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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Tyler Skaggs is the PTBNL in the Haren deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported last night that Tyler Skaggs is the player to be named later in the Dan Haren deal.  Skaggs is a decent prospect: He just turned 19 and he’s 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 82.1 innings for low Class-A Cedar Rapids. Most folks project him to be a…

  2. Mets' hitting coach Howard Johnson is probably going to get fired

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    When you come off a 2-9 road trip in which your team was shut out four times, there’s a decent chance your hitting coach is gonna be in deep trouble. That seems to be the case with the Mets, reports Adam Rubin. Omar Minaya seems poised to fire someone, and that someone is likely to…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Police are on the lookout for the person or persons who robbed the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT

    Dan Haren is a nice pickup, but the hole is getting a little deep for one good pitcher to help the Angels climb out of, no?

  5. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Third base

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – Bautista has played twice as much right field as third base this year and it’s quite possible that he’d be a full-time outfielder…

  6. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Second base

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the third in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Dan Uggla (Marlins) – The current suspicion is that Uggla isn’t available, even though he’s due to make around $10 million next season and the Marlins don’t look…

  7. A's lock up catcher Kurt Suzuki through 2013

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The A’s on Friday signed popular catcher Kurt Suzuki to a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $16.25 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The new deal replaces the one-year, $420,000 contract Suzuki signed prior to 2010. He would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time in the offseason. Now all…

  8. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: First base

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    This is the second in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Prince Fielder (Brewers) – Fielder has overcome a slow start in grand fashion: by month, he’s posted OPSs of 741, 880, 956 and now 1074 so far in…

  9. Laynce Nix's incredible 2010 season

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    You say incredible doesn’t describe it? Well, no, for a bench player to be hitting .225/.265/.396 with four homers and 12 RBI in 111 at-bats three and a half months into the season isn’t particularly notable. In fact, it’s not far off from what should have been expected. My preseason projection called for him to…

  10. Position-by-position trade deadline preview: Catcher

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    This is the first in a series of articles looking at players who might be available in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Kurt Suzuki (Athletics) – I’m starting it off with a couple of long shots. The A’s see Suzuki as a building block, and they’ll probably try to get…

  11. Scott Rolen's body lets him down again

    Jul 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    A bounce-back first half for one of baseball’s surprise teams led to a much-deserved All-Star appearance, and all again seemed right in Scott Rolen’s world. He appeared well on his way to his best season since 2004, and it was suddenly worth thinking about his Hall of Fame merits again. And then July hit. Rolen…

  12. Did the Indians scratch David Huff because of a tweet?

    Jul 17, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    UPDATE: David Huff’s agent Jim McDowell informed Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that his client will not be starting on Sunday. And, apparently, the tweet is to blame. “If word got out about Huff possibly throwing a spot start on Sunday, it was not David’s doing. He did not post anything on Twitter about any of…

  13. Phillies, Rangers, Yankees after Orioles' Ty Wigginton

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Although he’s been in an awful slump since hitting 13 homers during April and May, Orioles utilityman Ty Wigginton is drawing interest from the Phillies, Rangers and Yankees, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec. Zrebiec says the Orioles and Phillies have discussed Wigginton for several weeks. The Philllies could install Wigginton at third base,…

  14. Leadoff men Ichiro Suzuki, Erick Aybar pull off unusual feat

    Jul 16, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    As the Angels were beating the Mariners 8-3 on Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki and Erick Aybar became the first pair of leadoff men to drive in three runs in the same game in a season and a half. Ichiro supplied all of Seattle’s runs on the night with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning,…

  15. Mariners sign Dominican outfielder for $2.2 million

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Anteing up $3.5 million to add talent to a system dearly in need of it, the Mariners signed three 16-year-olds out of Latin America to minor league contracts on Thursday, Baseball America reports. Chief among the players was outfielder Phillips Castillo, a native of the Dominican Republic who signed for $2.2 million. The hope is…

  16. Cardinals RHP Adam Ottavino slated for shoulder surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    Adam Ottavino, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 out of Northeastern, will undergo surgery for what GM John Mozeliak called a “slap tear,” reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold. The procedure to repair the labrum in his shoulder will keep him out for the rest of this year and could sideline him well into 2011. It’s…

  17. Mets not healthy just yet: Jose Reyes gets scratched

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes was due to hit leadoff Thursday in Carlos Beltran’s return from knee surgery, but he was scratched prior to the game against the Giants and Tim LIncecum because he still doesn’t feel comfortable hitting left-handed as he deals with a strained oblique. Reyes, who originally missed six days with the injury, tried hitting…

  18. Braves activate Jason Heyward from 15-day disabled list

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward didn’t push it and try to return for the All-Star Game, but he is in Thursday’s lineup as the right fielder against the Brewers. Heyward, who was sidelined with a bone bruise in his left thumb, will hit second between Martin Prado and Chipper Jones tonight. It had turned into his usual spot…

  19. Yunel Escobar-Alex Gonzalez swap a definite win for Toronto

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar for Alex Gonzalez certainly isn’t a deal anyone saw coming a year or two ago. Sure, the Braves had always had something of a love-hate relationship with their Cuban shortstop, but they had no shortage of opportunities to move him for promising players. To trade him now for an older, less-rangy shortstop having…

  20. New Marlins manager singles out Hanley Ramirez for poor play

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:43 AM EDT

    After losing 10-4 to the Diamondbacks on Thursday night, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez had the following to say: “We need to get more offense, mainly from Hanley, in the middle of the order. We need more offense from Hanley. Danny Uggla has been swinging the the bat very well. The bottom half of the lineup…

  21. Joey Votto, Nick Swisher named to All-Star teams

    Jul 8, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    The winners of the Final Vote were announced Thursday as the the Reds’ Joey Votto and the Yankees’ Nick Swisher. Both have won fabulous all expenses-paid trips to beautiful Anaheim, California for a two-day All-Star extravaganza in which they’ll be able to mingle with elite superstars such as Albert Pujols (hold for applause), Alex Rodriguez…

  22. Jason Giambi's four-single day a true oddity

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Apparently, now that he’s filling in for an injured Todd Helton, Jason Giambi felt the need to be a little more Helton-like at the plate. Giambi went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Rockies beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday. It’s a line that wouldn’t garner too much attention in most cases, but Giambi hadn’t…

  23. Report: Rangers, Mariners engaged in Cliff Lee talks

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Industry sources told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that trade talks between the Rangers and Mariners regarding left-hander Cliff Lee “appear to be heating up.” Sullivan, however, goes right on to say that nothing is imminent. The Rangers are in a difficult position when it comes to making trades. With bankruptcy proceedings ongoing and ownership still up…

  24. Red Sox groom RHP Michael Bowden for relief role

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    With little relief available on the trade market at the moment, the Red Sox have decided to look within the organization for setup help. Long-time pitching prospect Michael Bowden was shifted from the rotation to the pen this week, with an eye towards a promotion to the majors after the All-Star break. It certainly wasn’t…

  25. Todd Helton lands on DL with stiff back, pulled hamstring

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who is sitting on two homers and 16 RBI halfway through the season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back and hamstring issues prior to Wednesday’s game. The Rockies called up quad-A slugger Brad Eldred to replace him on the roster and included him in the lineup for…

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