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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Danny Espinosa is not happy with the idea of giving up playing time

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Espinosa_Danny

    The Nationals are expected to call up infielder Steve Lombardozzi soon. A lot of people are high on him, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him spell Danny Espinosa and/or Ian Desmond as the Nats play out the string. As The Washington Times’* Amanda Comak reports, however, Espinosa is not prepared to play the…

  2. Your weekly Johan Santana reversal

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    johan santana getty

    Last week the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that Johan Santana was unlikely to pitch in the majors this year.  Today the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that it’s conceivable that Johan Santana would pitch in the majors this year. I dunno. This is just one of those things I pass…

  3. Shin-Soo Choo is going to be out longer than first thought

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    choo blue wide

    Remember that sore left side that was going to keep Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out for a few days?  Yeah, try a few weeks.  That’s the word from Zack Meisel at MLB.com, who says that it’s a strained oblique that is going to require Choo to be on the shelf for at least two weeks.…

  4. Adam Dunn will be riding the pine for a while

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    The other day Brett Ballantini of CSNChicago.com reported that Ozzie Guillen was going to sit down with Adam Dunn sometime soon and discuss a reduced role for the big guy down the stretch.  It seems now that the conversation has been had. Here’s Ozzie Guillen via the Associated Press: “I don’t know yet. I talked…

  5. Dirk Hayhurst got released

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Normally the release of a thirty-year-old minor leaguer wouldn’t rate a mention here, but it does when it’s Dirk Hayhurst.  He announced that the Rays released him yesterday and writes about it over at his blog this morning.  As is befitting the guy who, just yesterday, explained his relationship with baseball in a pretty nuanced…

  6. Are you “amped” for the Red Sox-Yankees series?

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Varitek Arod

    Red Sox President Larry Lucchino was asked about the Sox-Yankees series that kicks off tonight. Specifically, whether or not there’s anything special about it given that both teams are more or less assured of a playoff spot at this point: “Absolutely,” Lucchino said when asked if he’s still amped. “We want to win, we want…

  7. The Diamondbacks are taking control in the NL West

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Arizona won its seventh straight game yesterday, beating the Rockies 5-1 behind a strong outing from Daniel Hudson. Hudson added an RBI to — altogether now — help his own cause. Meanwhile the Giants were pounded 7-0 by the Cubs, their already weak bats silenced even more by Randy Wells, who tossed a two-hitter.  Bruce…

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

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:47 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    White Sox 3, Twins 0: Mark Buehrle threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings. And the game came in at two hours four minutes. Knock me over with a feather. Most underrated pitcher of the past decade? Cubs 7, Giants 0: Great pitching all-around for the Chicago clubs last night. A two-hit shutout for Randy Wells.…

  9. Must-Click Link: Thank God for the Civil War

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    Too soon? Maybe it’s too soon. But can we at least acknowledge that were it not for the Civil War that baseball would have spread across our Great Republic — or perhaps our fractured and ugly two-nation former Republic depending on how things woulda gone — without it? That’s part of what’s in play in…

  10. John Farrell is still out with pneumonia

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    John Farrell

    Sticking with the Blue Jays medical beat, manager John Farrell — who left Thursday night’s game with what turned out to be pneumonia — is still off the job due to his illness. And will be for a while yet. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star tweeted a bit ago that Farrell showed up at…

  11. Yonder Alonso will play third base tonight. This should be interesting.

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Alonso_Yonder

    The Reds have a Yonder Alonso problem. See, the guy can rake. Big time. He always hit in the minors and in limited playing time in the majors this year he has been fantastic (.467/.556/.867 and three homers in 36 plate appearances). The problem: he has no position. He is naturally a first baseman, but as…

  12. Here are the MVP voting criteria

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    jose bautista points getty

    The MVP post from earlier today has, predictably, set off a lot of debate. And it’s understandable debate given that there aren’t hard and fast guidelines for what actually constitutes the Most Valuable Player. But that doesn’t mean there are no guidelines. Indeed, as Anna McDonald of The Hardball Times reported last year after her…

  13. Jamie Moyer to rehab down at Clearwater

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    I should probably go back and check the article and see if it said “rehab” or if it said “retire.” But either way, Todd Zolecki reports that Jamie Moyer is going to be down at the Phillies’ facility in Clearwater doing something. OK, I just checked. It’s rehab. He’ll be working out and pitching there…

  14. You’re not “valuable” unless you’re on a winning team, apparently

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    We’re destined to have a good postseason award fight every year. Last year was the great pitchers’ wins debate, in which people argued about whether or not Felix Hernandez should win the Cy Young despite not having a lot of them.  This year it’s going to be the “MVPs can only come from winning teams”…

  15. Ike Davis to avoid microfracture surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:03 PM EST

    Ike Davis

    One of the longest-running player health sagas this summer has been the state of Ike Davis‘ ankle. It’s bad, we know, but the big question has been whether he’d need microfracture surgery or if a less-horrific procedure would get the job done. Today Jon Heyman reports that it appears that Davis will avoid the horrific.…

  16. Cole Hamels activated

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    As expected, Cole Hamels‘ DL stint was not all that serious. He threw a bullpen session last week, felt fine, and today’s he’s been activated and will start tonight against the Redlegs. So yes, Cole Hamels is fine.  Mostly.

  17. High socks, or no high socks; that is the question

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Joe Blanton

    Michael Vitez of the Philly Inquirer has a fun story today about the never-ending battle in baseball between those who like to wear high socks — the avatars of goodness and truth — and those who don’t — evil incarnate. OK, that was a bit of editorializing on my part. Apologies. I’m sure there are…

  18. For the love of the game? Eh, not so much

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Dirk Hayhurst, currently a farmhand at Durham and, of course, the author of “The Bullpen Gospels” and the upcoming “Out of My League,” hates to burst your bubble, but he does not play baseball for the love of the game: So, dear baseball purist, you ask why then do I play? … Because I enjoy…

  19. Scheduling disruptions are a bit overstated

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    In a vacuum I understand the Yankees’ frustration with having to burn one of their two remaining offdays — September 8th — to make up one of the washed-out Orioles games.  Off-days are precious this time of the season. I’m also sympathetic to Joe Girardi’s argument that there should have been a doubleheader scheduled for…

  20. Derek Jeter likely to miss “several games” with bruised knee

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Headline says it all, and what it doesn’t say Bob Nightengale of USA Today says: The Yankees say that Jeter will miss tonight’s series finale against the Orioles, and hope to get him back at some point during the three-game Red Sox series beginning Tuesday at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees trail the Red…

  21. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Chase Utley, Emilio Bonifacio

    We’re to the point of the season where so many games have been played that actual record and power ranking are at the closest they’ve been all year. No one who is better than their record is considerably better than their record. No one who is worse than their record is considerably worse. I mean,…

  22. Andre Ethier backs off the “the Dodgers are making me play hurt” stuff

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    On Saturday Andre Ethier was quoted as complaining about the Dodgers putting him in the lineup despite his injuries. His quote in the T.J. Simers column: “… as the season goes on my body wears down. That’s just the way it is — I keep getting put in the lineup, so what am I supposed to…

  23. About Joe Buck’s voice

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Joe Buck

    People have noticed Joe Buck’s obviously weakened voice since the beginning of the season. As it was revealed last month, he’s the victim of a virus that has affected a nerve in his throat, and in turn, his vocal cords.  It’s killing his high register — wasn’t aware he had one, but hey, you learn…

  24. Derek Jeter ties passes Mickey Mantle for most games played as a Yankee

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Derek Jeter

    UPDATE: I screwed up: Jeter passed Mantle in yesterday’s game. He tied Mantle on Friday. Derek Jeter played in the front end of yesterday’s Yankees-Orioles doubleheader. In doing so he played his 2,402nd game as a Yankee. That put him past Mickey Mantle on the all-time Yankees games-played list. Only 22 men* have appeared in…

  25. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Bogart Madre

    I saw “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” on a big screen yesterday. Part of some western retrospective at the local quasi-art house theater. Never mind that “Madre” is more of a noir than a western. There are horses, guns and dirt in it, so that works. Either way, it was easily the best Sunday afternoon…

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gonzalez (2530)
  2. A. Wainwright (2495)
  3. M. Upton (2477)
  4. A. Simmons (2448)
  5. C. Hamels (2250)