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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Pirates lose left-hander Zach Duke to disabled list

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Still dealing with a sore elbow, Zach Duke was expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Pirates on Wednesday. Duke last pitched a week ago, when he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox. He has lost four straight starts, leaving him 3-8 with…

  2. Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland on road back from brain surgery

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Speaking publically for the first time since surgery in March to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, Ryan Westmoreland on Wednesday said he was making steady progress and that he hoped to return to playing baseball in the Red Sox system. Westmoreland, a 20-year-old outfielder rated as Boston’s top prospect by Baseball America over…

  3. Mark DeRosa opts for wrist surgery, out for season

    Jun 22, 2010, 7:05 PM EST

    Mark DeRosa is slated for season-ending surgery on his troublesome left wrist, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. DeRosa, in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract, hit just .194/.279/.258 with one homer in 93 at-bats before going on the DL on May 9. The Giants signed him to play…

  4. Blue Jays make Jarrett Hoffpauir everyday third baseman

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    The Blue Jays won’t be going back to Jose Bautista at the hot corner after designating Edwin Encarnacion for assignment on Monday. Manager Cito Gaston said Tuesday that Jarrett Hoffpauir would take over as the everyday third baseman, with Bautista remaining in right field. It’s a huge break for Hoffpauir. Formerly a second baseman in…

  5. Projecting the 2010 NL All-Star team

    Jun 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    With voting close at several positions, there aren’t as many sure bets for the NL All-Star team as the AL squad. That’ll make things a bit more challenging today. Still, I’m going to give projecting the 21 hitters and 13 pitchers a try. Catcher Locks: none Possibilities: Yadier Molina, Brian McCann, Miguel Olivo, Rod Barajas,…

  6. Projecting the 2010 AL All-Star team

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    With rosters having been expanded back in April, both All-Star teams this year will have 21 position players and 13 pitchers. Let’s try and break it down, first with the AL and then tomorrow with the NL. Catcher Lock: Joe Mauer Possibilities: Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada, John Buck, Kurt Suzuki Posada is playing as well…

  7. J.D. Drew looking to rejoin BoSox lineup Tuesday

    Jun 20, 2010, 9:55 PM EST

    J.D. Drew is aiming to return to Boston’s lineup on Tuesday after an MRI on his strained hamstring came back negative. “From talking to the trainers, it’s actually pretty good,” manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe. “I hope Tuesday’s realistic. If it’s not, we won’t do it. But I think it’s probably realistic to…

  8. An overlooked young stud: San Diego's Mat Latos

    Jun 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    It didn’t and shouldn’t have made headlines, but when Ubaldo Jimenez gave up eight hits and two walks over eight innings in his win over the Twins on Thursday, it took his formerly major league-best 0.98 WHIP up to 1.00. The new leader is none other than 22-year-old Mat Latos. While Jimenez, Stephen Strasburg and…

  9. Troy Tulowitzki out 6-8 weeks with broken wrist

    Jun 18, 2010, 6:52 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki, originally considered day-to-day after being hit on the wrist by a pitch Thursday, was found to have a break upon being reexamined Friday and will miss 6-8 weeks. It’s a harsh blow for the Rockies’ hopes. Already a disappointing 34-32 and behind three other teams in the NL West, they’ll have to go…

  10. Should Twins offer Wilson Ramos for Cliff Lee?

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    If the Twins want a second ace left-hander for the postseason, that’s probably what it will take. Cliff Lee went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA for the Phillies last October. The team won all five of his postseason starts, with Lee pitching 40 1/3 of a possible 45 innings in those games. His addition to…

  11. Michael Young becomes Rangers' all-time hits leader

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    With a two-run single in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, Michael Young became the Rangers’ all-time hits leader on Wednesday, overtaking Ivan Rodriguez. 1. Michael Young – 1,748 2. Ivan Rodriguez – 1,747 3. Rafael Palmeiro – 1,692 4. Juan Gonzalez – 1.595 5. Ruben Sierra – 1,281 Just halfway through his current seven-year…

  12. Pirates designate Akinori Iwamura for assignment

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    To make room for top prospect Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates on Wednesday designated big offseason acquisition Akinori Iwamura for assignment. The Pirates picked up Iwamura from the Rays in November for reliever Jesse Chavez. But more important than the talent surrendered for him — Chavez was later dealt to Atlanta for Rafael Soriano and is…

  13. Speculating on a Roy Oswalt-to-Texas deal

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:05 PM EST

    Craig thinks the pieces are in places, but he doesn’t know what those pieces may be. So let’s speculate on some of the possibilities to be shipped from Texas to Houston in return for Roy Oswalt. Too good to include: Neftali Feliz (RHP – Age 22) – Feliz is 15-of-17 in save chances since replacing…

  14. Former major leaguer Oscar Azocar dies at 45

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Oscar Azocar, who played with the Yankees and Padres during a three-season career that began in 1990, passed away Monday in a Venezuelan hospital. He was 45. Originally a pitching prospect, Azocar had a 2.30 ERA over 168 1/3 innings in his first three seasons in the Yankees farm system. Arm problems played a role…

  15. Still waiting on Indians' Carlos Santana

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    While Stephen Strasburg and Mike Stanton made their much hyped debuts on Tuesday, one of the game’s other top-five prospects, Carlos Santana, has been left in Triple-A to continue his harassment of International League pitchers. The 24-year-old Santana is hitting .314/.447/.580 with 12 homers and 47 RBI in 188 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. He’s walked…

  16. Revisiting the player of the 1990s discussion

    Jun 9, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Since my Ken Griffey Jr. retirement piece received so much feedback… After the 1999 season, Ken Griffey Jr. was famously named the Player of the Decade by the players themselves, as part of the MLBPA’s Players Choice Awards. No balloting was ever announced, so we don’t know how close the vote was. The choice garnered…

  17. Pre-Strasmas buzzkill: Nats prospect Jack McGeary set for surgery

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:28 PM EST

    The Nationals announced Tuesday that 21-year-old left-hander Jack McGeary would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of 2010. McGeary was a sixth-round pick in 2007, but he was viewed as a first-round talent and he received a $1.85 million bonus as part of an unusual contract that allowed him to attend Stanford and…

  18. Brian Roberts, Mike Gonzalez not close to rejoining Orioles

    Jun 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    New Orioles manager Juan Samuel delivered some more bad news Tuesday when he made it clear that neither Brian Roberts nor Mike Gonzalez were ready to help the team with the game’s worst record. Roberts appeared on pace for a mid-June return before contracting pneumonia last month. That setback, though, may prove mild to the…

  19. Draft blog: Picks 16-50 – Cubs, Yankees pull off surprises

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:33 AM EST

    Cubs selected RHP Hayden Simpson with the 16th pick in the draft. A big surprise. Simpson, a product of Southern Arkansas, wasn’t viewed as a first-round arm. Most didn’t see him going in the first three rounds. The Cubs must see something special about him, but as far as we know, he’s a low-90s guy…

  20. Draft blog: Picks 6-15; Matt Harvey goes seventh to Mets

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:09 PM EST

    Diamondbacks selected RHP Barret Loux with the sixth pick in the draft. Loux has four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball, and good command, traits that should speed his way to the majors. He lacks top-of-the-rotation upside, but he could be a factor before the end of 2011. Mets selected RHP Matt Harvey with the…

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

    Jun 7, 2010, 7:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

  23. Grady Sizemore done for year after microfracture surgery

    Jun 4, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:58 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:33 PM EST

    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…

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