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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Giants 8, Padres 4: Lincecawesome. I can only say that once a year in ATH or else people start yelling at me, but I figured I’d get it out of the way early. Lincecum struck out 13 dudes in seven innings of work while allowing only three hits. He was buoyed by Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval,…

  2. Mark Cuban pays a visit to the HBT comments section

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    The other day Mark Cuban put up a lengthy post over at his blog about his views on the media and their access to the locker room.  It’s here. This morning I wrote a lengthy post responding to it in which I, as I am wont to do, went on about my view of the…

  3. Why political bloggers should stick to politics

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    spock

    I read a lot of political blogs and think a lot of political thoughts. And despite the fact that I often pretend to be a flaming commie, I’m actually a fairly middle-of-the-road guy. I mean, I lean left on many things and I’m pretty far left on a lot of social issues, but I have…

  4. Bummer: Harmon Killebrew won’t be throwing out the first pitch in Minnesota on Friday

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Killebrew

    There was word earlier this week that Harmon Killebrew — who has been battling esophageal cancer — was going to throw the first pitch out at the Twins’ home opener on Friday. Now it seems that he won’t make it due because he doesn’t want to interrupt his treatment schedule. Tony Oliva will do the honors…

  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has until June

    Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Saltalamacchia_Jarrod

    One of the things I’ve been watching in the early going is who the scapegoat will be in Boston if things don’t turn around quick. The easy choice — and leader at the moment — is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.  He fits for so many reasons. He’s more or less unproven. He’s been given a starting job more…

  6. The NCAA may rethink their preposterous rules regarding amateurs and agents

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    NCAA Logo

    I’ve written about this several times before, but let’s sum up: the NCAA has a rule on the book that serves no purpose other than to exploit kids. It’s the no-agents rule, which allows college baseball players to have an “advisor,” but prohibits the advisor from talking to professional teams. And that’s the case even…

  7. Miguel Cabrera could lose his license today

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    Down in Florida — and just about everywhere else — you lose your license for a year if you refuse a breath test when pulled over for a DUI.  Miguel Cabrera did that when he was pulled over at the beginning of spring training and today is the hearing that will determine if his license…

  8. HBT Daily: Talkin’ Red Sox, Giants and Padres with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Kind of a new thing today: me talking to someone who isn’t Tiffany. I’ll get better at this eventually. For now: try not to mock my lack of conversation skills

  9. Bonds Trial Update: A charge is dismissed and the defense rests without calling a single witness

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The evidence portion of the Bonds trial is over. The prosecution rested yesterday, and this morning prosecutors dropped one of the charges: the one about whether Greg Anderson induced him “to take anything before the 2003 season.”  Prosecutors had been of the view that the charge could mean that Bonds took any kind of steroid…

  10. Rotation chaos: the Cubs place Andrew Cashner, Randy Wells on the DL

    Apr 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Bad news from Wrigley: Cubs starter Andrew Cashner left the game yesterday with shoulder stiffness. Today the team revealed that he is suffering from a mild strain of his right rotator cuff.  We figured something would happen with him today. More surprising is that Randy Wells, who threw six innings of one-run ball in Monday’s win…

  11. Another Yankees scandal! Well, OK, maybe not.

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    B Train

    This is a weird story:  The Yankees have run “subway races” on their scoreboard for a few years now. Basically they’re the on-screen equivalent of the racing sausages or presidents or what have you. Lots of parks do it with various characters. Subways, dots, ducks, etc. Until this year, the three racing subways had always…

  12. Kevin Mitchell gets probation for attacking a guy on a golf course

    Apr 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Mitchell

    You may recall how, last fall, former Giants slugger Kevin Mitchell repeatedly punched a guy on a golf course after the man “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.”  Apparently that’s frowned upon in California, and Mitchell pleaded no contest to the charges in March.  Yesterday he was sentenced to three months probation and anger management classes.…

  13. Selig talks about the Wilpons, contraction, expanding the playoffs and more

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig was on SiriusXM with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo yesterday, and he held forth in his usual Budly manner on the topics of the Mets financial situation, that contraction nonsense, realignment, expanded playoffs and the Barry Bonds trial.  The highlights: The most newsworthy thing of the interview was Bud’s statement that the Mets did not ask…

  14. Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Dunn_Adam

    UPDATE: Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports that the procedure was a laproscopic appendectomy — which is far less-invasive than the slice-and-dice you got as a kid — and that the team estimates that Dunn will only be out up to five days. 9:55AM: Tough break for the White Sox as it’s being reported that Adam…

  15. Rafael Soriano’s media snub is a legitimate problem

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Soriano flips a ball during a workout at the team's spring training camp

    UPDATE: Our long national nightmare is over: Soriano has apologized. 9:34 AM: There is a lot of back and forth on the Internets this morning about Rafael Soriano‘s decision to dress quickly and leave the clubhouse before the reporters could get to him after last night’s debacle. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Joel Sherman…

  16. Ozzie Guillen on Will Ohman: “he has to get his head out of his ass”

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Dear lord, do I love Ozzie Guillen. If, for no other reason, than because he says what everyone else thinks but which no one in an official position besides him ever, ever says. Things like this, which Brent Ballantini of CSN Chicago reports Guillen said about White Sox reliever Will Ohman, who has had a rough…

  17. Swagger Alert! Apparently the Red Sox need some of it

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Headline in Rob Bradford’s column about the reeling Red Sox over at WEEI: “Red Sox in search of their swagger (and a win).”  Content: Everybody understands that the Red Sox have the potential to be what Ortiz mandated all who wear the uniform be back in ’07 — bad blankety-blanks. And every player Tuesday night…

  18. Mark Cuban would like the reporters out of his locker room

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is a basketball owner, not a baseball owner, but I’ve gone on enough in recent weeks about team and league-controlled media usurping the role of the outside press that Cuban’s little rant from the other day is still within my bailiwick. So let’s talk about it, shall we? Cuban’s piece is long and has…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    A night of some lights-out pitching performances. Which can mean only one thing: Bud Selig switched out the juiced baseballs because he knows we’re on to him!

  20. The Giants are sticking with Aubrey Huff in right field

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff‘s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego: CF: Andres Torres 2B: Freddy Sanchez RF: Aubrey Huff C: Buster Posey 3B: Pablo Sandoval LF: Pat Burrell 1B:…

  21. Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on…

  22. Early season TV ratings are booming

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    old TV

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that multiple teams have seen increased ratings in the early going, as have the national networks who broadcast games: The Orioles’ four-game average in Baltimore has pulled in a 7.8 rating and 79,000 HHs. The team last season averaged a 3.4 rating in Baltimore … Meanwhile, WPHL-MYT’s broadcast of Friday’s Astros-Phillies game “set…

  23. Judge in Bonds case excludes newly discovered tape recording, prosecution rests

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    When she first considered the matter yesterday, Judge Susan Ilston strongly suggested that the newly-discovered tape recording of Dr. Arthur Ting and Steven Hoskins, allegedly discussing Barry Bonds’ steroids use, would not be admitted. Indeed, she characterized the tape as ”almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Judge Ilston has…

  24. We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Floyd_Gavin

    Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal: In Gavin Floyd‘s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season. During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish…

  25. For the last damn time: the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to be contracted

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    In Forbes, Mike Ozanian writes about how a “groundswell is building” to contract the Tampa Bay Rays. Read it if you want, but it’s a load of horse hockey. The arguments are not new. The counterarguments — which I offered here, here and here in the last month and which Maury Brown sharply offers again…

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