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Matthew Pouliot

  1. The Astros are on pace to finish 53-109

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Marlon Byrd, Wandy Rodriguez

    It’s simply not fair that the Mariners are suddenly dominating the conversation on terrible teams.  Even after 15 straight losses, they have nothing on the Astros.  Houston is a full 10 games worse than Seattle this season, having gone 33-68 through 101 games. That puts the Astros on pace to finish with a 53-109 record…

  2. Tigers to call up 2010 supplemental first-round pick Chance Ruffin

    Jul 24, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

    Chance Ruffin

    Chance Ruffin, the 48th overall selection in the 2010 MLB draft, will be the second player from last year’s class to make his major league debut after the Tigers call him up Monday. Detroit announced the move after Sunday’s game.  Lester Oliveros will be sent down to make room for Ruffin in the pen. Ruffin,…

  3. Red Sox to place J.D. Drew on DL with shoulder impingement

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    J.D. Drew

    It’s been a long time coming, but the Red Sox will place the struggling J.D. Drew on the disabled list Monday due to an impingement in his left shoulder, CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam reports. The Red Sox certainly appear to be better off with Josh Reddick in right field anyway, and they’ve been using him there…

  4. Michael Pineda gets lit up as Mariners lose 15th straight

    Jul 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis

    Michael Pineda was pounded for five runs in the first inning and seven in 4 1/3 innings overall as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 12-8 on Sunday, sending Seattle to its team-record 15th straight defeat. The Mariners’ losing streak is the longest since the Royals lost 19 in a row in 2005.  It ties…

  5. Cameron Maybin sets Padres record: six straight with a steal

    Jul 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Cameron Maybin, Omar Infante

    Cameron Maybin became the first player this year to steal a base in six straight games and set a Padres record in the process Sunday against the Phillies. Maybin took second off Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz today for his eighth steal in the six games.  He’s 10-for-10 stealing bases in his last nine games…

  6. Five scouts in town to watch Carlos Beltran; Giants the favorites?

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Red Sox have all had scouts watching Carlos Beltran this weekend as the Mets take on the Marlins. They should be liking what they’re seeing.  Beltran just drove in a run for the third straight game with a first-inning sac fly versus the…

  7. B.J. Upton gets scheduled day off, according to Rays

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    B.J. Upton, who had played in every game since the All-Star break, is getting a planned day off on Sunday, manager Joe Maddon said. It’s been scheduled since last week, he added. Maddon didn’t know it at the time, but he sparked a million rumors when he removed Upton late in a 10-4 game Friday against…

  8. Marlins send former first-round pick Chris Volstad back to minors

    Jul 23, 2011, 5:12 PM EST

    Chris Volstad

    After 93 big-league starts, 2005 first-round pick Chris Volstad is still struggling to establish himself.  He was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday following an outing Friday in which he allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings against the Mets. It’s the third straight season in which Volstad has received a midseason demotion. …

  9. Nyjer Morgan may or may not have flipped off Giants fans Friday

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:07 AM EST

    Nyjer Morgan

    Tired of getting the business from the Giants fans in center field on Friday night, Nyjer Morgan definitely made some sort of gesture following his catch in the seventh inning.  And that gesture, for all of the world, looked like he was flipping the fans the bird. The pictures, though, suggest otherwise.  He certainly had…

  10. Rays promote Desmond Jennings from Triple-A Durham

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:11 PM EST

    Desmond Jennings

    12:00 a.m. EDT update: Upton is staying put for now.  The Rays announced after the game that Jennings was being called up, but that he’d be taking shortstop Reid Brignac‘s spot.  Brignac, whose demotion was long overdue, hit just .193/.234/.219 in 187 at-bats and was losing playing time at shortstop to Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson. …

  11. Adrian Beltre exits with strained left hamstring

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring running the bases in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. Beltre, who started at third base for the AL All-Star team last week, came up lame on Michael Young‘s double after he singled in a run to reach base…

  12. Whatever happened to Trevor Cahill?

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    Trevor Cahill

    After three straight solid starts in a row, Trevor Cahill was just torched for a career-high 10 runs in two-plus innings by the Yankees on Friday night.  He gave up five runs in a second inning that only ended because Derek Jeter was thrown out at third after tagging up on a sac fly and then five…

  13. Jason Giambi a possibility to return to American League

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Jason Giambi

    With the Rockies falling out of contention, Jason Giambi could be on the move.  The 40-year-old slugger told the Denver Post on Friday that he has talked with Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd about a trade back to the American League. Giambi has been outstanding in limited action this season, hitting .266/.364/.638 with 10 homers and 23…

  14. Jeff Conine: I’d probably trade Hanley Ramirez

    Jul 22, 2011, 7:06 PM EST

    Jeff Conine

    Mr. Marlin isn’t down with the team’s present superstar. Jeff Conine, who served two stints in teal and is currently employed by the Marlins as a special assistant to team president David Samson, went on The Dan LeBetard show Friday and said Hanley Ramirez frustrates him “on a nightly basis” and that he’d “probably” trade…

  15. Indians, Pirates asking about Rockies’ Chris Iannetta

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    Chris Iannetta

    Cleveland and Pittsburgh are among a number of teams to have asked Colorado about catcher Chris Iannetta, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Iannetta’s name has come up in rumors numerous times over the last couple of years, largely because so many are convinced that the Rockies don’t value his contributions properly.  They’ve been guilty of…

  16. Troublesome shoulder puts Scott Rolen back on the DL

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    Scott Rolen

    Incredibly enough, Scott Rolen started at third base for the NL All-Star team earlier this month.  That may go down as his one good memory from 2011. Rolen was placed back on the disabled list Friday because of more pain in the left shoulder that’s troubled him for years.  Rolen had played in just one…

  17. Carlos Gonzalez goes on DL after re-injuring wrist

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez

    As speculated Thursday, Carlos Gonzalez has been forced onto the disabled list after aggravating his right wrist during a swing against the Braves. The Rockies called up Eric Young Jr. to replace him Friday. An MRI Thursday detected inflamed ligaments in the wrist, and though Gonzalez had mostly been able to play through the soreness…

  18. Mike Trout likely to stick when Peter Bourjos is activated

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    At least for a little while longer. Peter Bourjos got through his workout fine Friday and will come off the DL on Saturday after missing 15 days with a strained right hamstring, the Orange County Register reports.  Angels manager Mike Scioscia already said he’ll start in center field tomorrow. Still, the plan is for Mike…

  19. Heyman: Phillies, Giants are favorites for Carlos Beltran

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran, Ryan Howard

    With speculation flying that Carlos Beltran won’t accept a trade to an American League team, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said Friday afternoon that he sees the Phillies and Giants as the favorites to land the Mets outfielder, with the Braves and Brewers also in the running. ESPN’s Buster Olney said earlier Friday that five teams were…

  20. Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway is banging down the door

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Ryan Lavarnway

    Catcher Ryan Lavarnway homered yet again on Thursday.  He’s hitting .514 with seven homers in his last nine games for Triple-A Pawtucket. Lavarnway, a 2008 sixth-round pick out of Yale, has been on a tear since the day the Red Sox traded Michael McKenry to to the Pirates to clear a spot for him on…

  21. Japan threatens boycott of World Baseball Classic

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Sadaharu Oh, Ichiro Suzuki

    Unsatisfied with its current share of World Baseball Classic revenues, two-time champion Japan is threatening to sit out the 2013 event, Reuters reports. “We are not saying we don’t want to take part,” stated union president Takahiro Arai. “But we will not be able to compete under the current conditions, which are unfair.” Japan won both…

  22. Phillies add Aaron Heilman on minor league deal

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 PM EST

    Aaron Heilman

    Looking to add depth to a bullpen that’s been hit hard by injuries this season, the Phillies signed Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract on Thursday, CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury reports.  He’ll step into a Triple-A Lehigh Valley relief corps that just lost Jason Grilli to the Pirates. Heilman was cut by the Diamondbacks after amassing a…

  23. Ubaldo Jimenez plans to pitch in winter ball

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feeling that not getting enough work in the offseason led to his slow start, Ubaldo Jimenez said Thursday that he’s hoping to pitch winter ball. Surprisingly enough, the Rockies are on board with Jimenez’s plan to pitch for the Licey Tigers this winter.  Jimenez indicated that he’d likely only make a handful of starts, possibly just four.…

  24. Without Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks must make a tough call

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Stephen Drew injured

    At 52-46, the Diamondbacks are still in the thick of the NL West race.  They’re 4 1/2 games back of the Giants there and five games back of the Braves in the wild card. The road to claiming a spot in the postseason just got a lot tougher, though.  Losing Stephen Drew for the season due…

  25. Seventh-round pick Trevor Gretzky signs with Cubs

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Trevor Gretzky

    Trevor Gretzky, son of The Great One, has picked the Cubs over San Diego State, that according to Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn. “We heard he signed with the Cubs on Monday,” Gwynn told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. The Cubs have yet to confirm the signing, which is sure to be for considerably more than slot money.  MLB…

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