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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Phils use three starters, still come up short

    Oct 8, 2009, 6:55 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez has made an impressive late-season comeback, but Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ still looked like the Phillies’ third- and fourth-best starters, if not second- and third-best, entering the postseason. That’s why it was such a surprise to see both pitch in relief in Thursday’s Game 2 loss to the Rockies. It was Cole…

  2. Aces Carpenter, Wolf show nerves in Game 1

    Oct 8, 2009, 1:28 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter hadn’t issued four walks in a game since an NLCS start in 2006. Randy Wolf hadn’t walked five batters since a loss June 27, 2008 against the Mariners. In Wednesday’s Game 1, both fell victim to wildness in combining to pitch just 8 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. Fortunately for Los…

  3. Valentine an obvious upgrade for Marlins

    Oct 8, 2009, 12:50 AM EDT

    Keeping a team controlled by the game’s most tight-fisted owner in contention is no easy feat, and Fredi Gonzalez has a perfectly acceptable .499 winning percentage in his three years at the helm of the Marlins. Still, Florida’s success owes far more to the underrated Larry Beinfest than anyone else in the organization. Gonzalez has…

  4. Twins-Yankees Game 1 live blog/chat

    Oct 7, 2009, 5:42 PM EDT

    Twins-Yankees Game 1 Live Blog/Chat

  5. Former big leaguer Powell kills self at age 35

    Oct 7, 2009, 1:10 AM EDT

    Brian Powell, who went 7-18 with a 5.94 ERA for four teams over five big-league seasons, shot himself Monday in Florida, leaving behind a wife and three children. Powell, an All-American at the University of Georgia, pitched for the U.S. in the World Cup in 2004. He was a second-round pick of the Tigers in…

  6. $3 million down the drain for Astros

    Oct 7, 2009, 12:41 AM EDT

    Apparently satisfied with finishing in fifth place, the Astros have opted to pick up Brian Moehler’s $3 million option rather than exercise a $250,000 buyout. It was actually a mutual option — the kind that never seems to get exercised — but Moehler was quick to jump all over the kindhearted gesture. Certainly, no one…

  7. ALDS Preview: Red Sox vs. Angels

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:12 PM EDT

    Here we go again. For the third straight season, the wild-card winning Red Sox and AL West champion Angels will match up in the ALDS. The Red Sox have gone through the Angels on the way to their last three World Series visits in 1986, 2004 and 2007. They also won last year’s series, only…

  8. New Jays GM a fantasy dud

    Oct 6, 2009, 12:49 AM EDT

    Though he is a quick learner, apparently. 10 years before replacing J.P. Ricciardi and assuming the title of Blue Jays interim general manager, Alex Anthopoulos took part in Scoresheet fantasy baseball, a game of which I also happen to be a fan. I’m not going to do a full rundown — if you’re interested, click…

  9. Tigers should do the right thing and bench Cabrera

    Oct 5, 2009, 5:43 PM EDT

    Let’s just forget for a minute the domestic assault, though I still have a frightened woman’s voice running through my head. Miguel Cabrera betrayed his team on Friday night. It’s one thing to blow off some steam after a tough loss. It’s entirely another for a 250-pound man to blow a 0.26 on a breath…

  10. Tigers, Twins set for showdown in Minnesota

    Oct 4, 2009, 6:31 PM EDT

    With Minnesota completing its three-game sweep of the Royals and Detroit salvaging the finale of a series against the White Sox, the AL Central race ended in a tie, forcing a one-game playoff scheduled for Tuesday. The ultimate winners in the scenario would seem to be the Yankees, who can look forward to facing a…

  11. Tigers shut down by White Sox, AL Central deadlocked

    Oct 3, 2009, 10:10 PM EDT

    With one day left in the season, the AL Central is all tied up. The White Sox and Freddy Garcia saw to that by limiting the Tigers to just one extra-base hit in a 5-1 victory on Saturday. It followed the Twins’ 5-4 win over the Royals earlier in the day. Garcia was terrific against…

  12. Twins edge Royals, Greinke to stay in AL Central race

    Oct 3, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT

    The only way one could tell it wasn’t a postseason game was that the Royals were involved. With a full Metrodome rocking it its final days, the Twins beat the Royals 5-4 on Saturday to keep the pressure on the Tigers as they play the White Sox tonight. This was the game the Twins faced…

  13. Padres opt to show Towers the door

    Oct 3, 2009, 3:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Towers, the longest tenured GM in baseball, will be let go after 14 years running the show in San Diego, Padres CEO Jeff Moorad confimed Friday night. The long rumored move will come following a second straight losing season. The Padres have improved from 63-99 in 2008 to 74-85 so far this year, but…

  14. Blundering Reds fire pitching coach, retain rest of staff

    Oct 2, 2009, 6:06 PM EDT

    Blame the pitching coach. That’s what the Reds did Friday when they announced that Dick Pole was being terminated while the rest of the coaching staff would return in 2010. So, why Pole? The Reds have boasted above average pitching this year, with an ERA+ of 105. They rank seventh in the NL in ERA…

  15. Giants GM Sabean has busy winter ahead

    Oct 2, 2009, 5:08 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean will have a shiny new contract extension thanks to the Giants’ turnaround this season, but as discussed Thursday, he’s going to have to rework his team’s offense if he expects to take it to the next level. The opportunity will certainly be there. The Giants would seem to have just two locks for…

  16. Giants prepare extensions for Sabean, Bochy

    Oct 1, 2009, 6:02 PM EDT

    The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Giants will re-sign both GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy to contract extensions. Both are being rewarded for the Giants’ turnaround from a 72-90 team in 2008 to one that remained in contention until the final week of 2009. It’s a definite case of good timing…

  17. Twins stay alive by trouncing Tigers

    Oct 1, 2009, 4:44 PM EDT

    It wasn’t what they needed, but the Twins still have some life after winning two out of four games in Detroit.  Thursday’s game turned into a rout in the eighth as Minnesota ended up winning 8-3.  That leaves the Twins two games back with three to play.   What’s left may favor the Twins a…

  18. Healthy Hudson shouldn't come cheap

    Oct 1, 2009, 4:01 PM EDT

    I couldn’t help but have a different take on Dave O’Brien’s Tim Hudson piece than Craig did this morning. My take being that O’Brien should stick to writing about the Braves and give up trying to predict the free agent market. From O’Brien: There’s no doubt in my mind (Hudson would) take quite a bit…

  19. Rays done with Pat the Bust?

    Sep 30, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    It certainly looked like one of the better signing of the offseason: after missing out on Milton Bradley, the Rays inked Pat Burrell to a two-year, $16 million contract to take over as their DH.  He was coming off four straight seasons with OPSs around 890 and he had averaged 153 games during those seasons. …

  20. Stat of the day: 2009 relief ERA leaders

    Sep 30, 2009, 4:18 PM EDT

    Minimum 50 innings. Listed along with each pitcher’s ERA are saves+holds and blown saves. 1. George Sherrill – 1.75 – 32 – 5 2. Trevor Hoffman – 1.76 – 36 – 3 3. Mariano Rivera – 1.82 – 44 – 2 4. Jeremy Affeldt – 1.84 – 33 – 0 5. Kiko Calero – 1.86…

  21. Brewers' Weeks shoots down outfield move

    Sep 29, 2009, 5:36 PM EDT

    While the subject had died down during the last couple of years, the idea of putting Rickie Weeks in the outfield is again being kicked around in Milwaukee, this time because of Felipe Lopez’s stellar performance since arriving in a July trade. Not surprisingly, Weeks is still completely against a possible move to center field.…

  22. Stat of the day: Infield hits & bunt hits

    Sep 29, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT

    Here are the infield hit leaders, listed along with their number of bunt hits. Numbers taken from Fangraphs.com 1. Ichiro Suzuki – 49 – 6 2. Michael Bourn – 29 – 17 3. Carl Crawford – 27 – 0 3. Shane Victorino – 27 – 0 5. Cristian Guzman – 26 – 1 6. Ryan…

  23. Zach Duke is no Jack Morris

    Sep 28, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    Not that Jack Morris was really Jack Morris anyway. The myth that Morris racked up his big win totals by pitching to the score is mostly just that, a myth. Zach Duke, though, will never be accused of pitching to the score, at least not in 2009. The 26-year-old left-hander has turned his career around…

  24. Home run, RBI stat leaders still to be decided

    Sep 28, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    With one week, the AL and NL batting titles and OPS crowns are no longer in doubt. Still, there are plenty of league leaders left to be decided. AL Home Runs 1. Carlos Pena – 39 2. Mark Teixeira – 38 3. Jason Bay – 36 Pena has been done since Sept. 7, but he…

  25. Andy LaRoche's ridiculous day

    Sep 28, 2009, 3:42 PM EDT

    If only he could always play against his old team, LaRoche really would be the star many thought he’d become. The 26-year-old third baseman went 5-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI in Monday’s rout of the Dodgers. That made him 14-for-29 against the Dodgers this season. His slash line is .483/.516/.931, compared…

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