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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Triple-A ump Muchlinski a Twin killer

    Jul 21, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

    In all of its glory, here is the brutal call at home plate that ended Monday’s Twins-Athletics game. Cuddyer is safe in scoring the game-tying run, of course, but Mike Muchlinski, a Triple-A ump filling in for a vacationing major league counterpart, got himself in lousy position and blew the call. What makes this particularly…

  13. Despite demotion, Gamel's Milwaukee stint a success

    Jul 20, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT

    Mat Gamel had to know the bad news was coming the moment he heard about Felipe Lopez’s acquisition from Arizona. While he had been pretty useful as a part-timer for the last two-plus months, the Brewers appeared to be looking for an excuse to send him back down, if only until Sept. 1. They certainly…

  14. What we're watching: Sanchez versus Vander Meer

    Jul 20, 2009, 6:33 PM EDT

    – Jason Schmidt will make his first major league start since June 16, 2007 tonight against the Reds. Shoulder woes have made him a complete bust since Dodgers GM Ned Colletti handed him $47 million for three years in Dec. 2006. It’s unlikely that the 36-year-old will start earning that money now — he had…

  15. Red Sox, Bay shelve talks… again

    Jul 17, 2009, 6:51 PM EDT

    Boston’s contract talks with free-agent-to-be Jason Bay have ended, one week after the Red Sox made a new offer to their left fielder. The decision was termed mutual, and Bay still seems to want to settle in Boston: “I’d still love to get something done here,” Bay told the Boston Globe. “I like it here.…

  16. What we're watching – Lincecum vs. Pirates

    Jul 17, 2009, 4:13 PM EDT

    – Tim Lincecum will make his start Friday on two days’ rest after throwing 35 pitches in the All-Star Game. He’ll be facing the Pirates for the second time in his career after losing to them when he gave up six runs in six innings on Aug. 11, 2007. He’s made 57 starts since and…

  17. With Bruce out, it's time for Reds to sell

    Jul 16, 2009, 5:06 PM EDT

    The situation hardly seemed rosy a week ago. While the standings said the NL Central title was still very much in reach, the Reds mostly sported a lineup with just two above average regulars and a rotation that seemed to be fading quickly after such a promising start. Trades for outfielders or a third baseman…

  18. Any takers for Boston's Lugo?

    Jul 16, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    The day has been approaching for some time, and FOXSports’ Ken Rosenthal is now claiming that the Red Sox are trying “desperately” to move Julio Lugo, who is in the third year of a four-year, $36 million contract. Boston’s reasoning is obvious: Jed Lowrie is ready to return from wrist surgery, and Nick Green has…

  19. Midseason NL Most Valuable Player

    Jul 15, 2009, 7:01 PM EDT

    Fortunately, this one is going to be a lot easier to figure out than the AL ballot. Let’s start with the NL’s top position players according to VORP: 1. Albert Pujols – 62.62. Hanley Ramirez – 46.63. Chase Utley – 46.04. Prince Fielder – 43.45. Pablo Sandoval – 37.86. Raul Ibanez – 34.07. Ryan Braun…

  20. Midseason AL Most Valuable Player

    Jul 15, 2009, 4:29 PM EDT

    I went with Zack Greinke as AL MVP one-third of the way through the season, but he’s fallen back to the pack by posting a 3.97 ERA since the beginning of June. The focus will return to the position players this time around. Here’s the top 16, according to VORP: 1. Joe Mauer – 46.22.…

  21. Who wants some?

    Jul 15, 2009, 4:01 PM EDT

    As mentioned a few weeks ago, I participate in a fantasy contest over at ESPN, named Baseball Challenge. The game gets broken up into first- and second-half segments, so if you want to join in the fun, I’ve created a public group called “Circling the Bases.” You can join the group anytime, but if you…

  22. Midseason AL Cy Young Award

    Jul 14, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    It was the easiest call of all of the awards when we looked back one-third of the way through the year, but things have tightened up a bit since, as Zack Greinke is no longer sporting a 1.10 ERA. Here’s the top 10 in ERA: 1. Zack Greinke – 2.12 ERA in 127 1/3 IP2.…

  23. Midseason NL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 14, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    The NL Rookie of the Year race has changed little since we checked in one-third of the way through the season. Randy Wells and J.A. Happ were neck-and-neck then, and I gave the nod to Wells, even though I expected more from Happ the rest of the way. At least a few hitters have started…

  24. All-Star Game live blog tonight

    Jul 14, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT

    Just a quick note: I’ll be doing a live blog tonight during the game. Questions and comments will be welcome.

  25. Midseason NL Cy Young Award

    Jul 13, 2009, 6:14 PM EDT

    This was a difficult call one third of the way through the season, when I went with a top three of Dan Haren, Chad Billingsley and Johnny Cueto, and not a whole lot easier now. First, here’s the top 10 in ERA. 1. Dan Haren – 2.01 ERA in 130 IP2. Tim Lincecum – 2.33…

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