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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Joe West’s crew strikes again

    Aug 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Joe West

    Lost in the dramatic finish of yesterday’s Tigers game was another instance of Joe West being Joe West. In the second inning, Gerald Laird was called out at first base. Close play. I was in the stands and couldn’t see a replay so I have no idea if it was a good call or not.…

  2. Great Moments in silly headlines: Red Sox-Yankees rivalry edition

    Aug 6, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    red sox and yankees logos

    Gotta love the way the New York tabloids handle Yankees-Red Sox things.  Check out this headline in the Daily News: Red Sox turn their backs on history You’d think they committed some awful atrocity like using a Ted Williams jersey to clean up the men’s room or something. The reality: they didn’t feel like bidding…

  3. I went to Comerica Park and it was good

    Aug 6, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Comerica Park

    On Friday I detailed my trip to old Tiger Stadium and mentioned that I was heading off to Comerica Park. And there I went, for all three games of the Tigers-Indians series. The baseball speaks for itself — RIP Indians and my condolences Indians fans — so let’s talk about the park. I really, really…

  4. Roy Oswalt: team player

    Aug 6, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Roy Oswalt stunk up the joint starting for the Rangers, so they moved him to the bullpen. Texas needs the bullpen help and, in his first two outings as a reliever, Oswalt has been darn good, pitching three scoreless innings. But yesterday, when Ron Washington wanted one more inning out of him, Oswalt said no,…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 6, 2012, 5:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 10, Indians 8: I was at this game, and I gotta tell ya, until the 9th inning it was one of the more lame, butt-dragging tie games you’ll ever see. Omar Infante and Austin Jackson kept hitting, but apart from that the highlight until then was Joe West getting all ejecty for no good…

  6. A Visit to Tiger Stadium

    Aug 3, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Tiger Stadium small

    I’m in Detroit. The reason: my girlfriend Allison writes for Bless You Boys and this weekend is their annual meetup at Comerica Park.  Despite living only three hours from Comerica Park, I have never been there. For years my avoiding it was done out of protest.  I grew up going to Tiger Stadium. I realize…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Rangers 15, Angels 9: Ryan Dempster was shelled in his Rangers debut, but it didn’t matter because C.J. Wilson was shelled too. Josh Hamilton drove in four. You have to wonder if Wednesday night’s game was some kind of turning point in this race. Rockies 8, Cardinals 2: Homers in four straight games for Josh…

  8. David Ortiz says he’s pain free

    Aug 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    David Ortiz is on the comeback trail and says he no longer feels any pain in his achilles: “I feel better today than days before,” Ortiz said Wednesday. “Hopefully, I will continue feeling better every day. We’ll see if I can go back into the fire … The doctor checked me out every day, and he…

  9. The Rangers call up Mike Olt

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    rangers logo wide

    This is surprising: the Rangers have called up top prospect Mike Olt from Double-A. Olt is one of the game’s top prospects, but he’s definitely green, never having played anywhere more exalted than Frisco. To be fair, however, he is 23. And he was abusing the Texas League, hitting .287/.399/.575 with 27 home runs and 81 RBI…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2012, 6:19 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus,Robbie Ross,Adrian Beltre,Michael Young,Joe Nathan

    Rangers 11, Angels 10: Holy schnikes! The Angels jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the fans were booing Yu Darvish and the local nine. Then the comeback. Make that the comebacks. Four runs in the fifth and then single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extras. Then, down by three in the…

  11. Justice Sotomayor was in the Yankee Stadium bleachers today

    Aug 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yankees Sotomayor Baseball

    When in recess, Supreme Court justices tend to go on cushy boondoggles in tropical paradises where they deliver a couple of lectures about the law or something while dining on the finest meats and cheeses. Not Justice Sotomayor, however. She was in the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium today: The Supreme Court justice and Bronx…

  12. Devin Mesoraco suspended three days for an ump bump

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Cincinnati Reds

    On Monday night Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was ejected for poking umpire Chad Fairchild in the chest protector after Fairchild called a ball on a pitch that Mesoraco thought was a strike, and then bumping him before leaving the field.  You can’t do that, see, and today Mesoraco was suspended for three games. Mesoraco says he’ll…

  13. Josh Beckett to avoid the disabled list

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    Bobby Valentine was on WEEI this afternoon and he said that he doesn’t think Josh Beckett will need to be placed on the disabled list due to his back spasms. Thank goodness. Because if he went on the DL, you just know someone would follow him around and take a picture of him bending over…

  14. The Phillies designate Mike Fontenot for assignment

    Aug 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Philadelphia Phillies

    More Phillies leaving town: Mike Fontenot was just designated for assignment. Fontenot hit .289/.343/.340 with a home run, seven RBI in 47 games. Now he’ll work for food. Or a veteran’s minimum salary. Michael Martinez has been called up from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

  15. The Red Sox may be getting desperate to maintain the sellout streak

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    A reader writes: I just received this email from the Red Sox apparently pleading with me to buy tickets to tonight’s game. The catch is that I’ve never been on any Red Sox email list nor ever gotten an email from the club before, except past ticket-buying confirmations from and the like. The point is, they’ve never…

  16. Ryan Dempster says he never turned down that deal to the Braves. Um, OK.

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster was all-but-traded to the Braves last week, but rejected it with his 10/5 rights.  At least that’s what The Man wants you to believe. Dempster says it didn’t go down like that: “The truth of the matter is, at the end of the day, I didn’t turn down any trades. All I asked…

  17. Hey guys, Bud Selig says he’s gonna retire after 2014

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I’ve been asked before why I often suggest that Bud Selig is disingenuous about things like, say, the fans’ appetite for instant replay, the status of the committee working feverishly on solving the Athletics/San Jose problem and the state of baseball’s finances and stuff. At bottom, it’s a general credibility problem. Caused by stuff like…

  18. Roy Oswalt learned he was being demoted to the bullpen by the media

    Aug 1, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    The Roy Oswalt experience in Texas has not gone well. Based on this, I suppose it’s gonna get worse: Asked about moving to the bullpen after #Rangers batting practice, Roy Oswalt said: “I don’t know. That’s the first I’ve heard about it.” — Drew Davison (@drewdavison) July 31, 2012   Roy is probably thinking about…

  19. Quote of the Day: “2008 is getting to be long ago”

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel reacts to the Phillies sell-off: “Yeah, 2008 is getting to be long ago,” Manuel said. “I look up at the pictures up on the wall in our locker room and yeah, it’s getting to be a pretty long time ago.” That sounds depressing, especially if, like me, you love Manuel.  But it’s not…

  20. Ryan Dempster was not blindsided this time

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Unlike last week’s aborted trade to the Braves, Ryan Dempster made sure he was in the loop yesterday before getting sent to Texas: Ryan Dempster sat in the Cubs offices as the 3 p.m. trade deadline neared Tuesday, playing Golden Tee and watching the rumors about his fate played out on the MLB Network. With 4…

  21. Angel Pagan’s X-rays come back negative

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan

    Angel Pagan left the game the other night with an injury. A self-inflicted one, after he hit something in frustration. Turns out he hit something with his bat. But hey, at least he avoided a break of any kind: Pagan said X-ray on hand was negative, admitted to hitting something with his bat and getting…

  22. Fan leaves baby in stroller to go get an Andrew McCutchen autograph

    Aug 1, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen AP

    People in Pittsburgh are getting excited about the Pirates. That’s good!  Maybe too excited, however: That jus aint right…u left ur baby to get an autograph?wow — andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) July 30, 2012 And when it was suggested that there was no baby in the stroller: Nahh we seen her/him moving n there RT…

  23. The most Boston sports paragraph ever written

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox

    It comes from Dan Shaughnessy, natch, about Josh Beckett leaving last night’s game with an injury: He has been a World Series hero for Boston. He was an American League All-Star as recently as last season when he had a stellar ERA of 2.89. Now he is a local sports pariah, loathed more than LeBron…

  24. Shocker: public dollars given to a baseball team are being used in a questionable manner

    Aug 1, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Royals logo

    Via Deadspin, here’s an investigative report from 810 WHB radio in Kansas City, detailing how millions of public dollars given to the Kansas City Royals for repairs and maintenance to Kaufman Stadium have not been used for repair and maintenance. Indeed, 91% of it has been used for things besides maintenance: The Royals have received at…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Pirates 5, Cubs 0: A rejuvenated A.J. Burnett came into a Wrigley Field with the wind blowing in from center against a Cubs team hours off of a significant selloff and tossed a one-hitter. Oh, and Neil Walker drove in all five Pirates runs. Rays 8, Athletics 0: James Shields pitched a very relieved “oh…

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