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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Anyone want to take a flier on James McDonald?

    Sep 7, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    James McDonald

    Right-hander James McDonald had a great case for being an All-Star in the summer of 2012. Not a whole lot has gone right since, though, and the Pirates designated him for assignment Saturday, according to the Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel, removing him from the 40-man roster. McDonald had been on the shelf since early May due…

  2. Yusmeiro Petit so far from and so close to perfection

    Sep 7, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

    Yusmeiro Petit, Eric Chavez

    Yusmeiro Petit was one pitch away from what might have been the most unlikely perfect game of all-time. Inches really. The 2-2 pitch to Eric Chavez easily could have been called a strike in a typical situation, even without the help overzealous umpires sometimes give in no-hitter situations. Then Hunter Pence came up just short…

  3. After his father comes up a little short, Johnny Monell Jr. reaches the majors

    Sep 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Monell

    We’re not going to tell the story here: head on over to CSNBayArea.com for Andrew Baggarly’s feature on Johnny Monell Jr., who was just called up by the Giants, and Johnny Monell Sr., who played professional baseball for 17 years without ever reaching the majors. If you need more incentive, there’s a Hector Villanueva segment.…

  4. What are the Yankees going to do about Derek Jeter?

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter, Mike Napoli

    It was easy to watch Thursday night’s Red Sox-Yankees tilt and come to the conclusion that Derek Jeter is done. Hobbling around on one leg at shortstop, he nearly got himself seriously injured again, courtesy of a cheap takeout slide from Mike Napoli. Any other major league shortstop would have been there and gone already…

  5. Ryan Braun calls Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

    braun getty

    Sure, it’s PR through and through, but it’s also kind of neat. Ryan Braun, currently serving a 65-game suspension from MLB for his performance-enhancing drug usage, is calling Brewers season-ticket holders to apologize for his transgressions. CBS 58 in Milwaukee reached out to one of the ticket holders, Pat Guenther, and got some quotes from…

  6. Mark Trumbo declines to rip the statheads

    Sep 6, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Mark Trumbo went to the All-Star Game last year and is about to notch a second straight 30-homer, 90-RBI season, so he could easily fall back on the old “I get paid to produce runs” line. It’s nice to see that he doesn’t. “The casual fan would probably be pretty pumped up when they see…

  7. Red Sox best Mariano Rivera, beat Yankees in 10 innings

    Sep 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury scores at home plate as New York Yankees Austin Romine cannot hold the throw in their MLB game in New York

    Call it “Deja Drew.” After the Red Sox let a five-run lead slip away, things were going all according to plan for the Yankees on Thursday. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth up 8-7, and Mariano Rivera retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth. That’s when things unraveled. Mike Napoli, who was…

  8. Reds make it three out of four, defeat Cardinals 6-2

    Sep 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Todd Frazier

    If they hadn’t gotten so bunt happy on Wednesday, the Reds might have made it a clean sweep. As is, they should be pretty pleased to have taken three out of four from the visiting Cardinals with their 6-2 win on Thursday. Todd Frazier hit two of the Reds’ four homers in support of Tony…

  9. Adam Jones reaches 30 homers, 100 RBI… and 20 walks!

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Adam Jones

    Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones hit a solo homer in the first inning Thursday against the White Sox, giving him 30 homers and 100 RBI on the season. Three innings later, he reached another little milestone: he walked for the 20th time in 567 at-bats. Barring a stunning turn of events, Jones is about…

  10. Joe Mauer not progressing from concussion as hoped

    Sep 5, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Joe Mauer admitted Thursday that he’s still experiencing concussion symptoms during workouts, leaving him without a timetable for a return to the Twins lineup. Mauer ramped up his workouts in recent days, taking batting practice and lifting weights, but that’s when the symptoms returned, he told the Star-Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal III. Given that the…

  11. Billy Butler goes 5-for-5, gets removed for pinch-runner

    Sep 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    When Billy Butler led off the bottom of the ninth with a single Thursday in a tie game against the Mariners, it gave him his third career five-hit game. It was also the end of his day; the Royals pulled him in favor of Pedro Ciriaco. The switch didn’t work out — Ciriaco was left…

  12. Felix Hernandez’s next start delayed by back issues

    Sep 5, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez won’t pitch again until next Wednesday after leaving Monday’s game with what was called a lower back cramp, MLB.com reports. “He feels good and wants to start on Sunday, but we’re going to be cautious with him,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We want him to get some flat ground work, get another bullpen…

  13. Red Sox hit eight homers, destroy Tigers 20-4

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    The Red Sox overshadowed David Ortiz‘s 2,000th career hit Wednesday, tying their franchise record with eight homers in a 20-4 drubbing of the Tigers. Ortiz was a big part of the barrage, hitting two of the homers. His 2,000th hit, sandwiched in between the homers, was a double. Ortiz became the 275th player, at least…

  14. Pablo Sandoval hits three homers against Padres

    Sep 4, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval won’t be having any three-homer games in the World Series this October, but he did accomplish the feat for the first time in the regular season Wednesday as the Giants crushed the Padres 13-5. Sandoval had a modest 10 homers this season before taking three relievers deep tonight. He had a two-run shot…

  15. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  16. Craig Kimbrel just lowered his ERA to 0.94

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    It’s old hat now, but Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is once again threatening to post a sub-1.00 ERA. He’s at 0.94 after pitching a scoreless inning for his 44th save Tuesday against the Mets. Kimbrel finished last year at 1.01. There was actually some concern about Kimbrel after he got off to a rough start…

  17. Jerry Remy to remain out of BoSox booth for rest of year

    Aug 30, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Jerry Remy

    Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy, who has been out of the booth since his son, Jared, was accused of the murder of his girlfriend, won’t return this season, it was announced after Thursday’s game. Jared Remy pleaded not guilty Aug. 16 to the murder of girlfriend Jennifer Martel. “I am full of grief for…

  18. Jason Kubel designated for assignment by Diamondbacks

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel

    Undone by leg and back problems this year, Jason Kubel was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, just five days prior to the roster expansion. Kubel was finishing up a two-year, $16 million contract with Arizona. He fulfilled his part of the bargain in year one, hitting .253/.328/.506 with 30 homers and 90…

  19. No structural damage found in Brandon Beachy’s elbow

    Aug 27, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    Some good news for the Braves: no structural damage was found in Brandon Beachy‘s elbow when he went to visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday. “He confirmed what I’ve been hoping,” Beachy told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He just thought it was inflamed, a lot of fluid in there. The ligament is intact…

  20. Mariners designate Aaron Harang for assignment

    Aug 26, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    The Mariners now have an opening for Taijuan Walker in their rotation if they want to take it. Aaron Harang, who have up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Angels, was designated for assignment Monday. It was the fourth time in his last eight starts that he had given…

  21. ICYMI, Edwin Encarnacion is superb

    Aug 24, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    The Blue Jays are just going through the paces right now. Absent Jose Bautista, they’ve lost seven in a row and fallen to 57-73 on the season. The year’s most disappointing team, they have nothing left to play for. Just don’t tell Edwin Encarnacion that. He’s homered three times during the current seven-game losing streak.…

  22. Jose Fernandez does it again: seven scoreless versus Rockies

    Aug 24, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    Jose Fernandez furthered his Rookie of the Year case Saturday, hurling seven scoreless innings versus the Rockies to improve to 10-5 on the season. A.J. Ramos and Steve Cishek finished the 3-0 shutout. Fernandez has overtaken Shelby Miller, Julio Teheran and Hyun-Jin Ryu over the last couple of months to head the rookie class of…

  23. Report: Braves claimed Kyle Lohse earlier this month

    Aug 24, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    It’s old news that right-hander Kyle Lohse was claimed on waivers and then pulled back without a trade, but it wasn’t known who tried to pluck him away from the Brewers. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal revealed today that it was the Braves who made the claim. Lohse would have been pretty much the perfect replacement for…

  24. Max Scherzer outduels Matt Harvey in 3-0 game

    Aug 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    It was the best pitching matchup of the season that a big chunk of the U.S. was unable to watch. Max Scherzer struck out 11 over six innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout as the Tigers beat the Mets 3-0 on Saturday. Matt Harvey took the loss after giving up two runs…

  25. Pirates lose outfielder Starling Marte to disabled list

    Aug 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Marte reacts after being caught trying to steal third base against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The Pirates will be without a key piece for at least another 10 days after placing Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a hand contusion. Andrew Lambo was recalled to replace him on the roster. Marte was injured last Sunday when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch.  He’d…

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