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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Twins’ first eight hitters reach base, all come around to score

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Luke Hughes

    I saw the eight-spot the Twins put up in the first inning against Madison Bumgarner last night, but didn’t dig down into the play by play of it all until a few minutes ago.  And how about this: the first eight batters all got hits, and all eight came around to score. That’s some trick. In…

  2. Sign a petition to have Vin Scully call the World Series this year

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I tend not to put too much stock in the efficacy of online petitions — big corporations are gonna do what big corporations are gonna do — but I’ll endorse this one because (a) it’s a fabulous idea; and (b) it helps cleanse the palate a bit after that bile I’m feeling towards the Dodgers right now.…

  3. Frank McCourt: Shameless

    Jun 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Last night, Bob Sacks, a lawyer who represents Frank McCourt, spoke with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The subject: Frank McCourt’s response to Major League Baseball’s rejection of the television deal McCourt sought with Fox and the impending standoff between McCourt and Bud Selig. Everyone knows this is a difficult time for McCourt…

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

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EDT

    Jack McKeon

    Marlins 5, Angels 2: The Feesh win! How they did it while allowing 13 hits is something you’d have to ask the Angels, who went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Mike Stanton was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Hanley Ramirez had a multi-hit game himself. Brewers 5, Rays 1: Zack…

  5. Baseball divisions are probably not going anywhere

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    Jeff Passan — who, unless I’m wrong, coined the phrase “unalignment” to describe the elimination of divisions several years ago — reports that while the concept of unalignment has been discussed, it’s not terribly likely. His sources tell him that the reason is simple: too crazy!  Well, they didn’t say “crazy,” — the phrase “drastic…

  6. Jose Reyes does not want to negotiate with the Mets during the season

    Jun 21, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    This morning we saw the shocking — shocking! — news that a player approaching free agency wants $X, and his team wants to pay him something less than $X.  That’s Jose Reyes and the Mets, in case you didn’t know. Perhaps because he’s felt this all along and perhaps he realized that stories like this…

  7. The Braves call up Julio Lugo. Yeah, that Julio Lugo.

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Julio Lugo, Adam Jones

    So I’m minding my own business a few minutes ago when Gleeman IM’s me, asking me if the Braves actually called up Julio Lugo.  His comment: Swear to god i assumed it was a different Lugo. no way they’d call up the same guy … I figured they had some 21-year-old at AA or something. So…

  8. A.L. All-Star voting update: Bautista continues to pile up the votes

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Not much new in the American League All-Star voting, the tallies for which were just released by Major League Baseball. Jose Bautista is the first player to surpass the four-million mark with 4,156,940 votes.  Bautista continues to be  joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson and Josh Hamilton, though Jacoby Ellsbury is only a couple hundred…

  9. HBT Daily: Talking the Pujols injury with Matthew Leach of MLB.com

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Matthew Leach covers the Cards for MLB.com. Today he tells us if Cardinals fans should fret, panic or run completely amok.

  10. Wily Mo Pena is coming back to the big leagues

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Wily Mo Pena hasn’t seen any major league action since 2008, but he has been absolutely destroying baseballs at AAA for the past two years, so it was only a matter of time before someone gave him a shot.  The Diamondbacks are giving him that shot, having just purchased his contract from AAA Reno, reports…

  11. Whitey Herzog doesn’t like the idea of realignment

    Jun 21, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Whitey Herzog

    Whitey Herzog is a year younger than Jack McKeon, but given his reactions to just about anything that comes down the pike in baseball, you wouldn’t know it.  Hey Whitey, what do you think of the realignment proposals floating around? “I’ve heard about it and what I hear is all crap … I really hope…

  12. Help set a world record with the Texas Rangers

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Corey Hart Sunglasses at night

    Look, this isn’t a top shelf record like “fattest twins” or “most cigarettes smoked at one time” — and Robert Wadlow has nothing to worry about — but a place in the Guinness Book is a place in the Guinness Book: Seventeen years after the Canadian singer released his hit song “Sunglasses at Night,” the Rangers…

  13. Players kick butt in their free agency walk years and slack off later, right? Um, no.

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    It’s taken as a matter of faith that players go crazy in their free agent walk years, motivated by that big paycheck. And then that, after they get the fat deal, they themselves get fat and lazy and simply cash their checks. And sure, we all can cite examples of players who seem to fit this…

  14. Baseball and religion do not mix, so let’s stop arguing about the DH

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Colorado Rockies

    I often take jabs at the DH as the most evil thing in the universe. And, yes, in some very, very small corner of my brain, part of my id believes that. But I don’t really endorse that view, and when I say such things I hope people realize that I’m joking around. Yes, I…

  15. Did Joe Maddon lie to the umpires last night?

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Milwaukee Brewers

    Weirdness in the Rays-Brewers game, as Sam Fuld — who had pinch hit for reliever J.P. Howell in the top of the eighth — came out to the mound to warm up as the relief pitcher in the bottom of the inning.  He did not face any batters, however, as manager Joe Maddon pulled him…

  16. The Ozzie-to-Florida maneuvering is beginning

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    A year or two ago there was a bunch of talk about how the Marlins were hot for Ozzie Guillen, with rumors shooting here and there about the Marlins giving up a player for him and what have you.  That was mostly shouted down — semi-convincingly — but the resignation of Edwin Rodriguez and the…

  17. Pujols’ absence likely to be on the longer end of that 4-6 week time frame

    Jun 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Greg Hauck, Albert Pujols

    Yesterday when the Cardinals announced Albert Pujols‘ absence they cited a four-to-six week time frame for his absence. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting, however, that one shouldn’t get too optimistic about all of that: Am told Pujols needs 4 weeks in cast but may need longer wait for baseball-related activies. Mid-August…

  18. Phil Hughes to make two more rehab starts

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    hughes wide reuters

    Joe Girardi confirmed yesterday that Phil Hughes will make two more rehab starts, probably one at Double-A Trenton and one at Triple-A Scranton, after which — assuming everything goes well — he could be back with the Yankees before the All-Star break. As we mentioned over the weekend, Hughes struck out seven batters and hit…

  19. Ozzie Guillen’s ejection was pretty hilarious

    Jun 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Guillen ejection.bmp

    For what it’s worth, I think Ozzie Guillen had a good point when he argued that Alexi Ramirez was wrongfully called out on what looked like a foul ball in last night’s Cubs-White Sox game. But his argument and ejection were awesome, mostly for the reaction of Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto when Guillen kicked his…

  20. Derek Jeter to resume baseball activities this week

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    Joe Girardi told the sporting press yesterday that Derek Jeter — who stands six hits shy of 3,000 —  is expected to resume baseball activities this week and is hopeful that he can return from the disabled as soon as he’s eligible on June 29. Jeter’s strained right calf is the kind of thing that can…

  21. McCourt willing to sell a minority stake in the Dodgers? Yeah, good luck with that.

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    After a day in which the Dodgers mess got messier, word seeps out that Frank McCourt is mulling — had mulled? will mull? — selling a minority stake in the team in order to infuse the organization with cash and preserve his place in the ownership chair. Of course this is all too little too…

  22. Suspect in Bryan Stow beating to be detained for ten more months

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    This morning we noted that Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect in the Bryan Stow beating, could have been released today, because all they have him on right now is a potential parole violation, and because he has not yet been charged with any Stow-related crimes. Well, he isn’t going anywhere for a while, because he was found…

  23. Why did Selig reject the Dodgers-Fox deal? Because it was more looting of the team by Frank McCourt

    Jun 20, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Combination of file photos of MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt

    The primary reason the Dodgers are in the boat they’re in right now is because Frank and Jamie McCourt took some $100 million out of the organization for personal use, carved up the team into individual components and leveraged it all to the hilt. Bud Selig has just released his official statement regarding why Major…

  24. MLB had a huge attendance weekend

    Jun 20, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    old turnstile

    Major League Baseball has been suffering from a bit of an attendance decline this year, partially due to the weather, partially due to a wildcat strike by fans against the Dodgers and partially due to unknown causes, be they economic or what have you.  This past weekend, however, was a humdinger at the box office.…

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