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Matthew Pouliot

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    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…

  4. Carlos Delgado worked out for the Red Sox today

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    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 —…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    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.”

  8. Fan dies on the field at Dodger Stadium

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    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…

  10. Pablo Sandoval needs to get back to Camp Panda

    Aug 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    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…

  11. Carlos Silva scheduled for a heart catheterization

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    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…

  12. Roy Oswalt has a dead arm

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    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…

  13. Buy a Chevy, have dinner with Pete Rose

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    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.

  14. Steroids do not help hitters hit home runs

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

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

  15. HBT Daily: spite streaks, rooting for the Mets and . . . Buck Naked

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:09 AM EST

    I’m not sure what’s worse: my random Buck Naked reference or the fact that I pull out a “M-E-T-S Mets! Mets! Mets!” cheer. Thank God it’s Friday.

  16. Jose Guillen has some potential suitors in the Yankees, Giants

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:22 AM EST

    Jose Guillen is one of the many, many guys who wouldn’t be nearly as maligned as he is if it weren’t for his contract.  I mean, no, he’s no great shakes, but if he was doing one year deals for reasonable money every winter no one would be saying bad things about him. Well, not…

  17. The Royals may consider dealing Zack Greinke this winter

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    Buster Olney says that the Royals were telling teams before the trade deadline that they’d listen to offers for the frustrated Zack Greinke. Obviously any offer for him would have to have been out-of-this-world, but their ears were on.  Olney thinks that their ears may be even more on come this winter. If the Royals’…

  18. The Cardinals are eyeing Andy LaRoche

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

    Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese is out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury, so St. Louis would like some infield help. A possible target: Andy LaRoche. That according to Rob Biertempfer of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I know LaRoche’s stock has fallen quite a bit since his days as a prospect,…

  19. The Orioles to honor Jim Gentile before tonight's game

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EST

    As we mentioned last week, the stat police have figured out that Roger Maris was credited with one too many RBIs in 1961, thus putting him back into a tie with the Orioles’ Jim Gentile for the league lead with 141. In a nice gesture, the Orioles will honor Gentile — who is still alive…

  20. Behold: the outfield catch of the decade

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    The best video you’ll see today: If you look closely you can see the wires holding up the centerfielder for the Hiroshima Carp.

  21. Quote of the Day: Awesome Umpire Bob Davidson

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Fair ball? Who you gonna believe, me or your own lyin’ eyes?

  22. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:47 AM EST

    Bad umps and a bad ballpark makes for a pretty crappy Thursday for baseball teams in Florida.

  23. Carloses Santana, Carrasco to have surgery tomorrow; out for the year

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    UPDATE: This is what happens when you get your news from Twitter. A correction to the record has been made: it’s Carlos Santana alone getting knee surgery. Carrasco is safe and sound here in Columbus, where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. Not a good…

  24. Braves' Medlen has a partial tear in his UCL, Tommy John surgery likely

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    Yet Derek Lowe continues to go through life in perfect health. Sorry, that was bitter. I don’t wish harm to come to Lowe. I just really wish it didn’t come to Kris Medlen. He’s young and promising and — most importantly — will likely help anchor the Braves’ rotation in the future when Derek Lowe…

  25. Mark Cuban speaks about the Rangers auction

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:36 PM EST

    Mark Cuban — as is his wont — took to his blog today to give a very long and very detailed explanation of his involvement in the Texas Rangers auction.  There’s a lot of play-by-play of how he got sucked into the whole crazy business. And it’s all very interesting, so you should definitely read…

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