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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Jays' Beeston one sly devil

    Oct 27, 2009, 3:49 PM EDT

    After what was surely an exhaustive search, Paul Beeston, the Jays’ interim president and CEO, was given permanent title to his offices on Tuesday. Beeston conducted all of the interviews as he searched for his replacements, but he evidently never found anyone as qualified as himself. While former Jays GM Pat Gillick and Nats president…

  2. With seven free agents, change coming for Angels

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    The Angels made the right calls a year ago in declining to ante up for Mark Teixeira and turning instead to Kendry Morales and Bobby Abreu to round out their lineup. Factoring into the decision was that GM Tony Reagins knew Teixeira’s $20 million salary would make it very difficult to keep the team together…

  3. If the game is 90 percent pitching…

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:12 PM EDT

    How is .270 with 14 homers and 63 RBI more valuable than 13-6 with a 3.94 ERA or 6-3 with 26 saves and a 1.84 ERA? I don’t even want to get into the more complicated statistics, because the voters clearly aren’t. But Gordon Beckham has now won AL top rookie honors from The Sporting…

  4. Angels, Scioscia should be embarrassed

    Oct 26, 2009, 12:47 AM EDT

    The Yankees didn’t overpower them. Just once in the series did the Bombers really come out to play and turn a game into a rout. No, the Yankees were the better team going in and should have won this series anyway, but the Angels served it up on a platter. Most notable were the eight…

  5. Padres bring in Boston's Hoyer as new GM

    Oct 23, 2009, 8:43 PM EDT

    35-year-old Jed Hoyer, an assistant GM for the Red Sox, will be named the replacement for Kevin Towers in San Diego, according to the Boston Globe and several other sources. The former Wesleyan University closer earned the gig on his third try, having previously interviewed for openings in Pittsburgh and D.C. He had been with…

  6. Why would any team want Mattingly for a manager?

    Oct 23, 2009, 4:09 PM EDT

    It’s long been assumed that he’d get the Dodgers’ job once Joe Torre retired, but Don Mattingly is in demand and apparently could jump ship now. He’s a leading candidate to take over for Eric Wedge in Cleveland and Jim Riggleman in Washington. I just want to know why. Mattingly’s reputation as a fine leader…

  7. Bumbling Scioscia can't blow Game 5

    Oct 23, 2009, 12:06 AM EDT

    The ALCS victory was theirs for the taking even after an awful first inning, but the Yankees couldn’t reach out and grab it. Instead, the series will head back to New York for a Game 6 on Saturday. The end result came in spite of the efforts of one Mike Scioscia, the AL’s likely Manager…

  8. ALCS Game 5 Live Chat

    Oct 22, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 5 Live Chat

  9. Live chat tonight

    Oct 22, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT

    Come back at 8 pm EDT tonight for a live chat during Game 5 of the ALCS.

  10. Top prospect Parker to miss season after surgery

    Oct 22, 2009, 4:55 PM EDT

    So much for the promising start to Arizona’s offseason. They’ve learned that they’re saving about $5 million because Mark Reynolds just missed qualifying for arbitration and it looks like they’ll hold on to assistants Jerry DiPoto and Peter Woodfork with the Padres set to name Boston’s Jed Hoyer as their new GM. However, they received…

  11. No miracle coming for these Angels

    Oct 22, 2009, 1:30 AM EDT

    In truth, the ALCS should be over already. While there’s been just the one blowout, the Yankees have outshined the Halos in every aspect of the game through four long nights of baseball. *The Bombers are hitting .278/.375/.481 with eight homers, while the Angels have struggled to a .201/.273/.329 line. *The Yankees’ pitching staff has…

  12. Unable to silence Phillies bats, Dodgers go down quietly

    Oct 21, 2009, 11:47 PM EDT

    The rotation provided one quality start in five games. The bullpen allowed 14 runs in 21 innings. The Dodgers really never gave their offense a shot. It seemed like Joe Torre pushed all of the right buttons in the sweep of the Cardinals. This time, he mostly sat and watched. His one clear error was…

  13. Cuban defector Chapman heads to NY to meet with teams

    Oct 21, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    Picking a slightly more central location than tiny Andorra, Aroldis Chapman, who was declared a free agent last month, is headed to New York to begin meeting with suitors. Chapman’s agent told ESPN’s Jorge Arangure Jr. that the 21-year-old left-hander will arrive on Wednesday and is set to visit several cities. Boston is very likely…

  14. ESPN's Phillips admits affair, takes leave of absence

    Oct 21, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    In what might be his last official act as an ESPN employee, Steve Phillips released the following statement following today’s New York Post story that claimed he slept with a 22-year-old ESPN production assistant: “I am deeply sorry that I have put my family and colleagues through this. It is a personal matter that I…

  15. Atrocious umpiring not a factor as Yanks stomp Angels

    Oct 21, 2009, 12:26 AM EDT

    At least some brought their A games to the park on Tuesday. The Halos certainly didn’t live up to their logos, and the boys in blue continued to build the case for why instant replay needs to be greatly expanded in baseball. Since it turned into a rout, CC Sabathia will be the story, and…

  16. ALCS Game 4 Live Blog/Chat

    Oct 20, 2009, 5:55 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 4 Live Blog/Chat

  17. Fake trade: Fielder to Boston for Ellsbury

    Oct 20, 2009, 4:36 PM EDT

    Red Sox acquire first baseman Prince Fielder from the Brewers for outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and RHP Michael Bowden. Why it works for Boston: Since David Ortiz may be more of a No. 6 hitter going forward, the Red Sox could use a left-handed power presence in the third or fourth spot in the order. Unlike…

  18. Diamondbacks get lucky: Reynolds misses arbitration cutoff

    Oct 20, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    As we noted back in July, it was sure to go right down to the wire. As it turned out, Mark Reynolds’ two years and 138 days of service time wasn’t quite enough to make him a “super-two” arbitration eligible player. This year’s cutoff was two years, 141 days. Under the rules of MLB, players…

  19. Live blog/chat tonight

    Oct 20, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    Check back at 8 pm EDT tonight, as I’ll be hosting a live blog/chat during Game 4 of the ALCS.

  20. Role reversal: Broxton blows game as Phillies pen thrives

    Oct 20, 2009, 12:09 AM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton was untouchable in Los Angeles this season, allowing just 14 hits and no homers in 45 innings. The .095 average against and 73/9 K/BB ratio allowed him to convert 18 of 19 save chances. Elsewhere, it was a different story. Broxton was still throwing 98 mph, but he allowed 30 hits and 20…

  21. Girardi's gaffes give Angels new life

    Oct 19, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Too much stupidity on the basepaths prevented it from being a great game, but Monday’s ALCS Game 3 was another exciting contest, one that will keep the second guessers going all night long following the Angels’ 5-4 win in 11 innings. Yankees manager Joe Girardi will catch all of the flak after his team lost…

  22. Johjima bails out Mariners, if MLBPA has no say

    Oct 19, 2009, 3:24 PM EDT

    While already saying all of the right things, the Mariners are undoubtedly thrilled to have Kenji Johjima’s $8 million salary in each of the next two seasons off the books. They’re even reportedly getting out from under the disastrous contract without having to pay a buyout. By playing it as strictly Johjima’s decision, they’re going…

  23. Raze the neighborhood; take out the takeout

    Oct 19, 2009, 3:46 AM EDT

    Baseball was never meant to be a game of contact. Sure, we all know how Ty Cobb went into second base spikes high, but we wouldn’t tolerate those attempts to injure players today. So why do we allow the forearm shiver or the barrel roll? Those ridiculous slides into second base are the reason we…

  24. Lee the story as Phils produce a laugher

    Oct 18, 2009, 11:31 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino homered and Ryan Howard extended his streak of postseason games with an RBI to a record seven, but Sunday night was all about Cliff Lee. The left-hander pitched eight shutout innings and struck out 10 in the Phillies’ 11-0 victory. This one was over quickly, as the Phillies scored four…

  25. ALCS Game 1 live blog/chat

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:24 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 1 Live Blog/Chat

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