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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Texas Rangers sale approved

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    This was more of a formality than the final stage of the Tour de France and your annual “the Mets are a dysfunctional mess” story, but I’ve spent so much time these past several months obsessing on it, that I may as well note that the owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Texas…

  2. Hero Boyfriend, foul ball girlfriend break up

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Our sister blog (brother blog? skeezy uncle blog?) Out of Bounds passes along some sad, sad news: the dude who let his girlfriend get smacked with the foul ball got dumped (check out Out of Bounds for the touching, touching video). Apparently their were other issues than just the foul ball thing leading to it. …

  3. K-Rod to be suspened two games; take anger management class

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    For those of you wondering what may happen to Francisco Rodriguez as a result of his little dustup with the wife’s old man, the Mets are suspending him for two games and he will be subject to anger management classes. On the legal side, I contacted his lawyer, Jay Reisinger, to ask him if he…

  4. Jay Gibbons will not be donating his salary to charity

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    The other day I asked if Jay Gibbons would keep his 2008 promise to donate his salary to charity if he ever made the majors again.  The answer is no: “I’m going to hold on to my money now,” the outfielder said. “I’ve got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment…

  5. Report: Chipper Jones tore his ACL, out for the year. Maybe forever

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Well, @$#!&%. Sports radio station 790 The Zone is reporting that Chipper Jones has a torn ACL and that he’ll be out for the year.  Obviously this is distressing to me. But not for the obvious reason. Yes, losing Chipper Jones — who has been back to his old All-Star self since June — is…

  6. The Cubs may still be dealing

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s trade of Mike Fontenot may not be the last deal the Cubs have up their sleeve: ”It’s hard to say if it’ll be the last one,” assistant general manager Randy Bush said after the trade that netted the Cubs outfield prospect Evan Crawford. ”Anything that we can do that we feel is to the…

  7. 2011 All-Star Game protesters arrested

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    That’s the year 2011, not 2,011 protesters. But maybe if there were that many one of them could have gotten the petition they were trying to deliver to Bud Selig through the thin blue line: Five people were arrested in Minneapolis in an attempt to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig,…

  8. Hundreds treated for heat exhaustion during yesterday's Reds-Cards game

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    In my little riff on hot and humid ballparks this morning I left out Cincinnati.  It gets downright ugly there, and yesterday it was particularly bad: Around 200 fans were treated for heat problems Wednesday during the Cincinnati Reds/St. Louis Cardinals game at Great American Ball Park. The game time temperature was 93 degrees, but…

  9. Updated major league logos

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    I pretty much stopped reading ESPN’s Page 2 when Hunter S. Thompson blew his head off — I think he would have wanted me to — but there’s something really good over there today: Updated MLB logos.  Each team’s, reimagined in such a way as to capture the essence of its bein’, ya know? Here’s…

  10. The Mets may start Oliver Perez on Saturday

    Aug 12, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    In a move that can only be explained by Jerry Manuel having money on the Phillies to win the division, the Mets manager said that he’s thinking about starting Oliver Perez against Philly. If he forfeited it would save everyone time and money. Not that there isn’t some logic afoot here. The Phillies will be…

  11. The Dbacks smack four consecutive homers

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Brewers starter Dave Bush last night.  The video is here. Great fun for anyone who isn’t a Brewers fan or a Dave Bush fantasy owner. For the record, the jacks came off two 89 m.p.h. fastballs, a…

  12. Quote of the Day: K-Rod-punches-out-his-father-in-law edition

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Clearly, K-Rod assaulting his wife’s old man last night was the result of media pressure.

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Last night’s scores and highlights, as well as digressions about humidity and whether a baseball team can request political asylum.

  14. HBT Extra: Triple Crowns, bad boyfriends and more Francoeur hate!

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Check out Tiffany’s transition from the discussion of Triple Crown candidates to Jeff Francoeur. Epic, kids, epic.

  15. Chase Utley cleared to start hitting again

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Good news for the Phillies: Chase Utley has been cleared to swing a bat. Utley was examined by his hand specialist today and was given the go-ahead. Assuming everything goes well once he starts hacking away he should be on course for an early September return. Wait, Utley doesn’t hack. That’s what makes him so…

  16. Good luck with that trade, Mr. Francoeur

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    I call him “Mr. Fancoeur” because it just sounded so fun in that Wall Street Journal article I linked to this morning. I know that WSJ and the New York Times use “Mr.” and “Ms.” as a convention, but the convention really doesn’t work in sports articles. Did they do this when pro wrestling was…

  17. Cardinals sweep the Reds; Brandon Phillips should go with "no comment"

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    That’s how you deal with trash talk and cleat-kicking and all of that stuff. Colby Rasmus’ grand slam in the fifth broke it open on the way to a 6-1 Cardinals’ victory, resulting in a sweep of the Reds. But this game was defined by Adam Wainwright. He pitched two-hit ball over seven shutout innings,…

  18. Did Jack Zduriencik hang Don Wakamatsu out to dry?

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Mariners’ general manager Jack Zduriencik was on KJR in Seattle yesterday, talking about the Don Wakamatsu firing. As everyone knows, one of the biggest things leading to Wakamatsu being let go was the Ken Griffey Jr. situation.  As in, the players perceived Wakamatsu as pushing the popular Griffey out, and after that they basically gave…

  19. Ben Sheets just had the most massive surgery in the history of pitching

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic pitcher. Ben Sheets will be that man.” Unless someone spoke those words before Ben Sheets surgery yesterday, his career looks about as close to over as you can imagine. Because rather than just needing his flexor…

  20. No waiver deal for Adam Dunn

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    This is not a big surprise, but Jon Paul Morosi makes it official that Adam Dunn (a) was claimed on waivers; and (b) the time for a waiver deal to be worked out expired on Monday, thereby rendering any deal of Dunn impossible.  I’ve heard speculation that the Dodgers claimed him and some counter-speculation that…

  21. Why aren't there more minority third base coaches?

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    67% of first base coaches are minorities. Only 23% of third base coaches are. Why?

  22. HBT Daily: Fisticuffs! Old man Chipper and who can beat the Yankees?

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany catches me in a moment of (mild) hypocrisy when it comes to basebrawl and says that Chipper Jones is “400 years-old.” In other news, we’ll soon be accepting anchor resumes via email.

  23. The Nationals are interested in Carl Crawford. Good luck with that.

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

  24. The owners are meeting in Minneapolis

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s time for the quarterly owners meetings. They’re up in Minneapolis today and tomorrow. On the agenda: approval of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan as the new Ranger’s owners, as well as some discussion about the draft, replay and pace of games. I suppose they could also try to settle the Athletics-Giants territorial dispute, but…

  25. Wily Mo Pena is raking. Who knew?

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    I saw a tweet a few minutes ago from the Padres’ MLB.com feed in which the writer said “fans have been asking about Wily Mo Pena” followed by some analysis on why it’s so hard to call him up right now. Which inspired two questions: (1) Wily Mo Pena is with the Padres?; and (2)…

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