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  1. Matt Williams’ must-win strategy could use some work

    Oct 8, 2014, 1:06 AM EST

    Division Series - Washington Nationals v San Francisco Giants - Game Four

    Yeah, but it’ll be all hands on deck for Game Never on Thursday.

  2. Giants-Nationals NLDS Game 2 headed into the 18th inning

    Oct 4, 2014, 11:33 PM EST

    Jordan Zimmermann

    We’re in the 18th in Washington, D.C.

  3. The Nationals announce their playoff roster: Rafael Soriano is there

    Oct 3, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

    nationals logo patch

    It’s rather surprising to see Soriano there.

  4. After yet another blown save, Rafael Soriano could be out as the Nats’ closer

    Sep 6, 2014, 8:56 AM EST

    Rafael Soriano

    Another blown save — this with the help of a homer from Ben Revere of all people — could cost the Nats’ closer his job.

  5. Yankees add Rich Hill as Matt Thornton replacement

    Aug 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EST

    Rich Hill

    This afternoon the Yankees declined to pull back Matt Thornton when he was claimed on waivers by the Nationals, giving away the 37-year-old left-hander. And now to replace him in the bullpen they’ve called up 34-year-old left-hander Rich Hill from Triple-A.

  6. Nationals claim Matt Thornton off waivers from Yankees

    Aug 5, 2014, 3:20 PM EST

    Matt Thornton Yankees

    Most players are pulled back once they’re claimed during the August revocable waiver period, but it’s always interesting when a team claims a player and the original team simply says “OK fine, take him.”

  7. A’s showing opponents that no lead is safe

    Jun 5, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

    Brandon Moss

    Trailing in a game does little to affect the Oakland A’s right now.

  8. Mariano Rivera’s replacement’s replacement? Joe Girardi has no idea

    Apr 8, 2014, 12:46 PM EST

    David Robertson

    David Robertson was the easy choice to replace Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ closer, but now that Robertson is out with a groin injury manager Joe Girardi isn’t sure who’ll be taking over ninth-inning duties.

  9. 2014 Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:08 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Can the White Sox rebuild the league’s worst lineup on the fly? Chicago…

  10. Masahiro Tanaka will help, but the Yankees need much more than him to be a contender

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:24 PM EST

    Yankees logo

    The offseason distorts things. The wintertime focus on individual player signings and the underlying optimism everyone seems to have about the prospects of their local nine often makes us forget that, in baseball, one player cannot make the difference between winning and losing. Heck, sometimes even three players don’t. Just ask Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton,…

  11. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  12. Yankees sign Matt Thornton

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:40 PM EST

    Matt Thornton AP

    Matt Thornton, whose $6 million option for 2014 was declined by the Red Sox, has signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Yankees according to Jack Curry of YES Network. After a five-year run as one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball Thornton showed some signs of slipping this year, particularly with his…

  13. Red Sox decline 2014 option on reliever Matt Thornton

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:18 PM EST

    Matt Thornton AP

    The World Series champion Red Sox were honored with a parade through Boston today, but they still found time to conduct some business, as Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they club declined their $6 million club option on left-handed reliever Matt Thornton for 2014. An easy decision, Thornton will receive a $1…

  14. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  15. Felix Doubront comes up big in Game 4 win

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:44 AM EST

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    These last few weeks couldn’t have been easy for Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront. With Clay Buchholz back and ready to pitch in the postseason, Doubront was sent to the pen at the end of the regular season after going 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA in his 27 starts. He didn’t want to make the…

  16. Red Sox leave Matt Thornton off World Series roster

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

    Matt Thornton threw a simulated game yesterday at Fenway Park to prepare himself in case the Red Sox wanted to add him to the roster for the World Series, but they’ve decided against activating the veteran left-hander. That means Thornton will have sat out the entire postseason after being acquired from the White Sox in…

  17. Yankees outlast Red Sox to claim series in Fenway

    Aug 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EST

    Yankees' Rodriguez celebrates his solo home run against Red Sox's Dempster in the sixth inning of their MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    This one had a little bit of everything packed into a crisp four hours and 12 minutes. – After Boston grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch to open the second. It was at least Dempster’s second attempt to hit him, but the…

  18. Red Sox place Matt Thornton on the disabled list

    Aug 7, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

    Matt Thornton is headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain just 10 appearances after the Red Sox acquired him from the White Sox. Thornton mostly worked the eighth inning for Boston, so the bullpen will have to reshuffle a bit in his absence. And based on the usual recovery timetable for oblique injuries–which…

  19. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EST

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  20. Sox swap: Red Sox acquire reliever Matt Thornton from White Sox

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:50 PM EST

    matt thornton getty

    The Red Sox added another lefty to their bullpen tonight, completing a trade with the White Sox for reliever Matt Thornton. The Red Sox have moved Andrew Miller to the 60-day disabled list to create room on the roster, according to Alex Speier. Per Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the White Sox have received outfield…

  21. Andrew Miller to have surgery on foot, expected to miss rest of season

    Jul 8, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    Andrew Miller Reuters

    Bad news for the Red Sox bullpen this evening, as Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com passes along word that left-hander Andrew Miller needs surgery on his left foot and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Miller injured his foot Saturday while getting off the mound to back up home plate was placed on…

  22. Red Sox targeting White Sox setup man Matt Thornton

    Jul 7, 2013, 5:22 PM EST

    matt thornton getty

    Like many in-contention major league teams, the Red Sox will be looking to beef up their bullpen before the July 31 trade deadline. And it sounds like a certain pursuit might already be underway. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, White Sox reliever Matt Thornton is on a “list of possible bullpen targets” for the…

  23. The White Sox will trade anyone but Sale… and Konerko?

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:50 PM EST

    Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko

    That’s the word from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The White Sox are open to parting with younger regulars like Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham and they’d certainly be willing to move Adam Dunn and John Danks. But ace Chris Sale is unavailable, as is 10-and-5 guy Paul Konerko. Heyman doesn’t indicate whether…

  24. Michael Bourn to begin rehab assignment Monday

    May 5, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    bourn getty

    As first reported by MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Indians outfielder Michael Bourn has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday evening with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. He will spend two or three days down on the farm before being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been out since suffering a…

  25. Michael Bourn to have stitches removed from finger on Thursday

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Michael Bourn landed on the disabled list last week after he had his right hand stepped on by White Sox reliever Matt Thornton during a head-first slide into first base and required five stitches in his index finger, but he’s getting closer to rejoining the Indians’ lineup. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Bourn is…

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