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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 30 games with infield single

    Aug 9, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Dan Uggla matched the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the longest hitting streak this season by reaching 30 with an infield single in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Marlins. Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who had a 26-game hitting streak snapped at the end of last month, handled the roller, but his throw wasn’t nearly in time…

  2. James Shields notches fourth shutout in win over Royals

    Aug 9, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    James Shields

    James Shields beat the Royals 4-0 in one hour, 53 minutes on Tuesday night, notching his fourth shutout of the season. The six-hitter was the fastest nine-inning contest in Rays franchise history. Shields moved into a tie with the Rangers’ Derek Holland for the most shutouts in the AL this year.  Cliff Lee is the major league…

  3. Two MLB.com writers robbed at gunpoint at Great American

    Aug 9, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Great American Ball Park (photo by Derek Jensen)

    MLB.com’s Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding were robbed at 1:30 a.m. this morning about 15 feet outside Gate 3 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. “I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or…

  4. David Ortiz reclaims his disputed RBI

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Call it “the RBI that won’t die.” Even after all of the lengths Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry went through to take it away from him, David Ortiz today was reawarded an RBI from last Wednesday’s game against the Indians. To review, Ortiz was initially credited with a two-run single on…

  5. Stephen Strasburg to throw three innings Friday

    Aug 9, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday and is slated to throw three innings for Single-A Potomac. It’s actually a bit of a surprise that the Nationals are missing a second opportunity to cash in here.  Potomac’s Pfitzner Stadium already figured to be packed Friday as the result of the highly anticipated Ian…

  6. Jason Heyward gets benched on 22nd birthday

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Even though the Braves are facing a right-hander in the Marlins’ Clay Hensley tonight, Jason Heyward is riding the pine in favor of the Braves’ newest sparkplug, Jose Constanza.  It’s the second straight day on the bench for the 2010 All-Star, who is celebrating his 22nd birthday.  He’s sitting even though he homered and walked…

  7. Grady Sizemore won’t return during August

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The Indians gave Grady Sizemore‘s recovery a 4-6 week timetable when he underwent surgery for a hernia on July 18, but manager Manny Acta said Tuesday that it’s likely to be longer than that now. Acta ruled out a return for Sizemore during the month of August, though he did say Sizemore could resume playing…

  8. Playing in 1,218th game, Orlando Hudson bats cleanup for first time

    Aug 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Hudson

    Incredibly enough, the Padres have scored 43 runs in their last four games. Still, they’re giving Orlando Hudson his first career start in the cleanup spot Tuesday against the Mets. Never in his life has Hudson batted from the fourth spot in the order, even in his appearances off the bench.  His previous 1,165 starts…

  9. MLB hypes Yankees-Red Sox ratings

    Aug 9, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Josh Reddick, Dustin Pedroia

    According to a series of tweets from the MLB Public Relations department Tuesday: – Friday night’s Yankees-Red Sox game on MLB Network was its highest rated game of the year and second highest ever behind Stephen Strasburg‘s debut in 2010. – Saturday’s Yankees-Red Sox game on FOX was the most watched non-prime time MLB broadcast…

  10. 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…

  11. 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:…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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. …

  17. 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 —…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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