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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup today

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez left yesterday’s debacle against the Braves in the third inning after feeling lightheaded.  At the time it seemed like a rib injury or something, and later it was revealed that he was lightheaded. He’s better today, however, and will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nats.

  2. Brandon Webb's agent contradicts his client, is delusional

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Earlier today we passed along word of Brandon Webb saying that he’d like to come back to Arizona and that he’d be content with some kind of incentive-laden deal.  This must have given his agent a conniption fit, because he just came out with a slightly different statement, in the form of an email sent…

  3. UPDATE: Manny deal done. But he won't be in the White Sox lineup tonight

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I guess I jumped the gun earlier when I said that the Manny-to-the-White Sox thing was a done deal as a straight waiver claim, because it’s only within the last few minutes that all of the reputable reporters are saying it’s confirmed. Maybe I dreamed it all. Also, Nightengale has now backtracked from his…

  4. Roger Clemens pleads not guilty, and a digression on entering courthouses

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens just pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. No bail set. Clemens just can’t leave the country, which is standard. Nothing crazy happened.  He’s now off to play golf someplace, just as most well-heeled criminal defendants do after they get arraigned. There’s nothin’ else going on right now, so I’m left to consider the…

  5. Brandon Webb wants to come back to Arizona

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is an optimistic chap these days. He wants to pitch yet before the season is over and thinks he can do it.  Plus, he likes the looks of the Dbacks’ revamped pitching staff and would like to be part of it next year: “I like the pitching staff a lot,” he said. “The…

  6. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Going two weeks between Power Rankings — with one of those weeks consisting of casual (at best) following of baseball — is discombobulating. Let’s try to get through this together.

  7. MLB trying to grow the game in China

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    There’s a neat article up at the Washington Post today about Major League Baseball’s inroads to China.  Compared to the population and, really, compared to interest in basketball and other sports, China’s interest in baseball is really low. But even a low percentage of Chinese population is huge, so it’s understandable that baseball would like…

  8. Great Moments in subtlety: the New York Post

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Ivan Nova, as you know, is under investigation by Major League Baseball for some business regarding B-12 injections that may or may not have been B-12 (or something; I’m having a hard time caring).  Yesterday he pitched well in the Yankees win. Here’s this morning’s New York Post sports cover.  I’m not gonna lie: I…

  9. R.A. Dickey wants to be a U.S. Open ball boy

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    This is not a repeat from the “Seinfeld” episode “The Lip Reader” from 1993: With another terrific performance on Sunday, R. A. Dickey continued to demonstrate that he could perform at the highest level of his sport. Now he wants to show he can do it in another sport, only not as a player. Dickey…

  10. Happy Frank and Jamie McCourt trial day!

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens’ arraignment isn’t the only baseball related court thingee going on today. The McCourt trial starts too. At stake: the very future of the Dodgers. Frank says the team is his. Jamie says it’s theirs. If he wins, the status quo will reign, and the Dodgers can keep on skimping on the free agent…

  11. Mike Sweeney is a huggy guy

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has a story up today about how Mike Sweeney likes to give his teammates hugs.  Click through for the video loop of Sweeney giving Jimmy Rollins a bear hug. Note how Rollins does the back-pat thing, which is the universal “this hug is totally a bro-thing; nothing weird about it” gesture. Sweeney…

  12. Arolids Chapman is coming

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    At 105 miles per hour, it should take Aroldis Chapman just under an hour to get from Louisville to Cincinnati today or, at the latest, tomorrow, which is when Jeff Passan is reporting that the Reds are going to call the dude up. It’s almost unfair that the Reds, riding high right now, have a…

  13. Roger Clemens gets arraigned today; finally has a decent lawyer

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    The only thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen while I was on vacation was Roger Clemens getting arraigned, skipping bail, going on the lam and taking a bunch of hostages, because that’s the kind of thing I would have had to blog about.  Thankfully that didn’t happen. He gets arraigned today, so any hostage-taking will…

  14. Manny Ramirez's Dodger career ends on a high note

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Actually, things never end well for Manny. They just end.

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Stuff you may have missed while standing on the beach, staring at the sea, staring at the sand.

  16. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:15 AM EDT

    NBC Sports.com has cleared me to resume baseball blogging-related activities. They wanted me to do a rehab assignment down in the Gulf Coast League, but my agent nixed that idea. Thanks, Scott!

  17. Takin' a little time off

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, I’m going to be taking a little time off. All next week to be precise. I’ll be back on Monday, August 30th.  Yes, I’m going out of town, but it’s to a secret undisclosed location that may or may not look like the pic to the right. I…

  18. Braves stun Cubs in the ninth inning, win 5-3

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    The day had not gone well for Atlanta. New first baseman Derrek Lee was 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts. Melky Cabrera’s adventures in left field had led to a couple of Cubs runs. The Braves’ bats just weren’t able to do a hell of a lot against Ryan Dempster. Facing Carlos Marmol…

  19. Mets beef up security in light of K-Rod getting all punchy

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    I’m not sure this is necessary. There has been a 100% drop in relief pitcher-on-girlfriend’s father violence in the Mets clubhouse in recent days! Since Francisco Rodriguez suffered a season-ending hand injury while allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge at Citi Field last week, the Mets have increased their security presence monitoring…

  20. Laser Show cancelled: Pedroia goes back to the DL

    Aug 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia got all kinds of props for taking ground balls from his knees and pushing to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.  Seems that the gritty toughness is not the better part of valor, because he just got put on the disabled list again.  Too much pain in his ankle, he…

  21. Cody Ross claimed on waivers; could be dealt

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Marlins outfielder Cody Ross was much talked about at the trade deadline but ultimately nothin’ happened.  Now he’s on waivers, however, and Jayson Stark is reporting that an NL team has claimed him — Ken Rosenthal says it’s the Giants — and that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade. Of course, what put the…

  22. Congressman says Andy Pettitte was the key to Clemens' indictment

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    We’ve all been talking about the difficulty of the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee he-said-he-said game, but at least one prominent member of the congressional committee that led to this mess said that the key to the referral to the U.S. Attorney’s office (which eventually led to the indictment) was Andy Pettitte’s testimony: Andy Pettitte’s sworn statement…

  23. Yet Johnny Cueto continues to walk the streets, a free man

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a pressing and important debate in today’s Post-Dispatch that in no way is designed to enflame the passions of Cardinals fans angry at Johnny Cueto. The headline: “LaRue’s out, Cueto’s in: Is that fair?” While the contours of the actual debate which follow are reasonable enough, the headline just slays me. The obvious implication…

  24. Torii Hunter visits the ballpark he helped build

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    When I read the intro to this story about Torii Hunter’s return to Minnesota in today’s L.A. Times, I was prepared to scoff at yet another strange Torii Hunter statement: Target Field is “The House That Torii Built.”  Ha! Put this alongside “Dominicans are imposters” and “Kirby Puckett moved off centerfield for me.” The usual…

  25. The Red Sox lottery game is outrageously lucrative

    Aug 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Remember back in March when I used the Red Sox scratchoff lottery game to unleash a big anti-lottery screed?  At the time I said I’d provide updates as warranted. That was kind of snarky, actually, but today we have a good reason to update anyway:  the Massachusetts lottery has now brought in $1 billion in…

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