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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cole Hamels throws a bullpen session, feels good

    Mar 12, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Cole Hamels has had a wonky shoulder and folks in Philly have been worried about his health. Breathe a bit easier this morining, you guys, because Hamels threw a successful bullpen session this morning. He described it as being “free and easy” with no discomfort or laboring like he felt the last time he threw.…

  2. The first overturned call via replay happened yesterday … and the first needless delay

    Mar 12, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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    It wasn’t exciting, but a call was overturned by replay yesterday. It was a call on second base in which the fielder bobbled the ball, the runner was called out nonetheless, and then upon replay the umps reversed themselves: Note that the replay itself — from the time the review was initiated until the safe…

  3. The Braves to sign Ervin Santana to a one-year deal, announcement coming this morning

    Mar 12, 2014, 7:44 AM EDT

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Atlanta Braves are completing a deal with Ervin Santana. Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that an announcement by the team is scheduled for later this morning. Multiple reporters are saying it’s a one-year deal, though the money has not yet been revealed. UPDATE: It’s a one-year,…

  4. Justin Verlander was solid in his spring debut

    Mar 11, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Justin Verlander got a late start to his spring training thanks to a core-muscle repair surgery in early January. But one gets the sense that he’ll be ready for the season regardless. Verlander pitched four innings against the Blue Jays today, throwing 52 pitches while giving up a single, walking two and striking out two. The key for…

  5. Mark Prior transitions to the front office

    Mar 11, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

    Mark Prior throwing

    I saw Mark Prior at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Indeed, he and I were staying on the same floor, so I saw him a lot. Walking up and down the hallway pretty frequently, always with a cell phone to his ear and a notebook in his hand. At various points I saw him in…

  6. The Red Sox PA announcer is announcing each ball and strike today

    Mar 11, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs Baltimore Orioles

    This is odd. And potentially distracting:  The Red Sox tried to spice things up in spring training Tuesday. After each pitch, it was mandated that the JetBlue Park public address announcer would announce the ball or strike call, and the count. Rob Bradford of WEEI talks to the guy whose idea it was, how it will work and…

  7. Barry Bonds was so great he led the NBA in home runs too

    Mar 11, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    ESPN shows us what a renaissance man Barry Bonds truly was: Impressive! RT @AviMillerBSR: According to @ESPN, Barry Bonds holds the record for most home runs in @NBA history. pic.twitter.com/6UHpTVS8QV — Bob Harkins (@Bharks) March 11, 2014   Also: he scored more goals than Muhammed Ali and was the last horse to win the Triple…

  8. Politician uses steroids in baseball to argue for evidence of climate change

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

    Ed Markey

    People love to use baseball analogies because baseball is a pretty common and relatable frame of reference. But one thing you can be sure of: nearly 100% of the time someone is using a baseball analogy in politics, they are either mangling the baseball or mangling the politics. To wit, a senator using it to…

  9. Ryan Braun calls himself an “artist,” doesn’t care what fans on the road will shout at him

    Mar 11, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Say what you want about Ryan Braun but now, as opposed to in the past, he is realistic. He talks to Bob Nightengale of USA Today about what it’ll be like to be Public Enemy Number One when he goes on the road this year: “I’m sure it will be a bit adventuresome at times…

  10. Photo of the Day: #1 and #30, together at last

    Mar 11, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

    Camera

    In December I ranked the managers from most handsome to least handsome. Last week, this photo was taken: I’d like to think that AP photographer Gene J. Puskar took this specifically for my benefit. Also, if you’re in to this sort of thing, #1 and #2 posed together yesterday. My girlfriend is the one who…

  11. Is Barry Bonds really getting a “fair hearing?”

    Mar 11, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    In the wake of yesterday’s Barry Bonds press conference, Ken Rosenthal talks about Bonds’ Hall of Fame case. Rosenthal opposes Bonds’ induction. He says this about those who do not: I hate when some in favor of Bonds’ and Clemens’ candidacies disdainfully describe voters like myself as “gatekeepers of morality.” Guilty as charged, I guess, but…

  12. The Braves could make a run at Ervin Santana

    Mar 10, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, and with the Braves’ plans quickly becoming inoperative, they may be jumping in to the Ervin Santana uncertainty. Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports: Initially I didn’t think there was anything to the idea of the Braves pursuing him, but now with Beachy having more issues (he left today’s…

  13. Parent of the year lets his kid’s wagon roll free to get a home run ball

    Mar 10, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

    Video camera

    You can buy an official MLB baseball for, like, $15 max. Or you can let your kid go flying down a hill in is wagon while you go chase a home run ball in a meaningless spring training game: Either way, really.

  14. And down goes another: Brandon Beachy leaves a start early due to biceps tightness

    Mar 10, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

    Brandon Beachy

    The Braves looked great on paper heading into spring training. Too bad they don’t play baseball on paper. They play it on grass and dirt, and since they started doing that Atlanta has had two pitchers leave games early due to injury. Kris Medlen left a game yesterday due to a forearm strain. He’s having…

  15. Barry Bonds is back in uniform

    Mar 10, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Barry Bonds showed up at San Francisco Giant camp in Scottsdale today, where he will begin a week as a coach/instructor. As I type this, he’s sitting with Bruce Bochy for a press conference. Barry Bonds back in a Giants uniform. pic.twitter.com/x4AJ0ZhJmt — Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) March 10, 2014 Having a guy who is among…

  16. The Fresno Grizzlies’ alternate jerseys are … interesting

    Mar 10, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

    TMNT

    The Fresno Grizzlies are going to wear an alternate/promotional jersey this year. They’re Awesome! Righteous!  Bossa Nova! Um, Chevy Nova? No, they’re excellent! .@MattOtstot has the details on our #TMNT jerseys. Only place to get the scoop is tomorrow on @KSEE24 Sunrise. pic.twitter.com/QBZQl9zQD1 — Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) March 10, 2014 No, they’re not dignified or anything, but you can’t…

  17. Cincinnati writer calls Brandon Phillips out on his B.S.

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips‘ interview with MLB.com was noted mostly for his “how the [expletive] am I declining” comment, but John Fay of Cincinnati.com notes that Phillips is either lying or deluded about something else too: the source of his beef with local reporters. Phillips is not talking to the four daily beat guys who cover the…

  18. Ike Davis is in a walking boot, Lucas Duda’s hamstring is barking

    Mar 10, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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    Matt Ehalt reports that Ike Davis now has a walking boot on his right leg. Davis has been sidelined with right calf tightness for a week. Walking boots tend not to suggest that the matter is improving. Between Davis’ calf and Lucas Duda’s hamstring barking, it would seem that the frontrunner for the Mets’ first base…

  19. A former player opens up about PEDs

    Mar 10, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

    Greenies

    David Laurila of FanGraphs has a fascinating interview with a former pitcher — now retired — about his PED use. It’s not clear whether this guy was a major leaguer, but his comments about PED use — extremely detailed comments about what they did for him and how they made him feel — refer to his…

  20. Meanwhile, in the Dodgers’ clubhouse

    Mar 10, 2014, 6:50 AM EDT

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    This is so weird. No one is supposed to take pictures or video in the clubhouse, yet here we have video of Juan Uribe at his locker. Seems odd. Oh, hello Hanley.

  21. Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

    Mar 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Bad news for Royals fans. And for Luke Hochevar, of course: Hochevar, the 30-year-old former No. 1 overall pick, felt a twinge in his elbow on Monday. On Tuesday, he felt soreness in the joint, and an MRI revealed his condition, which also includes strained muscles around the elbow. On Thursday, he was scheduled to…

  22. Derek Jeter is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 7, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Because of course he is: In Jeter’s retirement call, Hal Steinbrenner said he said, “I know everybody says this, but I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life.” — Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 7, 2014   Guess that means Brendan Ryan isn’t going to get as much playing time as he hoped.

  23. Jet Blue Park is absolutely incredible

    Mar 7, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jet Blue Park

    FORT MYERS — I have seen the future of spring training complexes, and its name is Jet Blue Park. Or maybe it’s not the future, because frankly, I’m not sure who else is going to shell out the kind of dough this place likely cost besides big money teams like the Red Sox (or the…

  24. “Super Manny” Ramirez still thinks he can play

    Mar 7, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT

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    A friend of mine once said that this profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic mother[expletives]. Mother[expletives] who thought their [expletive] would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t. Exhibit A, Manny Ramirez, who said this to Enrique Rojas of…

  25. Chew tobacco, chew tobacco, chew tobacco, spit

    Mar 7, 2014, 9:42 AM EDT

    Ortiz spit

    Just about every ballpark you go to plays that Blake Shelton song, “Boys ’round here” during warmups or batting practice: Yeah the boys ’round here Drinking that ice cold beer Talkin’ ’bout girls, talkin’ ’bout trucks Runnin’ them red dirt roads out, kicking up dust The boys ’round here Sending up a prayer to the…

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