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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Jason Giambi walks off for Indians after Chris Perez blows lead

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi

    There’s a little magic left in Jason Giambi‘s bat after all. The 42-year-old former MVP, who entered with a .177 average in 181 at-bats this season, hit a walkoff homer off Addison Reed in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Indians a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. It was the Indians’…

  2. Alex Rios hits for the cycle against the Astros

    Sep 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Rios is congratulated by teammate Andrus and manager Washington after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rangers outfielder Alex Rios became the third player this year to hit for the cycle Monday, doing so in just six innings against the hapless Astros. Oddly enough, all three cycles this year have been contained entirely within the AL West. The Angels’ Mike Trout had one in May against the Mariners, and the Astros’…

  3. Billy Hamilton had the Mets totally psyched out

    Sep 23, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Reds manager Dusty Baker declined to start Billy Hamilton again Monday after his three-hit day Sunday, instead reserving him for pinch-running duties. When he did go to him in the eighth, it produced a memorable sequence. Hamilton pinch-ran for Ryan Hanigan with two outs and none on in a tie game in the bottom of…

  4. Fredi Gonzalez ejected after Angel Hernandez refuses to give Braves HBP

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    Janish hbp

    In the seventh inning of Monday’s Brewers-Braves game, Marco Estrada had a curveball get away from him, hitting Paul Janish squarely in the knee. It was as about as run-of-the-mill as HBPs get, at least until Angel Hernandez called Janish back to box, ruling the pitch a ball. The video isn’t embeddable yet, but here’s…

  5. Manny Machado suffers severe leg injury versus Rays

    Sep 23, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    All-Star third baseman Manny Machado injured his left knee stepping awkwardly on first base in the seventh inning Monday and had to be carted off the field in the loss to the Rays. The Orioles declined to go into detail about the injury after the game, but they said the plan was for Machado to travel…

  6. Maybe MLB needs a draft lottery, too

    Sep 23, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Rodon

    In case you missed it, the Astros, by virtue of losing their ninth straight game, clinched the first overall pick in 2014 MLB draft. Technically, they can still end up tied with the Marlins at 57-105 if they win the rest of their games and the Marlins lose out, but they’d own the tiebreaker by…

  7. Rays go 18 innings to beat Orioles

    Sep 21, 2013, 2:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    In a game that featured a major league record 21 pitchers and took nearly seven hours, the Rays outlasted the Orioles 5-4 in 18 innings Friday. The Rays’ win came hours after they were officially eliminated from AL East contention by the Red Sox, but they’ve already known for a couple of weeks that it’d…

  8. Red Sox’s turnaround more about incumbents than newcomers

    Sep 21, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v San Francisco Giants

    We’ve heard it a million times now: the Red Sox changed the clubhouse culture for the better when they brought in Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Dempster over the winter. And that’s certainly true. I imagine this has been the best Red Sox team to cover in several years, and they do,…

  9. Reds come back in ninth, beat Pirates in 10

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Jordy Mercer

    A Jordy Mercer error on a routine grounder to shortstop opened the door for the Reds to score three runs in the ninth, and Joey Votto hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th as Cincinnati won in Pittsburgh 6-5 on Friday. The result leaves the two teams with identical 88-66 records behind the soon-to-be 90-64…

  10. Red Sox beat Blue Jays to clinch AL East

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester struck out eight in seven innings and Koji Uehara picked up a five-out save Friday as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday and clinched the AL East title. Lester allowed just one run in seven innings to improve to 5-1 in his last seven starts. He’s turned in nine…

  11. Braves score four times in ninth to lower magic number to 1

    Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann celebrates hitting a RBI single while playing the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Chicago

    The Braves busted open a 5-5 game with four runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday and clinch at least a tie in the NL East with the Nationals scheduled to play later tonight. All four runs in the ninth came after Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Kevin Gregg to…

  12. Stephen Strasburg passes test, will start Saturday

    Sep 20, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    With the Nationals still alive in the hunt for a wild card berth, there will be no shutting down Stephen Strasburg just yet. He passed his throwing test Friday and will start Saturday, manager Davey Johnson said. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since Sept. 8 because of forearm tightness. He was scratched from his scheduled start last…

  13. Andy Pettitte’s complicated Hall of Fame case

    Sep 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Andy Pettitte was never a dominant starter. That’s pretty much indisputable. In 18 big-league seasons, Pettitte has never won a Cy Young Award, an ERA title or a strikeout crown. The only “black ink” on his Baseball-Reference page comes from the three times he led or shared his league lead in games started. He’s thrown…

  14. Scott Diamond beats White Sox, pulls off an interesting feat

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Scott Diamond defeated the White Sox on Wednesday without recording a single strikeout in 6 1/3 innings. And that’s fairly unusual, if hardly unique. He’s the sixth starter this year to win a game without striking out a batter, joining Jeff Locke, Jeremy Guthrie, Jake Westbrook, Kyle Lohse and Joe Kelly. What is far more…

  15. Red Sox sweep away Yankees to continue incredible run

    Sep 15, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Red Sox' Bogaerts singles in the seventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston

    Mariano Rivera was honored Sunday prior to his last ever regular-season appearance at Fenway Park. The Red Sox made sure that was the only time he’d see the mound all weekend. The Red Sox shook off a first-inning Yankees run with three of their own and routed the Bombers 9-2 for a three-game sweep in…

  16. Todd Helton to retire after 17 seasons with Rockies

    Sep 15, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Todd Helton

    Most figured the end was coming for Todd Helton. The 40-year-old first baseman confirmed it to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck on Saturday, announcing his retirement at season’s end. Helton said he felt going into 2013 that this would be his last year, though he has had second thoughts from time to time. “During the…

  17. Roy Halladay scratched with flu-like symptoms

    Sep 10, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay, coming off the best of his three starts since returning from shoulder surgery, was scratched from his scheduled Wednesday outing with flu-like symptoms. Tyler Cloyd will pitch in his place against the Padres. Halladay allowed one run in six innings last time out against the Nationals, giving him a 4.24 ERA in three…

  18. This clinches it: Ned Yost has no idea what he’s doing

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Setting the scene: Indians up 4-3 on the Royals in the top of the ninth. Cleveland closer Chris Perez gives up a single to Salvador Perez and a walk to Mike Moustakas to begin the inning, setting things up very nicely. Very nicely indeed, for Ned Yost to trample all over what was left of…

  19. Miguel Cabrera ejected in first, Jim Leyland follows

    Sep 9, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera looks at the scoreboard in the ninth inning of the Kansas City Royals' win in their MLB game in Kansas City

    For the second time in the last six weeks, Miguel Cabrera got tossed mid at-bat Monday, this time getting ejected by Brian Gorman in the first inning for arguing that he was hit by a pitch. MLB.com has the video, though it’s not yet embeddable. Cabrera took a Chris Sale slider off his back knee,…

  20. Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi have to be restrained after first inning

    Sep 9, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter is held back by umpires while challenging Yankees manager Girardi following an unknown incident in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    Things got feisty Monday night, Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi both wanted a piece of one another after the first inning of Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore. It appears that the incident started when Girardi started yelling out of the dugout towards Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, either to perhaps accuse him of sign-stealing or to…

  21. Hunter Pence could be first outfielder since 2007 to start every game

    Sep 9, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    No outfielder since Jeff Francoeur in 2007 has started every game in a season, yet Hunter Pence is on pace to do that this season for the Giants, CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports. If he does so, he’ll be the first Giant to start every game in a season since shortstop Alvin Dark in…

  22. Bryce Harper out two games after hip MRI

    Sep 9, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    While the news was good Monday, Bryce Harper will have to sit out at least two more games following an MRI on his left hip, CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman reports. No structural damage was found in the hip, but the doc did think it best he take a couple of games off to try to…

  23. Red Sox wrecking crew does it again, beats Yanks 13-9

    Sep 7, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Jonny Gomes runs after he hit three-run home run off New York Yankees David Huff  in MLB game in New York

    The Yankees have scored 25 runs the last three days, with no victories to show for it. That’s because the Red Sox bashed their way to another win Saturday, hitting four homers in a 13-9 game. They’ve scored 34 runs so far in the series and 54 in their last four games. The 34 runs…

  24. Tokyo gets Olympics; decision on baseball to come next

    Sep 7, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Computer-generated file handout image shows Tokyo Stadium, one of the proposed Olympic stadiums for the 2020 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo

    Those wanting baseball and softball back in the Olympics got the news they were looking for Saturday: Tokyo was named the host city for the 2020 games, beating out Istanbul in a runoff after Madrid was eliminated earlier in the afternoon. The decision on whether to add baseball and softball, squash or wrestling to the…

  25. Derek Jeter exits with soreness near ankle

    Sep 7, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    When Derek Jeter was pulled for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning Saturday, the hope was the Yankees were just preserving him in a 12-6 game. However, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported three innings later that Jeter was taken out due to soreness around the ankle he broke in the postseason last year. Jeter singled in…

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