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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Josh Johnson could miss start with sore back

    Sep 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    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…

  2. Where might Colby Rasmus play next year?

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    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…

  3. Manny Ramirez apologizes for behavior in Boston

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    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:…

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

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Jason Kendall set for shoulder surgery

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Struggling Cliff Lee to have back examined

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Josh Hamilton to receive another injection for sore knee

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    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…

  9. The Washington Post suspends Mike Wise for a month

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    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…

  10. Omar Minaya needs to quit or be fired

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    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.

  11. Is Josh Hamilton hurting more than we think?

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    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…

  12. Pete Rose probably still has a gambling problem

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    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…

  13. This may be the worst Pirates team ever

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Justin Upton leaves game with an injured shoulder

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    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…

  16. Carlos Gonzalez hits a broken bat triple to bring the Rockies back from behind

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    In the recaps this morning I mentioned Carlos Gonzalez’ broken bat triple that won it for the Rockies last night and I asked how such a thing happens.  This is how it happens.  I’ll be damned. I saw Barry Bonds hit a broken bat homer once, but I’ve never seen something like that play before.…

  17. Hey look! Roger Clemens' mugshot!

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    He faces six felony charges based on lying to Congress and one capital charge of frosted tips on a 48 year-old man.

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

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    J.A. Happ and Hiroki Kuroda shut down the two teams most wags picked for the NLCS this year.

  19. Yeah, the blogs are irresponsible

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    This is basically a football thing, but it’s worth reading all the same because it impacts the kind of stuff we do here at HardballTalk. Mike Wise of the Washington Post tweeted some pure baloney about Ben Roethlisberger today and when he was busted on it, claimed that it was some grand kind of experiment…

  20. Rosenthal: Manny Ramirez is unprofessional; should not make the Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Rosenthal has the knives out for Manny Ramirez today. He’s off base, however, in his attempts to make Manny out as some kind of monster.

  21. Hanley Ramirez is back in the lineup today

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez left yesterday’s debacle against the Braves in the third inning after feeling lightheaded.  At the time it seemed like a rib injury or something, and later it was revealed that he was lightheaded. He’s better today, however, and will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nats.

  22. Brandon Webb's agent contradicts his client, is delusional

    Aug 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Earlier today we passed along word of Brandon Webb saying that he’d like to come back to Arizona and that he’d be content with some kind of incentive-laden deal.  This must have given his agent a conniption fit, because he just came out with a slightly different statement, in the form of an email sent…

  23. UPDATE: Manny deal done. But he won't be in the White Sox lineup tonight

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: I guess I jumped the gun earlier when I said that the Manny-to-the-White Sox thing was a done deal as a straight waiver claim, because it’s only within the last few minutes that all of the reputable reporters are saying it’s confirmed. Maybe I dreamed it all. Also, Nightengale has now backtracked from his…

  24. Roger Clemens pleads not guilty, and a digression on entering courthouses

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens just pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. No bail set. Clemens just can’t leave the country, which is standard. Nothing crazy happened.  He’s now off to play golf someplace, just as most well-heeled criminal defendants do after they get arraigned. There’s nothin’ else going on right now, so I’m left to consider the…

  25. Brandon Webb wants to come back to Arizona

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb is an optimistic chap these days. He wants to pitch yet before the season is over and thinks he can do it.  Plus, he likes the looks of the Dbacks’ revamped pitching staff and would like to be part of it next year: “I like the pitching staff a lot,” he said. “The…

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