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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Ozzie Guillen to remain with White Sox in 2011

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    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…

  9. Heath Bell also believes Rockies are cheating

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:28 PM EST

    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…

  11. Yankees add former first-round pick Andrew Brackman

    Sep 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    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…

  13. Miguel Tejada joins 300-homer club

    Sep 23, 2010, 1:35 AM EST

    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…

  14. Hanley Ramirez could be shut down with sore elbow

    Sep 22, 2010, 7:02 PM EST

    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…

  15. Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    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…

  17. Francisco Rodriguez to be arraigned Wednesday

    Sep 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

  18. Joe Mauer's MRI shows inflammation

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    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…

  19. Jair Jurrjens likely to start Sunday for Braves

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens, who missed his start Monday with a knee injury, will likely pitch Sunday, manager Bobby Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jurrjens was diagnosed Tuesday with a slight horizontal meniscus tear in his right knee. It sounds like something he can pitch through for the rest of the year and get taken care of…

  20. Joey Votto scratched with sinus infection

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:02 PM EST

    National League MVP candidate Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a sinus infection, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Chris Heisey replaced him in the lineup, with Jim Edmonds moving to first base. Votto hit his 35th homer as part of the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Brewers on Monday. He’s…

  21. Report: White out as Diamondbacks narrow GM search

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    According to AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price, the Diamondbacks have ruled out Dodgers assistant GM Logan White in their hunt for a new general manager, leaving former Padres GM Kevin Towers and current interim GM Jerry DiPoto as the candidates for the job. White is very well regarded in large part for his work heading the…

  22. Lester, Kershaw and Sanchez on pace to join exclusive club

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    In the 50 years since the expansion era began in 1961, just 17 different left-handers have struck out over a batter an inning while qualifying for the ERA title. This year, three of them are on pace to do it for a second year in a row. If things hold up, Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester…

  23. Yankees to unveil Steinbrenner memorial Monday

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    Prior to Monday’s game against the Rays, the Yankees will unveil a seventh permanent monument in Monument Park to honor George Steinbrenner, who passed away in July at age 80. Steinbrenner’s memorial will join those honoring Miller Huggins, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and one that commemorates the events of Sept. 11,…

  24. Jose Bautista ties Blue Jays record with 47th homer

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Jose Bautista delivered a solo shot off the Orioles’ Brad Bergesen in the first inning Wednesday night to tie the Blue Jays franchise record with his 47th homer. The 29-year-old Bautista matched George Bell’s team record from the rabbit-ball 1987 season. He had been tied with Jose Canseco’s 1998 season for second place on the…

  25. Troy Tulowitzki outslugs Adrian Gonzalez in Rockies' victory

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    For the fourth time since 2000, opposing players had at least two homers and five RBI in the same game as the Rockies topped the Padres 9-6 on Wednesday. And both happened to be occupying the cleanup spot. Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with two three-run homers and seven RBI to lead the Rockies, while Adrian…

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