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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The streak is over! Mariners beat the Yankees to stop the madness at seventeen

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    It has been a pretty trippy 14 or 15 hours in baseball.  We had the Jerry Meals thing in Atlanta, then the Rasmus trade, the Beltran (almost) trade and the Ervin Santana no-hitter.  More wild stuff has gone down since 2AM than usually happens in a month. Add a Mariners victory to it all, because…

  2. The Cubs tried to deal Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Hey, if you don’t ask for something, no one is going to give you anything.  But sometimes it’s possible to ask too much. That seems to be the case with the Cubs who, with an admirable amount of bravery, asked the Yankees to take Carlos Zambrano off their hands recently. They were reportedly offering to…

  3. Lance Berkman is going to have an MRI on that shoulder

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Lance Berkman

    Lance Berkman, who has been sidelined with a strain to his rotator cuff,  is going to have an MRI today. Berkman injured the shoulder on a swing Sunday and had to leave the game last night due to more trouble with it. The Cardinals and Berkman still think it’s nothing serious and are looking at…

  4. Ervin Santana no-hits the Indians

    Jul 27, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

    UPDATE:  He did it!  Ervin Santana throws a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians! The one run allowed aside — unearned, of course — Santana was highly effective, striking out ten, flashing some electric stuff.  It was his 11th career start against the Indians — the team against whom he made his debut — and it…

  5. Report: Carlos Beltran going to the Giants

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE III: The AP reports that the deal has been agreed to, pending Beltran signing off on it.  Assuming that Beltran gives his approval, it will become offical Thursday afternoon.  The Mets will send Beltran and $4 million to help cover his salary to the Giants in return for Wheeler. UPDATE II:  Now it’s being…

  6. Quote of the Day: Sergio Romo likes Obama

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Obama First Pitch

    Segio Romo met the President the other day.  He was impressed: “He’s a cool cat. He was more human than I thought he would be. I was definitely surprised how normal the president of the United States is. He wasn’t as tall as I thought he’d be, as a basketball-fanatic type of guy. But he’s…

  7. The Rangers think that Carlos Beltran is going to the National League

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    Everyone has their ideas — or some excuses — about Carlos Beltran.  As we heard earlier, the Indians think that Scott Boras is controlling the process. We now learn that the Rangers think that Beltran has no intention of coming to the AL, and are thus downplaying their position in the sweepstakes. Elsewhere, Ken Rosenthal reports…

  8. Is Scott Boras “controlling the process” in Carlos Beltran trade talks?

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Boras thinking

    Strange tweet from Buster Olney a little while ago.  He says that the Cleveland Indians have walked away from talks with the Mets over Carlos Beltran because they are convinced that Beltan’s agent — Scott Boras — is “controlling the process.” Hmm.  On the one hand, if there is an agent who would try to…

  9. White Sox, Jays are “in serious talks” about an Edwin Jackson trade

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are in “serious talks” about a deal that would send Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to the Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and a prospect. Why the Jays would want to go after a starter like Jackson is an open question given that they’re not in contention, but…

  10. The Pirates lodge an official — but impermissible — protest over the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Meals blown call

    The Pirates filed an official protest with Major League Baseball over Jerry Meals’ call at the plate.  That’s nice and everything, but it should be and will be dismissed out of hand by Major League Baseball, because it is an impermissible protest under the rules. Here’s Rule 4.19 of the Official Rules: PROTESTING GAMES. Each…

  11. Seventeen straight losses and counting for the Seattle Mariners

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Losing streak

    We’ve gotten to the point where, yes, we will highlight every Mariners loss until they win a game.  And yes, when they win a game we’ll not that too. But for now, the ineptitude continues unabated.  Granted the schedule has been rocky lately, what with trips through Boston and New York, but they look like…

  12. Wait, Jerry Meals may have been right?

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Atlanta Braves

    I love Rob Neyer. I’ve written thousands of words about my man-crush on him over the years. And there’s no one in this business whose intellect and judgment I trust more. Really, if the Martians flew here to annihilate civilization but offered us one chance to save ourselves, and that chance involved the analysis of…

  13. Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer

    Jul 27, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Utley inside the parker.bmp

    Inside the park homers aren’t exceedingly rare. They happen.  But, as I’ve said before, they’re often kind of anti-climactic.  A fielder misplays the ball, falls down or, worse, gets hurt, the ball rolls around forever and the batter makes it home standing up. A lot of inside the park homers would be called four-base errors…

  14. Minor leaguer throws a perfect game

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Justin Germano

    Justin Germano of my hometown Columbus Clippers threw a perfect game last night.  The victims: the Syracuse Chiefs. He struck out seven in what was the first perfect game in Columbus Clippers history and only the fifth in the history of the International League. Which kind of makes sense when you realize that guys are in…

  15. What they’re saying about the Jerry Meals call

    Jul 27, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Meals blown call

    If you’re just waking up to it now, know that home plate umpire Jerry Meals made one of the worst calls you’ll ever see in a baseball game early this morning, calling Julio Lugo safe at home in the bottom of the 19th inning of the Pirates-Braves game, handing Atlanta the win.  The photo to…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 5:51 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: And then there were 17.  CC Sabathia carried a perfecto into the seventh — broken up right after he came back following a rain delay — and struck out 14.  The M’s struck out 18 times in all. But then again, they’re horrifyingly bad, so that’s understandable. Braves 4, Pirates 3:…

  17. Matt Holliday out of the lineup due to possible food poisoning

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Matt Holliday

    As this post goes to press, Matt Holliday is not in the lineup for tonight’s Cardinals-Astros game.  That could change if he begins feeling better, but right now, nope.  Jon Jay will get the start if Holliday can’t answer the bell. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted a few minutes ago that he’s hearing…

  18. Giants bench coach suspended for a game

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    I have long questioned the utility of bench coaches.  I mean, I don’t want them to go anywhere because who else is the manager gonna have a beer with after the game, but I’ve never had anyone convince me that they have much of an impact on the game itself.  I guess it depends on…

  19. Bryce Harper faces Jackie Robinson-level scrutiny? Um, OK

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Jackie Robinson

    A half hour ago I referenced Godwin’s Law and Smoltz’s law, which are rules designed to keep people from making inapposite or inappropriate comparisons.  While I quibble with them — like I said, they place off-limits signs on certain areas of comparison for no compelling reason — I understand them.  After all, they exist mostly…

  20. Lessons learned from trade deadlines past

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    Mark Langston Expos

    Jonah Keri is writing for Grantland — eventually he’ll write everywhere; people from Quebec just get into everything if you let them — and today has a good piece looking back at some major trade deadline deals of yore. Rather than just slag on the people who got the Larry Andersen end of the stick,…

  21. “Shutdown centerfielder”? Really?

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:29 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    Look, I know everyone who isn’t me has their juices flowing this week because football — the handsome yet drunken and occasionally abusive boyfriend of professional sports — is back and that you’re all gonna try hard to make it work this time. And I’m happy for all of you, I really am.  But could…

  22. The Dodgers cited for code violations at Vero Beach

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    Dodgertown

    The Dodgers abandoned Dodgertown, the venerable spring training site in Vero Beach back in 2008. But they apparently own and/or are still responsible for upkeep on at least part of the property.  Which they’re apparently not doing, because they have been cited by the city for violating property maintenance and trash violations there. Now would…

  23. Ballplayers and their aliases

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    Rod Stewart

    This is kind of fun. Alyson Footer tells about how back in the 90s, when she was doing Houston Astros PR work, one of her jobs was to keep track of all of the aliases that the players used when checking into hotels.  Aliases that kept them from being bugged by fans but that, as…

  24. Cardinals are “shopping Colby Rasmus widely”

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Colby Rasmus

    I guess we’ll soon see just how badly Colby Rasmus and his old man have angered the Cardinals.  Let’s put two tweets together, shall we? First, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com:  “Cards now appear to be shopping Rasmus widely.” Then Jon Paul Morosi of Fox: “Mariners among the teams that have inquired on Rasmus, source says.”…

  25. The Sox and Royals were not exactly fundamentally sound last night

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    Scutaro misses sign.bmp

    I mentioned this in the recaps, but the video makes it funnier. The Royals won the game last night on one of the uglier “squeeze plays” you’ll ever see.  I quote “squeeze play” because it ended up functioning like one even though it wasn’t called. At least not as the runners-go-first suicide squeeze it ended…

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