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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    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…

  2. Scheduling disruptions are a bit overstated

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    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…

  6. About Joe Buck’s voice

    Aug 29, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    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…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    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…

  9. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:35 AM EDT

    David Price

    Rays 12, Blue Jays 0: David Price was dominant, punching out 14 Blue Jays. Not literally. If he actually punched them out he would probably have been arrested. Rangers 9, Angels 5: Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus combined to go 6 for 9 with five driven in. Jered Weaver hung tough for a while on…

  10. A-Rod met with MLB today to talk about the poker stuff

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout as the Yankees take batting practice in Minneapolis

    Alex Rodriguez met with Major League Baseball officials in Baltimore today. The topic: those tabloid/blog reports about his underground poker games and his alleged trip to Mohegan Sun. MLB is not at all happy with A-Rod over this stuff. No word on whether part of that unhappiness has anything to do with his presence at…

  11. Wrigley Field likely getting the 2016 All-Star Game

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    That’s the story from Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.  Of course, the way Major League Baseball works they won’t make it official until, like, spring 2015 even though they’ve been printing up stuff about it for months. I mean, they haven’t even announced where 2013’s game is going to be yet. Why so far out…

  12. John Farrell to miss tonight’s game after all

    Aug 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    John Farrell

    This morning’s report about Blue Jays manager John Farrell having pneumonia also had him rejoining the team today. Which seemed a bit nuts given that, you know, pneumonia is rather serious. Apparently cooler heads have prevailed, however, as Farrell is now reported to be missing tonight’s game against the Rays. Presumably bench coach Don Wakamatsu will fill in…

  13. The Phillies-Marlins Saturday night game postponed due to Irene

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Hurricane Irene - Friday

    The Sunday game between the Phillies and Marlins had been moved to Saturday as part of a double header. Now the back end of that doubleheader has been cancelled due to the fact that it’s really gonna be rainin’ and blowin’ by Saturday night.  The day game scheduled for 1PM tomorrow is still on track.…

  14. Dewayne Wise on his way to Toronto

    Aug 26, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Florida Marlins

    The Blue Jays and Dewayne Wise just can’t quit one another.  The Jays claimed Wise off waivers from the Marlins today, which means Wise is heading to the Jays organization for the third time. He played with them from 2000-02 and then spent 52 games with them last season. He was also in their minor…

  15. Look! A series with playoff implications!

    Aug 26, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Minnesota Twins

    Let’s stop talking about games that have been cancelled and start talking about games that matter. Like the series that really and truly matters most this weekend, the Angels vs. the Rangers. Who’d-a-thunk it a week and a half ago when Texas soundly dispatched Anaheim, taking three of four in the Big A, and extending…

  16. UPDATE: Now both Saturday and Sunday’s Mets-Braves games are canceled

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Irene - Thursday

    UPDATE:  Earlier today word was that the Sunday Mets-Braves game was cancelled due to the hurricane. Now they’ve cancelled Saturday’s too.  New York is closing mass transit at noon on Saturday for fear of flooding and chaos. Without the mass transit, you’ve got no way to move the fans, the stadium workers and others in…

  17. NBC blogger looks to pick fight with millions, proposes “putting ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ out to pasture”

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    American Flag

    Not me! I swear! Even though I pretty much agree with everything Off The Bench’s Rick Chandler says in his post today about getting rid of “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem:* Now, no one loves America more than me, except perhaps Apollo Creed. But I say it may be time to put The…

  18. Jim Leyland doesn’t think Justin Verlander should be the MVP

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    The “Justin Verlander should be given MVP consideration” train has been gaining steam this past week. Buster Oleny is shoveling the most coal, but I suppose he’ll be joined by others soon. I don’t deny that he should be given consideration. The rules of the MVP award are clear in stating that pitchers should be…

  19. The Orioles will wear a Mike Flanagan patch the rest of the season

    Aug 26, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Flanagan

    The Orioles have announced several things they’ll be doing in remembrance of Mike Flanagan, who took his own life on Wednesday.  Among them: Players and coaches will wear a black patch on their sleeves with the word “FLANNY” written on it; A black banner will be displayed with the number 46 on it below the…

  20. What is a “closer’s mentality” anyway?

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Dash Treyhorn of The Fightins has a long post up today countering the belief among some in Phillies Nation* that Ryan Madson simply doesn’t have a “closer’s mentality.” We get plenty of Phillies navel-gazing in these parts lately so I don’t post it for that (bring back Steve Bedrosian; I really don’t care who closes…

  21. Oh noes! Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly are breaking up!

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jeter walks with girlfriend Kelly at Yankee Stadium after final game

    Derek Jeter has been on a tear in recent weeks. He’s hitting like it’s 2006 all over again.  Clearly it has everything to do with him eliminating the distractions in his life: After dating for three years, Minka Kelly and Derek Jeter have broken up, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.  “They care about each other…

  22. Johan Santana won’t pitch this year

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    The New York Post reports that it’s “unlikely” Johan Santana will return this season. The team is looking at winter ball or perhaps the instructional league to get him some work, but Sandy Alderson says that he’s going to need rest too. Color me not surprised. When the initial time tables came out over the winter having…

  23. If the Cubs want Billy Beane, Lew Wolff won’t stand in the way

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Billy Beane

    As Aaron noted, yesterday Susan Slusser wrote that A’s owner Lew Wolff would probably allow Billy Beane to interview with the Cubs if they come calling about their vacant GM guy, despite the fact that Beane is under contract through 2014.  Today John Shea reports, after an interview with Wolff, that there is no probably…

  24. Andy Pettitte continues to not un-retire

    Aug 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    At some point people will not feel obligated to ask Andy Pettitte if he’s going to come back whenever they see him.  We’re not to that point yet, however. Yesterday ESPN’s Wallace Matthews ran into Pettitte when he was in town for a photo shoot and the subject came up again. Pettitte’s answer: “Right now,…

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