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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Mike Leake notches unique 10th win as Reds beat Giants

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Mike Leake

    Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the Reds had to be particularly frustrating for Giants fans, considering that… – Hunter Pence went 5-for-5 and the team as a whole collected 15 hits – The team left 15 men on base, it’s high total in a nine-inning game since 2008 – Chad Gaudin, the club’s best starter of…

  2. Report: Jake Peavy, Will Middlebrooks swap being discussed

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that Will Middlebrooks’ name has come up in trade talks between the White Sox and Red Sox regarding Jake Peavy. The Red Sox, on the hunt for a starting pitcher with Clay Buchholz out, scouted Peavy’s last start against the Braves and will take another look at him Thursday, when he…

  3. Matt Garza beats Yankees in Rangers debut

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza‘s first start for the Rangers couldn’t have gone much better, as he allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings to pick up a victory in a 3-1 game against the Yankees on Wednesday. Garza struck out five and walked none to outshine Andy Pettitte in Pettitte’s best start in six weeks.…

  4. Isn’t this why we have an infield-fly rule?

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    With the Twins down 1-0 to the Angels, runners on first and second and none out in the ninth today, Justin Morneau hit a little popup to the right of the mound. Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, employing some quick thinking, let the ball drop and turned it into a 1-3-6-3 double play. He followed that…

  5. Updated: MLB investigating Alex Rodriguez’s link with new doctor

    Jul 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    a-rod doc

    A new player suddenly emerged in the bizarre Alex Rodriguez saga on Wednesday when Dr. Michael L. Gross and told Mike Francesa on WFAN that he had reviewed A-Rod’s MRI and detected no quad injury. In so doing, he contradicted the diagnosis of a Grade 1 quad strain from Yankees doctor Christopher Ahmad. Reports have…

  6. Alfonso Soriano sits, not traded yet

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Alfonso Soriano Hug Watch is on, but while the aging slugger isn’t in the Cubs lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was simply a scheduled day off, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs have newcomer Junior Lake filling in for Soriano in left field tonight. Lake had been playing center field…

  7. You can still get a Braun jersey at the MLB.com shop

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun shirt

    While the Brewers’ portal to the MLB.com shop area is now Ryan Braun free, the Braun jerseys themselves are easy enough to find and are still marked at full price. An authentic Braun home jersey costs $298.99 through MLB.com, the same price one would pay for a Brewers jersey featuring the name and number of…

  8. Report: White Sox turn down Cardinals’ proposal for Alexei Ramirez

    Jul 24, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Alexei Ramirez, Joey Terdoslavich

    A “scouting source” told the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales that the White Sox rejected a proposal from the Cardinals that would have netted them top pitching prospect Carlos Martinez in return for shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The report doesn’t seem all that far-fetched, given that the Cardinals would surely like to improve over Pete Kozma and…

  9. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  10. A reminder: Francisco Rodriguez is a worse human being than Ryan Braun

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    If you’re an Orioles fan, feel free to root for the laundry. But let’s not celebrate Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod was initially arrested in Aug. 2010 after beating up the father of his girlfriend, Daian Pena. Rodriguez assaulted Carlos Pena at Citi Field after a game, punching him in the face. The incident actually left Rodriguez…

  11. Report: Alex Rodriguez not interested in deal with MLB

    Jul 23, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale hears that Alex Rodriguez intends to go down swinging. Two people close to A-Rod told Nightengale that Rodriguez has no intention of negotiating a Biogenesis-related settlement with MLB and that he plans to appeal any suspension handed down. Rodriguez’s penalty is expected to be more severe than the 65-game ban handed…

  12. This hasn’t been one of Robinson Cano’s better days

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano is aiming for one of the biggest contracts in baseball history as a free agent this winter, and it’s safe to say he’ll end up a very, very wealthy man. Still, two pieces of news today haven’t helped his cause at all. Most will point to Dustin Pedroia‘s seemingly under-market seven-year, $100 million…

  13. Report: Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero for $32 million

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero2

    Update: Guerrero’s agent has denied that there’s an agreement in place, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. He says there are still three teams in the mix. /// Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero, who defected and set up shop in the Dominican Republic back in January, has inked a seven-year, $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according…

  14. Report: Yankees to reunite with Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 23, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to bringing Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx, with the Cubs getting a mid-level prospect in return. Cash would facilitate the deal. Soriano is owed about $7 million for the rest of this year and then $18 million in the final year of his eight-year,…

  15. What if the Brewers had kept Prince Fielder over Ryan Braun?

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder

    The truth is that the Brewers made their choice well before Prince Fielder signed with the Tigers two winters age. As a small-market team already pushing the payroll to the limit in 2010, the Brewers knew they’d have to decide whether to build around Ryan Braun or Fielder. What made it an easy choice was…

  16. Cubs make out well in trading Matt Garza to Rangers

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The new rules that took effect last year made trading quality free-agents-to-be to be trickier than ever. That’s because the deal itself makes a supplemental first-round pick just disappear into the ether. The acquiring team is forced to offer extra compensation for something it’s not going to get back in return, while the seller knows…

  17. Ryan Braun is baseball’s biggest fraud

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun played the victim when he initially tested positive for steroids after the 2011 season. In one regard, he was: that news never should have leaked out before the appeals process played out. In every other regard, he was obviously guilty as charged. Just look at some of Braun’s quotes after he was “vindicated”…

  18. Locking up Dustin Pedroia is more about sentiment than sense

    Jul 20, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    There’s something to be said for rewarding a star player who has been underpaid most of his career. Dustin Pedroia is one of the two faces of the Red Sox, he’s a legitimate All-Star candidate every year and it’s possible he’ll go into the Hall of Fame someday. If he were a free agent this…

  19. Eric Cooper couldn’t believe Yasiel Puig’s throw, either

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Watch this whale of a throw from Yasiel Puig in right field that led to a blown call at third in the second inning of Friday’s Dodgers-Nationals game: After catching the missile, Juan Uribe clearly tagged Bryce Harper on the ankle before Harper reached the bag, but third-base umpire Eric Cooper called him safe. Harper…

  20. Buster Olney doesn’t make a lot of sense

    Jul 16, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    Buster Olney

    From Buster Olney’s ESPN Insider column today comes this little snide remark directed at stats people: One of the oft-repeated lines about hitting with runners in scoring position is that it’s not really a repeatable skill. This is kind of silly because a lot of hitters work on situational hitting every single day in batting…

  21. Previewing the Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder aims for third crown

    Jul 15, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder can join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only three-time winners of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, but to do it, he’ll have to best Chris Davis, who is currently on pace to hit 60 bombs this year. This year’s Home Run Derby field is unusual in that it features just three…

  22. All-Star Futures Game wrap: U.S. beats World 4-2

    Jul 14, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

    Xander Bogaerts

    Not that the score really matters, but the U.S. team topped the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game again this year, winning 4-2 and outhitting the competition 9-3. Of course, this game is more fun to watch for the individual performances that any sort of team effort. So, let’s get right to the prospects…

  23. Bryce Harper makes first career start in leadoff spot

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper has hit mostly third (51 times) and occasionally second (five times) this season, but manager Davey Johnson chose to mix things up today, moving him into the leadoff spot and dropping Denard Span down to seventh. Obviously, this has more to do with Span’s poor play and the struggles of the Nationals’ offense…

  24. Tim Lincecum could have an interesting Hall of Fame case someday

    Jul 14, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    With his fastball hovering around 90 mph these days, Tim Lincecum will probably never again be what he was when he first came up. Of course, that’s a remarkably high standard; Lincecum won Cy Young Awards in his first two full seasons and led the NL in strikeouts three years in a row. From 2007…

  25. Tim Lincecum hurls no-hitter against Padres

    Jul 14, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    It took a whopping 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum recorded his first career no-hitter Saturday in the Giants’ 9-0 victory over the Padres. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Edwin Jackson got to 149 in his no-hitter for the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010 and the second most since 2005. Lincecum’s…

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