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Matthew Pouliot

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

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:08 AM EST

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

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    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…

  4. The Bobby Valentine drama continues

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    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…

  5. The Rays are number one!

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    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…

  6. Ron Washington: perseverance personified

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    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…

  9. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

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

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:28 PM EST

    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!”

  11. B.J. Upton isn't going anywhere

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    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…

  13. Red Sox ratings are way down this year

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:49 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    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…

  16. Tyler Skaggs is the PTBNL in the Haren deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:13 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

  18. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

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

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:38 AM EST

    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?

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

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    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…

  24. Laynce Nix's incredible 2010 season

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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