibia has power, but scouts say his catching and throwing have both been big problems for Jays.”…

  24. Diamondbacks send Brandon Allen to A’s for Brad Ziegler

    Jul 31, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Brad Ziegler

    1:08 p.m. EDT update: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports that the deal is Ziegler for first baseman Brandon Allen and left-hander Jordan Norberto. The move suggests that the Diamondbacks will be calling up Paul Goldschmidt to take over as their primary first baeman.  Allen was filling the role of late and was hitting .172/.351/.483 with three…

  25. Yankees promote top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to Triple-A

    Jul 31, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Manny Banuelos

    This may not be the Yankees’ biggest move of the day, but it is notable that the club promoted its top pitching prospect, left-hander Manny Banuelos, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Banuelos, who becomes the International League’s youngest player at age 20, was 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 94/52 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings…

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. S. Matz (4036)
  2. B. Harper (3901)
  3. H. Ramirez (3809)
  4. J. Hamilton (3690)
  5. G. Stanton (3373)
  1. M. Moore (3025)
  2. Y. Puig (2932)
  3. J. Ellsbury (2641)
  4. F. Freeman (2615)
  5. M. Cain (2593)