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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Rockies closer Franklin Morales goes on DL with weak shoulder

    May 11, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The Rockies revealed after Monday’s game that Franklin Morales was unavailable due to a sore shoulder, and though the initial report made it sound like a minor problem, Morales landed on the DL on Tuesday with shoulder weakness. “We don’t want to push the envelope and risk a serious injury,” manager Jim Tracy told the…

  2. Josh Beckett scratched from start with back spasms

    May 11, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett won’t start Friday after all. Boston’s struggling Opening Day starter sufferred back spasms while taking batting practice Monday in anticipation for games in National League parks later this month. Beckett, who has a 7.46 ERA after getting lit up by the Yankees last weekend, was originally pushed back from Wednesday to Friday so…

  3. Dallas Braden's unexpected path to fame

    May 10, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    A Mark Mulder or Barry Zito he wasn’t. Dallas Braden was drafted by the A’s out of Texas Tech in the 24th round in 2004. A polished left-hander with an underwhelming fastball but one very unusual weapon, he went 15-5 with a 3.52 ERA between Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland in his first full pro…

  4. Troy Tulowitzki a DL possibility with quad strain

    May 10, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki underwent an MRI Monday for a strained right quad suffered in Sunday’s game against the Dodgers. Tulowitzki has indicated that the current injury isn’t not nearly as serious as the one that cost him two months in 2008. He was scheduled to be reexamined this afternoon before a decision was made whether to…

  5. Calling up Starlin Castro a good gamble for Cubs

    May 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Another team would have waited three weeks. That’s about when a club can call up a top prospect without any service time and not have to worry about him becoming super-two eligible after his second full year in the majors. The Cubs, though, had reasons not to procrastinate. Sure, those three weeks may seem like…

  6. Juan Uribe now a regular for Giants

    May 6, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Juan Uribe will stay in the lineup as an everyday player after Freddy Sanchez returns from shoulder surgery, something that could happen in about two weeks. Bochy didn’t say Uribe would own second base for himself, but that’s really the only place for him. Moving Pablo Sandoval to…

  7. White Sox, Mariners shopping for offense

    May 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the White Sox and Mariners have been active in early trade talks, with both teams looking for offense. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise in either case. The White Sox have gotten lucky with Andruw Jones, but Juan Pierre has struggled in the leadoff spot and Mark Kotsay,…

  8. First-month minor league review – Pacific Coast League

    May 5, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    OPS leaders 1. Jay Gibbons (Dodgers) – .400/.405/.757 – 1163 2. John Lindsey (Dodgers) – .410/.465/.654 – 1119 3. Joe Borchard (Giants) – .366/.464/.646 – 1110 4. Kila Ka’aihue (Royals) – .304/.466/.620 – 1086 5. Chris Lubanski (Blue Jays) – .307/.357/.693 – 1050 6. Brandon Boggs (Rangers) – .333/.437/.600 – 1037 7. Mike Baxter (Padres)…

  9. Catcher J.R. Towles the fall guy for Astros' abysmal start

    May 5, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    J.R. Towles had to know his margin for error was pretty slim at the start of the year. That he beat out 2008 first-round pick Jason Castro for a starting job was partly a financial decision — the Astros had quite a bit to gain there by sending Castro down for another two months —…

  10. First-month minor league review – International League

    May 4, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    OPS Leaders 1. Steve Pearce (Pirates) – .349/.452/.605 – 1057 2. Dan Johnson (Rays) – .304/.375/.674 – 1049 3. Chris Carter (Mets) – .348/.408/.607 – 1015 4. Carlos Santana (Indians) – .300/.446/.550 – 996 5. Mike Hessman (Mets) – .297/.353/.637 – 990 6. Chase Lambin (Nationals) – .333/.385/.583 – 968 7. Dustin Martin (Twins) –…

  11. Ailing Rafael Furcal lands on disabled list for Dodgers

    May 4, 2010, 6:16 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal, who hasn’t played since April 27 because of strained left hamstring, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and replaced by Nick Green on the Dodgers’ roster. The Dodgers gave Furcal a week to see if he could recover without a DL stint, but the 32-year-old shortstop has never been known as a…

  12. Mets give away Johan Santana's plan

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told the New York Daily News on Monday that Johan Santana is racking up high pitch counts early in games because of a plan that calls for him throw mostly inside fastballs the first time through the lineup. The plan is designed to make his changeup more effective as the…

  13. Royals plan for Alex Gordon: left field & first base

    May 3, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Not only did Alex Gordon lose his spot on Kansas City’s roster after just 12 games, but it appears that he’s lost his position as well. The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports that Gordon will play left field and first base for Triple-A Omaha. We imagine that most of his time will come in…

  14. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey undergoes MRI on shoulder

    May 3, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    Even though he complained of shoulder tightness following his outing in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday and had an MRI on Monday, Mike Pelfrey remains scheduled to make his start Friday versus the Giants. SI.com’s Jon Heyman didn’t have any results from the MRI, but we imagine Mets doctors found nothing remarkable. Then…

  15. Tigers' Magglio Ordonez notches 2,000th career hit

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    With a single off Carl Pavano on Thursday, Magglio Ordonez because the 19th active major leaguer and the sixth native of Venezuela to reach 2,000 career hits. The active list: 1. Ken Griffey Jr. – 2,775 2. Derek Jeter – 2,773 3. Ivan Rodriguez – 2,735 4. Omar Vizquel – 2,706 5. Alex Rodriguez –…

  16. Musial, Pujols have nothing on Cardinals rookie David Freese

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    With a three-run homer off Jair Jurrjens and a three-run double off reliever Jesse Chavez, David Freese on Tuesday became the first Cardinals rookie since 1925 to drive in six runs in a game. Freese finished 3-for-3 with a walk as St. Louis beat Atlanta 10-4 to complete a four-game sweep. The 26-year-old rookie entered…

  17. Carlos Silva's comeback hard to buy

    Apr 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    The Cubs did need some help setting up for Carlos Marmol, but the biggest reason Carlos Zambrano is in the bullpen right now is Carlos Silva’s exceptional start. He’s followed a rather strong spring by going 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA through four outings. This from a pitcher who went 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA…

  18. Meet Dustin Pedroia's new favorite player

    Apr 27, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Reliever Fabio Castro arrived in Boston’s clubhouse Tuesday only to be put to the test immediately. No, not on the mound. 5-foot-10 Marco Scutaro had the supposedly 5-foot-9 Dustin Pedroia and the 5-foot-7 Castro stand back-to-back to figure out who was taller. According to the Boston Globe: “The winner by an inch or so was…

  19. Ex-Cub Matt Murton an early-season start in Japan

    Apr 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    With the NPB season about 25 games in, let’s have a look at some of the early numbers from Japan: Central League hitters Matt Murton – .343/.398/.525 in 99 AB Jose Castillo – .341/.371/.538 in 91 AB Tony Blanco – .314/.385/.581 in 105 AB Craig Brazell – .280/.344/.573 in 82 AB Jamie D’Antona – .245/.296/.480…

  20. Top prospect Mike Stanton beating down the door in Florida

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward casts a pretty massive shadow, but the NL East is home to three more terrific right field prospects in Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown, New York’s Fernando Martinez and Florida’s Mike Stanton. Stanton may even have a chance to become the best of the bunch. Heresy? Perhaps. I’d certainly take Heyward, but Stanton’s incredible strength…

  21. The Yankees know: don't sign players until you have to

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It’s safe to say I’ve given up on my hopes of becoming a major league GM. But if a reader hits the lottery, buys a team and decides to give me a shot, know that there’s a couple of rules I’d live by: 1. Never give multiyear deals to bench players 2. Don’t re-sign veterans…

  22. Rickie Weeks: All-Star

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    We know who the NL’s best second baseman is, and Chase Utley doesn’t figure to lose his title any year soon. Second in line is an open question. Brandon Phillips is an excellent defender and a solid hitter, albeit one who is miscast as a cleanup man in Cincinnati. Dan Uggla last year reached the…

  23. Just when I didn't think the Cubs could get more foolish…

    Apr 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    There are nine active pitchers with at least 100 victories and a win-loss percentage better than .600: 1. Johan Santana 2. Roy Halladay 3. Roy Oswalt 4. Tim Hudson 5. Andy Pettitte 6. CC Sabathia 7. Chris Carpenter 8. Josh Beckett 9. Carlos Zambrano This is just a guess, but I don’t think the teams…

  24. Satire: Joe Morgan's very special advice to the Reds

    Apr 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It took a few hours of digging, but HardballTalk has uncovered Joe Morgan’s first memo to GM Walt Jocketty issued under his new title as Special Adviser to Baseball Operations. Apparently typed by the same person who used to handle his ESPN chats, it reads as follows: Dearest Walter, While our 2010 Reds are undoubtedly…

  25. Corey Patterson rejoins Orioles on minor league deal

    Apr 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Corey Patterson, who opted for free agency after failing to make the Mariners as a non-roster player this spring, is back with the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract on Tuesday. Patterson was last a useful major leaguer in his first year with the Orioles in 2006. After coming over from the Cubs…

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