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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Jackie Bradley Jr. gets pulled from game, appears to be false alarm

    Jul 30, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    There’s nothing quite like twitter before the trade deadline: Jackie Bradley Jr lifted for a pinch hitter in 6th in Pawtucket. Nothing apparently wrong with him. Trade in works? — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 31, 2013 If there is a trade going down involving Bradley, it’s not for Peavy, source says — Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes)…

  2. Report: Biogenesis players ready to accept their bans

    Jul 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis

    Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that, Alex Rodriguez excepted, the rest of the players involved in the Biogenesis scandal are ready to accept suspensions or 50 games or more. Sources told Passan that the suspensions will come down within 72 hours. The AP is reporting that Friday could be the day. Among those expected to…

  3. Angels bid for Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy

    Jul 30, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    The Angels aren’t buyers and the Diamondbacks aren’t sellers, but it seems they might be able to help each other out by doing an Ian Kennedy deal. Both CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal have mentioned the possibility. The Padres are also in the running, says MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. With Brandon McCarthy (shoulder)…

  4. Cheating is bad, but are the drugs?

    Jul 30, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    One of the issues many of us have with steroids is that they make players something they’re not. Or so we think anyway. Barry Bonds was practically a superhero in the early part of the last decade. Ryan Braun was probably destined to be a major leaguer, but now we assume that he was never…

  5. No, the Red Sox aren’t trading Xander Bogaerts for Cliff Lee

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Xander Bogaerts

    Cliff Lee is pretty terrific. He’s currently 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA. He’s on pace for a sixth straight season of 200 innings pitched, and his worst ERA in that span is a 3.22 mark. Since 2008, he has the second best ERA+ or anyone to throw 500 innings, coming in a bit behind Clayton…

  6. Frank Castillo’s day in the spotlight

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Frank Castillo

    Frank Castillo’s big-league career was rather interesting in the abstract. On the whole, he looks like a below average starter — he finished 82-104 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 seasons — but he had his moments. In his first full season, he had a 3.46 ERA in 33 starts for the 1992 Cubs. He…

  7. Blown call from Jerry Meals, bad baseball doom Red Sox in loss

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    Jerry Meals

    Make no mistake: the Red Sox played some pretty terrible baseball in losing 2-1 to the Rays on Monday. Still, a blown call at home plate in the bottom of the eighth cost them the tying run and, for that, Jerry Meals was to blame. Here’s the video: Meals admitted after the game that he…

  8. David Ortiz avoids suspension after tantrum

    Jul 29, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz‘s dugout tirade in Saturday’s game against the Orioles might yet see him fined, but it won’t result in any sort of suspension, an MLB source told CSN New England’s Maureen Mullen on Monday. It seems like a ludicrous decision given Ortiz’s recklessness in taking a bat to a dugout phone and potentially injuring…

  9. Rosenthal: Cubs listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It’s was assumed the Cubs already moved their biggest chip when they sent Matt Garza to Texas, but work came down from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Saturday that they’re listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija and the Cubs discussed a contract extension over the winter without getting very far. He’s making $2.64 million this…

  10. Alex Rios said he was never approached about trade to Yankees

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    Alex Rios

    According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the Yankees gave the White Sox’s Alex Rios a long look, only to later move on to Alfonso Soriano. The reason: B4 traded for Soriano #Yankees checked in with #chisox on Rios were told on his no-trade and would not waive it so moved to #Cubs Soriano…

  11. Bay Bridge shutdown forces detour for Angels

    Jul 26, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    America's Cup Training

    The Bay Bridge was closed down this afternoon after someone reported a suspicious device on an offramp. That wouldn’t seem to be much of a baseball issue, except the Angels were staying in a San Francisco hotel despite playing in Oakland tonight. Bay Bridge is shut down, so those who didn’t take the early bus…

  12. The home run that got Miguel Sano benched

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    Twins prospect Miguel Sano hasn’t played the last two days after being benched as a result of his antics during this home run Tuesday in Double-A New Britain’s game against Portland. Apparently, New Britain manager Jeff Smith had two problems with the homer. First, it was the pause Sano did a couple of steps away…

  13. Passan: No Manny Ramirez callup on the way

    Jul 26, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    BASEBALL-TPE-US-RAMIREZ

    Sources tell Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan that the Rangers have no plans to call up Manny Ramirez, even with regular designated hitter Lance Berkman making little progress with his leg problems and weighing retirement. Ramirez went 1-for-4 on Thursday and is hitting .250/.318/.417 with three homers in 15 games for Triple-A Round Rock as he…

  14. Alex Rodriguez for Albert Pujols…. who says no?

    Jul 26, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Sure, this is as far-fetched as they come, but wouldn’t both the Yankees and the Angels have to think about this? Alex Rodriguez currently has about $100 million left on his 10-year, $275 million contract that expires in 2017. Along with a $3 million portion of his signing bonus due next January, he’ll receives salaries…

  15. Mark Buehrle throws two-hitter for ninth career shutout

    Jul 25, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle almost single-handedly snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game losing streak on Thursday, throwing a two-hitter against the Astros for his ninth career shutout. Buehrle’s previous two shutouts were his two no-hitters, the first against the Rangers on 2007 and the other being a perfect game against the Rays in 2009. He hadn’t thrown a…

  16. Justin Verlander has a 4.00 ERA and $167 million coming his way

    Jul 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Even though the Tigers still had Justin Verlander signed for two more years, they signed their right-hander to a huge contract this spring that essentially made him the highest-paid pitcher ever. He’ll receive $28 million per year every year from 2015-2019. That’s kind of a scary thought right now, isn’t it? Verlander gave up seven…

  17. Alex Rodriguez goes on WFAN, says he’s wants to play

    Jul 25, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez talks with manager Joe Girardi while they play Baltimore Orioles in MLB game in New York

    It’s hard to imagine that Alex Rodriguez thought this would turn out well. The beleaguered Rodriguez decided to call into Mike Francesa on WFAN late this afternoon and tell the world that he’s ready to play and that the Yankees are holding him back. The move comes after Rodriguez took part in a conference call…

  18. Bryce Harper hits his first of many walkoff homers

    Jul 25, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    After the Nationals coughed up a 7-3 lead in the top of the ninth Thursday against the Pirates, Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, giving Washington a 9-7 win. Harper’s homer came off Bryan Morris with two outs in the ninth. He had gone 12 straight games without an…

  19. Mike Leake notches unique 10th win as Reds beat Giants

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Mike Leake

    Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the Reds had to be particularly frustrating for Giants fans, considering that… – Hunter Pence went 5-for-5 and the team as a whole collected 15 hits – The team left 15 men on base, it’s high total in a nine-inning game since 2008 – Chad Gaudin, the club’s best starter of…

  20. Report: Jake Peavy, Will Middlebrooks swap being discussed

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that Will Middlebrooks’ name has come up in trade talks between the White Sox and Red Sox regarding Jake Peavy. The Red Sox, on the hunt for a starting pitcher with Clay Buchholz out, scouted Peavy’s last start against the Braves and will take another look at him Thursday, when he…

  21. Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza‘s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday. Garza struck out five and walked none to outshine Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s best start in six weeks.…

  22. Isn’t this why we have an infield-fly rule?

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    With the Twins down 1-0 to the Angels, runners on first and second and none out in the ninth today, Justin Morneau hit a little popup to the right of the mound. Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, employing some quick thinking, let the ball drop and turned it into a 1-3-6-3 double play. He followed that…

  23. Updated: MLB investigating Alex Rodriguez’s link with new doctor

    Jul 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    a-rod doc

    A new player suddenly emerged in the bizarre Alex Rodriguez saga on Wednesday when Dr. Michael L. Gross and told Mike Francesa on WFAN that he had reviewed A-Rod’s MRI and detected no quad injury. In so doing, he contradicted the diagnosis of a Grade 1 quad strain from Yankees doctor Christopher Ahmad. Reports have…

  24. Alfonso Soriano sits, not traded yet

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Alfonso Soriano Hug Watch is on, but while the aging slugger isn’t in the Cubs lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was simply a scheduled day off, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs have newcomer Junior Lake filling in for Soriano in left field tonight. Lake had been playing center field…

  25. You can still get a Braun jersey at the MLB.com shop

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun shirt

    While the Brewers’ portal to the MLB.com shop area is now Ryan Braun free, the Braun jerseys themselves are easy enough to find and are still marked at full price. An authentic Braun home jersey costs $298.99 through MLB.com, the same price one would pay for a Brewers jersey featuring the name and number of…

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