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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Jake Peavy finally a postseason success with Red Sox

    Oct 9, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    In truth, a four-game series was probably the best-case scenario for the Red Sox. Sure, sweeps are great, but there’s nothing wrong with being tested a bit. And not only did the Red Sox pass their test with flying colors, but they got to use Jake Peavy in their Game 4 victory over the Rays…

  2. Boston’s incredible stolen base streak gets snapped, sort of

    Oct 9, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    Quintin Berry, Ben Zobrist

    When Daniel Nava was thrown out trying for second on a hit-and-run in the eighth inning Tuesday against the Rays, it marked the first time in the team’s last 46 attempts that a Red Sox player was caught stealing. Of course, technically, that’s mixing regular-season and postseason games. No matter what happens the rest of…

  3. The Rays’ all just wasn’t quite enough

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks, Yunel Escobar

    The Rays used 22 of their 25 players in Tuesday’s loss, and they were one inning away from turning to their Game 5 starter. Still, no matter how much Joe Maddon maneuvered, there was no outgunning the Red Sox this week. It was plenty close. The Rays got the break they needed in the second…

  4. You’re forgiven, Jhonny Peralta

    Oct 8, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    “That home run right there, it couldn’t have come at a better time. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy.“ That was center fielder Austin Jackson commenting on Jhonny Peralta‘s huge three-run blast in Tuesday’s Game 4. The game-tying homer was his first in the six games since he returned from a 50-game PED…

  5. Tigers put their faith in Justin Verlander for Game 5

    Oct 8, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Two

    With the Tigers burning their likely Cy Young winner Max Scherzer in relief on Tuesday, Justin Verlander will get the nod on four days’ rest in Thursday’s Game 5 against the A’s. That Verlander was so exceptional in Game 2 against the A’s surely played into Jim Leyland using Scherzer in the seventh and eighth…

  6. A’s bullpen finally has an off night

    Oct 8, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Sean Doolittle

    Oakland’s bullpen entered Tuesday having gone nine straight games without allowing a run, dating back to Sept. 23. That streak snapped quickly in Game 4, with the bullpen surrendering five runs in two innings in the 8-6 loss. Sean Doolittle allowed the first two runs, one coming on Victor Martinez‘s disputed homer. He hadn’t allowed…

  7. A bust for two years, Juan Uribe plays the hero now

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    There was a great case for the Dodgers releasing Juan Uribe last winter. Fresh off a 24-homer campaign for the world champion Giants, Uribe was given a three-year, $21 million deal as a free agent after the 2010 season. It was a move widely panned at the time, and it worked out even worse than…

  8. With Craig Kimbrel watching, Braves blow late lead

    Oct 8, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Juan Uribe, Yasiel Puig

    Craig Kimbrel hadn’t pitched two innings in a game since 2011, and the Braves weren’t about to have him try to get six outs now. It’s a decision they’ll think about all winter after Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead two-run homer off David Carpenter, leading the Dodgers past the Braves and into the NLCS on…

  9. Red Sox guilty of a little too much playoff baseball

    Oct 7, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Division Series - Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three

    The Red Sox could have played this one straight up tonight. Instead, they made concessions to it being a postseason games. Because postseason games are rarely won 12-2 or 7-4. – In the seventh, with the score tied at 3, the Red Sox used Craig Breslow and Junichi Tazawa to get three outs. Those are…

  10. Adam Wainwright’s second Game 5 needs to go better than his first

    Oct 7, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    For the second year in a row, the Cardinals will turn to Adam Wainwright in a decisive NLDS Game 5. Last year, they escaped with a win, but it was with no help from their ace. Wainwright was tagged for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS…

  11. Grant Balfour, Victor Martinez jawing leads to benches clearing

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Grant Balfour says Victor Martinez gave him “the death stare” and things escalated from there. While no punches were thrown, things got quite heated in the ninth inning of Oakland’s Game 3 win over the Detroit on Monday, adding some extra drama headed into Game 4. Here’s the video: And here’s Balfour talking to CSNBayArea.com…

  12. Season on the line, Pirates to turn to rookie Gerrit Cole

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    It’s not a surprise now, but it would have been a week ago: the Pirates will go to Gerrit Cole over A.J. Burnett in Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 against the Cardinals. Burnett has won 26 games with a 3.49 ERA in his two seasons with the Pirates, but that’s all been undone by one hideous…

  13. Dodgers taking an unnecessary risk starting Clayton Kershaw in Game 4

    Oct 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game One

    Clayton Kershaw has never started on three days’ rest. Now the Dodgers are asking him to do just that in Monday’s Game 4 against the Braves. Rather than trust Ricky Nolasco to close out the series, they’re going to bank on their ace who is about to win his second Cy Young Award. In a…

  14. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  15. That did not work out as Jim Leyland hoped

    Oct 6, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Presented with a tough first-and-third with no outs situation in the bottom of the ninth Saturday in a scoreless Game 2 against the A’s, Tigers manager Jim Leyland. 1. Chose to forgo using his best reliever 2. Chose to walk the bases loaded 3. Chose not to use a five-man infield Obviously, none of that…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes gets no help in Oakland’s Game 1 loss

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game One

    A triple and a two-run homer from Yoenis Cespedes simply wasn’t enough for the A’s Friday as the Tigers took Game 1 of the ALDS 3-2. Cespedes was responsible for two-thirds of Oakland’s hits in the game. The other was a little infield single from Brandon Moss in the seventh. Immediately after that was when…

  17. Because you can’t let Jose Constanza beat you

    Oct 4, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Jose Constanza

    If there’s a worse hitter than Jose Constanza on a postseason roster, it’s safe to say the guy also dabbles in some mound work. This is a guy who hit .276/.332/.314 with no homers and 17 RBI this year… in Triple-A! In the majors, he came in at .258 in 31 at-bats. He also had…

  18. Are there any holes to be punched in these Red Sox?

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    With the ability to start David Price twice and Alex Cobb once in the next four games, the Rays aren’t sunk after dropping Game 1 to Boston on Friday. The Red Sox, though, seemed pretty unbeatable today with the offense in sync despite four days off and Jon Lester limiting the damage besides a couple…

  19. Wil Myers says he blew it

    Oct 4, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    When Wil Myers suddenly gave up on David Ortiz‘s fly to the warning track in right in the fourth, it looked for all the world that he thought he was called off. Myers, though, said after the game that no one else yelled for the ball. Myers’ explanation was that he saw center fielder Desmond…

  20. Youthful Rays appear rattled in Game 1 rout

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Technically, the Rays went errorless in Friday’s 12-2 loss to the Red Sox. Which just further demonstrates how silly judging things based on errors can be. After three innings without allowing a hit, Matt Moore gave up a Dustin Pedroia single to start the fourth with the Rays up 2-0. David Ortiz followed with a…

  21. Report: Alex Rodriguez files second suit, this for malpractice

    Oct 4, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Rodriguez speaks with reporters following his rehab assignment for Tampa Yankees in a minor league baseball game against Bradenton Marauders in Tampa

    Because he’s already on the hook for the lawyers anyway, Alex Rodriguez reportedly filed his second suit of the day this afternoon, alleging medical malpractice from the Yankees team doctor and New York Presbyterian Hospital. The news comes down from ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchard, who also had the scoop in August that Rodriguez was preparing such…

  22. Pedro Alvarez flexing his muscle for Pirates

    Oct 4, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro Alvarez quietly tied for the NL lead with 36 home runs this year. He quietly became the first Pirate in seven years to drive in 100 runs. He quietly made the All-Star team for the first time. He even pretty quietly went 4-for-8 with two homers as the Pirates beat the Reds last weekend…

  23. Gerrit Cole shines in postseason debut as Pirates win Game 2

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    Partly because they were worried about his innings count, the Pirates seriously considered putting Gerrit Cole into the bullpen for the postseason. It’s a very good thing they didn’t. Cole pitched six innings of one-run ball and singled in the first run of the game as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 to even up…

  24. Yasiel Puig makes presence known in postseason debut

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Batting fifth for just the second time as a major leaguer, Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 and collected an outfield assist in his first postseason game as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-1 on Thursday. Puig had mostly been hitting at the top of the order, but manager Don Mattingly opted to drop him to the…

  25. Braves’ replacements flounder in Game 1 loss

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Elliot Johnson

    With Dan Uggla off the roster and B.J. Upton on the bench, the Braves were banking on lesser names helping their cause against the Dodgers. It didn’t work in Game 1, as both left fielder Evan Gattis and second baseman Elliot Johnson had key misplays in the 6-1 loss. Uggla and Upton are the Braves’…

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