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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. Red Sox-Yankees live blog/chat

    Aug 6, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

    Red Sox-Yankees Live Blog/Chat

  3. 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…

  4. 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).

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Fans won't turn on tainted Ortiz, writers will

    Jul 30, 2009, 2:36 PM EDT

    As the blog’s resident Red Sox fan, this sucks. As someone who hates writing about steroids, this really sucks. The latest leak accusing both Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz of being among the 104 major leaguers testing positive for PEDs in 2003 didn’t come as a huge surprise. I sort of made a case for…

  16. Trade analysis: Cubs land Grabow, Gorzelanny

    Jul 30, 2009, 1:45 PM EDT

    Cubs acquire LHP John Grabow and LHP Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates for RHP Kevin Hart, RHP Jose Ascanio and INF-OF Josh Harrison. In Grabow, the Cubs get the lefty reliever they craved, but it will up to Lou Piniella to use him correctly. Grabow is no specialist, and he didn’t become a quality pitcher…

  17. Trade analysis: Sherrill to Dodgers

    Jul 30, 2009, 1:43 PM EDT

    Dodgers acquire LHP George Sherrill from the Orioles for 3B Josh Bell and RHP Steve Johnson So much for the thought that the Orioles would have to be overwhelmed to move their closer. Sherrill can’t be considered an elite reliever when his career high for innings is 53 1/3, but he’s as effective against lefties…

  18. Reds pick up outfield help in Balentien

    Jul 29, 2009, 6:19 PM EDT

    I sort of called this one on the old twitter feed a couple of days ago. At least I was hoping that the reason the Reds weren’t calling up Chris Heisey was because they were getting ready to pick up an outfielder. This actually looks like a Jim Bowden move for Cincinnati. Balentien isn’t a…

  19. Analyzing the Cliff Lee trade

    Jul 29, 2009, 6:15 PM EDT

    Phillies acquire LHP Cliff Lee and OF Ben Francisco from the Indians for RHP Carlos Carrasco, C Lou Marson, RHP Jason Knapp, INF Jason Donald Not much figuring out to do here. The only question is whether the Indians got enough in return for the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Lee isn’t looked at…

  20. Making sense of the Pirates-Mariners trade

    Jul 29, 2009, 6:09 PM EDT

    OK, I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. What better way to do that than by writing about it. Mariners acquire RHP Ian Snell, SS Jack Wilson and cash from the Pirates for C-1B Jeff Clement, INF Ronny Cedeno, RHP Brett Lorin, RHP Aaron Pribanic and RHP Nathan Adcock. Snell was a…

  21. Giants shore up infield with Pirates' Sanchez

    Jul 29, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

    Giants acquire 2B Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates for RHP Tim Alderson The price was quite a bit higher than expected, though I think Alderson’s rep is a bit overblown. The Pirates still did far better here than the Diamondbacks did in the Felipe Lopez trade. Sanchez fills a big need for the Giants, who…

  22. Thoughts from Tuesday's games

    Jul 29, 2009, 2:02 AM EDT

    Twitter is broken for me and a bunch of other new users, so let’s post some quick notes here: – Hopefully, Tuesday’s ninth inning will bring an end to manager Terry Francona’s attempts to keep Nick Green in the shortstop mix for the Red Sox. Green did better than expected as a stopgap in place…

  23. Giants apply band-aid at first with Indians' Garko

    Jul 27, 2009, 11:12 PM EDT

    In what will hopefully be the first of multiple moves to upgrade their offense, the Giants picked up Ryan Garko from the Indians for left-hander Scott Barnes. The 29-year-old Garko was hitting .285/.362/.464 this season and is a career .283/.355/.450 hitter. On the surface, that makes him a perfectly adequate stopgap at first base. However,…

  24. Tuesday's quick hits

    Jul 27, 2009, 6:07 PM EDT

    - The Red Sox have decided to place Mike Lowell on the disabled list to give him additional time to recover after having his hip drained and receiving an injection Monday. Lowell’s play had fallen off over the last month, and it might be for the best that he rests through the All-Star break. The…

  25. Capps' role hardly the problem

    Jul 27, 2009, 5:37 PM EDT

    I liked this line from Tim Brown’s Yahoo column over the weekend: Matt Capps’ ERA is pretty ugly these days, but more than one scout believes he could be miscast in the closer role and could be very useful as a setup man. The ugly ERA is right, as Capps is currently sitting at 6.00…

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