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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Lance Berkman seems to be handling New York just fine

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    When Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees there were some who thought that the country boy from that little Texas town (note: Houston is the 4th largest city in America) would have a hard time adjusting.  On the diamond that certainly has been the case in his first few games: he was two for…

  2. Jacoby Ellsbury dropped to ninth in the order

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    From leadoff last night to last for today’s tilt against the Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury will bat ninth reports Gordon Edes. Ellsbury is 0 for 16 since coming off the DL.  I’m sure there’s some considerable rust there and, in the grand scheme of things, 16 at bats isn’t a lot.  But given the hype and…

  3. David Ortiz thinks the strike zone is too big

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    After complaining about the specific strike zone CC Sabathia was given on Saturday, David Ortiz offered his opinion about the strike zone in general this year: “Swinging at all kinds of [stuff]. That’s what you’ve got to do. Swing, swing, swing, swing and good luck. Of course, you have to, man. It’s killing the game.…

  4. Great Moments in Great Memories: Torii Hunter

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter on moving to right field to make way for Peter Bourjos: “Kirby did the same thing for me, he moved to right field to make room for me in center field,” Hunter said. “[Bourjos] is a great kid. He’s 23 years old, he can run, so let him run. With that kind of…

  5. The biggest homer homer call in baseball history

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Memo to Pirates’ announcers Steve Blass and Greg Brown: Even if you haven’t been there before, fellas, at least act like you’ve been there.

  6. Shocker: Eric Chavez contemplating retirement

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring: “I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the…

  7. Jay Gibbons finally gets what he asked for. Now will he hold up his end of the deal?

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    The Dodgers designating Garret Anderson for assignment opened up a roster spot, and the man who took it was one Jay Gibbons.  Interesting story there. Gibbons, you’ll recall, was a Mitchell Report All-Star, having been tied up with those “rejuvenation clinics” that supplied players with HGH.  He was released by the Orioles the following spring…

  8. Let's invent some more Derek Jeter milestones!

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead. Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he…

  9. The Pirates coaches were fired for loyalty issues

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Pirates’ coaching shakeup was not a matter of poor performance. It was a matter of loyalty.

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    I know your game: you surf baseball blogs at work and tune out on the weekend because you have a life to lead. Hell, I invented that game. Which is why I also invented Weekend Wrapup.

  11. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT

    Brandon Morrow smokes the Rays, and pennant races tighten. In more important news, I bought some baseball shirts and I’d like to tell you about them.

  12. Is there hope in Cleveland, Kansas City and Pittsburgh?

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons says there is in his latest column: As dark as it seems, all three once-great baseball towns have hope. “The Royals and Pirates have done what small-market teams should do with their revenue-sharing money,” says one big-market general manager. “The last couple of years they’ve gone over slot on Draft choices, they’ve spent…

  13. Red Sox owner: "we need a miracle"

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic — who’s in pretty entertaining form today — spoke with Red Sox owner John Henry via email today about the state of the Sox. The verdict: Not too good: “At this point we’ll need another miracle. This team, healthy, is capable . . . However, the injuries we have had have been…

  14. The Reds and Dusty Baker are talking about a contract extension

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    We heard that they’d be discussing it after the deadline. It’s now after the deadline. They’re now discussing it, with Baker telling MLB.com that he’s “been approached in the last couple days,” and that “there are some things starting.” As was the case with Ron Washington, it’s all about winning. If the Reds weren’t in…

  15. Carlos Delgado worked out for the Red Sox today

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Mark Hale of the New York Post reports that Carlos Delgado worked out for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium today.  The Red Sox, of course, need a first baseman. Without any decent first basemen likely to make it through waivers, Delgado may be their best option.  Though they may have to battle Chicago to…

  16. The Indians claim the Reds' Drew Sutton off waivers

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    I thought I felt the balance of power shift in Ohio just a few minutes ago. This transaction must have been it. OK, seriously, it’s a slow day so I’ll take any transaction I can get. Cleveland’s claim of Sutton makes sense. He’s got no power, but he has some on-base ability and could —…

  17. Adam Dunn was claimed on waivers, probably by the Dodgers

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Who claims a player on waivers is never disclosed, but Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle believes that Adam Dunn — who, not surprisingly, was claimed — was claimed by the Dodgers: They were in perfect position in the standings to get the claim and had good reason to do it. Face it, the…

  18. The Phillies are better than the Mets because they are arrogant and condescending

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    According to one columnist it’s not about talent or execution. No, the Phillies are better than the Mets because the Mets are polite and lack “swagger.”

  19. Fan dies on the field at Dodger Stadium

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Well this is awful: A baseball fan participating in Mormon Community Night at Dodger Stadium has died after collapsing on the field during batting practice. Officials say Don Hawkins was standing near the third-base coach’s box Thursday night when he fell ill. He was one of about 4,000 Mormons on hand for the annual event,…

  20. Ron Washington will be back with the Rangers next year

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    This is really no surprise given how smoothly the Rangers’ season has gone, but the Rangers made it official: Ron Washington, whose contract was set to expire after the season, will be back for 2011. The details will come later. How many people would have guessed we’d be saying this back in March when it…

  21. Pablo Sandoval needs to get back to Camp Panda

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly thinks that Pablo Sandoval’s biggest problem this year is his conditioning: I’ve noticed in recent weeks that Sandoval has lost a step from last season. Some time toward the end of the last homestand, he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. It would’ve been an easy double for…

  22. Carlos Silva scheduled for a heart catheterization

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Carlos Silva left Monday’s Cubs-Rockies game after suffering shortness of breath and was subsequently diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat.  ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports today that Silva will have a cardiac catheterization on Monday to determine if he needs a cardiac ablation. I don’t really know what those things are, but Levine provides us some…

  23. Roy Oswalt has a dead arm

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt has a case of dead arm.  Matt Gleb breaks it down a bit and notes that Oswalt has been using his curveball and slider a bit more to compensate for the a lack of velocity. Not that you’d know it from looking at last night’s box score. Oswalt gave up two runs, but…

  24. Buy a Chevy, have dinner with Pete Rose

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    I’m not sure I’m a big fan of either ends of that bargain, but feel free to judge for yourself from the video.

  25. Steroids do not help hitters hit home runs

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Everything you think you know about performance enhancing drugs in baseball is wrong.

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