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Matthew Pouliot

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

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

  3. Rickie Weeks: All-Star

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 21, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

  6. Corey Patterson rejoins Orioles on minor league deal

    Apr 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    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…

  7. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury joins Mike Cameron on DL for Red Sox

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    The Boston Globe reports that Jacoby Ellsbury will land on the 15-day disabled list nine days after he suffered bruised ribs in a collision with Adrian Beltre while trying to catch a foul popup. Replacing him on the roster will be veteran Darnell McDonald, who was off to a stellar .341/.372/.683 start in 41 at-bats…

  8. Eric Gagne's historic three-year run

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    We can speculate all we want about the methods he used to achieve it, but Eric Gagne’s three-year run of dominance as the Dodgers’ closer should never be forgotten. From the time Los Angeles converted a struggling starter to relief in the spring of 2002 until the then 30-year-old right-hander got hurt at the beginning…

  9. Return of B.J. Upton's power stroke the best news for Rays

    Apr 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    While I’m pretty excited about David Price’s performance through two starts, the most promising development for the Rays during their 10-3 run to begin the season has been B.J. Upton’s power surge. Upton, of course, looked for all of the world like a future superstar when he hit .300/.386/.508 with 24 homers in 474 at-bats…

  10. Mets edge Cardinals 2-1 in 20-inning game

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:05 PM EST

    FOX certainly picked the right game of the week this time. The Mets and Cardinals went scoreless for 18 inning Saturday before Jeff Francoeur’s sac fly off position player Joe Mather in the top of the 19th. But that still wasn’t enough baseball for the teams. Francisco Rodriguez, held in reserve for 6 1/2 hours,…

  11. Ubaldo Jimenez throws first no-hitter in Rockies history

    Apr 17, 2010, 9:42 PM EST

    It should come as no surprise who pulled it off. The execution, though, was rather shocking. After battling command woes early in the game, Ubaldo Jimenez started working exclusively out of the stretch in the sixth inning Saturday on his way to a no-hitter against the Braves. Jimenez retired 15 straight after walking Jason Heyward…

  12. Jonathan Papelbon now fourth smartest member of family

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:48 PM EST

    Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was expected to pitch the 10th inning Saturday upon the resumption of Friday’s suspended game, will be unavailable following the birth of his baby boy. 8-pound, 8-ounce Gunner is the newest addition to the Papelbon family, which includes wife Ashley and 15-month-old Parker. Boston’s plan was to stick with…

  13. What's going on with Carlos Beltran?

    Apr 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    We know where he is: Port St. Lucie, Florida. But that’s about all we know as far as Carlos Beltran’s progress from knee surgery. Reports a week ago suggested that he’d start running last Saturday. But those were erroneous and he still hasn’t been cleared to do anything resembling a baseball activity. “There’s been no…

  14. Fake trade: Mike Napoli to Texas for Frank Francisco

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Rangers acquire C Mike Napoli from the Angels for RHP Frank Francisco and RHP Brandon McCarthy Why it works for Texas: The Rangers were thought to have an embarrassment of riches behind the plate a couple of years ago, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia hasn’t hit or remained healthy and Taylor Teagarden has been a strikeout machine.…

  15. Angels' faith in Scot Shields misplaced

    Apr 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    With Brian Fuentes on the DL, the Angels are definitely short-handed in the bullpen. I’d argue that they’re down to two above average relievers, one of whom, Fernando Rodney, happens to be struggling, having given up four runs in four appearances after finishing with an 8.53 ERA this spring. The other, Kevin Jepsen, is the…

  16. Rays place catcher Kelly Shoppach on 15-day DL

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    The Rays on Tuesday placed their new catcher, Kelly Shoppach, on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee and called up John Jaso to serve as a replacement. Shoppach, who was picked up from the Indians in the offseason and given a two-year contract, figured to get the majority of the starts over Dioner…

  17. Aaron Hill lands on DL for fast-starting Jays

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:43 PM EST

    The AL East is down a second star second baseman after Aaron Hill was placed on the disabled list Monday because of a strained hamstring. While Brian Roberts appeared DL bound from the moment he suffered a strained abdominal muscle, the Hill moves comes as a surprise. Expectations were that he’d be back early this…

  18. Let me tell you what you can do with your hitting streak…

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    Since the Detroit broadcast team is my third least favorite from the 30 clubs and the Royals team is just blandly generic, I’ve now been subjected at least three times today to the fact that Jason Kendall has hit in every game this season. Yeah, Jason Kendall. It’s mind-blowing. So I check, and it’s the…

  19. Orioles lose Brian Roberts to abdominal strain

    Apr 9, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    Brian Roberts, who had to overcome a back injury to open the season on time, was forced from Friday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays due to a strained abdominal muscle. It’d be a big blow if the Orioles lost their second baseman for any length of time, though they are better covered now with…

  20. Opening Day in the minor leagues

    Apr 8, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    With the minor league season starting today, Baseball America has released a list of where its top 100 prospects will open the season. Among those skipping levels this year are Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles, both of whom are moving from low-A ball right to Double-A. It’s not surprising in either…

  21. Rangers offense in early slumber

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:48 AM EST

    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:…

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

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:17 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Apr 7, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    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…

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