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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Return of Bad Brad dooms Phillies

    Nov 2, 2009, 12:08 AM EST

    It was fun while it lasted. Lidge opened the postseason with five straight scoreless appearances. He put together that kind of streak just once during the regular season, when he saved five in a row from May 26-June 1. Of course, he finished the regular season 0-8 with 11 blown saves and a 7.21 ERA.…

  2. Hamels lets down Phillies one more time

    Nov 1, 2009, 12:46 AM EST

    It seems like the story has been repeated several times this year. Cole Hamels came out firing again Saturday, keeping the Yankees hitless through three innings. The only one of the first 11 hitters to reach did so on a HBP. And then it all fell apart, too quickly for Charlie Manuel to do much…

  3. Giants spend $12 million to retain Sanchez

    Oct 30, 2009, 7:13 PM EST

    The Giants could have gone out and picked up Felipe Lopez or Ronnie Belliard to fill a colossal hole at second base at midseason, but they guessed wrong and picked Freddy Sanchez. They may well have lost the NL West in the process. Not that they deserved to have things turn out so badly. Sanchez…

  4. Pettitte's Hall of Fame case strengthens with every win

    Oct 30, 2009, 4:07 PM EST

    How exactly do we weigh opportunity? Andy Pettitte has been far from an ace while finishing with ERAs over 4.00 each of the last four seasons, yet he keeps winning 14 games every year and is now up to 229 victories for his career. That comes with being an above average starter for very good…

  5. Phillies won't ask for three from Lee; turn to Blanton in Game 4

    Oct 30, 2009, 3:53 PM EST

    Manager Charlie Manuel announced Friday that Joe Blanton would start Game 4 for the Phillies on Sunday, essentially setting his rotation for the rest of October. The guess going in was that the Phillies would try to get away with using Cliff Lee in Games 1, 4 and 7. Blanton still figured to start Game…

  6. Yanks only need Burnett, Rivera to best Phils

    Oct 29, 2009, 11:50 PM EST

    So, now we know just how the Yankees have decided to address that middle-relief problem; they’re going to bypass it completely. A.J. Burnett struck out nine over seven innings and Mariano Rivera pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings Thursday as the Yankees won 3-1 to send the World Series to Philadelphia deadlocked at one game…

  7. World Series Game 2 live blog/chat

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:39 PM EST

    World Series Game 2 live blog/chat

  8. Live chat tonight

    Oct 29, 2009, 5:08 PM EST

    Check back at 8 pm EDT, as I’ll be hosting a live chat during Game 2 of the World Series.

  9. Good news for Phillies: Yanks bench Swisher, Posada

    Oct 29, 2009, 4:46 PM EST

    Jorge Posada’s absence was expected with Jose Molina having caught A.J. Burnett in each of the right-hander’s three previous postseason starts, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the surprising decision Thursday to remove Nick Swisher from the starting lineup for Game 2 of the World Series and replace him with Jerry Hairston Jr. in right…

  10. Lee's dominance puts Yankees in early hole

    Oct 28, 2009, 11:41 PM EST

    The winner of Game 1 has prevailed in each of the last six World Series It’s a streak that started when the Marlins upset the Yankees in six games in 2003. But the truth is that none of the series since have been close. In fact, three were sweeps and the other two ended in…

  11. Pouliot's Keys to Game 1

    Oct 28, 2009, 5:27 PM EST

    *Cliff Lee needs to work deep into the game in order to match CC Sabathia. The Phillies will likely have to rely a great deal on their pen during Games 2 and 3, so it’s important that Lee provide them with at least seven strong innings. The chances of Chad Durbin, Chan Ho Park and…

  12. World Series preview: Phillies vs. Yankees

    Oct 28, 2009, 1:30 AM EST

    Except for that provided by some brutal umpiring, it’s so far been a postseason without a whole lot of drama. We’ve yet to see a decisive game in any of the six series to date. In fact, those series have lasted a total of 24 games, just four more than the possible minimum. So, it’s…

  13. Not yet the time for Orioles to spend

    Oct 27, 2009, 5:19 PM EST

    Thanks in large part to the flood of talent brought in though the Erik Bedard trade, things are certainly looking up for the Orioles. Matt Wieters is going to be a superstar behind the plate, the Nolan Reimold-Adam Jones-Nick Markakis outfield should be plenty productive and is under complete control through 2013 and Brian Matusz…

  14. Rays retain Kapler, but outfield still in doubt

    Oct 27, 2009, 4:38 PM EST

    The Rays assured themselves of entering 2010 with a fourth outfielder by re-signing free agent Gabe Kapler to a one-year, $1.05 million contract on Tuesday, but it’s still a mystery just who he’ll be playing behind next year. Kapler’s role in 2009 was to start over Gabe Gross in right field against lefties. The platoon…

  15. Jays' Beeston one sly devil

    Oct 27, 2009, 3:49 PM EST

    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…

  16. With seven free agents, change coming for Angels

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:48 PM EST

    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…

  17. If the game is 90 percent pitching…

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:12 PM EST

    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…

  18. Angels, Scioscia should be embarrassed

    Oct 26, 2009, 12:47 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 23, 2009, 8:43 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 23, 2009, 4:09 PM EST

    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…

  21. Bumbling Scioscia can't blow Game 5

    Oct 23, 2009, 12:06 AM EST

    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…

  22. ALCS Game 5 Live Chat

    Oct 22, 2009, 7:46 PM EST

    ALCS Game 5 Live Chat

  23. Live chat tonight

    Oct 22, 2009, 5:04 PM EST

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

  24. Top prospect Parker to miss season after surgery

    Oct 22, 2009, 4:55 PM EST

    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…

  25. No miracle coming for these Angels

    Oct 22, 2009, 1:30 AM EST

    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…

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