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Matthew Pouliot

  1. El Duque to attempt comeback with Rangers

    Jun 11, 2009, 4:57 PM EDT

    The Rangers, who have already gambled on Jason Jennings and Kris Benson with mixed results this year, announced the signing of Orlando Hernandez to a minor league contract on Thursday. There hadn’t been much talk about Hernandez lately, but little brother Livan said in February that El Duque intended to make a comeback as a…

  2. Third-day MLB Draft notes

    Jun 11, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT

    - The Red Sox selected outfielder Michael Yastrzemski, Carl’s grandson, in the 36th round. The youngest Yaz is expected to ask for first-round money to back out of a commitment to play at Vanderbilt, but the Red Sox likely have a better chance of signing him than anyone else would have. – Catcher Austin Maddox,…

  3. MLB Draft Winners

    Jun 10, 2009, 5:41 PM EDT

    - Colorado – 11th overall pick Tyler Matzek was the best high school pitcher in the draft, and outfielder Tim Wheeler and left-hander Rex Brothers were nice grabs at No. 32 and No. 34, respectively. Second-round third baseman Nolan Arenado also could have been picked earlier. The Rockies could have gone cheap in order to…

  4. MLB Draft Losers

    Jun 10, 2009, 5:22 PM EDT

    - Everyone who watched the first round on the MLB network – It was their first try, but MLB really botched this by giving us a panel of Harold Reynolds, Josh Hart and MLB scouting bureau director Frank Marcos, all of whom liked all 32 picks. Hart is still picking up a paycheck from the…

  5. What we're watching – June 10

    Jun 10, 2009, 4:38 PM EDT

    - Detroit’s Justin Verlander, arguably baseball’s hottest pitcher, takes on his nemesis tonight in the fourth game of a five-game series with the White Sox. Verlander has won six in a row since April 27, posting a 1.12 ERA during that span, but he’s 2-9 with a 5.90 ERA lifetime against the Pale Hose. That’s…

  6. MLB draft – Picks No. 25-32

    Jun 9, 2009, 8:50 PM EDT

    Angels selected outfielder Mike Trout with the 25th pick in the draft.Unlike Randal Grichuk, Trout was expected to go at least this high. It’s expected that he’ll start switch-hitting in the pros, and he’s displayed 15- or 20-homer power as a right-handed hitter. He has the range to play center and a great arm. He’s…

  7. MLB Draft – Picks No. 17-24

    Jun 9, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks selected Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock with the 17th pick in the draft. It was thought the Diamondbacks would probably take a hitter and a pitcher with their back-to-back picks, but they’ve gone offense on both. Pollock, a converted shortstop, shows potential in center field. His power will be primarly in the form of…

  8. MLB Draft – Picks No. 9-16

    Jun 9, 2009, 7:31 PM EDT

    Tigers selected high school RHP Jacob Turner with the ninth pick in the draft. Turner has a quality fastball that shows up in the mid-90s at times, but his slider is soft and he doesn’t have much of a changeup yet. The upside is there, but he seems like a reach in the top 10.…

  9. MLB Draft – Picks No. 1-8

    Jun 9, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    Nationals selected RHP Stephen Strasburg with the first overall pick in Tuesday’s draft. We’ve known it was coming for months, so now it’s just a matter of getting him signed. The Nationals probably won’t rush to get a deal done, since he’s been worked hard this year and doesn’t really need to throw any additional…

  10. Lidge's awful performance forces DL trip

    Jun 9, 2009, 5:38 PM EDT

    Unlike the Mets with Oliver Perez, the Phillies didn’t dream up a knee injury to excuse putting Brad Lidge on the DL — the inflammation is real and has bothered him since April. Still, this is all about lousy pitching. Pretty much everything has gone wrong for Lidge since he closed out the 2008 World…

  11. What we're watching – June 9

    Jun 9, 2009, 4:33 PM EDT

    - The MLB draft, of course. Aaron will have the occasional blog during the first round, while I’ll be writing up every first-round pick over at Rotoworld. – The pitching matchup of the night looks like Chris Carpenter vs. Josh Johnson, and since neither the Cardinals nor the Marlins have their offense clicking, it could…

  12. Rangers to go it without Hamilton, McCarthy

    Jun 8, 2009, 7:34 PM EDT

    Within a two-hour span Monday, the Rangers revealed that they picked up manager Ron Washington’s option for 2010, that Josh Hamilton would undergo surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle and that Brandon McCarthy was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right shoulder. Taking them one at a time: – Washington’s option was an…

  13. Five managers on the hot seat

    Jun 8, 2009, 5:53 PM EDT

    1. Eric Wedge (Indians) – The Indians might have been more justified in firing Wedge a month ago, before injuries to Grady Sizemore, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Laffey and Anthony Reyes gave the team a better excuse for its poor record. The Indians have been underperforming all along, though. They’re nine games under .500 even though…

  14. MLB Draft Quick Hits

    Jun 8, 2009, 5:05 PM EDT

    - mocks the draft’s first round with a couple of surprises, including Tanner Scheppers falling to the Mariners at No. 27. – Right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was expected to go in the first half of the first round, will likely fall after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his forearm. – Baseball America’s…

  15. What we're watching – June 8

    Jun 8, 2009, 4:36 PM EDT

    - The Rays and Yankees have split the first two games of rain-shortened three-game series, and Andy Sonnanstine and Andy Pettitte will go in the deciding game tonight. Sonnanstine is 4-5 with a 7.07 ERA, but he’s turned in two nice outings in no-decisions against the Bombers this year, allowing four runs in 12 1/3…

  16. First-third awards – NL MVP

    Jun 5, 2009, 6:38 PM EDT

    We’ll use VORP to come up with a list of candidates and go from there. Position players only. I think Dan Haren should figure into the mix for the bottom half of the ballot, but the rest of the top 10 will be hitters. 1. Albert Pujols – 37.22. Raul Ibanez – 33.43. Carlos Beltran…

  17. First-third awards – AL Cy Young

    Jun 5, 2009, 5:40 PM EDT

    Yeah, it’s a no-brainer, but let’s look at a few lists anyway. Top 10 in ERA 1. Zack Greinke – 1.10 in 82 IP2. Jered Weaver – 2.26 in 75 2/3 IP3. Edwin Jackson – 2.30 in 74 1/3 IP4. Erik Bedard – 2.37 in 60 2/3 IP5. Roy Halladay – 2.77 in 91 IP6.…

  18. First-third awards – NL Rookie of the Year

    Jun 5, 2009, 5:06 PM EDT

    I’m tempted to just skip this one, as no one is worth of the honor. Not one NL rookie pitcher ranks in the league’s top 40 in innings pitched. Here are the ERAs of everyone to have made at least seven starts: Kenshin Kawakami – 4.63 ERA in 58 1/3 IPJosh Geer – 5.44 ERA…

  19. What we're watching – June 5

    Jun 5, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

    - Zack Greinke, coming off his worst start of the year, will try to join Roy Halladay at nine wins when he takes on the Blue Jays tonight. Greinke allowed four runs — three earned — over seven innings in a loss to the White Sox last time out. He faced the Jays back on…

  20. First-third awards – AL MVP

    Jun 4, 2009, 7:20 PM EDT

    Let’s turn back to VORP to generate the list of candidates. Hitters only, for now: 1. Joe Mauer – 36.02. Jason Bartlett – 31.33. Justin Morneau – 29.74. Evan Longoria – 29.45. Adam Jones – 27.46. Victor Martinez – 27.27. Kevin Youkilis – 26.78. Jason Bay – 26.29. Torii Hunter – 24.710. Russell Branyan –…

  21. First-third awards – NL Cy Young

    Jun 4, 2009, 5:58 PM EDT

    With Johan Santana coming back to the pack lately, the NL currently has nine starters with ERA between 2.00 and 2.70. 1. Johan Santana – 2.00 ERA in 72 IP2. Wandy Rodriguez – 2.26 ERA in 67 2/3 IP3. Matt Cain – 2.31 ERA in 66 1/3 IP4. Dan Haren – 2.42 ERA in 78…

  22. First-third awards – AL Rookie of the Year

    Jun 4, 2009, 4:57 PM EDT

    Toronto’s Scott Richmond was the AL’s top rookie during April, but he’s since fallen behind four players, all of whom have a case for Rookie of the Year honors to date: Elvis Andrus (SS Rangers) – While Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Aaron Cunningham and others still have plenty of time to make up ground, Andrus…

  23. Thoughts on McLouth to the Braves

    Jun 3, 2009, 8:50 PM EDT

    Braves acquire outfielder Nate McLouth from the Pirates for RHP Charlie Morton, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and LHP Jeff Locke. – First impression – I’m very surprised to see the Pirates parting with McLouth just 3 ½ months after signing him to a three-year, $15.75 million contract, especially with no legitimate top-30 prospects coming in return.…

  24. Report: Braves move on from Glavine

    Jun 3, 2009, 6:05 PM EDT

    With his second scoop of the day,’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Braves have released Tom Glavine. This comes as quite a shock, especially in light of him pitching six scoreless innings in his last rehab start and posting a 2.25 ERA in four outings overall. All indications were that the Braves were…

  25. Wednesday's quick hits

    Jun 3, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT

    - The Yankees are returning Chien-Ming Wang to the rotation and shifting Phil Hughes to the bullpen. It’s the latter part of the announcement that comes as a surprise, as I figured that Hughes would head back to Triple-A once Wang took his spot. Hughes has never worked as a reliever at any level, and…

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