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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Chase Utley is … GO!

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Chase Utley is expected to be in the Phillies lineup tonight. And based on how he played for the Iron Pigs last night, he seems ready. As Reuben Frank of reports, Utley had himself a great game which, more importantly, made him look ready to contribute: Chase Utley had two hits, smoked the ball…

  2. Astros going with a six-man rotation for a while

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros

    Houston manager Brad Mills has decided to go with a six-man rotation through the All-Star break.  The reason? Bud Norris is coming back and the Astros are so happy with the guy who has been replacing him — Dallas Keuchel — that they don’t want to send him back down. Eh, their call, but it’s not…

  3. Ike Davis ejected, likely to face a fine for bumpin’ the ump

    Jun 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Ike Davis, Manny Gonzalez

    Ike Davis had a legit beef last night. His swipe tag missed baserunner Steve Clevenger on a pickoff play last night, but Clevenger missed the bag and Davis got him on the second attempt. First base umpire Manny Gonzalez missed that, though, and called Clevenger safe. An argument ensued, and during the argument Davis’ glove…

  4. Aroldis Chapman does somersaults — literally — after notching the save

    Jun 27, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Rafael Soriano untucking his shirt? Pfft! Child’s play.  Aroldis Chapman did somersaults off the mound after locking down the save against the Brewers last night: In case this video disappears, watch it here. Dusty Baker was not happy with it afterwards, saying “we don’t play like that.” Teammate Ryan Hanigan said “you can’t be doing that…

  5. Yankees fielder drops ball, fan picks it up in the stands, ump calls Indians batter out anyway

    Jun 27, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees

    Check out this screen capture from the YES Network’s broadcast of last night’s Indians-Yankees game: See the big fella holding his hand up? He’s got the ball that Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan fouled into the stands in the seventh inning. It came to him after bouncing out of left fielder DeWayne Wise‘s glove and…

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

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

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    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  7. Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca asked to be reassigned

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Bob Apodaca, Guillermo Moscoso

    Being the pitching coach in Colorado can’t be an easy job.  Bob Apodaca certainly has had enough of it as he has asked to be reassigned and the Rockies are granting him his wish. Bullpen coach Jim Wright will take over. Apodaca has been with the Rockies for a decade, but as Troy Renck just tweeted,…

  8. The Wrigley Field visiting clubhouse is terrible

    Jun 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    We hear a story about this every couple of years, but every couple of years some new parks have come online to make the differences between their amenities and those of the venerable Wrigley Field all the more stark: The clubhouse, which was last renovated in 1990, is more notable for what it lacks than…

  9. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  10. Peter O’Malley’s group has an exclusive window in which to purchase the Padres

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It was suspected that the O’Malley family — former Dodgers owners — were the front runners to buy the Padres. That suspicion has been confirmed, as Scott Miller reports that the O’Malley group — which is actually fronted by San Diego businessman Ron Fowler — has entered into an exclusive negotiation period with current owner…

  11. Missing fan may have fallen into San Francisco Bay after last night’s Dodgers-Giants game

    Jun 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    AT&T Park

    AT&T Park is in a beautiful location by the water. But water can be dangerous, folks: A 27-year-old man reported missing after attending Monday night’s Giants-Dodgers game may have fallen off San Francisco’s Piers 30-32 into the bay, police said. The man — wearing a Dodgers jacket — was talking to his friend and then walked…

  12. Must-Click Link: Watching baseball with people who hate baseball

    Jun 26, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

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    If you’re like me, you find yourself watching baseball alone a lot.  There’s a reason for that, and Jon Bois explains it pretty thoroughly over at SB Nation today. I’m teaching my kids to like baseball. But if you’ve got a friend over the age of 20 and they’re not into it already, there’s really…

  13. Frank Robinson will hold every job in Major League Baseball for fifteen minutes

    Jun 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals

    I’m having a hard time thinking of any jobs short of commissioner that Frank Robinson hasn’t held with Major League Baseball. Well, he’s got another one. Jimmie Lee Solomon’s old gig: Hall of Famer Frank Robinson has been appointed Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Development, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today.…

  14. Romney is actually making the Youkilis thing a campaign issue

    Jun 26, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Mitt Romney

    There’s a pretty good argument to be made that Bush beat Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004 because, on a very basic level, he was a more likable guy while his opponents seemed like humorless prigs. Remember all that “who would you rather have a beer with?” stuff?  Anyway, Mitt Romney seems to be…

  15. Minor league team loses game when batter fails to touch home on game-tying home run

    Jun 26, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Home Plate

    This video comes via Deadspin.  It’s of Raul Mondesi Jr. hitting what he and everyone else in the park believed to be a game-tying homer in the 10th inning of a Pioneer League game.  Except for one thing: you gots to touch home plate when you hit a dinger, Raul:   This is what they…

  16. Victor Conte had nothing to do with Marlon Byrd’s PED suspension

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    When Marlon Byrd was suspended yesterday a lot of people immediately looked, so to speak, at Victor Conte. Conte being (a) Byrd’s supplement guru; and (b) the guy behind BALCO, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Marion Jones and all the rest. “I didn’t have anything to do with this,” said Conte when reached for comment.  Yeah. Sure.…

  17. Woman suing the Yankees over the top hat logo has her case tossed out of court

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT


    Last year a woman sued the New York Yankees for trademark infringement, claiming that her uncle created the Yankees top hat logo in 1947 and revised it in 1952 but never got paid for his work. That case was tossed by the trial court. Today it was tossed again on appeal. The upshot: the plaintiff’s allegations…

  18. The Mets would like to forget the seventh inning of last night’s game

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    David Wright

    The seventh inning of last night’s Cubs-Mets game started with the Cubs holding a 2-0 lead and Jon Rauch on the mound for the Mets. Then the defense went south. David Wright and Lucas Duda each committed three-base errors two plays apart, which led to two Cubs runs. Then, right after the Duda error, Ronny…

  19. NBC SportsTalk: Assessing the Kevin Youkilis trade

    Jun 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night to talk about the Kevin Youkilis trade. It’s not on this video, but the segment before mine had Amani Toomer on it. Toomer is as bald as a cueball, and just before we went on the air, I noted that a nice lady was applying powder to his…

  20. Comment of the Day: newspaper readers don’t want long form stuff

    Jun 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT


    There’s a good conversation brewing in the comments to the Frank Deford state-of-sports-journalism post from yesterday. Some of it supporting Deford (and going after bloggy enterprises like HBT) and some of it not. I highlight this post from a reader with first hand experience in all of this who says that the reason the kind…

  21. Bob Davidson screws up a double switch, costs the Cardinals a hitter

    Jun 26, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT


    The Cardinals beat the Marlins in extras last night, but umpire Bob Davidson made it all the harder when he screwed up a double-switch made by Mike Matheny which cost the Cards Allen Craig. The short version: when Matheny put reliever Victor Marte into the game, he signaled “five” with his hands, meaning that he…

  22. Chris Carpenter suffers a setback on his rehab

    Jun 26, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Bad news from St. Louis: Chris Carpenter, who was supposed to face live hitters yesterday, did not, and he is unable to maintain strength in his rehabbing shoulder. Derrick Goold reports that Carpenter will undergo some more medical exams. If Carpenter can’t go, the Cards are likely going to have to consider themselves buyers in the…

  23. Taunter-in-Chief: Obama gets booed in Boston after Youkilis jab

    Jun 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    President Obama — a White Sox fan — spoke in Boston yesterday, and it wasn’t his intention to tell the people what they wanted to hear: For balance, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was asked to comment on the Youkilis trade from the Red Sox perspective. He issued a statement saying that his position on…

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

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

  25. Apparently some people take issue with Rafael Soriano untucking his shirt after a save

    Jun 25, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Atlanta Braves

    Last night, mere seconds after locking down the save in the Yankees-Mets game, Rafael Soriano untucked his shirt. It’s the first time I’ve noticed him doing it, but apparently he does it all the time. OK, whatever. But apparently enough people take issue with this that someone felt the need to ask Joe Girardi about…

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