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Matthew Pouliot

  1. ESPN to replace Jon Miller, Joe Morgan on Sunday nights

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    After 20 years in the booth together, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are on the way out as ESPN’s broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball.  The network has declined to renew Morgan’s contract.  Miller is being given the option of staying on as the play-by-play radio voice on Sunday night. Expectations are that ESPN will…

  2. Edgar Renteria commits to playing next year

    Nov 7, 2010, 12:02 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, who weighed retirement during an injury-plagued 2010 season, told ESPN Deportes Saturday that he intends to play next season. Renteria became a free agent earlier this week when the Giants declined his $10.5 million option for 2011.   The 34-year-old enjoyed a mild rebound offensively last season, hitting .276/.332/.374, but he played in…

  3. Chris Young’s option declined by Padres

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:38 PM EST

    Chris Young

    Confirming something GM Jed Hoyer admitted was coming a month ago, the Padres on Wednesday declined Chris Young’s $8.5 million option for 2011. After missing five months with a shoulder injury, Young returned in September to post a 1.49 ERA in three starts, and he surely would have been a part of San Diego’s postseason…

  4. Mets retain Jose Reyes for $11 million

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:24 PM EST

    Jose Reyes

    Maybe it wasn’t quite the no-brainer everyone figured it would be a couple of years ago, but the Mets exercised their $11 million option on Jose Reyes for 2011 on Thursday, retaining the shortstop for what will be his ninth season in Queens. Reyes was healthy for the most part last season after missing most…

  5. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 10-1

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:05 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    It’s time for the final chapter in our rundown of the winter’s free agents. I don’t think there will be any controversial choices in the top 10 below. All will get multiyear deals if they want them, and none should have to settle for less than $10 million per year. 111-91 90-71 70-51 50-31 30-11…

  6. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 30-11

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Now we’re starting to see some bigger names. Here’s the fifth of six columns looking at the winter’s top 111 free agents. Nos. 30-11 are featured below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 Free agents Nos. 50-31 30. Lance Berkman (Yankees – Age 35) – Berkman’s worst OPS in…

  7. Brian Sabean’s Giants had to lose to win

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:12 AM EST

    APTOPIX World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    What did these Giants have that the Yankees, Red Sox and Bay Area rival A’s didn’t? Three recent top-10 draft picks making a huge impact this season. There was a time not too long ago that Giants GM Brian Sabean thought a first-round pick wasn’t worth what it’d cost to sign him. After the 2003…

  8. Mitch Moreland strikes early, Rangers hold on to win Game 3

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:52 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The Rangers started the season with Chris Davis at first base, then went to Justin Smoak when he didn’t pan out. In July, after Smoak was used as the key piece in the Cliff Lee deal, they went back to Davis. Finally, at the end of the month, they acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins…

  9. 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)…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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. …

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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