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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Francisco Cervelli has a concussion

    Sep 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Cervelli_Francisco

    We’ve known that Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has had some concussion-like symptoms since he was leveled at home plate by Nick Markakis in last Thursday’s game against the Orioles. But yesterday it was confirmed: dude has a concussion and he’s on the shelf indefinitely.  Given that he has suffered at least two and possibly…

  2. So were the Mets threatened with fines over the first responder hats or not?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Reyes cap

    There’s not much left to say about MLB’s strange and regrettable decision to prevent the Mets from wearing FDNY and NYPD hats on Sunday night. It’s over and likely will be until next 9/11, depending on what the marketers and money men decide. But there is an open question, highlighted in the New York Daily…

  3. The State of the Races

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Jason Jaramillo, Corey Patterson

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees beat Seattle, Boston is idle. It’s a four game lead for New York.  The Rays, meanwhile, won again, so they are only three back in the wild card. The skinny: The Red Sox now have Joey Gathright. So they totally got this, right? AL CENTRAL The spread: The Tigers…

  4. The Marlins release Mike Cameron

    Sep 13, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Mike Cameron was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this summer and subsequently traded to the Marlins for a player to be named later.  It was not a bad gamble on the Marlins’ part given that, until quite recently, Cameron was still a productive player with two tools — speed and defense —…

  5. Police report: Manny Ramirez slapped his wife, causing her to hit her head and fear for her safety

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:28 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez mugshot

    According to the arrest report arising from Manny Ramirez’s arrest for domestic violence last night, Ramirez and his wife were arguing. Ramirez slapped her face, causing her to hit her head on their bed’s headboard. Ramirez’s wife was afraid that the violence would escalate so she called police. She declined medical treatment but did have marks…

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

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 5:  Pedro Ciriaco — not Pedro Ceranno — hit an RBI double as part of a late rally to lift Pittsburgh over St. Louis. The late-inning losses for the Cardinals this year have been legion. This one coming on a night when the Braves lost was particularly ill-timed. Marlins 5, Braves 4: Atlanta continues…

  7. Bryan Stow’s lawyers estimate his damages to be $50 million

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    You always have to take a damage claim in a lawsuit with a grain of salt. Either they’re small because the plaintiff is simply alleging enough to meet a jurisdictional threshold for the particular court they’re in — claiming, say, “no less than $15,000″ to make it clear the suit doesn’t belong in small claims court…

  8. Jonathan Broxton is done for the season

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    Dodgers’ reliever Jonathan Broxton hasn’t pitched since early May due to a bum elbow, but until now there had always been some lingering hope that he’d be back this season.  Hope to what end I have no idea because there hasn’t been a truly meaningful Dodgers game for months, but trainers don’t really concern themselves…

  9. The Braves aren’t panicking

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I don’t really link this article for the standard-issue “team that is skidding is not panicking” quotes. They themselves aren’t interesting. If the Braves hold on, they’ll be forgotten. If they get passed up by the Cardinals and are home for the playoffs they’ll be humiliating and remembered with pain by anyone who cares.  In…

  10. The Mets want to wear special caps next 9/11 and every 9/11 after that

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    FDNY Hat

    Absolutely no one is happy with Major League Baseball’s decision to disallow the Mets’ first responder caps on yesterday’s 10th anniversary of 9/11. And the Mets are chief among those who are displeased. But they’re not just sitting and stewing. They’re pushing Major League Baseball on the issue. But the last sentence makes me feel…

  11. Time to panic is over, Red Sox Nation: Joey Gathright is on the way

    Sep 12, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Joey Gathright

    I guess that’s a cheap shot at Gathright. Didn’t really mean it that way. I’m really just trying to mess with that slice of Red Sox fans who won’t calm down unless or until zombie Ted Williams is signed to play left field and, just to be safe, the Rays decide to forfeit the rest…

  12. When the rooting interests get nutty

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Go team

    This happens every year when the playoff races tighten, but it’s been fun to think about this today: Braves fans probably have to root pretty hard for the Phillies as they play the Cardinals this weekend. Red Sox fans probably have to root pretty hard for the Yankees, as they play the Rays seven times…

  13. Another Yankees pitcher shoots for history

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    burnett getty wide

    Mariano Rivera‘s saves record is a forgone conclusion. A.J. Burnett probably won’t break a record this year, but he will come pretty close: Burnett already has 23 wild pitches this year, which puts him on a historic pace. Since 1901, only five pitchers have finished a season with more than 23 wild pitches, led by…

  14. Roy Oswalt is probably not endearing himself to his old fans in Houston

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Brian McTaggart — who has a story up today about Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence‘s return to Houston for this weeks’ Phillies-Astros series —  just tweeted a quote from Roy Oswalt, apparently said in response to a question about how he’ll be received by his former hometown fans: “… probably be just as many Phillies…

  15. Mariano Rivera is close to the all-time saves record

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    The point to this David Waldstein article in the New York Times is that Mariano Rivera‘s imminent surpassing of Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves list is getting surprisingly little hype.  Given that, until I read this David Waldstein article in the New York Times I wasn’t aware that Mariano Rivera was about to surpass Trevor…

  16. “Exotic math” is going to cost Justin Verlander the MVP award

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    A friend asked me if there was a point to the “Moneyball” movie coming out now, several years after the book.  All of the lessons its insights have long since been coopted and mainstreamed, my friend said. It’s kind of old news. I considered the argument for a minute and, as I often do, I…

  17. Tom Ricketts wants Theo Epstein

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has another in what will certainly be a looooong line of stories trying to put Theo Epstein in Chicago as the Cubs next GM.  We saw some of those a couple of weeks ago, and Epstein made it clear that he’s not going to fan those flames while the…

  18. Your Monday afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Young Elvis

    Once again, we’ve pretty much said all that can be said about these teams. So let’s force them into arbitrary categories!  I sort of feel like I’m stealing Peter Gammons’ bit here, but what the heck. NOTE: the bands/artists are only for description purposes, They themselves are not being ranked. Because there’s no way I’d…

  19. The Cubs are thinking about putting Jeff Samardzija in the 2012 rotation

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    For the past several years, the name Jeff Samardzija has been synonymous with “Oh my god, what a disaster! Really, avert your eyes, everyone avert your eyes!”  No, it’s not a synonym that comes in handy for writers all that often, but any shorthand can be useful. Useful has not been something Samardzija has been, putting…

  20. Jorge Posada actually caught a game

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I missed this yesterday, but something happened on Saturday night that hadn’t happened in nearly a year: Jorge Posada donned the tools of ignorance and caught a baseball game.  This season he has been a DH, with a couple of spells at first base and one gimmicky one at second. The reason he caught: emergency.…

  21. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully on the 9/11 anniversary

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium 9 11

    Apart from some random aside kind of things I have refrained from doing a big 9/11 remembrance post. Mostly because — despite our being implored to “never forget” — I find it pretty unpleasant to think about. And it’s not like there’s any chance those of us who were adults when that went down are going to…

  22. The State of the Races

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees had a less-than-fabulous weekend in Anaheim yet they extend their lead over Boston to three and a half. Which tells you everything you need to known about Boston’s weekend in St. Petersburg.  The Red Sox now lead the Rays by a mere three and a half in the wild…

  23. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    The NFL started over the weekend, so that means that no one is paying attention to baseball anymore apart from us obsessives. Here’s the stuff the obsessives obsessed about: Jeremy Affeldt made $4.5 million this year and yet he can’t buy fresh beef? And really, Pete Orr should stay away from sausage. John Lackey is…

  24. The Cardinals give Chris Carpenter a two-year extension

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    carpenter_chris

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with starter Chris Carpenter.  The amount: $21 million.  There are still some details to be worked out, but the money and other important parts of the deal are in place.  It should be formally announced later this week. This…

  25. Is it 1978 all over again for the Red Sox?

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    No, what’s happening now is nowhere near as catastrophic as the Red Sox’ 1978 collapse. And since there are still 16 baseball games to be played, it may not even be a collapse at all. But that can’t make anyone in Red Sox Nation feel all that good this morning. The impulse to panic seems…

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