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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. What we're watching: Beckett, Felix aim for for 12th victories

    Jul 27, 2009, 5:03 PM EDT

    – Josh Beckett and Felix Hernandez both have opportunities to become the AL’s first 12-game winner tonight. Beckett goes first, and one has to like his chances with a home start against the A’s on the schedule. He beat the A’s on Oakland on July 7 and is 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA in nine…

  17. Fun facts regarding Harang's homer

    Jul 25, 2009, 4:29 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang’s three-run bomb off the Cubs’ Randy Wells in the second inning of Friday’s game… … was his first in 390 career at-bats. … gave him his first run scored in 233 at-bats since Apr. 8, 2006. … bumped both his career OBP and slugging percentage over the century mark. His career line went…

  18. Friday's quick hits: Lilly due for DL stint

    Jul 24, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    – Ted Lilly, who had his first start after the break pushed back with what the Cubs called a sore knee, is slated to land on the DL with a sore shoulder. Given the Cubs’ history with when it comes to injuries and Lilly’s own past, I’m just going to assume that it was the…

  19. What we're watching: Halladay's Jays finale?

    Jul 24, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    – Roy Halladay could be making his last start for the Blue Jays, or he might even be moved before the game. With rumors of a Phillies deal swirling, Halladay is set to face the slumping Rays tonight. The Rays will look to bounce back after going 27 up, 27 down against Mark Buehrle on…

  20. Holliday for Wallace makes perfect sense

    Jul 24, 2009, 3:02 AM EDT

    The Cardinals thought their offense was set when they acquired Mark DeRosa from the Indians, but DeRosa injured his wrist and neither Chris Duncan nor Rick Ankiel proved able to shake lingering injuries that have left them unable to contribute offensively. Now the team has to decide whether it’s worth mortgaging even more of the…

  21. Buehrle joins exclusive clubs with second no-no, perfect game

    Jul 23, 2009, 4:47 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle has led the AL in hits allowed three times and finished in the top five a total of six times, yet he now has two no-hitters to his credit after his perfect game Thursday against the Rays. Buehrle joined a group of 23 other pitchers with multiple no-hitters. The only two to do…

  22. Red Sox send Lugo to Cards for Duncan

    Jul 22, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    Because you can never trade for just one left-handed hitting, first baseman-type with a career OPS in the low 800s whose father was a former All-Star pitcher and whose brother is also a professional baseball player. Ever without the historical similarities, it is fascinating that the Red Sox traded for two such similar players in…

  23. What we're watching: Astros go for sweep

    Jul 22, 2009, 4:52 PM EDT

    – As great as he is, Tim Lincecum has still won a mere 45 percent of his 76 career starts. However, he’s 5-for-5 against the Braves heading into another showdown tonight. He blanked the Braves for eight innings in his only start against them this year, that coming on May 26. Jair Jurrjens, who ranks…

  24. Mattingly family makes bid for reality show

    Jul 22, 2009, 4:41 PM EDT

    Don Mattingly was considered the epitome of class during his Yankees career. His family, on the other hand, obviously has a ways to go: A former Central High School baseball standout and New York Yankees draft pick was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving his mother and then spitting in her face. Taylor Mattingly, 24, was…

  25. What we're watching: Beckett goes for 12th win

    Jul 21, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    – Sinkerballer Sergio Mitre, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, will make his Yankees debut against the Orioles after going 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was 10-23 with a 5.36 ERA in 52 starts and 26 relief appearances for the Cubs and Marlins from 2003-07. If he…

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