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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Restoring the rosters: No. 25 – Chicago White Sox

    Aug 13, 2009, 4:08 PM EDT

    This is part of a series of articles examining what every team’s roster would look like if given only the players it originally signed. I’m compiling the rosters, ranking them and presenting them in a countdown from Nos. 30 to 1. No. 30 – Cincinnati No. 29 – Kansas City No. 28 – San Diego…

  2. What we're watching: Pedro's Philly debut

    Aug 12, 2009, 5:10 PM EDT

    - Hopefully, Tuesday’s incident took care of the bad blood between the Tigers and Red Sox, but with noted hothead Josh Beckett on the mound tonight, another flareup is a possibility. Kevin Youkilis, who charged the mound after being hit in a second straight game last night, chose not to appeal his five-game suspension, so…

  3. Restoring the rosters: No. 26 – Baltimore

    Aug 12, 2009, 4:41 PM EDT

    This is part of a series articles examining what every team’s roster would look like if given only the players it originally signed. I’m compiling the rosters, ranking them and presenting them in a countdown from Nos. 30 to 1. No. 30 – Cincinnati No. 29 – Kansas City No. 28 – San Diego No.…

  4. Golden Baseball League stats

    Aug 11, 2009, 5:54 PM EDT

    Aaron’s mention of Scott Spiezio signing to play in the Golden Baseball League got me curious, so here’s a look at the stats of the notable and semi-notable players participating in the league this year. Walter Young – .329/.394/.482, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 15/5 K/BB, 0 SB in 85 AB Hulking first baseman got a…

  5. What we're watching: Nats go for ninth straight win

    Aug 11, 2009, 4:54 PM EDT

    - Junichi Tazawa will make his first major league start in front of a home crowd at Fenway as the Red Sox play the Tigers tonight. Fortunately, Boston was able to halt its six-game losing streak last night, taking some of the pressure off the 23-year-old import. The Tigers will also be starting a rookie…

  6. Restoring the rosters: No. 27 – Milwaukee

    Aug 11, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT

    This is part of a series articles examining what every team’s roster would look like if given only the players it originally signed. I’m compiling the rosters, ranking them and presenting them in a countdown from Nos. 30 to 1. No. 30 – Cincinnati No. 29 – Kansas City No. 28 – San Diego Now…

  7. Jays give away Rios, White Sox take advantage

    Aug 10, 2009, 7:03 PM EDT

    <a href=”http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/32364650/ns/sports-player_news/”>Score another one for Kenny Williams</a>.  It almost never happens that players as talented Alex Rios can be acquired without surrendering anything in return.  The White Sox didn’t even have to outbid 29 teams or surrender a draft pick.  In Rios, they brought in a player who is about to start getting expensive, but…

  8. Restoring the rosters: No. 28 – San Diego

    Aug 10, 2009, 4:41 PM EDT

    This is part of a series articles examining what every team’s roster would look like if given only the players it originally signed. I’m compiling the rosters, ranking them and presenting them in a countdown from Nos. 30 to 1. No. 30 – Cincinnati No. 29 – Kansas City While most of the other teams…

  9. What we're watching: Can Tigers add to Boston's misery?

    Aug 10, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    - Finally back home, if only briefly, after losing six in a row at Tampa Bay and New York, the Red Sox will face the Tigers to start a four-game series tonight. The opener, though, looks like the toughest matchup of the series for Boston, as Edwin Jackson and the struggling Brad Penny are due…

  10. Now you're just making stuff up, Kenny

    Aug 10, 2009, 4:34 AM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal thinks the Jays should let Alex Rios depart on waivers, deleting his contract while getting nothing in return. It’s an arguable position, except that Rosenthal doesn’t put forth much of an argument. Instead, he starts off with this: The “trade” would not be Rios for whatever meager package the White Sox might…

  11. Yankee drubbing ends Smoltz's Boston tenure

    Aug 7, 2009, 5:29 PM EDT

    And I still think he has something left. The Red Sox, though, decided it was no longer in their best interests to wait and see if Smoltz could turn it around. It’s hard to argue with an 8.32 ERA, and his outing last night against the Yankees was truly awful after a decent first two…

  12. What we're watching: Lincecum aims for 13th win, 200 Ks

    Aug 7, 2009, 4:52 PM EDT

    - Matt Cain and Jason Marquis have both failed twice and Johan Santana and Adam Wainwright once apiece, so now Tim Lincecum will have a shot at becoming the first NL pitcher to reach 13 victories.  He’ll be facing the Reds for the first time in 80 career starts.  I’m not positive about this, but…

  13. Red Sox-Yankees live blog/chat

    Aug 6, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

    Red Sox-Yankees Live Blog/Chat

  14. Restoring the rosters: No. 29 – Kansas City

    Aug 6, 2009, 4:06 PM EDT

    This is part of a series articles examining what every team’s roster would look like if given only the players it originally signed. I’m compiling the rosters, ranking them and presenting them in a countdown from Nos. 30 to 1. No. 30 – Cincinnati As I’m starting out writing these articles, I still don’t have…

  15. What we're blogging – Red Sox vs. Yankees

    Aug 6, 2009, 2:19 PM EDT

    I’ll be hosting a live blog/chat during the Red Sox-Yankees game tonight.  Check back then for four hours of Big Papi harassment, home runs and maybe some humor (hopefully supplied by you).

  16. Restoring the rosters: No. 30 – Cincinnati

    Aug 5, 2009, 6:07 PM EDT

    I’m kicking off a new series reviewing what all 30 teams would look like if they included only players originally signed by the club. The ground rules: 1. Players are assigned to the team with which they made their professional or U.S. debuts. Japanese and Cuban imports are being included. As far as I can…

  17. Pirates to pay for giving up on Gorzy

    Aug 5, 2009, 5:38 PM EDT

    Seven pitchers have started games for the Pirates this season, with ERAs ranging from 3.45 to 6.09.  Tomorrow, that number will expand to eight, with the newly acquired Kevin Hart making his debut for the Diamondbacks.  Going the other way in that trade with the Cubs was Tom Gorzelanny, who, quite bizarrely, wasn’t included in…

  18. What we're watching: Big starts for Penny, Price

    Aug 5, 2009, 5:11 PM EDT

    - After playing a dramatic 13-inning game Tuesday, the Red Sox and Rays will be looking for long outings from their starters tonight. Unfortunately for them, Brad Penny and David Price aren’t very good bets to turn them in. Penny has averaged 5.5 innings per start while going 7-5 with a 5.07 ERA. He’s yet…

  19. Three Cuban defectors now up for grabs

    Aug 4, 2009, 6:15 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reports that Cuban defectors RHP Yadel Marti, OF Yasser Gomez, and RHP Juan Yasser Serrano have been declared free agents and are now eligible to sign. That’s according to their agent, Jaime Torres. The three players all defected at the end of last year. Marti, who is listed as 25, will likely…

  20. Red-hot Abreu making 29 teams look foolish

    Aug 4, 2009, 5:11 PM EDT

    The faltering economy didn’t take much of a toll on CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett last winter, thanks to the Yankees’ lavish buyout plan, but those unwanted by the Bombers had to scramble to find refuge and many remained unemployed until February. Take Bobby Abreu, for instance. Too many quality GMs believed they…

  21. What we're watching: Halladay set to take on Bombers

    Aug 4, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    - Still a Blue Jay, Roy Halladay will make the first of what will be back-to-back starts against the Yankees tonight in Toronto. Halladay last year became the first pitcher since Luis Tiant in 1974 to beat the Bombers five times in a season. This year, he’s faced them twice and gone 1-0 with a…

  22. Boston's failed bid for King Felix won't be its last

    Aug 3, 2009, 5:18 PM EDT

    Sure, the Red Sox would have loved to add Roy Halladay had the price been right, but it seems clear now that he was never their No. 1 pitching target. As usual, while the media looked one way, the Red Sox thought outside the box and set their sights sky high. In this case, that…

  23. What we're watching: Untouchable Kershaw faces Brewers

    Aug 3, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    – After struggling through 4 2/3 innings against the Royals in his debut last week, Chris Tillman will get the Tigers in his second major league start tonight. It’s not as much of a step up as it seems, though, as the Tigers have scored more than five runs just twice in 16 games since…

  24. It's Aug. 3: Do you know where your first-round pick is?

    Aug 3, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    Two weeks before the signing deadline, only 12 of the 32 first-round picks from the 2009 draft has signed. 16 of the top 20 players taken remain unsigned amidst rumors that the commissioner’s office is taking its hardest stance yet on curbing bonuses to players not yet apart of the MLBPA. Baseball America reported back…

  25. Trade deadline winners and losers

    Jul 31, 2009, 7:47 PM EDT

    So, I’m mostly trade deadlined out after about 90 tweets and writing up all of the finalized deals over at Rotoworld, but I think I have enough left for a winners and losers blog. I’m focusing strictly on Friday’s action. Looking at the big picture, I’d say the Pirates and Dodgers would also figure into…

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