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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Red Sox may pitch Clay Buchholz tonight

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    buchholz ap

    Jon Lester is the Red Sox’ starter tonight, but given that this is basically a must-win game, it could be one of those games where the starter has a short (read: non-existent) leash.  If Lester doesn’t have his mojo, where does Terry Francona turn?  How about to Clay Buchholz? That’s the possibility raised by WEEI.com,…

  2. Justin Upton is having a bad last week

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Upton head.bmp

    I don’t mean that he’s having a bad week statistically speaking — though he kind of is — I mean that bad stuff is happening to him. The other day he had to leave a game early when he was hit in the head with a pitch and subsequently suffered nausea. Last night he had…

  3. The Diamondbacks pull off a crazy win over the Dodgers

    Sep 28, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    The Diamondbacks are still playing for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And if they get it, they can thank whatever deity gave them their miracle win over the Dodgers last night. It was tied 1-1 after nine innings. When you see a game like that, you figure that it will…

  4. Tim Hudson against Philly in a must-win game 162? Been there, done that

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    First, the quote of the day from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution: “Tim Hudson in the 162nd game. A team could do worse. For example: Derek Lowe in the 161st game …” Yup.  And we know this is true for reasons beyond the fact that Lowe, on general principles, sucks.  We know that because…

  5. HBT Breakfast Wrap

    Sep 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Breakfast Wrap

    We haven’t done one of these in a while, but given how much stuff happened after you logged off your machine at work last night — don’t pretend that that’s not where you read most of your bloggy content — and given how few of you people seem to scroll back past the morning recaps,…

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

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    down to the wire

    161 games and nothing — nothing — has been decided in the two wild card races. This is pretty awesome, no?

  7. Judge tosses all but two of the bankruptcy trustee’s claims against the Wilpons

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The judge has issued a ruling in the bankruptcy case involving the Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the Bernie Madoff fraud.  Full reports aren’t out yet, but it sounds like a bit of a mixed-bag, but generally good news for Wilpon and the Mets: Good news for Wilpon and the Mets: all but two counts…

  8. Bryan Stow continues to improve

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The latest Bryan Stow update: Relatives of the San Francisco Giants fan nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium says he went outside for the first time in nearly six months as he shows more signs of improvement. He’s reportedly making jokes and talking about friends and family and stuff too. Any time you’re looking for an update,…

  9. Is Terry Francona to blame for this mess?

    Sep 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The “blame Theo” chorus kind of died down this week as the shock of the Red Sox actual collapse seemed to overtake the rancor of the collapse-in-progress.  But Curt Schilling was asked about it again today and he said that, if you have to blame someone here, it’s better to blame Theo Epstein than Terry…

  10. Sorry Philly! Last night’s win probably screwed you

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Fun with statistics with Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly: Of the 20 teams to win 100 games since 1995, only two have won the World Series: the 2009 Yankees (103-59, beat the Phillies in six games) and the 1998 Yankees (114-48, swept the Padres). So, yeah, you probably should have let yourself get swept by the…

  11. Comment of the Day: Red Sox Fail-Porn

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    There has been an electricity and excitement in the baseball world these past few days. But for as much as everyone wants to analyze it and talk about the drama of the moment and everything, I can’t help but think this little expression of id — from the reader ny82jy in the Ellbury thread cuts…

  12. Doc Gooden thinks Albert Pujols will go to the Marlins

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    dwight-gooden

    Doc Gooden has a Twitter account. I don’t read it much.  Maybe I’ll start, though, because he seems to be breaking into the Heyman/Buster/Rosenthal world of transaction scoops.  Here he was a few minutes ago: Look for Albert Pujols to follow Ozzie Guillen to Florida if the cardinals don’t. #insidescoop I would have ignored it totally…

  13. The Dodgers-McCourt case may implicate the Marlins

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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

    Good story over at the Los Angeles Times today illustrating just how gnarly things can get when litigation ensues, even if you think you have the clear high ground going in. The upshot: Major League Baseball has been very sharp in its legal briefs thus far saying what we all know: Frank McCourt is undercapitalized…

  14. An additional wild card team would not screw up all the drama

    Sep 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dilution

    As the frantic battle for the wild card concludes in both leagues, the one thing you can get everyone to agree on is how much of a bummer it would be if there were five playoff teams in each league instead of four. If that were the case –as is being proposed for the future…

  15. Jacoby Ellsbury: one play does not an MVP make. Or lose.

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Ellsbury play.bmp

    In last night’s Orioles-Red Sox game Robert Andino hit an inside the park homer. Big play. Probably the biggest of the game.  It was a ball that looked like Jacoby Ellsbury was going to catch, but he didn’t.  Here’s the play. It was a great job getting to it, but yeah, you want to see…

  16. Mark DeRosa wants the Giants to move in the fences at AT&T Park

    Sep 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    ATT Park

    We’ve heard a lot of stuff from the Mets about maybe moving the fences in to make the park more “fair.”  But at least one member of the San Francisco Giants feels that something should be done to AT&T Park. It’s Mark DeRosa, and here was his reaction when asked if the Giants’ home park…

  17. Rafael Furcal to miss the last two Cardinals games

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal had to leave last night’s Cards-Astros game due to a tight left hamstring. It seems now that he’s going to need a coupe of days to recover.  Since there are only a couple of days in the season that means that the Cardinals will have to win or lose the wild card without…

  18. The White Sox will get Osvaldo Martinez and a minor league pitcher for Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Manager “trades” aren’t really trades as we know of them in baseball. They’re just business transactions in which one team allows a manager out of his contract and, normally, is compensated in the form of players. Looks like a trade. Fun to talk about as a trade. But it’s not technically a trade, simply because…

  19. News Flash: Chipper Jones is banged up

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Chipper Jones told Ken Rosenthal last night that his right knee was killing him and that, all things being equal, he should have taken himself out of last night’s game.  He couldn’t however, because the team’s survival is on the line: “I probably should have come out tonight (Monday). But I can’t not play. I’ve…

  20. The White Sox already have a short list to replace Ozzie Guillen

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Buddy Bell

    Ken Williams, noting that they’ve had “warnings” that Ozzie Guillen would not be back in 2012, said last night that he already has a narrowed-down list of candidates to replace Guillen as White Sox manager.  According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, Buddy Bell is at the top of that short list. It’s hard to…

  21. The Mets say no to Yankees AAA baseball in Newark

    Sep 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Newark

    Jerry Izenberg of the Star-Ledger Ledger wrote a story last night that should bug the crap out of you. It’s about the Yankees, the Mets and the city of Newark and shows you just how dumb baseball’s territorial rights rules are. Read the story itself because it has a strong and compelling personal element to…

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

    Sep 27, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Do the Collapse

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Rays 5, Yankees 2:  Tied. The details sort of don’t matter anymore. All you need to know is that the City of Boston now has permission to vomit. Continuously. Through Wednesday. Phillies 4, Braves 2: The Braves are just a lousy team right now in every facet of the game. And…

  23. Hawk Harrelson, Steve Stone rip “Moneyball” book and movie; admit they’ve seen nor read neither

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    hawk harrelson

    Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com sat down with Steve Stone and Hawk Harrelson to talk to them about “Moneyball.”  You can probably expect some criticism of the overall concept form them, particularly Harrelson, but I was rather surprised at how sharp their comments were. Harrleson on Beane and his approach: “It’s bull—-, and he’s proven it’s…

  24. The Reds, Francisco Cordero in contract talks

    Sep 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    The Reds hold a $12 million option on closer Francisco Cordero. They want him back. He wants to stay.  So it makes sense that they’re in talks with him right now over his future with the team.  A future that, given that they’re talking and not just exercising the option, probably means a two-year deal…

  25. HBT Extra: The Sox, Ellsbury and the Braves

    Sep 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    It’s wild card mania. And a bit of MVP-hype for Jacoby Ellsbury too.

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