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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Brent Lillibridge is the White Sox’s new closer?

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    Lillibridge_Brent

    Sure, Sergio Santos got the save for the second straight day. But it was right fielder Brent Lillibridge who closed out the Yankees for the White Sox on Tuesday, making a pair of game-saving catches with two on in a 3-2 game in the ninth. With one out and runners on first and second, Alex…

  2. Ryan Raburn gives Miguel Olivo a homer

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Detroit Tigers

    Count on it being a staple of blooper reels for years. Miguel Olivo hit a line drive to the warning track in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, and Ryan Raburn turned it into a homer as it bounced off his glove and flew another 20 feet into the bullpen. We can’t…

  3. Victor Martinez on track for May 4 return

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    Seven days after going on the disabled list with a strained right groin, Victor Martinez returned to the field Tuesday, playing catch and hitting without pain. “I’m feeling great, man,” he said afterwards. “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.” Martinez is…

  4. Albert Pujols out Tuesday due to tight hamstring

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    The Cardinals thought Albert Pujols‘ hamstring problem was mild enough that they didn’t bring him in for treatment on Monday’s off day, but he is out of the lineup for Tuesday’s game in Houston. Pujols left the Sunday night game against the Reds in the seventh inning because of what was originally called tightness and…

  5. All-Star balloting underway on MLB.com

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Major League Baseball unveiled the 2011 All-Star ballot on Tuesday for the July 12 game in Phoenix. And, fear not, Sam Fuld did make the cut, as the league chose to list Johnny Damon at DH and Ben Zobrist at second base for the Rays. So, head over and cast your vote. Or, better yet,…

  6. Chipper Jones becomes 52nd player to reach 500 doubles

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones added another milestone to his collection Monday night, collecting his 500th career double in the 12th inning against the Padres. It was his seventh double in 23 games this season. Jones, who earlier this month reached 1,500 RBI for his career, is the fourth switch-hitter to reach 500 doubles,…

  7. Minor league home run leaders: Arizona’s Goldschmidt leads the way

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Here’s a list of everyone in the minor leagues with at least five homers headed into Monday’s action: 9 – Paul Goldschmidt (AA D’backs) – .345/.473/.845 8 – Jorge Vazquez (AAA Yankees) – .348/.361/.710 7 – Jaff Decker (AA Padres) – .359/.481/.859 7 – Ian Gac (A+ White Sox) – .300/.368/.700 7 – Kody Hinze…

  8. Note to Jim Tracy: Chris Iannetta is good

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Iannetta_Chris

    No actual quote yet, but here’s one of Troy Renck’s latest tweets, as Jim Tracy takes on his usual whipping boy, Chris Iannetta. Tracy said iannetta in tough spot hitting 8th. He’s getting walks but has to be ready to hit when pitch shows up w risp And then there’s this quote from Sunday, indicating…

  9. Diamondbacks place Willie Bloomquist on 15-day DL

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Willie Bloomquist

    The honeymoon is over. Willie Bloomquist, who hit .394 with eight runs scored and six steals in his first seven games with the Diamondbacks, went on the disabled list Monday because of a strained hamstring suffered during Thursday’s game. Veteran utilityman Josh Wilson was called up to replace him. Bloomquist had been slumping of late…

  10. Scott Rolen gets cortisone injections for shoulder

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Scott Rolen is absent from Friday’s lineup and iffy for the weekend after receiving two cortisone injections for soreness in his left shoulder, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “I kind of tracked it back to San Diego,” he said, referring to an April 11-13 series. “I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I haven’t…

  11. Rockies acquire Brad Emaus from Blue Jays

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Second baseman Brad Emaus, who was just returned from the Mets to the Blue Jays under the terms of his Rule 5 status, was traded from Toronto to Colorado for right-hander Chris Malone on Friday. The Rockies, presumably, will stick Emaus at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Had they wanted him for the major league team, they…

  12. Angels finally decide to give up on Brandon Wood

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Wood_Brandon

    Following Tuesday’s 15-4 win over the Rangers, the Angels made the move many had anticipated since the end of last season, designating former top prospect Brandon Wood for assignment. The transaction opens up a roster spot for the returning Erick Aybar. Wood reached on an error in his lone at-bat in tonight’s rout. He was…

  13. Victor Martinez lands on DL with groin strain

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

    MLB.com’s Jason Beck confirmed Tuesday that the Tigers are placing Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list because of the strained right groin he suffered Monday night. It’s certainly not the way the Tigers wanted to go about it, but it does alleviate the playing-time conundrum that had arisen with Magglio Ordonez back from his…

  14. Giants to activate Cody Ross, could demote Brandon Belt

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The Giants decided to hold off on activating Cody Ross on Tuesday, but they’ll make the move Wednesday and the writing appears to be on the wall for Brandon Belt. Belt was excluded from the Giants lineup for a second straight day Tuesday, as the team is again using Aubrey Huff at first base. Nate…

  15. Mariners’ Justin Smoak to go on bereavement list

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    smoak_justin

    The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone reports that Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will go on the bereavement list following a death in his family. The Mariners have yet to make it offical, but they do have backup catcher Chris Gimenez listed as their starting first baseman for Wednesday’s game versus Detroit. Mike Carp would be…

  16. Jake Peavy to miss next scheduled rehab start

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    peavy white sox

    While an MRI Tuesday showed no major problems, Jake Peavy will miss his next rehab start after leaving Monday’s outing with what the White Sox are describing as muscle tenderness and irritation in his right shoulder. Peavy, who is trying to make his way back from surgery to repair a detached lat muscle in his…

  17. In need of offense, Dodgers call up top prospect Jerry Sands

    Apr 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Jerry Sands

    After barely eeking out a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep at home, the Dodgers made a move to address their hitting problems Monday, calling up top prospect Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque. Sands, 23, was one of the PCL’s hottest hitters in the early going, having already homered…

  18. Diamondbacks place setup man Aaron Heilman on DL

    Apr 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Heilman_Aaron

    It looks like the Diamondbacks and Aaron Heilman might have erred in trying the veteran setup man as a starter this spring.  The 32-year-old right-hander was placed on the DL for the first time in his career Friday due to a case of shoulder tendinitis. Replacing him on the roster will be 25-year-old righty Josh…

  19. Three top Yankees prospects land on disabled list

    Apr 14, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Catcher Gary Sanchez, right-hander Dellin Betances (pictured) and left-hander Manny Banuelos have all gone on the DL’s for their respective minor league teams, The LoHud Yankees blog reports. Those three players were ranked second, third and fourth respectively on Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees prospects list behind Jesus Montero. Both pitchers have gone on the…

  20. Boof Bonser scheduled for Tommy John surgery

    Apr 14, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Boof Bonser, who was pitching for Triple-A Buffalo after failing to make the Mets out of spring training, will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. It’ll be the second lost year in the last three for Bonser, who missed 2009 after shoulder surgery.  He returned to pitch 25 innings for…

  21. Carlos Delgado: MLB’s best two-time All-Star

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    carlos delgado blue jays

    Not to say that he was particularly unfortunate — he did make nearly $150 million in his career — but Carlos Delgado should have been more famous. He should have hit 500 homers, he should have made more than just one postseason and he should have gone to several All-Star games, not just two. Delgado,…

  22. Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with fractured humerus

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton injury

    Update: Hamilton is out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone, FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. /// While preliminary tests Tuesday showed no dislocation of Josh Hamilton‘s right shoulder, the Rangers were concerned enough to send the 2010 AL MVP for an MRI. According to ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett, Hamilton will be placed…

  23. UPDATE: Rajai Davis placed on disabled list with ankle injury

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Davis_Rajai

    UPDATE: The Blue Jays just announced that Davis has been placed on the disabled list. Mike McCoy will take his place on the roster, effective tomorrow. 7:00 PM: Rajai Davis, who had a huge spring for the Blue Jays before injuring his ankle on April 1, is expected to miss at least the next couple…

  24. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy returns from DL

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Lucroy_Jonathan

    The Brewers on Monday reinstated catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the disabled list and designated outfielder Jeremy Reed for assignment. Lucroy took over as the Brewers’ starting catcher after Gregg Zaun got hurt last season and hit .253/.300/.329 with four homers in 277 at-bats.   He missed the entire exhibition season and the first week and the…

  25. Rich Harden has throwing program shut down again

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Rich Harden was slated to throw to hitters Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list, but the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that he had to be shut down again because of his strained lat muscle. The 29-year-old Harden hasn’t been able to shake the ailment that took him off the mound just…

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