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Matthew Pouliot

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

    Mar 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:48 PM EST

    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…

  3. Orioles homer barrage Wednesday's highlight

    Mar 3, 2010, 7:22 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

  5. Heyward, Hanson impress as spring play begins

    Mar 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    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…

  6. MLB targets maple bats in minor leagues

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:43 PM EST

    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…

  7. Rangers looking at Lugo as possible utilityman

    Mar 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EST

    According to’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…

  8. SABR announces Chadwick Award winners

    Mar 1, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

  9. Red Sox still need a taker for Lowell

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:15 PM EST

    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…

  11. Lowe to start on Opening Day for Braves

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:09 PM EST

    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…

  12. Spring training questions: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 27, 2010, 6:42 PM EST

    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…

  13. Spring training questions: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    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…

  14. Manuel previews Mets lineup, rotation

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

  15. Spring training questions: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    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,…

  16. Without Greene, Rangers should trust German

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:08 PM EST

    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…

  17. And you thought he was good before…

    Feb 25, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    Former Rocky Mountain News writer Jack Etkin has this unusual headline for us today on the InsideTheRockies blog: Cousin’s death gives Tulowitzki added incentive for 2010 I’m going to assume this is Etkin’s own doing. Newspaper writers are rarely responsible for the headlines to their articles, but we bloggers tend to have to deal with…

  18. Yankees rejoice: Rays, Crawford end extension talks

    Feb 25, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

    With no agreement in sight, the Rays and Carl Crawford have chosen to halt extension talks until the end of the season, agent Brian Peters told the St. Petersburg Times. “We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that…

  19. Spring training questions: Houston Astros

    Feb 25, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Will the Astros get anything at all out of the catcher position while waiting for Jason Castro? GM Ed Wade opted against spending any cash to upgrade at catcher over the winter, leaving him…

  20. Spring training questions: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 24, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Will Maicer Izturis beat out Howie Kendrick at second base or Brandon Wood at third base? Izturis finished last season as the starting second baseman against right-handers, and the Angels made a commitment to…

  21. Tough day for Rangers: Poveda set for Tommy John

    Feb 24, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    Barring a favorable second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Rangers prospect Omar Poveda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season. Injuries have hurt Poveda’s stock since a very impressive campaign in the Midwest League in 2007. He went 11-4 with a 2.70 ERA and a 120/32 K/BB ratio for low Single-A Clinton then.…

  22. Diving into the depths: New York Yankees

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. New York Yankees Rotation 1. CC Sabathia 2. A.J. Burnett 3. Andy Pettitte 4. Javier Vazquez 5. Joba Chamberlain 6. Phil Hughes 7. Chad Gaudin 8. Sergio Mitre 9. Chan Ho Park 10. Alfredo Aceves 11. Zach McAllister…

  23. 2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:38 PM EST

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Alex Rodriguez – 942 2. David Wright – 926 3. Evan Longoria – 913 4. Pablo Sandoval – 905 5. Chipper Jones – 897 6. Aramis Ramirez – 882 7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866 8. Mark Reynolds –…

  24. Diving into the depths: Chicago White Sox

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Chicago White Sox Rotation 1. Mark Buehrle 2. Jake Peavy 3. Gavin Floyd 4. John Danks 5. Freddy Garcia 6. Dan Hudson 7. Brandon Hynick 8. Carlos Torres 9. Lucas Harrell 10. Jeff Marquez The rotation is set,…

  25. Ex-Ranger Blalock still without a taker

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:29 PM EST

    With Russell Branyan joining the Indians and Carlos Delgado down following another hip surgery, the first base market is finally just about bare. Jermaine Dye would give the position a try if asked and Cuban defector Jose Julio Ruiz is getting some attention, but Hank Blalock is the one experienced viable major league regular left…

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