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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:47 AM EDT

    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.…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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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…

  3. John Farrell is still out with pneumonia

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Here are the MVP voting criteria

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Jamie Moyer to rehab down at Clearwater

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    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”…

  8. Ike Davis to avoid microfracture surgery

    Aug 29, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    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.…

  9. Cole Hamels activated

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    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.

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

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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