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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Brandon Wood, meet Tony Pena Jr.

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    With his 0-for-3 on Sunday, Brandon Wood went over 200 plate appearances for the season and his average dwindled to .160. If he doesn’t get another at-bat all year, he’d finish with a .397 OPS that’d rank as the lowest for any player in the expansion era. Here’s the bottom 10 with a minimum of…

  2. Mark Teixeira playing through broken toe

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira revealed to the New York Post that he’s been playing with a broken pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a HBP from Oakland’s Vin Mazzaro on Aug. 31. “Every step I take it stings,” Teixeira told the paper. “It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side…

  3. Josh Hamilton suffers setback while swinging

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton resumed swinging Tuesday, only to shut himself down after experiencing a spasm in his rib-cage area. It was the first time Hamilton had picked up a bat since suffering three bruised ribs in a collision with the outfield wall at Target Field on Sept. 5. He made it through about 25 swings before…

  4. Albert Pujols out of the lineup with sore elbow

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Albert Pujols, troubled by a sore left elbow the past three weeks, will get Tuesday off after receiving a cortisone shot Monday night. Felipe Lopez is making his first career start at first base in his place. Pujols originally injured his non-throwing elbow making a play on defense against the Pirates last month. A couple…

  5. Jon Lester records fourth straight 10-K game

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:17 AM EST

    With 12 strikeouts in a gem against the Mariners on Monday, Jon Lester became the first pitcher since Jake Peavy in 2007 to fan 10 batters in four straight starts. He’s the sixth different pitcher to have such a streak since 2000: 1. Randy Johnson – 7 starts in 2001 2. Randy Johnson – 6…

  6. Prince Fielder out with flu symptoms

    Sep 13, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Baseball’s longest active consecutive games streak could come to an end Monday, as Prince Fielder was scratched from Milwaukee’s lineup with flu symptoms, according to the Journel-Sentinel. Unless Fielder makes an appearance off the bench, he’d miss his first game since Sept. 3, 2008. Since that day, he’d started all 327 of Milwaukee’s games: 326…

  7. This Buck stops in Sacramento

    Sep 13, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    With the Triple-A season over, the A’s are set to make their final round of callups on Tuesday, but barring some late-season outfield injuries, Travis Buck won’t be rejoining the team. The then 23-year-old Buck was shaping up as one of the AL’s most promising rookies in 2007. Debuting not even two years after the…

  8. Chris Nelson's steal of home wins game for Rockies

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:37 PM EST

    Chris Nelson will always remember his first career stolen base. In the eighth inning of a 5-5 game versus the Reds on Thursday, the Rockies’ utilityman took off from third base against right-hander Nick Masset, who had looked towards second base, and swiped home without a play at the plate, giving the Rockies a 6-5…

  9. Singles scene not kind to Gavin Floyd

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    In losing to the Tigers on Thursday, Gavin Floyd became the first pitcher since James Baldwin in 2001 to allow 13 singles and no extra-base hits in a game. Floyd pitched six-plus innings versus the Tigers, giving up six runs, five of them earned. He walked Austin Jackson to open the bottom of the first,…

  10. Davidson ejected Brewers fan for homophobic slur

    Sep 8, 2010, 7:36 PM EST

    Umpire Bob Davidson says he ejected a fan at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Tuesday’s game after the use of a homophobic slur aimed at Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Davidson ejected 44-year-old Sean A. Ottow in the seventh inning last night because, according to the Associated Press, he wanted to make sure Molina wouldn’t do something…

  11. Josh Johnson could miss start with sore back

    Sep 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    According to manager Edwin Rodriguez, Josh Johnson is “50-50″ to make his scheduled start Friday against the Nationals because of lingering back soreness. Johnson, who is third in the NL with a 2.30 ERA and fourth with 186 strikeouts, has been dealing with the problem for weeks. While he’s remained solid, he’s missed out on…

  12. Where might Colby Rasmus play next year?

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    If the rift between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus forces the Cardinals to part with their 24-year-old center fielder, there will surely a be a ton of interest. Rasmus is hitting .266/.352/.496 in his second big-league season, and he’s not close to reaching his ceiling. He’s also a Gold Glove-caliber defender. He should be…

  13. Manny Ramirez apologizes for behavior in Boston

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    Returning to Boston for the second time since being traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers during the 2008 season, Manny Ramirez said Friday that he was to blame for the turn of events that led to his departure from the team he helped lead to two World Series titles. As he told ESPNBoston.com:…

  14. Brian Cole's family awarded $131 million in lawsuit

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:16 PM EST

    The family of former Mets prospect Brian Cole, who was killed in a one-car accident in 2001, was awarded a $131 million judgment against Ford Motor Company on Monday, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports. Cole died from injuries sustained in a March 31, 2001 accident when his Ford Explorer veered off a Florida highway and…

  15. Jason Kendall set for shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

    Workaholic Jason Kendall is going to have to learn to deal with some time off. He’s slated for rotator cuff surgery Friday that could sideline him into the 2011 season. Kendall has a tear in his throwing shoulder that manager Ned Yost said he’d need 8-10 months to recover from. Kendall, though, is hoping to…

  16. Struggling Cliff Lee to have back examined

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Cliff Lee admitted to the Rangers that he’s been dealing with discomfort in his lower back, and the team announced Wednesday that he was sent home to Texas for an examination and an injection of anti-inflammatories. Lee has given up 30 runs — 27 earned — over 29 1/3 innings in his last five starts,…

  17. UPDATE: Ted Lilly to stay with Dodgers after waiver claim

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:52 PM EST

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Dodgers pulled Lilly off waivers after the Yankees were awarded the claim. The Yankees and Rays enter play Tuesday tied with the best record in baseball, which means that at least 27 teams passed up the chance to acquire Lilly. 7:20 PM: As expected, Ted Lilly was…

  18. Josh Hamilton to receive another injection for sore knee

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton is DHing for a second straight day Tuesday and will be out of the lineup Wednesday to get an injection of Synvisc for his sore right knee. It will be the fourth injection Hamilton has received in the knee over the course of the season. He received his first dose of Synvisc, a…

  19. The Washington Post suspends Mike Wise for a month

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    Yesterday I beefed about Mike Wise of the Washington Post making up news and then mocking bloggers for trusting it.  Turns out his employer wasn’t a fan of that behavior either, as the Post has suspended Wise for a month. Yikes! More background here, as Wise tries to explain what he was doing with all…

  20. Omar Minaya needs to quit or be fired

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

    Omar Minaya either refuses or has been ordered not to do an essential part of his job. In light of this, he either needs to be fired or he needs to walk away.

  21. Is Josh Hamilton hurting more than we think?

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton DH’d last night to rest his gimpy knee. He still went 2 for 5. But Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News thinks things may be worse than Hamilton or the team is letting on: Hamilton’s right knee, which has been achy all season long, has started throbbing again not even a full…

  22. Pete Rose probably still has a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    Why Pete Rose as an Expo? I dunno. Everyone forgets about that and I like to remember that kind of random garbage. Got his 4000th hit while playing for Montreal! Anyway: Back when he was suspended from baseball, Pete Rose admitted to having a gambling addiction and went through counseling.  You’ll be shocked to learn…

  23. This may be the worst Pirates team ever

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

    According to his bio, the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic has been watching the Pirates since 1972. He’s been writing about sports since 1990 and covering the Pirates since 2005.  He’s seen highs, and he’s seen a ton of lows (some of which were the result of highs).  In light of that, when he says something like…

  24. The Marlins and Nats probably shouldn't have played last night

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:32 AM EST

    There was a three-hour rain delay before the Nats-Marlins game, and when play finally began, the players faced this: The game began with puddles throughout the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that simply stopped well in front of…

  25. Justin Upton leaves game with an injured shoulder

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    Justin Upton struck out swinging in the seventh inning of last night’s game against the Padres and immediately grabbed his left shoulder after the swing. He then left the game with an apparent injury. After the game Upton said it was mere “irritation,” and that he has had this type of injury in the past…

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