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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Carlos Zambrano ripped for apologizing to his teammates

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Because nothing is easy with Carlos Zambrano, even his apology to his teammates over his meltdown last month is controversial. Why? Because he did it on ESPN last night.  That set off Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times, who called the apology a “stunt” and ripped into Zambrano for not apologizing to the Cubs in person. …

  2. UPDATE: Jason Bay scratched due to a concussion; DL stint still unclear

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Various earlier tweets from New York reporters had Bay destined for the DL. That hasn’t happened yet, actually, and may not.  The word now is that the Mets are going to observe Bay for the next couple of days and see how he does. Bay thinks he won’t be out long, but it’s not…

  3. The rift between the Mariners' coaches and the front office is very real

    Jul 27, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    We’ve heard rumblings this week that there is an increasing riff between the Mariners front office and the coaching staff, including manager Don Wakamatsu.  This came up when Chone Figgins was openly defiant of Wakamatsu in the dugout the other day yet wasn’t disciplined in any way.  Geoff Baker reports today, however, that the problems…

  4. The Braves option Nate McLouth to Gwinnett

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth has been absolutely terrible since coming off the disabled list, going 1 for 15 with no extra base hits. On the year he’s hitting .178/.279/.265.  If there’s a worse regular for a playoff contender I haven’t seen him.  Today the Braves said “enough” and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves don’t have…

  5. Rosenthal: the Nats haven't even made Adam Dunn an offer

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    The story was that the Nationals were going to take this week to try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension, and if that didn’t work, they’d trade him.  Their definition of “try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension” probably needs work, though, because according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nats…

  6. Ralph Houk was an American hero

    Jul 27, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    When Ralph Houk died last week I and just about every other person who wrote something about him made mention of the fact that he was a decorated veteran of World War II.  I had no idea just how amazing his war record was, however, having only read a few things here or there making…

  7. The Yankees are on Joakim Soria's no-trade list

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    We’ve heard this and that about the Yankees wanting to trade for Royals’ closer Joakim Soria. That seemed like a tall order anyway given how much he’d cost the Yankees, but here’s an even better reason why it isn’t going to happen: the Yankees are one of the six teams on Soria’s no-trade list. That…

  8. Get your tickets to Matt Garza's no-hitter

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that the Marlins sold thousands of previously unsold tickets to Roy Halladay’s perfect game back in May. I thought it was a cynical and craven attempt to make a quick buck, especially given that Halladay doesn’t even, you know, play for the Marlins. The Feesh should watch the Tampa Bay Rays and follow…

  9. The White Sox are going to make Frank Thomas a team ambassador

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Back in February the White Sox and Frank Thomas began a nice reproachment when it was announced that the team would be retiring his number. That’s going to happen on August 29th. Today they’ve added that Thomas will officially become a team “ambassador” which, while mostly a PR position, represents a nice coming together of…

  10. David Ross and the Braves agree to a two-year extension

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    David Ross is probably the best backup catcher in baseball. What’s more: he’s pretty cool with being a backup catcher and loves where he’s playing. It makes perfect sense, then, that he and the Braves just agreed to a two-year contract extension. The terms weren’t announced, but he’s finishing up a two-year, $3 million deal.…

  11. Mickey Mantle is no longer the leader in runs scored for 1961

    Jul 27, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga fans: only 49 more years until the wrong is righted!

  12. 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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