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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Course reversal: Orlando Cabrera added to Reds' lineup

    Oct 10, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    In a major surprise, Orlando Cabrera was added to Cincinnati’s starting lineup for Sunday night’s Game 3 after getting through batting practice on the field before the game. The Reds originally had Paul Janish starting and batting eighth against the Phillies, but Cabrera was inserted into his customary No. 2 slot. Cabrera is 1-for-5 through…

  2. Rays stave off elimination with late rally

    Oct 9, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    Things appeared bleak when Ian Kinsler homered in the top of the seventh to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead and knock Matt Garza out of the game, but the Rays came back Saturday night and won Game 3 in Texas on the strength of some timely hitting and a fine performance from their bullpen.…

  3. Marlins, A's among those tidying their rosters

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    The mass exodus has yet to begin, but a handful of teams have cleared 40-man roster spots since the regular season ended. Here are the players lopped off so far: Athletics – LHP Brad Kilby, RHP Ross Wolf, INF Akinori Iwamura Kilby’s July shoulder surgery must have been anything but routine; he cleared waivers even…

  4. Roy Halladay throws second ever postseason no-hitter

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    As close to perfection as one can come without actually getting there. Roy Halladay, already with a perfect game to his credit in the 2010 regular season, dominated the Reds in Tuesday’s Game 1, throwing just the second no-hitter in postseason history. The only baserunner to reach against him was Jay Bruce, doing so on…

  5. Roy Halladay starts off with five hitless innings

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    After 5 1/2 innings, the Phillies remain ahead of the Reds 4-0, with Roy Halladay having thrown five hitless innings. Positively cruising, Halladay threw just 10 balls to 14 hitters before walking Jay Bruce with two outs in the fifth…

  6. Bad Edinson Volquez shows up; Reds in trouble

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez was pulled from Game 1 of the NLDS in the second inning with the Reds trailing the Phillies 4-0, leaving Cincinnati in a major hole against an obviously sharp Roy Halladay. Reds manager Dusty Baker took a big risk in going with the volatile Volquez in Game 1. Volquez earned consideration for the…

  7. Phillies' NLDS roster: Domonic Brown in, Danys Baez out

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Phillies decided to go with 10 pitchers in announcing their NLDS roster Tuesday, leaving no room for Danys Baez, Kyle Kendrick or Rule 5 pick David Herndon. The roster, as called by Todd Zolecki a bit before the official announcement: SP: Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels RP: Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras,…

  8. Some love for Billy Wagner

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    How about ending your career with a season like this: 7 wins, 2 losses, 37 saves, 1.43 ERA, 104 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 1/3 innings. 39-year-old Billy Wagner, who has maintained all season that this would be his last, ended his 16th major league campaign by striking out the last four batters he…

  9. Giants survive, eliminate Padres as NL postseason picture settled

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Managing to avoid a home sweep, the Giants topped the Padres 3-0 on Sunday to win the NL West title. They’ll face the wild card Braves in the NLDS. Had the Padres won today, it would have forced two one-game playoffs, with the loser of Monday’s Giants-Padres game facing the Braves on Tuesday. The Giants,…

  10. Yankees loss gives Rays the AL East title

    Oct 3, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    The Red Sox came through for the Rays, besting the Yankees in the final two games of a three-game series and giving Tampa Bay the AL East title in the process. The Rays and Yankees entered the day with identical 95-66 records, but the Rays held the tiebreaker and thus clinched home-field advantage with the…

  11. Braves hold on to beat Phillies; 3-way tie still possible

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    The Braves made it far too interesting after taking an 8-2 lead in the sixth inning Saturday, giving up two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth, yet they held on to beat the Phillies 8-7 and guarantee that Bobby Cox will manage at least one more game. With the victory, the Braves…

  12. Detroit won't re-sign Johnny Damon; Ordonez to become FA

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Speaking before Sunday’s season finale, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said he would not re-sign Johnny Damon or Gerald Laird this winter and that Magglio Ordonez’s $15 million option would be declined. Dombrowski also indicated that it was unlikely Jeremy Bonderman would be back, but that the team was in talks with fellow free-agent-to-be Brandon Inge…

  13. Josh Hamilton continues to eye weekend return

    Sep 28, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Working out before Tuesday’s game, Josh Hamilton took 20 swings off a tee and 20 more of the soft-toss variety as he continues his comeback from two fractured ribs. Hamilton said he swung with about 60-percent effort and labeled it “a good day,” according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. He also shagged flyballs in the outfield…

  14. Giants perpare for possible playoff, move up Tim Lincecum

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Having Monday off gave the Giants a lot more flexibility in dealing with their rotation this week, and they announced Tuesday that they’re taking advantage of it by moving Tim Lincecum’s start from Thursday to Wednesday. Lincecum was switched with Madison Bumgarner in case the Giants face a must-win 163rd game next Monday. Lincecum could…

  15. Ozzie Guillen to remain with White Sox in 2011

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Despite recent speculation that he’d bolt due to a deteriorating relationship with general manager Kenny Williams, manager Ozzie Guillen will be back with the White Sox in 2011, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reported Monday. According to Merkin, Guillen met separately with Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf and came away pleased. Even though he was under contract…

  16. Heath Bell also believes Rockies are cheating

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    The excellent Padres blog Gaslamp Ball points out that Heath Bell took to Twitter on Sunday night to comment on the Rockies’ juiced ball “scandal” that Tim LIncecum weighed in on last week. First, in a seeming response to Tim Lincecum’s unofficial allegations, he tweeted “SF are the nice people.” That caught the eye of…

  17. Homefield not the priority, as Yanks push back Hughes, CC

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees announced Friday that they’d start Dustin Moseley against the Red Sox on Sunday night and push back Phil Hughes until Wednesday. Also, going unannounced, but essentially confirmed by the big left-hander himself, is that CC Sabathia will make just one start next week, that coming Friday against Boston. The Sabathia decision was a…

  18. Yankees add former first-round pick Andrew Brackman

    Sep 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Yankees gave 6-foot-10 right-hander Andrew Brackman a late callup Thursday, and he’s expected to make his major league debut at some point during the final week and a half. Brackman, an NC State product, was taken 30th overall in 2007 and give a $4.5 million major league contract even though expectations were that he…

  19. Red Sox to honor Mike Lowell on Oct. 2

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have proclaimed the next to last day of the season “Thanks, Mike Night,” as they honor the retiring Mike Lowell. Lowell, a four-time All-Star calling it a career after 13-big league seasons, will be honored in a ceremony before a game against the Yankees, the team that drafted him in 1995. The…

  20. Miguel Tejada joins 300-homer club

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada took Ted Lilly deep Wednesday night to become the 129th player in major league history to reach 300 homers. It was Tejada’s eighth homer in 194 at-bats since the Padres picked him up prior to the trade deadline. He hit just seven in 401 at-bats for the Orioles over the first four months…

  21. Hanley Ramirez could be shut down with sore elbow

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

    Still hurting Tuesday in his return to Florida’s lineup after getting five days off, Hanley Ramirez could be shut down for the rest of the season because of an elbow injury. Ramirez began experiencing discomfort in his non-throwing elbow about a week before the Marlins decided to shut him down. He was given five straight…

  22. Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    Even if it’s only hanging by a thread. Jim Edmonds, who thought he had finally blew out his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon in a home run trot Tuesday, had tests come back negative today, leaving open the possibility that he could play again this season. “It didn’t blow out or tear,” he told the Cincinnati…

  23. A.J. Hinch lands in Padres front office

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    A.J. Hinch, fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager earlier this season, has taken a job as San Diego’s vice president of professional scouting, according to the team’s media notes. Hinch, 36, may have flopped as a manager, but he was very well regarded in Arizona’s front office before former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes took a chance…

  24. Francisco Rodriguez to be arraigned Wednesday

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The New York Post is reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has decided to surrender two weeks early for arraignment on charges of violating an order of protection. Rodriguez was supposed to court Oct. 7, but will instead be arrested and charged with contempt of court on Wednesday. K-Rod sent his former girlfriend and mother of his…

  25. Joe Mauer's MRI shows inflammation

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Joe Mauer could be out another four or five days after an MRI showed inflammation in his ailing left knee. Gardenhire expects that Mauer will receive a cortisone shot for the knee, potentially sidelining him until the weekend. No serious problems were detected, but with the Twins in position…

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