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Matthew Pouliot

  1. A’s should bail on Kouzmanoff, start LaRoche

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Now even his glove is letting him down: Kevin Kouzmanoff committed his fourth error in four games Tuesday, eclipsing his total from 2009 when he set a record for fielding percentage by a third baseman with three errors in 311 chances. But while that’s probably a fluke, Kouzmanoff’s atrocious hitting likely isn’t.  He’s opened this…

  2. 0-for-13 start gets Ian Desmond dropped in lineup

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT


    The Nationals entered spring training with Nyjer Morgan and Ian Desmond at the top of their order, but less than a week into the season, Morgan is long gone and Desmond has been dropped to seventh following an 0-for-13 start. Desmond, who moved up to the leadoff spot when Morgan was traded to Milwaukee last…

  3. Jason Bay probably won’t be back this weekend

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    Jason Bay was hoping to return from the 15-day disabled list when eligible Saturday, but GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that it probably won’t happen. Bay is still experiencing soreness around his strained left intercostal muscle and has yet to try swinging a bat. “The doctors thought he might be ready when his days on…

  4. Why is Jeff Samardzija in the majors?

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    This isn’t a piece designed to answer that question. It’s an actual inquiry. What on earth is Jeff Samardzija doing in the Cubs bullpen? Going into the spring, it seemed to be pretty much a given that Samardzija would have a roster spot because he was out of options and because the Cubs had so much…

  5. Ramon Hernandez’s blast caps comeback for Reds

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez, Prince Fielder

    Pulling off a big Opening Day comeback, the Reds scored four times off John Axford in the bottom of the ninth Thursday to beat the Brewers 7-6. The Brewers supplied all of the fireworks early on today, with Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez delivering back-to-back homers to start the top of the first against Edinson…

  6. Jason Heyward: MLB’s best No. 6 hitter

    Mar 31, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Braves' Heyward hits a home run against the Nationals during the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    For the second straight Opening Day, Jason Heyward homered in his first at-bat Thursday, drilling a Livan Hernandez offering barely over the wall in right field in the second inning. As it turned out, it was the Braves’ second and final run of the day.  Heyward received just two more plate appearances, walking in one…

  7. Indians’ Trevor Crowe out four months after surgery

    Mar 31, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT


    Trevor Crowe, who spent much of last year as the Indians’ center fielder, underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least four months. The switch-hitting Crowe batted .251/.302/.333 with 20 steals in 442 at-bats for the Indians last season.  He’s hit .246/.295/.333 with three homers and 53 RBI in 625 at-bats…

  8. Update: Barry Zito sent for MRI on neck after car accident

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Barry Zito 2

    Update: Zito was experiencing soreness in his neck and upper body as a result of the accident and was scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday morning, Giants spokesman Jim Moorehead said. /// Barry Zito was taken to the hospital and later released after sustaining injuries in a two-car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday…

  9. Unsigned Jermaine Dye opts for retirement

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Jermaine Dye’s Ken Rosenthal said he talked to Jermaine Dye today and that the 37-year-old has chosen to retire after sitting out the 2010 season. Dye had a terrific first half in 2009, but after fading all of the way to .179 after the All-Star break, he failed to attract much interest as a free agent…

  10. Curt Schilling tweets, calls Manny Ramirez a cheater

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    schilling manny ramirez

    Answering questions on Twitter Saturday, Curt Schilling said that Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds were the best hitters he encountered during his time on the mound, but that some artificial enhancement might have helped with that. From Schilling’s @gehrig38 account: Best modern day hitter, Manny RH Barry LH when they cheated, Gonzo LH Pujols RH…

  11. Red Sox shut down Felix Doubront for two weeks

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox

    Left-hander Felix Doubront, one of Boston’s top prospects, has been shut down for 10-14 days because of elbow tightness, manager Terry Francona said Thursday. Doubront was nominally in the running for a spot in the Red Sox bullpen, but he was expected to begin the season at the top of Triple-A Pawtucket’s rotation. The 23-year-old…

  12. Brandon Webb could return to mound next week

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb threw 60-65 pitches off flat ground Thursday, ESPN Dallas’ Richard Durrett reports, and appears to be on pace to return to the mound early next week. Webb was taken off the mound after showing little velocity in his first bullpen session last week, putting his status for the beginning of the season in…

  13. Decision coming on Miguel Cabrera’s status

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will arrive at Tigers camp in time to talk to the media at 4:30 p.m. EST this afternoon, and a Tigers spokesman said to expect “a decision” on the first baseman’s status then. Cabrera has been away from camp after being arrested on DUI charges on Feb. 16. According to a Detroit News…

  14. Brewers catcher Lucroy breaks finger, needs surgery

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    Jonathan Lucroy, who is slated to be the Brewers’ starting catcher this season, suffered a broken right pinkie finger during drills Wednesday and will miss an undisclosed amount of time. Fortunately for the Brewers, the injury happened early enough to give Lucroy a shot at being ready for the regular season, and since the injury…

  15. Bryce Harper No. 1, nine Royals on BA’s Top 100 Prospects

    Feb 23, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Baseball America put out its annual top 100 prospects list Wednesday, leading off with 2010 first overall pick Bryce Harper as the top prospect in the land. Here’s the top 10: 1. Bryce Harper (OF Nationals) 2. Mike Trout (OF Angels) 3. Jesus Montero (C Yankees) 4. Domonic Brown (OF Phillies) 5. Jeremy Hellickson (RHP…

  16. Cardinals future dims without Adam Wainwright

    Feb 23, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    If the worse-case scenario comes to pass, the Cardinals are about to lose the right-hander who finished third in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2009 and second last year for the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. Adam Wainwright has won 39 games the last two years. In 2010, he went 20-11…

  17. Pirates owner to be dissatisfied for a very long time

    Feb 21, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Bob Nutting, John Russell

    Pirates owner Bob Nutting showed up in Bradenton today and spoke with the media after addressing players and staff prior to workouts. And what, pray tell, did he talk to his players about? “It’s critically important that they understand, and we all understand, that 2011 is not going to be a year where small bits…

  18. Cliff Lee coming back from mild side strain

    Feb 20, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of spoke with Phillies officials. They say that Lee is “100 percent healthy” and will throw to live hitters as expected on Tuesday. 6:42 PM: The Phillies revealed Sunday that Cliff Lee developed soreness in his side while throwing at home before reporting to camp and is a bit behind the…

  19. Report: Albert Pujols turns down Cardinals’ contract offer

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    A source told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale that Albert Pujols has rejected a contract proposal from the Cardinals. It’s been long reported that the Cardinals hadn’t made an offer, but according to Nightengale’s source they did recently and Pujols turned it down. The source goes on to say that, barring a dramatic turnaround, Pujols will…

  20. After 3 1/2 years, Rays place Ruggiano on waivers

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    The Rays have had talent bursting from the seams for years now, yet for some reason, they had never gotten around to replacing Justin Ruggiano on their 40-man roster until finally making the Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon signings official today. Ruggiano, along with Cuban defector Leslie Anderson, were designated for assignment to make room…

  21. Diving into the depths: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Tim Lincecum 2. Matt Cain 3. Jonathan Sanchez 4. Barry Zito 5. Madison Bumgarner 6. Jeff Suppan 7. Clayton Tanner 8. Dan Runzler 9. Henry Sosa 10. Shane Loux 11. Ryan Vogelsong I don’t want to…

  22. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Clayton Kershaw 2. Chad Billingsley 3. Ted Lilly 4. Hiroki Kuroda 5. Jon Garland 6. Vicente Padilla 7. John Ely 8. Blake Hawksworth 9. Carlos Monasterios 10. Dana Eveland 11. Tim Redding 12. Chris Withrow I…

  23. Diving into the depths: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Joe Saunders 2. Ian Kennedy 3. Daniel Hudson 4. Zach Duke 5. Armando Galarraga 6. Barry Enright 7. Aaron Heilman 8. Kevin Mulvey 9. Jarrod Parker 10. Wade Miley 11. Micah Owings 12. Josh Collmenter 13.…

  24. Diving into the depths: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Ryan Dempster 2. Matt Garza 3. Carlos Zambrano 4. Randy Wells 5. Carlos Silva 6. Andrew Cashner 7. Todd Wellemeyer 8. Braden Looper 9. Casey Coleman 10. Thomas Diamond 11. Jeff Samardzija 12. Jay Jackson 13.…

  25. Diving into the depths: St. Louis Cardinals

    Jan 28, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Adam Wainwright 2. Chris Carpenter 3. Jake Westbrook 4. Jaime Garcia 5. Kyle Lohse 6. P.J. Walters 7. Brian Tallet 8. Ian Snell 9. Lance Lynn 10. Bryan Augenstein 11. Adam Ottavino 12. Miguel Batista 13.…

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