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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Rangers offense in early slumber

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The 2010 Blue Jays probably won’t end up being known for their pitching or their defense (or their offense, for that matter), but the team came within a Jason Frasor blown save of sweeping the Rangers to open the season. Three games in, the Rangers have just two guys hitting their weight. Vladimir Guerrero, who…

  2. Another early oddity: Seattle catcher uses mask to field ball

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    It’s not just my imagination that we’ve had more than our usual share of weird plays these first few days, is it? With the A’s up 4-0 on the Mariners in the eighth inning and Travis Buck on first Thursday, Cliff Pennington dropped down a bunt that bounced off the glove of third baseman Jose…

  3. Trey Hillman's money isn't near his mouth

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:48 AM EDT

    Here’s Royals manager Trey Hillman on Mitch Maier, as quoted in the Kansas City Star on March 30. “Full package. Honestly, no reservation saying this: I know I’ve never seen this much development at this level in one year for a position player.” And here’s Mitch Maier’s batting line two games into the 2010 season:…

  4. Curtis Granderson's homer propels Yankees to season-opening series win in Boston

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    In the 10th inning of a 1-1 game on Wednesday night, Curtis Granderson did something no other major leaguer has ever done before. He hit his second career homer off Jonathan Papelbon. The shot to right on a 94-mph fastball provided the Yankees with a 2-1 lead in a game they ended up winning 3-1,…

  5. How soon can we get rid of the human element?

    Apr 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Anyone who followed along during our postseason in-game chats last year knows I’m strongly in favor of using technology to aid umpires. Someday in the not-so-distant future, it’s going to be feasible to do balls and strikes by computer, and who knows, maybe 20 or 30 years after that, MLB might actually come around to…

  6. Cubs overtake Yankees for highest-priced tickets… kind of

    Apr 7, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    In its annual study released Wednesday, the Team Marketing Report concluded that the Cubs have overtaken both the Yankees and Red Sox for baseball’s highest-priced ticket. The average ticket for non-premium sections at Wrigley Field now costs $52.56, a 10.1 percent increase over last year. Boston’s Fenway Park is just behind at $52.32, a 4.1…

  7. Oh no! David Ortiz is done!

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Here we go again. On the heels of a rather unimpressive spring (.226/.284/.419 with three homers in 62 at-bats), David Ortiz has opened the 2010 season 0-for-7, already leading to a string of articles that he’s done. Last year saw the same thing, though I think it took at least a week. And Ortiz really…

  8. Angels flawed, but still could take AL West

    Apr 6, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    If nothing else, the AL West should be very interesting to follow. There are reasons to be optimistic about each squad, but I couldn’t help but grow more pessimistic with regards to each team as the spring went on. The Rangers may well have the most talent in the division, yet theirs is a squad…

  9. Reds winging it with Micah Owings

    Apr 6, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jon Fay points out that the Reds seemingly had the perfect chance to deploy their pinch-hitter/middle reliever Micah Owings in Monday’s Opener. It had become clear during the top of the fifth that Aaron Harang wouldn’t be coming back out for another inning, and his spot was due up to start the…

  10. Little reason to intentionally walk Ichiro

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT

    The A’s and Mariners were tied at 3 in the top of the ninth tonight when Rob Johnson walked with one out and advanced to second on an infield chopper. That brought up Ichiro Suzuki with the go-ahead run at second. Like most managers would have in that situation, Bob Geren opted for the intentional…

  11. Braves phenom Jason Heyward homers in first at-bat

    Apr 5, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    I figured Craig would be all over this one, but in case you missed it, 20-year-old Jason Heyward homered off Carlos Zambrano in his first major league at-bat Monday. The majestic three-run shot put the Braves up 6-3 in the first inning, and Atlanta went on to 16-5 in a rout. Howard, who started in…

  12. Reds lead the way in stupid Opening Day lineups

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    It’s usually about putting your best foot forward when it comes to setting a lineup on Opening Day. Dusty Baker, though, decided to lead with his head up his ass. The Reds played both their fourth and fifth outfielders Monday, with Chris Dickerson leading off and Laynce Nix in the seventh spot. The choice to…

  13. Projected 25-man rosters for all 30 teams

    Mar 30, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    I’ve gone through and projected Opening Day lineups, benches, rotations and bullpens for each team over at Rotoworld. I’m including the Diamondbacks writeup after the jump, but if you want to go right to the articles themselves, just click the links below. American League projected rosters National League projected rosters

  14. Marlins acquire LHP Nate Robertson from Tigers

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    The Tigers apparently settled their rotation Tuesday by trading left-hander Nate Robertson and cash to the Marlins for left-hander Jay Voss. Robertson was marked for departure even though he looked like a better bet for the season than either Dontrelle Willis or Jeremy Bonderman. While he hasn’t been an above average starter since 2006, he…

  15. Roy Oswalt gets injection, set for Opening Day

    Mar 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt is set for his eighth straight Opening Day start next week after getting an injection Monday in his lower back. Oswalt left his last start Friday because of tightness in his left hamstring. He complained earlier in the week of tightness higher in the area around his left gluteus. The training staff determined…

  16. Towles likely to get nod behind plate for 'Stros

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    That’s the part I agree with. I’m not sure about the rest of Alyson Footer’s MLBlog entry, in which she looks at the battle between J.R. Towles and top prospect Jason Castro for the catching job in Houston. Footer thinks Towles will be the starter, Humberto Quintero the backup and that Castro will get some…

  17. Reds phenom Chapman exits early (back stiffness)

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    Update: The Reds announced that Chapman departed with lower back stiffness, a problem that had plagued him all week. Chapman was set to be examined after the game. The feeling is that this could knock him out of the competition for a rotation spot. … Aroldis Chapman left his appearance in his second inning of…

  18. Twins lock up Mauer for $184 million

    Mar 21, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    The Twins got it done Sunday, signing 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension through 2018. The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, averages $23 million per season. It’s the fourth-largest pact in major league history, behind the 10-year deals signed by Alex Rodriguez ($275 million in 2008, $252 million…

  19. UPDATE: Cliff Lee has right abdominal strain

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Update: Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that Lee has a right lower abdominal strain. He was treated in Seattle on Friday be team doctor Edward Khalfayan. Lee underwent an ultra-sound exam and was given a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated in one week, but as Geoff Baker of…

  20. Royals' Anderson hits for cycle in four innings

    Mar 19, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    Former White Sox first-round pick Brian Anderson, currently auditioning for a spot on the Kansas City bench, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs in the first four innings Friday as the Royals took a 17-0 lead over the Diamondbacks. Anderson, who would have had a shot at a starting job before Rick…

  21. Did the Royals just cut their second best reliever?

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    It’s still pretty early on in the spring for notable cuts, but one from Tuesday will force me to revise my projections a bit, as the Royals optioned right-hander Carlos Rosa to Triple-A. Now, I’m sure most won’t care about such a move. Rosa was, at best, going to be a setup man for one…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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,…

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