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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Hideki Irabu: a strikeout king in Japan, underrated in US

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Hideki Irabu, who passed away this week at age 42, was best known for his failures in the United States.  He forced his way to the Yankees after the Padres originally purchased his rights, only to be dubbed a “fat toad” by George Steinbrenner after a series of disappointing performances. Irabu, though, was hardly a horrible pitcher…

  2. Mike Stanton owns the Nationals

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron, Mike Stanton

    Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest. But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here.  Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals. Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other…

  3. Watch tomorrow’s stars, ummm, tomorrow

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Cape Cod League

    CSN New England will be televising the Cape Cod League All-Star Game on Friday, only trying something a little different with it. Instead of the usual view of the pitcher and batter from the center-field camera, the broadcast will feature two main play-by-play cameras, one from above first base and the other from above third.  …

  4. Mets hold firm, get best available prospect for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE, 11:13 PM: Beltran has accepted the trade, which will be made official on Thursday morning. 3:30 PM: It’s not official yet — because Carlos Beltran has no-trade protection, he can’t be officially moved until 24 hours after the deal is agreed to — but all indications are that the Mets are sending their All-Star…

  5. Wily Mo Pena signs minor league deal with the Mariners

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    There were four teams interested, but Wily Mo Pena couldn’t get a major league deal after the Diamondbacks decided to part ways with him.  Instead, he signed with the Mariners on Wednesday, agreeing to a deal that would allow him to head back out into free agency if he isn’t called up in September. Pena…

  6. Ron Washington to Neftali Feliz: show me some fire

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz, Ron Washington

    At least he didn’t question his cojones. Rangers manager Ron Washington wants a more intense Neftali Feliz on the mound the next time his team has a save situation, saying he wants to see some “fire” from the 23-year-old closer. “I’d like to see more,” Washington told the Dallas Morning News. “When he comes in…

  7. No B.J. Upton for Rays, Ian Desmond for Nationals tonight

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Hunter Pence isn’t playing, but that seems well explained.  B.J. Upton‘s absence from Tampa Bay’s lineup for the second time in four games, on the other hand, could and probably should be taken that a deal is close. Also notable: there’s no Ian Desmond in the lineup for the Nationals tonight.  Washington has long been…

  8. Wil Nieves isn’t worth a bag of baseballs

    Jul 27, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Wil Nieves

    Or even one baseball, apparently. With Brian McCann landing on the disabled list, the Braves picked up veteran catcher Wil Nieves from the Brewers on Wednesday.  Exactly what he was traded for wasn’t clear at the time, but Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted later that he got $1 in return. One dollar. Nieves hit .140/.189/.190…

  9. Hanley Ramirez bites back, calls Jeff Conine a “chicken”

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    It took Hanley Ramirez some time to decide how to respond to Jeff Conine’s radio show comments last week, but he came out swinging Wednesday, calling Conine a “chicken” and saying that he wants to supplant the former first baseman as “Mr. Marlin.” Conine, who is employed by the Marlins as a special assistant to…

  10. Hunter Pence takes a seat on Houston’s bench

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    With trade rumors swirling, Hunter Pence is on the Astros bench on Wednesday night.  However, it’s not because he’s been dealt, says the Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine. Pence, mired in a 7-for-40 skid since the All-Star break, was told Tuesday that he’d get tonight off. Pence has just one extra-base hit and two RBI in…

  11. Rays, Red Sox made offers for Colby Rasmus

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    That according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, who has been on top of the Colby Rasmus rumors since they started. Strauss reports that the Cardinals turned down the Rays’ offer of right-hander Jeff Niemann and reliever J.P. Howell for Rasmus and that they instead held out for either James Shields or Jeremy Hellickson. Which sounds…

  12. Rosenthal: Nationals may offer Drew Storen for Twins’ Denard Span

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Drew Storen

    It worked last year, as the Nationals picked up their long-term catcher by sending their closer to the Twins.  Now they could make a similar move, only grabbing a center fielder instead, if FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is correct. According to Rosenthal, Drew Storen may be in play in the trade talks between the Nationals and…

  13. Facts from Ervin Santana’s no-hitter

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    - Ervin Santana threw the ninth no-hitter in Angels history.  The others: Bo Belinsky – May 5, 1962 versus the Orioles Clyde Wright – July 3, 1970 versus the Athletics Nolan Ryan – May 15, 1973 versus the Royals Nolan Ryan – July 15, 1973 versus the Tigers Nolan Ryan – Sept. 28, 1974 versus…

  14. That’s the best the Cardinals could do?

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    I mean, I’m a little down on Colby Rasmus, too. It’s probably not a good thing that he listens to his dad either as much or more than he listens to his big-league coaches. His defense hasn’t been nearly as good this year as it was when he entered the league in 2009. And after a sneaky-exceptional offensive season as a sophomore in 2010, Rasmus has taken an obvious step backwards in 2011.

  15. No Rasmus, but the White Sox did OK in the Edwin Jackson deal

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Blue Jays acquired RHP Edwin Jackson and 3B-OF Mark Teahen from the White Sox for RHP Zach Stewart and RHP Jason Frasor. We all know the Blue Jays have bigger plans here.  Oddly enough, though, there was a great deal of speculation last year when the White Sox picked up Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks that they were going to…

  16. Chone Figgins, of all people, saves the Mariners from total humiliation

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The Mariners fanned 18 times against CC Sabathia, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera while being held to one hit in a 4-1 loss Tuesday.  It was their 17th straight loss. The only Mariner to play the whole game without striking out was .182-hitting Chone Figgins, who actually fanned three times in his last start Thursday…

  17. Brian McCann to go on DL after injuring oblique

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It’s a strained left oblique for McCann, and he will go on the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game.  J.C. Boscan is likely to replace him,while David Ross takes over as the Braves’ starting catcher. 11:10 p.m. EDT update: The Braves have confirmed that it’s an injury to his left side,…

  18. Rockies place trade candidate Jason Giambi on disabled list

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    UPDATE:  If any deal is going to happen, it will have to wait until August. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Rockies have placed Jason Giambi on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain. 7:00 PM: Jason Giambi didn’t feel any better Tuesday after injuring his left quad running out a grounder Monday and is…

  19. Nationals acquire Jonny Gomes from Reds

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    That’s not where anyone expected him to go. The Nationals announced Tuesday that they’ve acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from the Reds for outfielder Bill Rhinehart and left-hander Chris Manno. Even though the Nationals are 49-52, leaving them nine games back of the Braves in the wild card and 15 games behind the Phillies…

  20. Phillies still trying hard for Hunter Pence

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    While there’s some thought out there that they’ve soured on a potential Carlos Beltran deal, the Phillies have been the most aggressive suitors for Houston’s Hunter Pence, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports. Rosenthal also tweets that the Red Sox have inquired about Pence, but that they’ve had a tough time finding a match with the Astros, and…

  21. Angels’ Peter Bourjos added to Nationals’ list of targets

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have added Peter Bourjos to the list of center fielders they’re scouting ahead of the trade deadline.  The others: Michael Bourn, Colby Rasmus, Denard Span and B.J. Upton. The Nationals are thinking the Angels may view Bourjos as expendable with Mike Trout hot on his heels.  The Angels…

  22. Red Sox show interest in Colorado’s Ryan Spilborghs

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    For about three years now, the Red Sox have alternated between showing interest in Ryan Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta from the Rockies.  Maybe they’ll actually get one of the two this time. A NL source confirmed to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam that Boston is again interested in Spilborghs and that the Rockies have a scout at…

  23. Tim Lincecum scratched with flu

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum is ducking the Phillies.  Or Vance Worley, anyway. The Giants scratched their ace, who looked just fine at the White House yesterday, with a case of “the flu” Tuesday and moved up Barry Zito in the rotation to replace him in tonight’s showdown. I think Lincecum just wanted to take his chances with Cole Hamels…

  24. Diamondbacks sign third overall pick Trevor Bauer to a major league contract

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer became the second top-15 pick from the 2011 draft to agree to terms when he signed a major league deal with the Diamondbacks on Monday. Bauer, with a delivery patterned after Tim Lincecum‘s, went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA as a college junior.  He’s scheduled to report to high-A Visalia and…

  25. One day later, Dan Uggla has his hitting streak extended

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla‘s hitting streak, halted at 14 games when he went 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday, was restored Monday after an official scorer changed his mind about a sixth-inning grounder. The grounder, originally ruled an error by Miguel Cairo, was changed to a hit today, extending Uggla’s hitting streak to 15 games. Even though he…

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