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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Roger Clemens wants to call George Mitchell as a witness

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    George Mitchell

    There’s a lot about Roger Clemens’ legal strategy that I’ve never understood, so I shouldn’t be surprised when something new comes up that makes me want to scratch my head:  Former Sen. George Mitchell says Roger Clemens may call him to testify at his upcoming trial on charges he lied about drug use … Mitchell’s attorney…

  2. Nothin’ like a parade! In Phoenix! In July! At noon!

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Parade

    People keep asking me if I’m going to Phoenix for the All-Star Game.  I keep telling them no. A number of reasons, really. For one thing, I’m not really a proper reporter, so I’m not sure what I’d do there except get in everyone’s way while I did that “what the heck am I doing…

  3. The Dodgers bankruptcy case could, theoretically anyway, stretch into 2012

    Jun 30, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

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

    The judge in the Dodgers’ bankruptcy case released a hearing schedule this afternoon, and it anticipates ten hearings between the next one on July 20th and the 10th one scheduled for  Jan. 25, 2012. Now, that doesn’t mean they’ll all be used, of course.  As has been reported, Major League Baseball is considering seizing the…

  4. Carlos Zambrano leaves game early with sore back

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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    I guess this is one of those posts where the headline is enough. But since I’m here: Carlos Zambrano left today’s game against the Giants in the second inning with lower back soreness. He had given up a run on two hits with two walks issued when he left. In other news, has it not…

  5. The Athletics trade Mark Ellis to the Rockies

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

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    The Oakland Athletics just announced that they have traded infielder Mark Ellis to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Bruce Billings and a player to be named later (the latter of whom seems to get traded A LOT!). Ellis has been a fixture at second base for the A’s since 2002, but he has fallen off…

  6. Cole Hamels leaves Sox-Phillies game early

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Cole Hamels was cruising along quite nicely against the Red Sox this afternoon, having shut out Boston on two hits over four innings, but then he faced Adrian Gonzalez for the second time and Gonzalez hit a line drive off Hamels’ hand, which required him to leave the game. The good news: it was his…

  7. Must-click link: The collected sins of Frank and Jamie McCourt

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    We all know that Frank and Jamie McCourt have run the Dodgers into the ground. But their failure has been so massive and all-encompassing, sometimes it’s hard to remember the specific episodes of futility, incompetence and avarice. Thankfully, the Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness has put together a list of the top 50 sins…

  8. HBT Daily: Answering your questions

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    We’ve been off video for a week due to technical difficulties. But we’ve since found Tiffany and returned her to the basement, so we’re back with more HBT Daily!

  9. Kevin Youkilis to have an X-ray and a day off

    Jun 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    I write the term “MRI” so much that writing “X-ray” feels like writing “ice box” or “dirigible” or something.  They still do X-rays, though I guess. Kevin Youkilis is getting one anyway. On his left foot, off of which he fouled a ball during last night’s game.  Youk — the kids in Boston call him…

  10. Red Sox designate Mike Cameron for assignment

    Jun 30, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Red Sox have designated outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment (UPDATE: those reports of an outright release have been walked back). It’s been a rough season for Cameron. He’s hitting .149/.212/.266 in 105 plate appearances. This after an injury-shortened and disappointing 2010 season in Boston as…

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    The Question

    The stuff that didn’t make the cut for HBT Daily. Which, as usual, is the best stuff.

  12. Someone sign that Cubs fan

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Cannon

    Question: does the guy who threw back Miguel Tejada’s home run ball at Wrigley Field the other day have a better arm or a worse arm than Johnny Damon? And how cool is it that Tejada got to keep his home run ball?

  13. Quote of the Day: Jayson Werth

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Because when you think leadership, you think Jayson Werth.

  14. Video of the day: Eric Byrnes destroys Harold Reynolds

    Jun 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    The best part of this — sometime after the 30 second mark — isn’t when Eric Byrnes lays Harold Reynolds out like yesterday’s laundry. It’s the Ric Flair “woo!” he offers after he does it.

  15. In case you forgot, the Athletics are still in franchise limbo

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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    In all of our excitement over Bud Selig’s gung-ho attitude with respect to Frank McCourt — go get him, Bud!!! — let us not forget that Selig and Major League Baseball continue to sit passively as the Athletics die on the vine: Last month, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to Bud Selig. The…

  16. How to stop the Mets’ bats? Put an outfielder on the mound

    Jun 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Don Kelly

    As mentioned in the recaps, the Mets have been on an absolute offensive tear lately, scoring 16, 14, 8 and 14 runs in their last four games, respectively. Last night’s outburst was accompanied by 20 hits, and after Tigers’ middle reliever David Purcey was smacked around for four runs, Jim Leyland waved the white flag and…

  17. Major League Baseball did not expect McCourt to file for bankruptcy

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

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

    I can’t say that I knew what Frank McCourt would do. Hindsight suggests to me that bankruptcy was his only option if he wanted to cling to power for a while longer, but it’s not like it was inevitable or anything.  I’m a bit surprised, however, that Major League Baseball didn’t predict this, which is…

  18. Will there be sordidness in the Roger Clemens trial? Oh yeah, there will be

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Brian McNamee

    I’ve been pretty clear about not being a big Roger Clemens fan. I’ve also been pretty clear in thinking that the case against him is going to be stronger than the case against Barry Bonds for the simple reason that, unlike in the Bonds case, the jury will hear from someone who claims to have…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:20 AM EST

    Scott Hairston

    Mets 16, Tigers 9: The Mets blast the Tigers’ pitching for the second night in a row (though the Tigers blasted back a bit themselves). Everyone in the Mets’ starting lineup hit, including Scott Hairston, whose bases loaded triple in the first broke it open, after which he did some lame antlers thing or whatever…

  20. Josh Johnson gets good news from Dr. Andrews

    Jun 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Josh Johnson

    See, a visit to Dr. James Andrews is not always a harbinger of doom. Josh Johnson saw him today, and the news is good: no structural damage to his shoulder. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that “a person close to Johnson” called it “the best-case scenario.” Johnson got a cortisone shot and…

  21. Luis Vizcaino suspended for 50 games for PEDs

    Jun 29, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Luis Vizcaino

    This is something of a theoretical suspension seeing as though Luis Vizcaino hasn’t pitched in affiliated baseball since the middle of 2009. But they test free agents, and Vizcaino is still registered as a technically active pitcher with someone somewhere, so he got tested too.  The drug: Stanozolol.  No, I don’t know either, but it’s a…

  22. Erik Bedard goes on the DL

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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    Often-injured pitcher Erik Bedard is injured, although in this case it appears to be minor and shouldn’t affect his pitching too much: sprained left knee. For a few years we’ve heard “if Bedard can be healthy, he should contribute a lot.”  That has held up so far this year, with him sporting a 4-6 record,…

  23. Confirmed: Adrian Gonzalez to play right field tonight

    Jun 29, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz

    Matthew noted that this was a strong possibility yesterday, but the lineups have been announced and it’s gonna happen tonight: Adrian Gonzalez will start in right field, David Ortiz at first base. I think the most apt comment on all of this came from Dustin Pedroia after last night’s game when asked about the possibility: “It…

  24. Bob Davidson, Joe West, Angel Hernandez snubbed from All-Star Game duties!

    Jun 29, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Jerry Layne

    I’ll admit it: when I got the MLB press release announcing the umpires for the All-Star Game, I secretly hoped that some bad ones would be named so I could write some outraged prose. It’s really good for the soul. Quite cathartic. Sadly, it appears that baseball has only chosen decent umpires. Or at least…

  25. The Mariners apparently have no emergency catcher

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Chris Gimenez

    I missed this because, really, I had no idea that baseball took place after 11PM Eastern time.  But in last night’s Braves-Mariners game, the M’s had a catcher fiasco.  Miguel Olivo left early due to cramps in his hamstring and the backup catcher, Chris Gimenez, strained his oblique in the fifth inning. Gimenez could apparently…

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