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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Bryce Harper makes first career start in leadoff spot

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper has hit mostly third (51 times) and occasionally second (five times) this season, but manager Davey Johnson chose to mix things up today, moving him into the leadoff spot and dropping Denard Span down to seventh. Obviously, this has more to do with Span’s poor play and the struggles of the Nationals’ offense…

  2. Tim Lincecum could have an interesting Hall of Fame case someday

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    With his fastball hovering around 90 mph these days, Tim Lincecum will probably never again be what he was when he first came up. Of course, that’s a remarkably high standard; Lincecum won Cy Young Awards in his first two full seasons and led the NL in strikeouts three years in a row. From 2007…

  3. Tim Lincecum hurls no-hitter against Padres

    Jul 14, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    It took a whopping 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum recorded his first career no-hitter Saturday in the Giants’ 9-0 victory over the Padres. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Edwin Jackson got to 149 in his no-hitter for the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010 and the second most since 2005. Lincecum’s…

  4. Josh Phegley is the new Yasiel Puig

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Josh Phegley

    Puigmania is over. It’s old news. Could there be any better illustration than the fact that Freddie Freeman beat out Yasiel in a popularity contest this week? It’s OK, though. White Sox catcher Josh Phegley is the new big thing. He hit a grand slam Thursday in the White Sox’s 6-3 win over the Tigers,…

  5. Carlos Gonzalez out, Pedro Alvarez in for Home Run Derby

    Jul 11, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Carlos Gonzalez isn’t too banged up to play for the Rockies or to participate in next week’s All-Star Game, but due to his finger injury, he has opted out of Monday’s Home Run Derby. Replacing Gonzalez on the NL squad is Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez is tied with the Phillies’ Domonic Brown for second place…

  6. So, if MLB suspends Braun and A-Rod, what’s next?

    Jul 9, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Home plate umpire Additon calls time as Tampa Yankees' Rodriguez grimaces after he was hit by a pitch during a Single A baseball game with the Brevard County Manatees in Melbourne

    T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish reported Tuesday that MLB is prepared to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and “as many as 20 players” in connection with the Biogenesis scandal “sometime after next week’s All-Star break.” Outside the Lines got this from several sources, some likely from within the commissioner’s office. MLB hasn’t been shy about…

  7. Report: Nationals acquire Scott Hairston from Cubs

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Looking for another weapon to combat left-handed pitchers, the Nationals picked up Scott Hairston from the Cubs on Sunday night, a source told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal says the Cubs will get a minor league pitcher in return. Hairston had to be expecting a bigger role than the one he found in Chicago after signing…

  8. Evan Longoria, Stephen Strasburg lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 6, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    No matter how bloated the All-Star rosters get, it’s never hard to find imperfections. This year, two of the AL’s top 10 performers to date have been left off for no good reason. For some reason, manager Jim Leyland’s squad took three catchers and four second basemen, but just two from third base, which has…

  9. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: NL MVP

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Now it’s time for the NL midseason MVP, and this year’s picture to date is just as confusing as last year’s was, in my opinion. Of course, the BBWAA decided on Buster Posey pretty handily last year(27 of 32 first-place votes), but I ultimately picked Yadier Molina from a close group of five players. Here…

  10. Alex Gordon suffers head injury on inside-the-park homer

    Jul 4, 2013, 12:52 AM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    All turned around by a Jason Kipnis fly to deep left, Alex Gordon hit his head on the fence at Kauffman Stadium and left Wednesday’s Indians-Royals game with a possible concussion and hip contusion. Gordon’s head snapped back as he hit the wall, which is actually a chain-link fence in Kansas City. Had it simply…

  11. Red Sox sign Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel

    Jul 4, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

    Allstate Sugar Bowl - Louisville v Florida

    The Red Sox caught University of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel by surprise when they picked him in the 29th round last month: Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming. — Jeff Driskel (@jeffdriskel) June 8, 2013 Now they also have him signed, WEEI’s Alex Speier reported on Wednesday. The deal…

  12. Max Scherzer beats Blue Jays to move to 13-0

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his sixth straight start and improved to 13-0 on the season after allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 13-0 since Roger Clemens opened up 14-0 for the Red Sox on his way to a Cy Young…

  13. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL MVP

    Jul 3, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The reigning MVP has some heavy-hitting competition this year. Let’s see if he can hold them off. AL OPS leaders: 1.136 – Miguel Cabrera: .368/.458/.678, 26 HR, 85 RBI, 2 SB in 323 AB 1.126 – Chris Davis: .329/.405/.721, 31 HR, 80 RBI, 0 SB in 301 AB 1.102 – David Ortiz: .320/.406/.607, 16 HR,…

  14. Rangers wrong to gamble on Manny Ramirez

    Jul 3, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    It’s been three years since Manny Ramirez was last a worthy major leaguer, hitting .311/.405/.510 in 66 games for the Dodgers in 2010. They then shipped him to the White Sox, where he was a disappointment in 24 games, hitting .261/.420/.319. In 2011, Ramirez signed a cheap deal with the Rays, played five games and…

  15. The Twins give Mariano Rivera the absolute best gift yet

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    The Twins got creative, and now Mariano Rivera has a unique piece for the den as he heads into retirement next year. Deemed “The Chair of Broken Dreams,” the rocker was made up of bats broken by Rivera’s cutter. Manager Ron Gardenhire came up with the idea, and he presented it to Rivera along with…

  16. Milton Bradley gets 32 months for spousal battery

    Jul 3, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    bradley_milton

    A month after being convicted of abusing his wife, Milton Bradley was sentenced to 32 months behind bars on Tuesday. Bradley, who faced up to 7 1/2 years, was convicted of nine misdemeanor counts after a four-week trial. Four of those counts were for spousal battery, and one was for assault with a deadly weapon.…

  17. Thanks to Homer Bailey, Reds maybe finally on a roll

    Jul 2, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey

    The Reds entered July a perfectly respectable 46-36, but that was good for only third place in the NL Central. Mostly, they were beating up on bad teams and losing to good ones: Reds vs. Marlins, Brewers, Cubs, Mets: 24-5 Reds vs. everyone else: 22-31 Besides the four teams with the worst records in the…

  18. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL & NL Cy Young

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Yesterday, we took a look at what WAR had to say as far as midseason awards winners. Now, I’m making my own choices, starting with the Cy Young Awards. First, let’s get the charts out of the way, here are the top 10 in the AL by ERA and both versions of WAR. ERA 1.…

  19. Your midseason awards winners, according to WAR

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Here’s how WAR, both the Baseball-reference and Fangraphs versions, rates the top players as of the midway point of the season. AL MVP (Baseball-Reference) 1. Manny Machado – 4.9 2. Miguel Cabrera – 4.9 3. Chris Sale – 4.4 4. Dustin Pedroia – 4.3 5. Chris Davis – 4.2 AL MVP (Fangraphs) 1. Miguel Cabrera…

  20. Trevor Bauer turns in the worst start of the season

    Jun 28, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    Not his worst start. The worst start. Trevor Bauer surrendered five runs and six hits while getting just two outs Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox. He was up to 49 pitches in the first when manager Terry Francona finally had to come get him, putting the Indians in…

  21. The White Sox will trade anyone but Sale… and Konerko?

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko

    That’s the word from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The White Sox are open to parting with younger regulars like Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham and they’d certainly be willing to move Adam Dunn and John Danks. But ace Chris Sale is unavailable, as is 10-and-5 guy Paul Konerko. Heyman doesn’t indicate whether…

  22. Forget Yasiel Puig and just make the All-Star Game a game

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    American League All-Stars Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees stands with Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in Kansas City

    Upwards of 80 major leaguers will again call themselves All-Stars this year. 34-man rosters mean than a ridiculous 68 players will be eligible for the game. Another eight, 10, 12 or maybe more will be ruled out for the game because of injuries or because they were starting pitchers that pitched the Sunday before the…

  23. Braves lose infielder Ramiro Pena for rest of season

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ramiro Pena

    The Braves were dealt at least a modest blow Wednesday with the news that Ramiro Pena, who has been on the DL since June 21 with a right shoulder impingement, will need season-ending surgery for a torn labrum. It was a big surprise this winter when the Braves signed Pena to a major league contract…

  24. Report: Dodgers, Marlins talking Ricky Nolasco trade

    Jun 26, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com says the Dodgers and Marlins are engaging in trade talks involving Ricky Nolasco. While rotation depth was supposed to be a major strength for the Dodgers this year, the team has lost Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett to injury and has gotten little from Ted Lilly so far. The team’s rotation…

  25. Shaun Marcum shuts down White Sox to avoid 0-10 start

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    After nine straight losses to begin the season, the Mets’ Shaun Marcum blanked the White Sox for eight innings on Wednesday and picked up his first victory in a 3-0 game. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save. Marcum was in danger of becoming the first pitcher since the Cardinals’ Anthony Reyes…

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