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Craig Calcaterra

  1. David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away

    Aug 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    ortiz head

    There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.” As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the…

  2. HBT Daily: Sox-Yankees! Phillies-Giants! Rangers-Indians!

    Aug 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    So. whaddaya watchin’ this weekend?

  3. Some wonderfully random Matt Stairs facts

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    Matt Stairs’ most notable moment was almost certainly his homer in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS. But the guy played for so long and for so many different teams that he pretty much saw and did it all in his major league career. Over at The Hardball Times today, Chris Jaffe collects some of…

  4. The Diamondbacks are trying to nip a Twitter problem in the bud

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Twitter logo

    Social media is scary!  Anyone can say anything at any time!  Personal expression can flourish with no supervision!  This is something with which sports teams don’t typically do very well. So, there are a couple of ways you can go if you run a sports team and are concerned about players saying inappropriate or otherwise…

  5. Better call Shields and Price

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Shields and Price.bmp

    The MLB Fan Cave has a funny. I just wish Rich Harden was in it so that they could start it out with the classic “are you injured?” Oh, and I kind of have a thing for that Alice McGinity person who shows up near the end of the video.  She has a Kelly Macdonald…

  6. Memorabilia dealer arrested for selling phony jerseys

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Dragnet

    Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes.  Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days! Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud.…

  7. David Freese takes one to the head; diagnosed with a mild concussion

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    David Freese

    Cardinals third baseman David Freese was hit on the side of the head by a pitch from Clay Hensley during last night’s game. It clearly wasn’t intentional, as the HBP came with the bases loaded and drove in the go-ahead run for the Cardinals, but someone should probably ask Tony La Russa what he thought…

  8. Cliff Lee shuts down the Giants

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    It seems like a year ago that the Giants took two of three from the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park, but it was only about a week.  For that matter it seems like ten years ago that the Giants beat the Phillies in the NLCS, but it was less than ten months.  But one thing…

  9. Trying to squeeze something out of the A-Rod poker story

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    It’s been funny watching the New York media trying to make something out of this A-Rod poker story.  They staked him out during his rehab workouts down in Tampa yesterday. They were told beforehand by Yankees officials that A-Rod wouldn’t answer questions about poker, and that if they asked, he’d leave.  They asked, he left.…

  10. What happened to Barry Zito?

    Aug 5, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    zito scoul

    There’s a column by Chris Jones up at Grantland. It’s about Barry Zito and it tries to figure out what has happened to the guy. The premise: the famous Scott Boras binder, which he creates for all of his free agent clients, ruined him.  That it set a level of expectations and created a level…

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

    Aug 5, 2011, 5:28 AM EST

    Ivan Nova

    Yankees 7, White Sox 2: Gosh, I just don’t know how the Yankees are gonna compete with the rotation in such bad shape. I mean, really, it’s dire (Ivan Nova 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER 10K). Phillies 3, Giants 0: Cliff Lee tosses a seven hit shutout. Microcosm game: both teams can pitch, the…

  12. “Out: The Glenn Burke Story” to air on Versus on Tuesday

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Glenn Burke

    We first wrote about the Glenn Burke documentary last year when it made its premiere on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  Now it’s getting a national showing on Versus on Tuesday, August 9th at 10PM. For those unaware, Glenn Burke was the first and, as far as we know, the only gay player to be out of…

  13. Yadier Molina suspended for five games for spittlepocalypse

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    Yadier Molina

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his little freakout on Tuesday night. I love the way the MLB press release puts it. It says he was suspended for “his inappropriate actions” which included: … making contact with Umpire Rob Drake multiple times and spraying him with spittle…

  14. Former Oriole Doug DeCinces to pay $2.5 million for insider trading

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Doug DeCinces

    Doug DeCinces had the unenviable task of following Brooks Robinson as the Orioles’ everyday third baseman. Clearly he was so disillusioned by the experience that he decided to turn to a life of crime 35 years later: The Securities and Exchange Commission charged former professional baseball player Doug DeCinces and three others with insider trading…

  15. It’s Ronald Reagan Day at Wrigley Field on Saturday

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    Reagan

    Via Paul Sullivan I have learned that Saturday is Ronald Reagan Day at Wrigley Field. The Gipper’s son, Michael Reagan, throws out the first pitch. I imagine that poor people will be getting tickets too. All that needs to happen is for rich people to be given free tickets, and by some sort of economic…

  16. HBT Daily: Twitter questions … answered

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Yeah, it’s been a while — thanks flooded basement! — but Tiffany and I are back with some of your questions

  17. A-Rod denies the poker game report, story’s source says A-Rod wasn’t at the game

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez

    Another reason why Major League Baseball isn’t going to do anything about the A-Rod poker game report?  There’s no way they can prove anything.  For his part, A-Rod has denied it, saying that “the story contains numerous factual inaccuracies.”  What’s more, one of the story’s original sources says that Star Magazine got the story wrong and…

  18. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    The Question

    I asked questions last night, you answered them. Let’s go: Q: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana? Great. One of my kids has a Twitter account now.  Really, when you’re six, that joke never, ever, ever gets old. Q: Why does Tony LaRussa not age? His home is built over a Lazarus Pit.  True story.…

  19. Jeff Francoeur: clutch hitter

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Some days I think the entire world is out to taunt me.  Today is one of those days. Anyone have $70 I can borrow?

  20. Indians rookie Jason Kipnis has homered in four straight games

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    I saw Jason Kipnis play here in Columbus last month.  I’m no scout and I don’t know what to look for, but he seemed pretty solid.  Had a good game anyway, and some dude sitting a few seats down from me was telling his friend that Kipnis was impressive. Works for me! But whether he’s…

  21. Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world. But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major…

  22. Today is a day we should all root for Frank McCourt

    Aug 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Of all of the litigation in which Frank McCourt is currently involved, the one in which I’m most staunchly on his side is his malpractice action — or malpractice action to-be — against the lawyers that handled the property distribution agreement between him and his wife. As became clear during the divorce trial, one lawyer’s…

  23. Bob Davidson is a disgrace

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Bob Davidson has been among the worst umpires on the merits and one of the worst umpires in terms of temperament for years now, and he showed exactly why last night in the Cubs-Pirates game. Tyler Colvin was called out on strikes by Davidson to end the fifth inning. It was a bad call, but…

  24. Jeter smacks five hits in Yankees romp

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Chicago White Sox

    If we’re going to dwell on it when he’s struggling fairness dictates that we note it when he rakes: Derek Jeter raked last night, singling four times, doubling once and driving in two runs.   He’s now batting .333 with an OPS over .800 since he came off the disabled list with that calf injury.…

  25. Casey McGehee hit three homers for a kid

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Casey McGehee

    This is pretty great. Casey McGehee hit three homers yesterday. After the game he told reporters that, in doing so, he kinda sorta fulfilled a promise to a kid.  No hospital bed was involved in this one, but it’s close enough to that old cliche that we’ll give him credit: “This morning, I got to…

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