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Matthew Pouliot

  1. HBT Daily: Strasburg, dueling trade bait and the Tigers' J.V. lineup

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Our (mostly) daily look ahead to tonight’s action

  2. We'll find out today if Mark Cuban is in on the Rangers

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban will decide today if he’s in or out. Is it so bad if he’s actually in?

  3. Voting changes could put Steinbrenner in Cooperstown in 2011

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Yesterday they decided to break their consideration up by era, and stagger the voting year-by-year.  The categories: Pre-Integration Era (1871-1946), the Golden Era (1947-1972) and the Expansion Era (starting in 1973). I’ll…

  4. Rhode Island Gubernatorial candidate questions Schilling's bloody sock

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    Remember kids, you can’t spell “gubernatorial” without “guber!” Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee is questioning whether Boston Red Sox great Curt Schilling faked his bloody sock in Game 6 of the 2004 AL championship series . . . Chafee said he doesn’t know if he trusts Schilling, and incorrectly said Schilling’s own teammates questioned whether…

  5. On tap tonight: Strasburg vs. Heyward

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    There are a ton of high-profile rookies this year — and actually, Jaime Garcia may be the most deserving of the NL Rookie of the Year award right now — but certainly the two most hyped rookies this season are Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward.  They face off tonight in Washington. It’s their first meeting,…

  6. The Rangers were trying to get Oswalt even after they landed Lee

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan has a crush on Roy Oswalt, and crushes die hard.

  7. Jim Leyland is as mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    An ump accused Leyland of spitting. My theory: there was a second spitter behind the bushes on the gravelly road.

  8. Did Joba Chamberlain just lose his job?

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi has never been a Tony La Russa kind of guy, putting relievers in and yanking them out, playing the matchups and all that jazz. Mariano Rivera is his closer. Joba Chamberlain is his setup guy. Everyone else comes in as needed. So it seems like a notable thing that Joba Chamberlain didn’t get…

  9. Chris Coghlan pulls a Kendry Morales: may miss 8 weeks for a celebration injury

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Marlins announced that Chris Coghlan may miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus. The funny part: he did it while attempting to smash a shaving-cream pie in the face of Wes Helms following Helms’ walkoff single on Sunday. This is a monumentally stupid way to get injured of course — even dumber than Kendry…

  10. Dan Haren smacked in the arm by a comebacker in his Angels debut

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Not the way Dan Haren wanted to get things started in Anaheim. The Angels’ new starter had to leave in the fifth inning after a Kevin Youkilis line drive hit him in his pitching arm.  Haren tried to catch it, he couldn’t, it smacked his arm and he went down to his knees in pain.…

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

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

    A no-no for Matt Garza and an oh no! for Dan Haren.

  12. OK, maybe the Mets aren't going to fire Howard Johnson

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    When we all woke up this morning the buzz was that the Mets were poised to fire hitting coach Howard Johnson. Now Andy Martino of the Daily News hears from his sources that if they Mets were really going to can HoJo, they would have done it already. I stand by my belief that firing…

  13. The Orioles continue to not hire Buck Showalter. Is it by design?

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that, despite some suggestions that Buck Showalter is all but hired as the Orioles manager, the O’s aren’t going to change their skipper any time soon.  At least not through the trade deadline, and possibly longer.  Connolly writes “whether a change will be made in August, September, at…

  14. The Bobby Valentine drama continues

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    My personal view, based on what I’ve read and a handful of little tiny things I’ve heard from people who sorta know about it all is that Bobby Valentine kind of got boned in the whole Florida Marlins thing. Not that anyone set out to bone him, really, but that there’s such a disconnect between…

  15. The Rays are number one!

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    No, not in the AL East! In terms of critical violations of health codes at its concession outlets in their home stadium! ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums that were home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National…

  16. Ron Washington: perseverance personified

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Remember all that trouble Ron Washington had last March regarding the Colombian marching powder? It’s a distant memory now with the Rangers winning. But it’s not just the winning that put a lid on the controversy. It’s Ron Washington himself whose attitude has changed everything say his players and his general manager: “Guys talk about…

  17. Roy Oswalt doesn't want to go to Philly

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    While a trade of Roy Oswalt to the Cardinals is looking more and more problematic, it may not be nearly as problematic as a trade to his other often-rumored destination: Philadelphia. Why? Rosenthal and Morosi report that Roy Oswalt simply doesn’t want to go the Phillies, they say, citing “a source with direct knowledge of…

  18. What's trade deadline week without a wild rumor?

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    This one appeared on the sidebar of Jayson Stark’s latest column. He says “rumblings continue to surface” about it, but this is the first I’ve heard of a deal for Adam Dunn being a three-team affair: Rumblings continue to surface about a possible three-team deal involving the Nationals, White Sox and Diamondbacks that would send…

  19. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    If I weighted for dumb trades the Diamondbacks would be 45.

  20. Video: Dan Haren is very excited to go to Anaheim

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    There are a couple of times in this video where Dan Haren looks like he’s about to break into a Ric Flair-style “Woo!”

  21. B.J. Upton isn't going anywhere

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that  Rays outfielder B.J. Upton “remains unlikely to be moved.”  This isn’t Earth-shattering news, but Upton had been thrown around as possible trade bait for a pitcher, mostly when Cliff Lee was still being shopped. Upton is having a terrible year, but occasional lapses aside, defense doesn’t slump as much as hitting…

  22. The Yankees made "a big proposal" for Joakim Soria

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    A little over a week ago we heard that the Yankees would like to have Joakim Soria if they could. Which didn’t really raise anyone’s eyebrows because, really, who wouldn’t?  Turns out that they were more than just a little interested, however, because Heyman reports that they made the Royals “a big proposal” for Soria…

  23. Red Sox ratings are way down this year

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    The Red Sox bandwagon has a few empty seats in it this year according to Sports Business Journal: The Boston Red Sox’s six-year reign atop MLB’s local television ratings is about to end, as the team’s local numbers have plummeted from first to fifth this season. Entering the All-Star break, ratings for Red Sox games…

  24. Bobby Valentine would love to be considered for the Cubs' job

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    How much of this is politeness towards the Cubs upon being asked a question about them and how much of this is Bobby V. actually wanting the job is hard to say, but . . . The ESPN analyst and former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager says he’s interested in taking over for…

  25. Roy Oswalt to the Cardinals is "unlikely."

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to talk about a deal, but it’s another thing altogether to make a deal. Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is reporting this morning that, despite talking about it for over a week, the Cardinals dealing for Roy Oswalt is “unlikely.” The reason: as it appeared last week, the Astros simply aren’t being…

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