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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-31

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    It’s time for part four, which will cover free agents Nos. 50-31. Now we’re going to start to see more players likely to command multiyear deals this winter. That’s particularly true of the relievers listed below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 50. Jim Thome (Twins – Age 40)…

  2. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part three in a series covering this winter’s top 111 free agents. Here are the players ranked 70th through 51st. The relievers in this group may get two-year deals, while the position players should have to settle for one-year pacts in the $3 million-$4 million range. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos.…

  3. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 90-71

    Oct 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Trevor Hoffman

    Here’s part two of the Top 111 Free Agents. Whereas most of the players in the 111-91 range will be looking at one-year deals in the $1 million-$2 million range, the players here will hold out for a bit more, if not necessarily in guarantees then definitely in incentives. Free agents Nos. 111-91 90. J.C.…

  4. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Andruw Jones

    This is the first article in a six-part series looking at this winter’s free agent class.  I’ve included players who might have their options picked up after the World Series, but left out the no-brainers like Adrian Gonzalez and Omar Infante.  Also omitted were the retiring Billy Wagner and Mike Lowell. Players are ranked based…

  5. Benches empty in third inning of Game 6

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:07 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    A wild Jonathan Sanchez plunked Chase Utley in the back, leading a perturbed Utley to flip the ball back to the pitcher and sparking a benches-clearing incident in the third inning of Game 6 of the NLCS. The ball, which hit Utley just above the numbers, happened to carom and bounce into Utley’s right hand…

  6. Astros legend Jeff Bagwell declines to return as hitting coach

    Oct 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Jeff Bagwell, who left a cushy front-office job to return to the field as the Astros’ hitting coach at the All-Star break, announced Saturday that he wouldn’t return in that role in 2011. Bagwell was offered a two-year deal to stay on as the hitting coach, but with seven- and nine-year-old daughters at home, he…

  7. So who was the AL’s best shortstop this year?

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Alexei Ramirez

    In announcing their annual awards Wednesday, The Sporting News declared Alexei Ramirez the shortstop on the American League All-Star team. It’s a choice that will probably surprise a lot of people, but the AL shortstops really were so bad this year that a guy with 18 homers in a hitter’s ballpark and an unexceptional defensive…

  8. Dodgers, Ted Lilly close to three-year pact

    Oct 16, 2010, 9:38 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Apparently uninterested in testing free agency for the second time in his career, Ted Lilly is close to reupping with the Dodgers for three years, reports FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. A free agent after 2006, Lilly signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Cubs, picking that one over similar offers from the Blue Jays and Yankees. …

  9. Rangers make early lead stand up in Game 2

    Oct 16, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    On Friday, it was 5-0 after four innings.  Today, it was 5-0 after three. The Rangers, though, held on this time.  Jumping all over Phil Hughes, they scored a total of seven runs in the first five innings and turned a five-run lead over to the bullpen in the sixth.  Colby Lewis was strong early,…

  10. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Oct 14, 2010, 6:56 PM EST

    The Red Sox still have little idea what their catching situation will be next year, but they did secure one option on Thursday, agreeing to terms with Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a non-guaranteed $750,000 deal. The contract will pay him $250,000 if he spends the season in the minors. Despite collecting just 24 major league at-bats…

  11. Cole Hamels shuts out Reds as Phillies complete sweep

    Oct 10, 2010, 11:56 PM EST

    Yes, Game 2 was in their hands and they lost it, but with the results from Games 1 and 3, it doesn’t seem like the Reds ever really had a chance to win this series. The Phillies got their second dominant pitching performance in three games, this one from Cole Hamels, in beating Cincinnati 2-0…

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

    Oct 10, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    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…

  13. Rays stave off elimination with late rally

    Oct 9, 2010, 8:47 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Oct 8, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    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…

  15. Roy Halladay throws second ever postseason no-hitter

    Oct 6, 2010, 7:42 PM EST

    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…

  16. Roy Halladay starts off with five hitless innings

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:44 PM EST

    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…

  17. Bad Edinson Volquez shows up; Reds in trouble

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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,…

  19. Some love for Billy Wagner

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    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,…

  21. Yankees loss gives Rays the AL East title

    Oct 3, 2010, 5:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EST

    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…

  24. Josh Hamilton continues to eye weekend return

    Sep 28, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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