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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Jose Bautista aims for Sunday or Tuesday return

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Jose Bautista tweeted Friday that the ankle he injured in Thursday night’s game against the Yankees is “feeling much better,” and the hope is that he’ll return in a couple of days. “Optimistically, we’re thinking Sunday. If not, it could possibly be Tuesday,” manager John Farrell told the National Post. The Jays don’t play Monday,…

  2. Nationals GM: Stephen Strasburg could pitch in September

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg continues to progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said Friday that the former No. 1 overall draft pick could make a start in September for the club. Strasburg was pretty much written off for 2011 after undergoing surgery last Sept. 3, but his rehab is going…

  3. Denard Span, Jason Kubel to begin rehab assignments Sunday

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    After nearly six weeks off, Denard Span has finally recovered from his concussion and has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Sunday. He’ll be joined there on the same day by teammate Jason Kubel, who suffered a sprained right foot on May 30.  Kubel originally began a rehab assignment two…

  4. David Ortiz appeals his four-game suspension

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    As expected, David Ortiz appealed the four-game ban handed down by MLB on Thursday and is in Boston’s lineup for Friday’s game against the Rays. Orioles pitchers Kevin Gregg (four games) and Mike Gonzalez (three games) appealed their suspension before Baltimore played last night. Ortiz was pretty lucky to just get four games after charging the…

  5. A’s try Futures Game MVP Grant Green in center field

    Jul 15, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Grant Green

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports that A’s prospect Grant Green has been shifted from shortstop to center field at Double-A Midland tonight and that it’s more than a one-day experiment. The move makes plenty of sense.  Green, a 2009 first-round pick, has long appeared ticketed for second base, but the A’s seem to have…

  6. If the Marlins choose to sell, start with Anibal Sanchez

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    While we’ve heard reports today that the Marlins may soon move their closer, Leo Nunez, there’s no fire sale in store for Florida this summer, not with the new ballpark opening next April. Still, there’s something to say for striking while the iron is hot, and it’s never likely to be hotter for Anibal Sanchez.  Despite…

  7. Minor league stadium has wall blown down

    Jul 14, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Lake Olmstead Stadium

    High winds in Georgia toppled a 50-foot section of the 18-foot-high center-field wall at Lake Olmstead Stadium shortly before Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Augusta GreenJackets and Hagerstown Suns, causing the contest to be postponed. According to the Augusta Chronicle, heavy thunderstorms caused the accident less than an hour before the scheduled 7:05 first pitch. …

  8. Second half tips off with a stinker from Bartolo Colon

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon couldn’t make it through the first Thursday, giving up eight runs — three earned — in two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays. Colon should have been out of the inning with the Yankees down 3-0, but third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is expected to be an everyday player while Alex Rodriguez…

  9. Wily Mo given the ol’ heave-ho

    Jul 14, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    Say it ain’t so. As expected, the Diamondbacks called up Brandon Allen and designated Juan Miranda for assignment Friday.  They also made a second series of moves, activating Geoff Blum from the disabled list and designating The Man, The Legend, The Wily Mo Pena. Pena goes despite hitting five homers in 46 at-bats for the…

  10. Ed Wade just doesn’t get it

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Ed Wade, Brad Mills

    The Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine was lucky enough to get the following quote from Astros GM Ed Wade after asking him about the trade deadline this afternoon: “We’re going to be viewed as a land of opportunity for teams to try to improve the teams that are in contention.” Because of the huge firestorm about to erupt when Brett…

  11. Phillies push back Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies have decided to give two of their aces some extra rest after their All-Star appearances and go with Vance Worley, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick this weekend against the Mets. Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee will be held back until next week’s series against the Cubs that begins Monday. Hamels, the Saturday starter,…

  12. Top prospect Brett Lawrie begins his rehab assignment

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie spring training

    Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie, who was on the verge of taking over as Toronto’s third baseman before suffering a fractured hand May 31, will begin a rehab assignment at Single-A Dunedin tonight. Lawrie hit .354/.415/.677 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 52 games for Triple-A Las Vegas before going down, and the common belief…

  13. David Price sells out after giving up Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, David Price

    David Price has decided to cash in on serving up the gopher ball that went for Derek Jeter‘s 3,000th hit.  He’s agreed to a deal with Steiner Sports, Jeter’s official memorabilia dealer, to autograph collectibles, including some with the inscription, “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K.” Those pieces and other memorabilia will be co-signed by both…

  14. Girlfriend of Bryan Stow beating suspect jailed

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Denise Danielle Piccione

    Yeah, we’re really pushing the bounds of baseball news here.  But I couldn’t resist such a darling mug shot. Denise Piccione, the girlfriend of the man being held in the Bryan Stow beating, is currently in Clark County jail on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a dangerous weapon after a…

  15. An idea for a better All-Star Game

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    All-Star Game

    Hang with me for a little while.  What follows involves some incredibly heavy math, and to be honest, you might as well just step away now if you didn’t take (and pass) at least two statistics courses in college. OK, here we go… My idea for a better All-Star Game is to make the break…

  16. Tackling the trade deadline: Atlanta Braves

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    Atlanta Braves First-half record: 54-38 Standings: trail Phillies by 3 1/2 games in NL East, 5 up in wild card Needs Outfield: Jordan Schafer has had his moments, but he also has a .599 OPS in 169 at-bats while filling in for Nate McLouth and Martin Prado.  The Braves offense is fine when everyone is healthy…

  17. The world will not end if Francisco Rodriguez’s option vests

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’ve all known for over a year now that the Mets weren’t going to want to be on the hook for Francisco Rodriguez‘s $17.5 million option for 2012.  They would have given him away to be out from under it.  As is, they had to pay the Brewers almost $6 million just to get a couple of…

  18. Report: MLB explores possibility of new ballpark for Dodgers

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    SPORTSbyBROOKS has been told by multiple sources that MLB has reached out to AEG to inquire about the feasibility of building a new ballpark in downtown Los Angeles for the Dodgers. AEG is the owner of the Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, in downtown L.A. and has already proposed to the city a plan to…

  19. Report: Cardinals covet Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    There’s been some speculation that the Rays would make a run at Colby Rasmus should the Cardinals make their center fielder available.  Now we know whom the Cardinals would ask for in return.  According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, Jeremy Hellickson is the pitcher the team most covets in any potential deal. And for good…

  20. O’Dowd: Rockies looking to add a starting pitcher

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Ubaldo Jimenez to Cincinnati?  Not at all likely.  The Rockies are aiming to land a starting pitcher, not subtract one, prior to the July 31 deadline. Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd told the Denver Post’s Troy Renck that the Rockies are hoping to pick up a starting pitcher under team control beyond this season. That makes…

  21. Kirk Gibson twice turned down the All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    But… I was assured this was a new phenomenon caused by greedy baseball players making tens of millions of dollars per year.  Surely no one turned down All-Star appearances 25 years ago. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, who ranks right up there with Tim Salmon among the best players to never go to an All-Star Game,…

  22. Brewers manager says John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez will split save chances

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Axford

    Apparently eager to appease newcomer Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that he intends to employ K-Rod and John Axford as co-closers. If the Brewers were to have Rodriguez and Axford split save chances equallyfor the rest of the season, then they wouldn’t have to worry about Rodriguez getting the 21 games finished…

  23. Report: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop.  However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season. If…

  24. Report: Yankees rejected Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees rejected a Francisco Rodriguez deal similar to the one accepted by the Brewers last night, in part because they didn’t think either K-Rod or Rafael Soriano would be content working the seventh inning. The Mets sent Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers last night for two…

  25. Brewers acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Mets

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez has gone from closing in New York to setting up in Milwaukee. K-Rod, who had 23 saves in 26 opportunities for the Mets, was acquired by the Brewers with cash for two players to be named, the team announced after Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the…

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