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Craig Calcaterra

  1. HBT Extra: Gleeman and I hate on everything

    Jun 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Statler Waldorf

    Tiffany is out this week, so Aaron and I chatted a bit. And, believe it or not, we’re total haters. We’re probably gonna do another one of these at the end of the week and we’ll probably hate whatever it is we talk about then too.  It’s just how we roll.

  2. Derek Holland has lost 10-15 pounds in the past two weeks due to a stomach virus

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    We’ve joked about Derek Holland shaving his mustache and about how Ron Washington might spank him if he pitches poorly, but there is actually some serious stuff going down with the Rangers’ starter. Jeff Fletcher from ESPNDallas: After Holland weaved his way through 5 1/3 innings in the Texas Rangers’ 6-3 victory over the Oakland A’s, the…

  3. Alex Avilia is going on the DL

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Blood runs down the face of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila after he was hit by a ball during the third inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston

    Alex Avila missed four games with a tight hamstring, gave things a go last night, left early when he aggravated it, and now it looks like he’s going on the DL. Jim Leyland is taking the blame for putting Avila back in when maybe he shouldn’t have: “We found out it was probably a mistake…

  4. Sean Doolittle debuts, strikes out three in an inning and a third

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Yesterday we noted the improbable rise to the bigs by one Sean Doolittle, the very recently converted slugger who now strikes out guys by the bucketful as a relief pitcher.  He made his major league debut last night for the A’s. And he was good. Doolittle pitched an inning and a third. He threw 21…

  5. Psst! I’m gonna do Twitter questions tonight

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Question

    A lot of people have asked me for a heads up when I’m going to do Twitter questions, so here it is. I’m gonna take Twitter questions tonight, starting around 9PM Eastern. I do it then and not now because I find both the questions and the answers to be better after everyone has had…

  6. Baseball and D-Day

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Berra watches players during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    ‎68 years ago today Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and ushered in the beginning of the end for Nazism. I’m not good at putting such things in perspective, and finding connections to great historical events and baseball can be a tricky and often foolish business, but that’s what we do here sometimes. You’ve…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:51 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Nationals 7, Mets 6: The legend of Bryce Harper grows. A game-winning hit in the 12th inning. What say you, Harper? “I’m happy to get the W, of course. I’m happy to get that walk-off hit, but I don’t like going 2 for 7,” Harper said. “I don’t like striking out twice in one game,…

  8. Programming Note: ATH will be a bit late this morning

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Technical Difficulties

    UPDATE: It’s live. Still before 7AM. See, you still get your money’s worth from me, even when I’m slacking. 6:00AM: Life and stuff happened as last night’s games were going final, so my usual “write most of the recaps up before bed/catch up on the late games at 5:45AM” thing just didn’t happen. Apologies. Maybe…

  9. Jon Niese won’t undergo his heart procedure until the offseason

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jonathan Niese left Sunday’s start with a rapid heartbeat. Yesterday he told reporters that he’d have the ablation procedure to correct it at the All-Star break.  Today, however, the Mets announced that it will go down in the offseason. Given that the doctors were likely weighing  the danger of the heartbeat thing against the disruption the…

  10. A’s conversion project Sean Doolittle makes the bigs

    Jun 5, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    A's logo

    Sean Doolittle was drafted by the A’s in 2007. A first baseman, primarily, he has some flashes of good power — In 2008 he hit .286 with 22 homers and 91 RBIs across two levels — but then injuries derailed him. A pitcher in college, the A’s figured they’d see if he could pitch again.…

  11. Tommy Lasorda hospitalized after a mild heart attack

    Jun 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Bad news: Tommy Lasorda had a heart attack yesterday. Good news: it was apparently mild, and he should be released from the hospital soon. From TMZ: Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda is currently in a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack Monday, TMZ has learned. 84-year-old Lasorda — who ended his illustrious coaching career after a…

  12. Must-click link: Old Hoss 1K884 Base Ball

    Jun 5, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    It’s finally here! The most realistic (19th Century) baseball sim ever!  It’s Old Hoss 1K884 Base Ball! Inspired by a random tweet from the late Old Hoss Radbourn making fun of all of the 2K12-style sports games, a fellow named @drewbenn created Old Hoss 1K884 Base Ball to give you a taste of what it was…

  13. Quote of the Day: Ron Washington might spank Derek Holland

    Jun 5, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    Jeff Fletcher of asked Ron Washington what he’d do if Derek Holland has a second straight miserable start: Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn’t expect Derek Hollandto have any sort of hangover from his miserable start last time on the mound. But if he does … “I’m going to pull off my belt and throw him…

  14. MLB to allow players to use social media during the All-Star Game

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Social Media

    This just came in: Building off the social media success of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby – at which MLB players interacted with fans via Twitter and Facebook live from the field during an MLB event for the first time – Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media and the Major League Baseball Players…

  15. The Texas Rangers are dominating early All-Star balloting

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The first vote-tallies have been released from the All-Star Game. Gentlemen, start your outrage! Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game … Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive…

  16. A Giants fan says goodbye

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Giants logo

    A touching story about a fan’s final game at AT&T Park with his beloved Giants. The writer included a familiar photo at the end, but before I even got to it — indeed, every time I read anything along these lines — all I can wonder is if the departed was a man who loved the…

  17. The first overall pick is from Puerto Rico, but it’s not something Bud Selig should be crowing about

    Jun 5, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Carlos Correa

    The first overall pick in the draft was Carlos Correa, from Puerto Rico.  This made Bud Selig happy (scroll to second item): Commissioner Bud Selig was thrilled to see Houston select 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the top pick in the draft. Correa played at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, and Major League Baseball is always…

  18. The Blue Jays may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Seems early for rumor season, but I guess it’s starting: according to Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring Matt Garza. There were concerns about the depth of the Jays’ starters since before the season began. And though they haven’t been nearly as bad as some more pessimistic prognosticators prognasticated, their pitching staff…

  19. Video of the Day: hopping, happy, cell-phone talking fan catches a foul ball

    Jun 5, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Video camera

    I’d say that this guy should act like he’s been there before, but if he’s camped out on his cell phone during a ballgame, he really hasn’t been there. But hey, he’s happy.

  20. People are calling for Jim Leyland to be fired? Um, OK

    Jun 5, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    When you give a talk radio dude a column, it’s always a safe bet to assume that he’s going to use the column to advocate for things that would make his talk radio job more fun and easy. To that end I give you Bill Simonson: I think, if the Tigers fall to 8-10 games…

  21. Tweet of the Day: the draft is kind of a crap shoot

    Jun 5, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    CJ Nitkowski

    C.J. Nitkowski is kinda hard on himself here — the dude did last ten years in the bigs — but sometimes that’s goes with self-awareness. He tweeted this on Sunday: 18th anniversary of me being taken 9th overall in the MLB draft. I often reminisce about how many people were fired over that decision. —…

  22. Felix Hernandez to miss his next start

    Jun 5, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    That bad back Felix Hernandez suffered is not responding well, so he’s gonna have to miss his next start, reports Geoff Baker.  That means Hector Noesi will start Wednesday’s game on short rest. Eric Wedge doesn’t sound overly concerned: “Felix is feeling better, but no sense in pushing it right now. I know he feels like…

  23. Sveum: Castro’s mistake is “the last straw”

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Starlin Castro AP

    Yesterday Starlin Castro lost track of the number of outs in the fifth inning of yesterday’s game and allowed the Giants to score what proved to be the winning run. After the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum has put Castro on notice: “It’s the last straw.  If he wants to play, he better start getting…

  24. Jonathan Papelbon: home plate umpire “sucked”

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonathan Papelbon is gonna get a nice big fine. Last night, he thought he had Dee Gordon struck out looking. Home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn, however, thought differently.  After the inning was over — and after Gordon had come around to score the winning run — Papelbon sought out Reyburn and jawed at him.  But that…

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

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:04 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Chicago Cubs

    Giants 3, Cubs 2: A one run game in which the winning team scored one run when the losing team’s shortstop forgot that there was only one out and didn’t try to complete a would-be double play? Oh, Starlin.  Well, as they say, you can’t assume the double play. You can assume that your start…

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