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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of Oakland

    Jul 20, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    This is dog

    What? You were expecting a “dog days” headline? Please. We have standards around here. The paid attendance for last night’s Yankees-A’s game was 23,382. There were 718 freeloaders, however: It was a rare dog day of summer for the Yankees, who still owned the best record in baseball (57-35) after a night in which 718…

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

    Jul 20, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: All Cody Ross does is hit three-run homers. The walkoff one here was his third in two days. Mets 9, Nationals 5: David Wright his a two-run and a three-run homer. He’s like a poor-man’s Cody Ross! R.A. Dickey is the first player in the NL to notch 13…

  3. Kevin Youkilis is out with a bum hamstring

    Jul 19, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago

    Kevin Youkilis has been a great pickup for the White Sox. But today they got their first glimpse at the entirety of the Youksperiance: he’s out with a sore hamstring. He’s day-to-day, so it doesn’t seem serious. But it’s a reminder that a fact of life with Youkilis is that he’s going to be banged…

  4. Tim Hudson doesn’t plunk Melky, but hits him all the same

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves pitchers went the whole game without hitting Melky Cabrera in the 3-2 win over the Giants. Indeed, the only incident of any kind of all was when, after he hit a triple, Melky Cabrera gave some sort of “I’m number one” gesture to the booing Atlanta fans. So, between that and yesterday, baseball’s old…

  5. End of a fairytale: Kris and Anna Benson are getting divorced

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Children At Heart Gala To Benefit Children Of Chernobyl

    Anna Benson once went on the Howard Stern show and said that if husband Kris Benson ever cheated on her, she’d sleep with every one of his New York Mets teammates. Not sure if that works retroactively, but if it does, it’s Steve Trachsel’s lucky day: Anna Benson, star of VH1’s “Baseball Wives” and mother…

  6. Larry Lucchino: the Red Sox are striving to do something “bold” at the trade deadline

    Jul 19, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Larry Lucchino

    That Carl Crawford-to-the-Marlins rumor from yesterday was shot down in approximately 15 seconds, but that doesn’t mean the Red Sox aren’t still trying to do something bold. That they are, says team president Larry Lucchino: “I think that (general manager) Ben (Cherington) feels empowered to do it, I think he has the capacity to do it, when…

  7. Mike Piazza’s wife: Mike thinks Roger Clemens’ bat attack in the 2000 World Series was steroid-fueled

    Jul 19, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Here’s a shorter version of the below video of Mike Piazza and his wife: Rocco: Michael says if you can’t take care of this, I have to. Fredo: I think you’d better. I’m sure the conversation they had once they got home was lovely. Yes, this is TMZ stuff. But it’s fun TMZ stuff.  And the…

  8. The inner circle Hall of Fame

    Jul 19, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT


    The other day we talked about unanimous and first ballot Hall of Famers. That’s fun to talk about even if there is no formal designation or greater honor for Hall of Famers who got in on their first try and those who didn’t. Also fun to talk about despite it’s lack of true significance: “inner-circle”…

  9. Mike Rizzo: Stephen Strasburg’s shutdown will be determined by “the eye test”

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Mike Rizzo says he has decided when he’s going to shut Stephen Strasburg down for a few starts. And it is him doing the deciding: “There is no magic number,” Rizzo said. “It will be the eye test. (Manager) Davey (Johnson) won’t decide and ownership won’t decide. It will be the general manager, and that’s…

  10. Melky was not plunked in his first at bat today

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    After the business from last night, I and everyone else assumed that Tim Hudson was going to plunk Melky Cabrera today.  Well, so far no. Cabrera just had his first at bat of the game and he hit an infield single.  Hudson  made no effort to hit him. I’d like to think that this is…

  11. The Royals sign Jason Kendall for some reason

    Jul 19, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT


    This is so great: #Royals sign veteran catcher Jason Kendall to a minor league contract. Kendall reports to @NW_Ark_Naturals today and will play tomorrow. — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 19, 2012 Kendall last played in the bigs in 2010. It was with the Royals, and he hit .256/.318/.297. Unless you count his 57-game stint…

  12. Chris Carpenter to have his season-ending surgery today

    Jul 19, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chris Carpenter is going to have his season-ending surgery to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome today. I presume, as is the case with all athletic surgeries, it will be deemed successful. His rehab could stretch into next season, when he turns 38. He’s under contract with the…

  13. The Nationals designate Rick Ankiel for assignment

    Jul 19, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Drew Storen is ready to come off the DL so someone had to go. That someone is Rick Ankiel, who the Nationals have designated for assignment. Ankiel is pretty much Ankiel at this point. He’s hitting .228/.282/.411, which is not terribly different from what he did last year. Or the year before that. Or the year…

  14. Miguel Batista: The Mets are better than the Nats, are the best team in baseball

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    Mets pitcher Miguel Batista throws during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Someone get some of what Mets pitcher Miguel Batista is smoking and pass me some. Via DC Sports Bog: “Right now [the Nats are] playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us. They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team … I believe we are…

  15. The Yankees hit a lot of home runs. This is a problem?

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Yankees logo

    There’s nothing  more annoying than fans of an otherwise awesome team obsessing on that team’s flaws. Or what the fans perceive to be flaws. They’re baseball’s version of First World Problems, really. The rest of us — who follow legitimately flawed teams — don’t really want to hear it. This year it’s Yankees fans —…

  16. Quote of the Day: Bert Blyleven on Reggie Jackson

    Jul 19, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Blyleven Angels

    Yeah, I know we’ve beaten this one to death, but people keep saying fun things, so here we are.  This time: Bert Blyleven on WFAN yesterday, talking about Reggie Jackson insulting him as not being Hall-of-Fame worthy: “God gives us many holes in our body,” Blyleven said Wednesday morning. “And he just spoke out of…

  17. Jamie Moyer: “I’m not retired, I’m not retired”

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins

    NBC’s own Rick Chandler has a fortified compound in the environs around Lake Tahoe, and each July he goes to the American Century Golf Celebrity Golf Championship. Jamie Moyer is there this year, and Rick talked to him. What’s the plan, Old Man Moyer? “I’m not retired, I’m not retired. I’m just kind of laying…

  18. Chipper Jones has words for Melky Cabrera after some pelvic thrusting taunting nonsense

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera wasn’t all that popular in Atlanta after his dismal, one-year stint there. He’s less popular now. Last night, during the Giants 9-4 win over the Braves, Cabrera did some sort of pelvic thrust choppy taunting thing after Gregor Blanco hit a home run. Earlier in the game he had been making some weird…

  19. Settling the Score: Wednesday’s results

    Jul 19, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT


    Yes, I know And That Happened is supposed to be here, but I decided to have a bit of a life last night and I went and saw this fellow to the right down in Cincinnati. That’s Hayes Carll, and he’s fairly awesome.  But since I didn’t get back to my bunker until about 2AM…

  20. Aroldis Chapman settles his speeding ticket

    Jul 18, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Remember Aroldis Chapman‘s speeding ticket? He was clocked at 93 — normally a changeup for him — but his attorney pleaded it down to an eephus pitch: Police in the Columbus suburb had reported clocking Chapman at 93 mph on Interstate 71. They found that his Kentucky driver’s license was suspended. His attorney Michael King…

  21. The Royals win the competitive balance lottery

    Jul 18, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Royals logo

    We haven’t talked about it much, but one of the nifty new features of the new collective bargaining agreement is something called the competitive balance lottery. What is the competitive balance lottery? Here’s MLB’s description: The Competitive Balance Lottery … gives Clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets the opportunity to obtain…

  22. Must-click link: the man who (almost) predicted the entire final month of the 1930 Cardinals season

    Jul 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Just read this from Wezen-Ball. I’ve never heard this story before. Short version: Starting on Septemeber 9, the 1930 Cardinals kept getting telegrams from a man who correctly predicted the outcome of every game between then and on through Game 5 of the World Series. It’s kinda creepy, really. And the last bit about the…

  23. Report: Red Sox, Marlins talking about a trade involving Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell

    Jul 18, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Carl Crawford slaps hands with a teammate after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: Olney just killed everyone’s buzz. BUT I STILL BELIEVE, MAN! 2:01 PM: This sounds like a total hot mess of a trade rumor, but I freakling LOVE hot messes, so: The #RedSox and #Marlins discussing blockbuster: Carl Crawford and prospect to Miami for Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell. #MLB — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July…

  24. Report: The Phillies to offer Cole Hamels six years, $130 million

    Jul 18, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Jon Heyman reported the other day that the Phillies were prepared to offer “more than $120 million” to Cole Hamels. Now he’s getting more specific: The Phillies are sending signals that they are planning to make an initial offer to star lefthanded pitcher Cole Hamels for about $130 million over six years within the next…

  25. John Rocker: pro gay-marriage, pro-choice

    Jul 18, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    John Rocker

    Former Braves’ closer John Rocker was made infamous when he went on a xenophobic rant in Jeff Pearlman’s now-immortal SI profile way back when. And in recent years he’s popped up here and there to say something kinda crazy and reactionary. Now he’s a political commentator for World Net Daily, where he offers columns about…

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