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Craig Calcaterra

  1. There’s a bee delay in the Yankees-Red Sox game

    Mar 18, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    The Yankees and Red Sox are playing a game in Steinbrenner Field in Tampa right now. It’s delayed. Why? Yankees/Red Sox is currently being delayed by a bee invasion. Friendly reminder that Florida is terrible and you should never visit. — Hunter Felt (@HunterFelt) March 18, 2014 A swarm of bees in left field at…

  2. The Astros are looking for a first baseman

    Mar 18, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Jayson Stark reports that the Astros have been calling teams in an effort to acquire a first baseman. Stark says that among the potential targets are Mike Carp of the Red Sox, John Mayberry of the Phillies, and Tyler Moore of the Nationals. No word if they’d be in on Ike Davis, who we just noted…

  3. The Dodgers on pay-TV-only is the culmination of Walter O’Malley’s dream

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Walter O'Malley

    This year, for the first time ever, you will not be able to watch the Dodgers on television in the Los Angeles area with a set of rabbit ears on your TV. It’s cable or satellite only thanks to the launch of their new channel, SportsNetLA. I’ve seen some amount of consternation about this on…

  4. Behold: the 18-inch corn dog

    Mar 18, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT


    The latest in extreme ballpark food: Want an 18 inch corn dog stuffed with cheese and bacon at the ballpark in AZ? it’ll cost ya $25 (via @darrenrovell) — NBC Sports Network (@NBCSN) March 18, 2014   Between this and those stations in Bank One Ballpark where they sell cups of $4 beer, I…

  5. Meanwhile, in Australia . . .

    Mar 18, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT


    Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz has only been in Australia for one day, but he seems to be enjoying himself thus far: Just had kangaroo for dinner. It was a lot better than I expected! — Tim Federowicz (@FedX19) March 18, 2014   In non-culinary news, the Dodgers took batting practice today and report that the…

  6. The Phillies are “terrible” and “painful to watch”

    Mar 18, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

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    I feel like it’s not even fun to troll anymore. I’m actually feeling bad at this point. The headline from This all, apparently, from a Ken Rosenthal report last week that I had somehow missed, talking of the problems the team is having this spring. Problems separate and apart from the Jimmy Rollins drama…

  7. Nick Swisher got in Kenny Lofton’s face at the Indians’ Fan Fest

    Mar 18, 2014, 8:54 AM EDT


    If this was reported at the time I missed it, but Anthony Castrovince of has an interesting story about a dustup between former Indians great Kenny Lofton and current Indians leader Nick Swisher back in January. The upshot: following Lofton’s comments that the 2013 Indians weren’t truly a playoff team because the Wild Card…

  8. Russell Martin says the Yankees made a mistake in letting him go

    Mar 18, 2014, 8:31 AM EDT

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    Russell Martin tells the New York Post that the Yankees made a mistake in not retaining him after the 2012 season. But unlike the usual “they should’ve kept me” stuff, Martin is not being emotional about it or trashing his former team out of some sense of being jilted. He’s actually making a spot-on bit…

  9. The Phillies want to trade Jimmy Rollins

    Mar 18, 2014, 6:36 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Yesterday we heard that, in the event that the Tigers came calling about Jimmy Rollins, the veteran shortstop would not waive his 10-5 rights in order to make a deal happen. Buster Olney reports this morning that this could be more than a hypothetical situation: Sources: There is strong sentiment within PHI organization right now…

  10. Jose Contreras won’t make the Rangers, could retire

    Mar 17, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Back in December the Rangers signed 42 year-old Jose Contereas to a minor league deal. After a lackluster spring trianing they have informed him, however, that he will not make the Opening Day roster. This could very well be the end of the line for Contreras, who pitched only five innings for the Pirates in 2013 after…

  11. Umpire gets knocked out of a game by a line drive

    Mar 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Umpire Brad Myers

    Scary scene in Goodyear at today’s Reds-Indians game. Umpire Brad Myers left the game after being hit “in groin region” by a Brandon Phillips line drive. He was down on the field for several minutes but then was up under his own power and taken from the field on a golf cart. The game was…

  12. Justin Turner calls out the Mets and the New York media

    Mar 17, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Howard Megdal interviewed former Mets and current Dodgers infielder Justin Turner. The subject: how so many Mets players, current and former, find themselves being torn down by anonymous front office sources and the New York media: I think the issue is that nobody takes responsibility for what they say,” Turner told me as we chatted…

  13. Michael Bourn is questionable for Opening Day

    Mar 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Michael Bourn strained his surgically-repaired left hamstring yesterday and now his Opening Day is in doubt: Michael Bourn is going to miss at least a week. Has mild left hamstring strain. Unknown if he’ll be ready for March 31 opener. #Indians. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 17, 2014   It would appear that Michael Brantley…

  14. Prince Fielder wishes his old Tigers teammates well

    Mar 17, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Ian Kinsler famously — and quite peevishly — wished his former team bad tidings after being traded, saying he wished they’d go 0-162 and calling his former GM Jon Daniels names. The guy he was traded for is a lot more magnanimous about his old mates. This about the Tigers, from Jeff Passan’s feature on…

  15. The Nationals violated FAA rules by using drones

    Mar 17, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Remember last month how the Nationals were using drones for some promotional purpose or another? It appears they didn’t get approval for that, which is required by the FAA. They’re not in trouble — the FAA only acts on complaints or if they otherwise knew about the unauthorized drone use — and the Nats only…

  16. The Yankees and Red Sox will be all over national TV in the early going

    Mar 17, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Awful Announcing crunched the numbers for nationally televised games in April. Hope you like the Yankees and Red Sox: No less than 17 Yankee games will be airing on ESPN, MLB Network, and Fox Sports 1 in April – that’s 63% of their 27 game April schedule. Not to be outdone, the Red Sox will…

  17. Mike Schmidt is recovering from stage 3 melanoma

    Mar 17, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT


    Some scary news, but ultimately positive news for the greatest third baseman of all time. From the Philadelphia Daily News: Schmidt, 64, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months that followed. Schmidt, who arrived in Clearwater this weekend to begin his second tenure…

  18. Barry Bonds took batting practice yesterday — he can still rake

    Mar 17, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Look, you can say you’d prefer Michael Morse to be your starting left fielder, Bruce Bochy. And maybe that’s how it’s gotta be. But it’s not like you don’t have options: With the Giants’ longtime left-handed batting practice specialist “Cutter John” Yandle on the mound, Bonds had an extended hitting session out of view of…

  19. Photo of the Day: Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers are off to Australia

    Mar 17, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT


    Why is this man happy? Because he is finally able to go hundreds of miles per hour without getting arrested for it: .@YasielPuig and the @Dodgers board @QantasUSA en route to Australia. #OpeningSeries — MLB (@MLB) March 17, 2014   The Dodgers play the Dbacks in Australia on Saturday at 4am. We’re all gonna…

  20. The Mets St. Patrick’s Day caps are … horrifying

    Mar 17, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

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    Can’t sleep, Irish Mr. Met will eat me . . .  can’t sleep, Irish Mr. Met will eat me  . . . Check out what we will wear in today’s game for #StPatricksDay! #Mets — New York Mets (@Mets) March 17, 2014 That’s no way to look, guys. Sport something like this: the Irish…

  21. Jimmy Rollins won’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Detroit

    Mar 17, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    There’s no indication that the Tigers actually want Jimmy Rollins to fill in their now-wide-open shortstop position. But as’s Jim Salisbury reports, a lot of scouts were speculating about such a thing, so Salisbury asked Rollins how he’d feel about it. Keeping in mine that Rollins, as a 10-and-5 guy, has full no-trade protection:…

  22. One PED-fueled, record-breaking felon is good. The other PED-fueled, record-breaking felon is bad

    Mar 17, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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    My favorite thing about PED hysterics is how they totally freak out when one compares PED cheats to spitballers, bat-corkers and amphetamine poppers, claiming it to be apples and oranges and an illegitimate exercise in moral equivalency. Yet they themselves  love to compare gambling on baseball to PED use. And do so in an effort…

  23. Red Sox prospect gets arrested, acts like a monumental jackwagon

    Mar 14, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

    Jon Denny

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan has a report about one of the more obnoxious baseball player arrests you’ll ever see. The player: Red Sox’ minor league catcher Jon Denney. The reason for the arrest: driving with a suspended license. But the flavor of the arrest is way better than the charge might indicate: According to police, Denney said…

  24. Bryce Harper: “giraffes are so legit!”

    Mar 14, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Every time I write or tweet about Bryce Harper I get a lot of people responding negatively. They hate him for some reason. Or at least he annoys them. I’m not sure how this can annoy anyone: Great day at the zoo with @kayvarner! so much fun interacting with the animals…giraffes are so legit! #BrevardZoo…

  25. Mike Trout isn’t setting any deadlines on his contract extension talk

    Mar 14, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout is pretty relaxed about the timetable he’s facing to become a centimillionaire. Mike DiGiovanna reports that, unlike a lot of guys who negotiate contract extensions with their current teams, Trout is OK with it if negotiations on his deal with the Angels carry over to the regular season: “It doesn’t matter to me,”…

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