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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Cliff Lee tossed for throwing at D-backs catcher

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee, who was making his second spring start since returning from minor foot surgery, was tossed from Monday’s game against Arizona in the third inning for intentionally throwing at catcher Chris Snyder. Lee appeared to miss with his first attempt to send Snyder a message. On his second try, he threw one just over…

  2. Reds' Chapman touches 100 mph against Dodgers

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman’s second spring outing was just as impressive as his first, even if he couldn’t find his slider in a two-inning stint versus the Dodgers. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay, Chapman hit 100 mph on the gun while allowing two singles, walking none and striking out two in a pair of scoreless…

  3. Rockies to hold Dante Bichette day next month

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    The Rockies announced Friday that they’ll hold Dante Bichette day to honor the former slugger. We’ll let the Denver Post’s Troy Renck take it from here: The Rockies are honoring Dante Bichette on April 26, marking the 15-year-anniversary of his christening of Coors Field with a walk-off home run. Bichette, a four-time all-star, hit .299…

  4. Rockies get flexibility, Helton gets security

    Mar 11, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Seeing a window to remain a top contender in the wide open NL West, the Rockies on Thursday made a trade with their own first baseman, giving him two additional years of security in exchange for an ability to defer $13.1 million beginning in 2011. In what seems like a smart move for both sides,…

  5. Giles an underappreciated superstar

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    .315/.418/.614, 39 HR, 115 RBI .315/.432/.594, 35 HR, 123 RBI .309/.404/.590, 37 HR, 95 RBI .298/.450/.622, 38 HR, 103 RBI That was the four-season run Brian Giles had from the time he arrived in Pittsburgh in 1999 through 2002. Of course, it was a time of whopping numbers, so Giles never led the NL in…

  6. Rays sign Cuban defector Anderson for $3.75 million

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    The Rays confirmed a report Thursday that they’ve agreed to terms with Cuban first baseman-outfielder Leslie Anderson. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported earlier in the day that it was a major league deal worth a guaranteed $3.75 million over four years. Anderson, 27, is a left-handed hitter with experience throughout the outfield and…

  7. Interim manager Mattingly still has a lot to learn

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    On the day he hinted that he was all lined up to become the Dodgers’ next manager, Don Mattingly had an embarrasing gaffe Wednesday, as his team was caught hitting out of order. Mattingly, who has never managed at any level, was serving as the Dodgers’ interim manager with Joe Torre off handling half the…

  8. Report: Red Sox, Beckett progressing in talks

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are making progress on a new deal that would keep the free-agent-to-be in Boston beyond 2010. The two sides have been working with an unofficial Opening Day deadline as they attempt to reach a compromise. Beckett, who is entering the option year of a…

  9. Marlins' Tucker diagnosed with Raynaud's Syndrome

    Mar 8, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    After pitching two innings Monday in his spring debut, Marlins right-hander Ryan Tucker announced that he had been diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome, a condition that causes numbness in the hands. Tucker, 23, told the Miami Herald he especially has problems pitching in the cold. “I can’t get my hands warm ever,” he said. “If you…

  10. Royals could go to Kendall in No. 2 spot

    Mar 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Not that manager Trey Hillman’s lineup is going to make or break the Royals offense this year — it’s already obviously broken — but Jason Kendall has hit second the last two days and could be an option there in the regular season. For what it’s worth, Hillman told the Kansas City Star that no…

  11. Grapefruit Wrap: Mets' Davis hits long grand slam

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    2008 first-round pick Ike Davis hit a long grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Thursday as the Mets beat the Cardinals 17-11 in early Grapefruit League action. The bomb made up for an error the previous half-inning that helped the Cardinals score four times and get within one run of the Mets in…

  12. Orioles homer barrage Wednesday's highlight

    Mar 3, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Rhyne Hughes and Josh Bell, who could be the corner infielders for Baltimore’s Triple-A Norfolk affiliate this year, had two-homer games in a 12-2 win over the Rays. With the wind blowing out to left at 15 mph, Nick Markakis and Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez also homered in the contest. Hughes and Bell were blocked…

  13. Would a Gordon Beckham-Adrian Gonzalez swap work?

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    One idea getting tossed around in light of the news that Jake Peavy has tried to sell the White Sox on his former Padres teammate is that the Pale Hose could part with Gordon Beckham in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, though, doesn’t see it happening: “Right now, the expectation about…

  14. Heyward, Hanson impress as spring play begins

    Mar 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The Mets started off the Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-2 win, but it was the young Braves that stole the show Tuesday in the first game of the spring season. Tommy Hanson started and struck out three in two scoreless innings for Atlanta, while Jason Heyward, batting third and playing right field, walked twice…

  15. MLB targets maple bats in minor leagues

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    MLB announced Monday that it would ban numerous types of maple bats from use in the minor leagues. Few details have come out so far, but the ban is expected to cover all levels of the minors and will eliminate the use of maple bats under a certain weight. The league also plans to look…

  16. Rangers looking at Lugo as possible utilityman

    Mar 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers are already exploring external options as they seek to replace the released Khalil Greene in a utility role. Manager Ron Washington said last week that the team would stay inside the organization and choose from Joaquin Arias, Esteban German and Ray Olmero to fill the void. However, Sullivan…

  17. SABR announces Chadwick Award winners

    Mar 1, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR as it is best known, on Monday announced the creation of the Henry Chadwick Award and its initial winners. The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz terms it “the Baseball Historian Hall of Fame.” Lee Allen Bob Davids Bill James Peter Morris David Neft Peter Palmer Lawrence Ritter…

  18. Red Sox still need a taker for Lowell

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Already almost dealt in December, Mike Lowell is a man auditioning for work this spring, though he’ll do so with the comfort of a $12 million salary and a no-trade clause that gives him some control over his destiny. Lowell took batting practice Monday for the first time since the thumb surgery that scuttled the…

  19. A's re-sign Tomko, add Jennings to pitching staff

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    The A’s added two veteran right-handers on Sunday, re-signing the rehabbing Brett Tomko and picking up Jason Jennings on a minor league contract. Tomko, who went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts for the A’s down the stretch last year, is still working his way back from an arm injury and isn’t expected…

  20. Lowe to start on Opening Day for Braves

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe, the pitcher the Braves were hoping to move in the offseason before parting with Javier Vazquez instead, was named the Opening Day starter by manager Bobby Cox on Sunday. “He was our winningest pitcher,” Cox said. “Last year against Philadelphia [Opening Day] he pitched eight shutout innings and gave up two hits. And…

  21. Spring training questions: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 27, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Will Jair Jurrjens be OK for the start of the season after showing up to camp with a bum shoulder? Jurrjens, who finished third in the NL with a 2.60 ERA last season, reported…

  22. Spring training questions: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Just how many starting pitchers will the Jays go through with Roy Halladay gone? Even with Halladay throwing 239 innings at the top of the rotation last year, the Blue Jays had 12 different…

  23. Manuel previews Mets lineup, rotation

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    While acknowledging that there’s still some competition going on, Mets manager Jerry Manuel laid out his plans for the lineup and the rotation on Friday. Although the fourth and fifth spots are still uncertain, Manuel sees the lineup shaking out like this: CF Angel Pagan 2B Luis Castillo SS Jose Reyes LF Jason Bay/3B David…

  24. Spring training questions: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Can Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer hold up at the top of the rotation? Sheets would seem to have the better chance of the two. He hasn’t put in a full season since 2004,…

  25. Without Greene, Rangers should trust German

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    When the Rangers moved Michael Young from shortstop to third base after his Gold Glove campaign in 2008, it was clear there was no going back. The Rangers knew Elvis Andrus had more range and they wanted Young to be able to settle into his new position, so they signed Omar Vizquel to serve as…

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