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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Indians buy high on Ryan Raburn, but it’s OK

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Raburn

    After hitting .256/.311/.430 in 1,573 at-bats over seven seasons with the Tigers, Ryan Raburn had to settle for a minor league contract in the offseason.  A few charmed months later, he’s now making guaranteed money through 2015, courtesy of the two-year, $4.85 million extension he signed with the Indians on Wednesday. There’s no denying that…

  2. Miguel Cabrera notches 10th straight 100-RBI season

    Aug 7, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera collected his 100th RBI in Tuesday’s win over the Indians, making him the 17th player in big-league history to reach the century mark 10 times in his career. Cabrera has done it in every one of his full seasons as a major leaguer. Here are all the players with 10 or more 100-RBI…

  3. Twins’ Andrew Albers nearly pitches shutout in ML debut

    Aug 6, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

    Andrew Albers

    Minnesota left-hander Andrew Albers defeated the surging Royals on Tuesday, throwing 8 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut. He allowed just four hits. Albers’ superb outing came just one day after the Royals walloped the Twins 13-0. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire chose to pull the 27-year-old Albers after a single and a one-out…

  4. Rays lose Desmond Jennings to fractured finger

    Aug 6, 2013, 1:56 AM EDT

    Desmond Jennings Brandon Crawford

    X-rays originally came back negative after Rays leadoff man Desmond Jennings sprained his left middle finger on Saturday, but further tests Monday revealed a fracture, putting him on the 15-day disabled list. Light-hitting Jason Bourgeois was called up to replace him on the roster. The loss of Jennings is a big one for the Rays.…

  5. Streaking Royals pull off most lopsided win since 2007

    Aug 6, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    Could things be any better for the Royals right now? – Their 13-0 win over the Twins on Monday was their most lopsided victory since they beat the Mariners 17-3 on July 3, 2007.  It was the first time since May 16, 1987 that they scored at least 13 runs and shut out the opposition…

  6. Yasiel Puig back for Dodgers; Hanley Ramirez set to avoid DL

    Aug 5, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    It seems like good news all around for the Dodgers on Monday. Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s game with a thumb injury, and Hanley Ramirez is hopeful of avoiding the disabled lisI after jamming his shoulder yesterday. Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez’s shoulder “felt a lot better this morning.”…

  7. Derek Jeter goes on DL to make room for Alex Rodriguez

    Aug 5, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Maybe the Yankees were thinking of waiting a couple of more days to see how Derek Jeter‘s injured calf would respond, but that would have required cutting an infielder to make room for the returning Alex Rodriguez on Monday. Instead, they chose the prudent course and placed Jeter on the disabled list for the third…

  8. Yankees bat Alex Rodriguez fourth in 2013 debut

    Aug 5, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Is this the Yankees’ way of telling Alex Rodriguez to put up or shut up? They have their 38-year-old former MVP batting cleanup Monday against the White Sox in his 2013 debut. It’s A-Rod’s first start for the Yankees since Game 2 of last year’s ALCS against the Tigers. Playing on a bad hip that…

  9. Miguel Cabrera rejoins lineup after five-day absence

    Aug 5, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera is back at third base for the Tigers on Monday after resting an abdominal strain for five days. Cabrera made a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against the White Sox and singled in his first at-bat since Tuesday, before immediately being removed for a pinch-runner. The Tigers won all four games while Cabrera was absent…

  10. Several Biogenesis players are stunningly equally ashamed of themselves

    Aug 5, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

    Jordany Valdespin

    Here are the official press releases from seven of today’s 13 suspended Biogenesis players. These are words coming straight from the heart, let me tell you. Antonio Bastardo: Today, I was notified by Major League Baseball that I have been suspended for 50 games for violation of the Joint Drug Agreement. I have decided to…

  11. Nelson Cruz says infection led him to Biogenesis

    Aug 5, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson Cruz says that a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, led him to seek out the assistance of performance-enhancing drugs prior to the 2012 season. According to his statement, timed with the announcement of his 50-game suspension, Cruz said he became seriously ill in Nov. 2011 and that, by the time he was properly diagnosed, he…

  12. Four Biogenesis minor leaguers to remain suspended into 2014

    Aug 5, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    Part of the rush to get the Biogenesis suspensions announced now was to allow major leaguers could finish their bans this year (and thus not appeal said bans). Things won’t go so smoothly for minor leaguers, though. Of the 13 players about to be suspended by Major League Baseball, four are not on 40-man rosters…

  13. Jesus Montero’s future in doubt with 50-game ban

    Aug 5, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Two years ago, one could have looked at the group of the 14 suspensed Biogenesis players — Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli, Antonio Bastardo, Jordany Valdespin, Sergio Escalona, Fernando Martinez, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto —  and concluded that, besides Braun, Montero…

  14. Nelson Cruz likely to accept suspension, leaves Biogenesis-tainted agents

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The word Wednesday was that Nelson Cruz might appeal the anticipated 50-game ban handed coming down in the Biogenesis scandal, but Jon Heyman reports that Cruz has decided to serve his time now in anticipation of becoming a free agent this winter. It was also disclosed that Cruz is leaving the ACES agency, which represented…

  15. Sources: Alex Rodriguez to be suspended for 2013, 2014 seasons

    Aug 4, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez strikes out against the Orioles during Game 4 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    If Major League Baseball has its way, Alex Rodriguez won’t play again until the 2015 season. Sources tell NBCSports.com that MLB plans to suspend Rodriguez for the remainder of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 campaign. That’s better than the lifetime suspension that MLB was originally shooting for with its evidence that Rodriguez has…

  16. After three years, Pedro Feliciano returns to majors

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Pedro Feliciano had his contract purchased by the Mets on Friday and is back in the majors for the first time since 2010. After making a whopping 92 appearances with the Mets in 2010, Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over that winter. He went down the next spring with what…

  17. Report: Red Sox owner John Henry to buy Boston Globe

    Aug 2, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Peter Gammons reports that Red Sox owner John Henry will be the new owner of the Boston Globe. It’s surprising news, as the Boston Globe, reporting on its own fate, stated last week that Henry had dropped out of the bidding. The New York Times previously owned 17.75 percent of the Fenway Sports Group, the…

  18. Pirates bump top prospect Jameson Taillon up to Triple-A

    Aug 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jameson Taillon

    Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft after Bryce Harper, is on his way up to Triple-A Indianapolis after getting promoted by the Pirates on Friday, the Altoona Mirror’s Cory Giger reports. Taillon was 4-7 with a 3.67 ERA and a 106/36 K/BB ratio in 110 1/3 innings for Double-A Altoona. He…

  19. Rangers snag Adam Rosales off waivers from A’s

    Aug 2, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Adam Rosales, Mike Gallego

    Adam Rosales cleared waivers last month the first time the A’s sent him down, but he was picked up this time, with the Rangers choosing to add him to their infield. The 30-year-old Rosales was hitting .193/.268/.319 over 135 at-bats in his two stints with the A’s this season. He’s a lifetime .220/.289/.334 hitter with…

  20. The Brewers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Robin Yount’s retirement tonight

    Aug 2, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Robin Yount

    2013 wasn’t a very good year for the Brewers to come up with anniversaries. 2012 was the 30th anniversary of the best team the franchise has ever put together, the 1982 Brewers that won 95 games and lost the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games. But 2013? 30 years ago: 87-75, fifth place…

  21. Red Sox score six in ninth to beat Mariners 8-7

    Aug 2, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    The Red Sox sent 10 men to the plate in a six-run ninth to overcome a terrific effort from Felix Hernandez and defeat the Mariners 8-7 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep at Fenway Park. According to the win expectancy data at Fangraphs, the Red Sox entered the ninth with exactly a one percent chance…

  22. Twins send down Aaron Hicks, Scott Diamond

    Aug 1, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Let’s face it: most of the good news for the Twins this year has come from the minors, as Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano have emerged as two of the game’s top five prospects. What’s happened with the major league club has been mostly bad. That’s especially the case with Scott Diamond, the team’s best…

  23. Carlos Gonzalez to rest sprained finger for a few days

    Aug 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Carlos Gonzalez is expected to avoid the disabled list, but he will give his sprained finger some time off after exiting Wednesday’s game with the injury, the Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports. Gonzalez has been dealing with a sprained left middle finger for weeks and opted out of the Home Run Derby because of it.…

  24. White Sox promote infielder Marcus Semien to Triple-A

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

    Marcus Semien

    The White Sox still don’t know exactly what they have in Marcus Semien, but they’re moving a little closer to finding out with the decision to promote him from Double-A to Triple-A on Thursday. Semien, a 2011 sixth-round pick, busted out in the second half of last season after an uninspiring first year as a…

  25. We need a later trade deadline next year

    Aug 1, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    With 10 teams now reaching the postseason and more than two-thirds of the league still thinking it has a shot as of July 31, it’s time for the trade deadline to be pushed back, at least until Aug. 15. Too many teams were too afraid to sell to make Wednesday the lively affair we were…

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