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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. ALCS Game 1 live blog/chat

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:24 PM EDT

    ALCS Game 1 Live Blog/Chat

  10. NLCS Game 1 live blog/chat

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:22 PM EDT

    NLCS Game 1 live blog/chat

  11. Live blog/chats upcoming

    Oct 15, 2009, 4:06 PM EDT

    If listening to Chip Caray and Joe Buck just isn’t enough for you, we’ll be blog-chatting throughout the LCS. I’ll be your host for the Game 1s in primetime tonight and on Friday. Also, D.J. Short will take Sunday night’s NLCS Game 3.

  12. Fake trade: Carlos Lee for Derek Lowe

    Oct 15, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    Braves acquire OF Carlos Lee from the Astros for RHP Derek Lowe and OF Brandon Jones. Why it works for Atlanta: the Braves would love to bring Tim Hudson back, yet they already have five starters in Lowe, Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson and Kenshin Kawakami. One of the vets needs to go, and…

  13. Dodgers opt for Kershaw as Game 1 starter

    Oct 14, 2009, 6:42 PM EDT

    Anyone else thinking about Rick Ankiel right now wouldn’t be off base. Manager Joe Torre announced Wednesday that Clayton Kershaw would start Thursday’s Game 1 against the Phillies. He was picked over Randy Wolf, who started Game 1 against the Cardinals last week. Kershaw followed in Game 2 of that series and allowed two runs…

  14. ALCS Preview: Angels vs. Yankees

    Oct 14, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    After convincing sweeps in Divisional Series play, the Angels and Yankees will meet in the ALCS. It’ll be the third postseason series in eight years for the teams. They never played in the first 31 years of the Angels’ existence, but they met in the ALDS in 2002 and 2005, with the Angels winning both…

  15. Report: Braves' Hudson likely to decline $12 million option

    Oct 13, 2009, 3:34 PM EDT

    It sure blows Dave O’Brien’s theory out of the water, doesn’t it? Then again, we already knew that O’Brien hadn’t thought this through very well. According to’s Ken Rosenthal, Hudson is set to decline his half of the $12 million mutual option the Braves hold on his contract and become a free agent. The…

  16. Wow, Bruce, wow

    Oct 13, 2009, 3:06 PM EDT

    How can you have spent the last 12 years covering the NL and believe that Brad Hawpe is a legitimate center fielder capable of pushing Kosuke Fukudome to right field? I actually think Bruce Miles is one of the Cubs’ best beat writers, but that’s an ugly error. It’s not like Hawpe is a newcomer.…

  17. Howard, Werth come up big as Phillies finish Rockies

    Oct 12, 2009, 9:57 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard had the go-ahead hit in the ninth Sunday. This time he settled for the game-tying two-run double and left it up to Jayson Werth to knock him in. Werth, who hit a solo homer in the sixth, did just that with a single to center and the Phillies won 5-4. The one non-sweep…

  18. Fowler's leap propels Rockies' big inning

    Oct 12, 2009, 9:36 PM EDT

    It was exactly the kind of move one might expect from a player who had a chance to play basketball at Harvard. Fortunately, Dexter Fowler passed on that opportunity and took a $925,000 bonus to sign with the Rockies after being selected in the 14th round in 2004. On Monday, with the Phillies up 2-1…

  19. Flawed Elias Rankings set to play key role this winter

    Oct 12, 2009, 4:23 PM EDT

    Every year, the terribly broken Elias Rankings play a much larger role than most realize in which free agents signs where and when. Fungible relievers and part-time infielders can see their options dwindle because they’re foolishly classified as Type A free agents. Meanwhile, starting pitchers in line for $30 million-$40 million contract can come compensation…

  20. Torre pushes all the right buttons in Dodgers sweep

    Oct 10, 2009, 9:40 PM EDT

    Two future Hall of Fame managers matched up in the NLDS, and the end result was a no contest. Everything Joe Torre touched this week turned to gold. Tony La Russa, who had more options with his flexible roster, opted to stay the course and came up well short. Torre’s biggest successes: 1. Going to…

  21. Pedro left out in cold after postponement

    Oct 10, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Saturday’s Game 3 between the Phillies and Rockies was postponed due to cold weather and snow, leaving the remaining three games in the NLDS series to be played Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The extra day off would seem to be of clear benefit of the Phillies. They will now bring back Cliff Lee and Cole…

  22. Nathan chokes, A-Rod comes through in Game 2

    Oct 9, 2009, 10:59 PM EDT

    Just because a guy has a lousy postseason reputation, it’s still probably not the best strategy to start grooving fastballs. The Twins had Game 2 of the ALDS in control when they took a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning Saturday. They even picked up the last run after Mariano Rivera entered, and they went…

  23. Another day, another horrendous call

    Oct 9, 2009, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Twins and Joe Mauer were the latest victims of atrocious postseason umpiring in Friday’s game against the Yankees, when the likely MVP sliced a liner down the left-field line and had it drop a foot fair, only to see the ball ruled foul by left-field umpire Phil Cuzzi. Cuzzi did have to contend with…

  24. Aided by umps, Angels run away with Game 1

    Oct 9, 2009, 1:05 AM EDT

    The Angels, who have had three of their last four postseason runs spoiled by the Red Sox, took a big step towards getting the Rally Monkey off their backs with a 5-0 victory in Thursday’s ALDS Game 1. Boston had plenty of reason to gripe after the game. Torii Hunter should have been rung up…

  25. 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…

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