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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Draft blog: Bryce Harper taken first overall by Nationals

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Nationals selected catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in the 2010 draft. The consensus No. 1 might not remain behind the plate; his own agent, Scott Boras, sees him as a corner outfielder and the Nationals announced him as an outfielder. Such a move would likely speed Harper’s arrival in Washington, and it’d make…

  2. No All-Star starters would end long run for Red Sox

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Unless Jon Lester or Clay Buchholz draws the nod in the first inning, all signs point to the Red Sox being without a starter on the AL All-Star squad for the first time since 1998. There is one qualification there. Manny Ramirez was voted into the lineup in 2003, but he skipped the game because…

  3. Grady Sizemore done for year after microfracture surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    It was the worst-case scenario for the Indians, who knew they were going to lose their center fielder for at least six-to-eight weeks following knee surgery on Friday. Grady Sizemore, though, required a microfracture procedure on his left knee, ending his season and possibly sidelining him to begin spring training 2011. Sizemore ends what was…

  4. Jim Joyce's bad call costs Armando Galarraga perfect game

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    It would have been 27 up, 27 down for Armando Galarraga, the unprecedented third perfect game of the 2010 season. But Jim Joyce had something to say about that. The first-base umpire made a bad call on a bang-bang play that should have ended the game against the Indians, denying Galarraga a place in history.…

  5. Overrated, yet still great, Ken Griffey Jr. left a mark

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    A massive talent with a big smile he wore constantly, Ken Griffey Jr. burst onto the scene in 1989, hitting 16 homers and finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting despite playing the entire season at age 19. Griffey just made it look so easy. And there were times in his mid-20s…

  6. Report: Ken Griffey Jr. opts for retirement

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Wednesday that Ken Griffey Jr. has opted to retire, effective immediately. Griffey, the 1997 AL MVP, was hitting just .184/.250/.204 and was homerless in 98 at-bats this season. He lost playing time to Mike Sweeney last month and saw his role decrease even further with Milton Bradley back from the…

  7. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett a DL candidate

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that it’s a “50-50 proposition” whether shortstop Jason Bartlett will land on the disabled list because of right hamstring soreness. Bartlett has been slumping and was recently dropped from first to last in Tampa Bay’s lineup, so a break might not be the worst thing. He’s hitting just .231/.327/.330 this…

  8. Darin Erstad's charity auction is a must see

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    I’ve said plenty of unkind things about Darin Erstad the ballplayer over the past several years, but there’s certainly never been an issue with Darin Ersad the person. As the Orange County Register pointed out today, Erstad currently has a charity auction up on ebay, with several items ending Wednesday night and others expiring later…

  9. Coco Crisp goes back on DL for Athletics

    May 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Injured in just his second game of the season, Coco Crisp was placed back on the DL Wednesday because of a strained right intercostal muscle. Crisp’s return to the outfield mix was one of the reasonings behind Eric Chavez’s DL assignment over the weekend. The A’s intended to use Crisp in center, Rajai Davis in…

  10. Can the Texas bullpen hold up?

    May 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Going into Wednesday’s games, 10 American League relievers had made at least 22 appearances. Five of them happen to pitch for the same team: 1. Will Ohman (Orioles) – 25 2. Daniel Bard (Red Sox) – 24 2. Neftali Feliz (Rangers) – 24 2. Chris Ray (Rangers) – 24 5. Scott Downs (Blue Jays) –…

  11. Jacoby Ellsbury scratched, Darnell McDonald saved

    May 25, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox were planning to designate Darnell McDonald for assignment to make room for Mike Cameron on Tuesday, but Jacoby Ellsbury experienced pain in his left side earlier in the day and was held out of the starting lineup against the Rays, giving McDonald new life. Cameron was activated from the DL as expected…

  12. Jim Leyritz lawsuit resolved with settlement

    May 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Leyritz in connection with a drunken driving manslaughter crash in December 2007 was settled Tuesday, with the vicim’s family receiving $250,000 from the former major leaguer’s insurance company. A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz. His attorney, John Richards, says the lawsuit…

  13. Pirates try former first-round pick Neil Walker

    May 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Poor Steve Pearce. The 27-year-old first baseman had seemingly rebounded from his very disappointing 2009 and was getting a shot at first base for the Pirates, at least on a part-time basis. However, he suffered a sprained ankle while making his ninth start Monday, requiring a DL trip. That’s opened the door for 2004 first-round…

  14. Slumping Giants can get younger, better

    May 24, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indications are that the Giants, losers of five in a row, are thinking about having Eric Hacker replace Todd Wellemeyer at the back of the rotation. It’d be another stopgap for a team that has generally given more weight to short-term solutions over long-term considerations during GM Brian Sabean’s time at the help. Fortunately, the…

  15. First-quarter awards: AL MVP

    May 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Same drill as the NL award. Let’s begin with VORP. 1. Justin Morneau – 28.8 2. Kevin Youkilis – 22.4 3. Robinson Cano – 21.8 4. Doug Fister – 21.7 5. Miguel Cabrera – 21.1 6. Evan Longoria – 20.7 7. Shaun Marcum – 20.3 8. Vernon Wells – 20.2 9. David Price – 19.7…

  16. First-quarter awards: NL MVP

    May 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Through one-fifth of the season, I imagine everyone would have said Andre Ethier was the National League MVP. However, he is losing ground while on the DL because of a fractured finger. Let’s look at how a couple of systems rank the NL’s top 20 players. VORP 1. Ubaldo Jimenez – 32.3 2. Roy Halladay…

  17. First-quarter awards: AL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    No Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander or Jon Lester here. We’ll turn to VORP again here to give us a top 10 list: 1. Doug Fister – 21.4 – 3-2, 1.96 ERA, 25/10 K/BB in 55 IP 2. Shaun Marcum – 20.0 – 3-1, 2.61 ERA, 45/14 K/BB in 62 IP 3.…

  18. First-quarter awards: NL Cy Young

    May 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Here are the top 10 NL starters according to VORP, along with some relevant statistics. 1. Roy Halladay – 28.1 – 6-2, 1.64 ERA, 58/10 K/BB in 71 1/3 IP 2. Ubaldo Jimenez – 27.8 – 7-1, 1.12 ERA, 54/21 K/BB in 56 1/3 IP 3. Tim Lincecum – 23.7 – 5-0, 1.76 ERA, 69/15…

  19. First-quarter awards: AL Rookie of the Year

    May 19, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The NL rookie class is leaps and bounds better than the AL group so far, with the Senior Circuit boasting the game’s top three first-year players. The American League class is largely pitching dominated. Only two AL rookies have served as regulars throughout the entire first quarter of the season and one of those, Lou…

  20. Fake trade: Tigers get Ted Lilly from Cubs

    May 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tigers acquire LHP Ted Lilly and cash from the Cubs for RHP Joel Zumaya. Why it works for the Tigers: The early signs point to the AL Central playing out much like it did last year, with Minnesota and Detroit going down to the wire and no wild card available for either. The Tigers, though,…

  21. First-quarter awards: NL Rookie of the Year

    May 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    A one-man race, right? Jason Heyward was practically handed the award a couple of weeks into the season, and though he’s hit a bit of a rough patch over the last week, he’s still batting an exceptional .274/.399/.540 with 28 RBI. That’s definitely Rookie of the Year material. But what no one expected was that…

  22. Marlins should keep Hanley, fire Fredi

    May 18, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Well, not today. Hanley Ramirez’s lack of hustle and subsequent rant about his manager’s qualifications shouldn’t be rewarded. Manager Fredi Gonzalez undoubtedly made the right call in benching Ramirez after Monday’s incident, and further punishing the shortstop by sitting him down for a game or two seems like the right call. Let’s face it, though:…

  23. Utilityman Ryan Freel opts for retirement

    May 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    34-year-old Ryan Freel has chosen to retire after playing in nine games in the independent Atlantic League, according to Mike Ashmore of the Hunterdon County Democrat. After the Reds dumped his contract following the 2008 season, Freel washed out in the Orioles, Cubs and Royals organizations last year, hitting .193/.290/.216 in 88 at-bats. While he…

  24. Eyeing Grady Sizemore's brutal start

    May 17, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    The bruised knee that knocked Grady Sizemore out of Sunday’s game and is sidelining him again Monday might have been the best thing that could have happened to the 27-year-old center fielder. He may not want to, but he definitely needs to sit back and watch a couple of games. There were reasons to be…

  25. Fake trade: Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman to Mets for Ike Davis

    May 14, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mets acquire RHP Roy Oswalt, 1B Lance Berkman and cash from the Astros for 1B Ike Davis, LHP Oliver Perez and SS Ruben Tejada. Why it works for the Mets: First, let’s get this out of the way: there’s no way the Mets would trade Davis straight-up for Berkman. Even ignoring salaries, I can imagine…

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