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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Laser show warning: Dustin Pedroia activated

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Big day for previously injured second basemen: the Red Sox have activated Dustin Pedroia from the 15-day disabled list. Pedroia has been out since late June with a non-displaced fracture in his foot. He was hitting .292/.370/.502 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases at the time of his injury.  In that…

  2. The Mets blew their chance to punish K-Rod

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    As I mentioned yesterday, I don’t think the Mets have the right to void K-Rod’s deal pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I don’t even think they’ll try, honestly. But there are growing calls today for the Mets to at least attempt to void his deal or do something else drastic. Lupica’s column is the…

  3. Lou Piniella is not pleased with the kids in his bullpen

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Here’s Lou, last night, after rookies Justin Berg, Andrew Cashner and James Russell combined to allow four runs on six hits: “I’ll tell you what, these young kids we have here pitching-wise, they’re getting an opportunity of a lifetime, and none of them want to step up. You can’t have better opportunities than what we’re…

  4. Pat Burrell, naked, soaking wet, holding beer

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    No, there is no photo here, thank goodness.

  5. The nail-biting Bryce Harper negotiation ended with . . . pie

    Aug 17, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Adam Kilgore has the breakdown of the up-to-the-deadline Bryce Harper negotiations that resulted in his signing last night. It’s a good read because Kilgore is a good reporter. Still, I can’t help but think that Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo are milking this a bit. I’d really like to catch Boras or those guys in…

  6. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

    The David Price-Cliff Lee pitchers duel wasn’t exactly as stunning as advertised. I probably should stop advertising such things.

  7. So, can the Mets void K-Rod's contract?

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    That’s the question Mets fans who don’t want to see K-Rod’s mondo-expensive contract continue to weigh on the team are asking in light of the revelation that Rodriguez injured himself punching a 62 year-old man.  My gut feeling: seems doubtful. This stuff is governed by a clause in the Uniform Player Contract every player signs.…

  8. K-Rod to miss rest of the season with thumb injury. Guess how he got it.

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has a thumb ligament injury that will require surgery which will put him out for the season. And yep, you guessed it: the injury came when he punched his girlfriend’s father last week. I don’t suppose the result of the punches he threw render the intention to throw…

  9. The Braves may be interested in Clint Barmes. Why? I have no idea

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves may be interested in Rockies’ second baseman Clint Barmes and could either claim him or trade for him if Colorado places him on waivers. Which kind of makes no sense to me. The thinking would be that Barmes would play second, allowing Martin Prado to cover third base now…

  10. Nelson Cruz heads back to the DL

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz is on the disabled list for the third time this season because of hamstring issues. He already had a right hamstring strain and a left hamstring strain. This one is a left, so he’ll probably need to pull that right one again in order to balance things out. Cruz is hitting .320 with…

  11. Babe Ruth's final appearance at Yankee Stadium

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Life Magazine has some never before seen photos of Babe Ruth’s last appearance at Yankee Stadium, two months before his death.  They’re in color and, unlike some of the more well known pictures of the latter-day Babe, they give a striking view of just how frail he was. Black and white photography is wonderful in…

  12. Comment of the Day: Manny Ramirez is no destructive force

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Today’s post about Manny Ramirez brought forth a handful of “who would want that guy bringing their team down” comments. And one comment, by reader bobr, wondering what on Earth those people are complaining about: I wonder which example of his destructive influence you are basing this statement on. Might it be the 11 post-seasons…

  13. Bryce Harper and the Nats are making progress

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    I don’t put a ton of stock in Jim Bowden: newsbreaker, but the guy still knows people with the Nats, so I’ll put some amount of stock in his latest report that the Nationals and Harper are “making progress” on a deal and should have things wrapped up before the midnight deadline. Bowden says it’s…

  14. Ichiro is pushing the Mariners to hire Bobby Valentine

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons is reporting that Ichiro is lobbying for the Mariners to make Bobby Valentine their new manager. Gammons calls Valentine “Suzuki’s preference.” It’s not clear why he’d be Ichiro’s favorite, but one can assume that it has something to do with Valentine’s track record in the NPB and word of mouth from friends, former…

  15. HBT Daily: Bryce Harper and the Rangers visit the Rays

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Matt and I ponder the fate of Bryce Harper and look ahead to the Rangers and the Rays

  16. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Aug 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Yankees are the Boyz II Men of the Power Rankings. That’s a good thing! At least I think it is.

  17. Does any GM have the guts to take a chance on Manny Ramirez?

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Manny is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, which means he should be activated and will return to the Dodgers before the August 31st waiver deal deadline. And if he’s back, you can bet the Dodgers will place him on waivers (as Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney both note today).  So:…

  18. Jason Bay's concussion opening the Mets' eyes

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Unlike the case with Ryan Church a couple of years ago, the Mets can’t really be blamed for mishandling Jason Bay. Bay made no complaints about a head injury and there were no concussion symptoms until he got on a plane a couple days later.  It was just one of those things. But it may…

  19. The Rangers and Rays give us an ALDS preview tonight

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If the season ended today, two things would happen: (1) we’d all be really surprised and would demand explanations; and (2) we’d have the Rangers facing the Rays in the ALDS, just like they are tonight. And we’d likely have tonight’s matchup as well: Cliff Lee vs. David Price, which considering the struggles Tim Lincecum…

  20. Stop me if you've heard this one: WADA hates baseball's drug testing program

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ever notice that when pressed to explain the problem with baseball’s drug testing regime, the first reason cited by people from the World Anti-Doping Agency is that baseball doesn’t do business with the World Anti-Doping Agency? WADA chief John Fahey: “Baseball is the most recalcitrant,” he said, comparing MLB with the National Football League, National…

  21. Orlando Cabrera plays bat boy

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Something about this makes me smile: Orlando Cabrera is on the DL, so yesterday he put on the “BB” uniform and played bat boy during the Reds-Marlins game. Wore the helmet and everything.  The only downside is that he quit after the fifth inning. This is not unprecedented in Reds history, of course. Marge Schott…

  22. Mets plan to pick up Jose Reyes' option, discuss long term deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    We heard some stuff about this a week or two ago, but Mark Hale at the Post is reporting that the Mets are going to exercise Jose Reyes’ $11 million option after the season and get working on an extension. Seems like a good idea. Reyes isn’t at 2006 level but he’s shown that he’s…

  23. Armando Galarraga, Alex Avila have a little dugout spat

    Aug 16, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Weird scene in the first inning of yesterday’s Tigers-White Sox game: After retiring the White Sox, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga sought out his catcher, Alex Avila in the dugout and started pointing his finger and jawing at him. It seemed like a regular old disagreement until Gerald Laird stepped in and began firing back at…

  24. Albert Pujols: 30 homers for ten straight years

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    In my mind, the nutsiest thing about Albert Pujols is that he really wasn’t supposed to make the Cardinals in 2001. He had a nice overall season in the minors in 2000 — his only season in the minors — but 440 of his 544 plate appearances were in A-ball. Bobby Bonilla was supposed to…

  25. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    There’s absolutely nothing cool about anyone who works for HardballTalk, but we’re going to try to get you through the dog days of summer all the same.

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