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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Joba Chamberlain to the disabled list

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Before the season started, the Yankees were touted as having the best bullpen in the bigs. Then they lost Pedro Feliciano before he could even get going and then Rafael Soriano (a) pitched poorly; and (b) would up hurt.  And things keep getting worse in that department:  Joba Chamberlain has been sent to the disabled list…

  2. Was Bryce Harper just … kissing back?

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Here to Eternity

    The plot — which was already kind of thin to begin with, even if it was fun — has thickened. CSN Washington reports that it’s possible that when Bryce Harper blew that kiss at the pitcher the other day, he was merely returning the favor from an earlier incident. As reported first by the Hagerstown…

  3. Happy Strasburg-a-versary

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Strasburg walks off

    Lots of promising young guys make their major league debut every year, but there aren’t many like Stephen Strasburg‘s, both in anticipation and in actual payoff.  It was a year ago tonight that Strasburg made his, and I’m still in awe over it. He struck out 14 Pirates batters without issuing a walk.  His last…

  4. Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

    Jun 8, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Washington Nationals

    Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him. The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down…

  5. The Indians call up Cord Phelps, start him at second base today

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians  Photo Day

    Prospect hounds and Indians fans will find this interesting: Cleveland called up infield prospect Cord Phelps today, and started him at second base in the game going on right now against the Twins. He grounded out to second in his first at bat. Phelps was a third round pick in the 2008 draft. So far…

  6. HBT Daily: On showboating, bat-flipping and other such nonsense

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I try to figure out exactly why Bryce Harper’s kisses get us angry but David Ortiz’s bat flips don’t.

  7. Great moments in defense: Kansas City Royals edition

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

    It’s shaping up to be a pretty slow day, so let’s just keep watching videos, OK? Watch this one from the first run scored in the Royals-Jays game last night. It’s basically a replay of every single game I played in from the age of 7 through the end of my baseball career at the…

  8. Would you like to watch the Derek Lowe arrest video? Of course you would.

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    derek lowe mugshot

    I’m mostly shocked that Lowe wasn’t charged for having that shirt tucked into khaki shorts.

  9. Chipper Jones says Jason Heyward needs to get back on the field

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants

    I’m hesitant to say that this is an instance of Chipper Jones “calling out” Jason Heyward, but that’s only because the Braves have such little history of anyone calling anyone out for anything, I’m not certain that I can recognize a true Braves “calling out” when I see it. But yeah, Chipper is pretty much calling Jason…

  10. Pablo Sandoval’s rehab is going well

    Jun 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    sandoval cap

    Pablo Sandoval began a minor league rehab stint last week following his surgery at the beginning of May.  It’s going well: last night he homered and drove in four runs for Fresno. Assuming no other physical setbacks, Sandoval could be activated by the weekend. And the Giants could use him. When he went down he was…

  11. More rumblings that Jorge Posada will be released by the All-Star break

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Posada

    We heard this last month, but we’re hearing it again: If Jorge Posada isn’t hitting by the All-Star break, he’s gone.  Here’s how Ian O’Connor put it in his column at ESPN New York this morning: Posada doesn’t have two more seasons beyond this one on his contract, with a player option for a third.…

  12. Carlos Gomez made a great catch

    Jun 8, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Carlos Gomez catch.bmp

    The Mets won, but it wouldn’t have been as close if it weren’t for Carlos Gomez. Check out his catch for the third out in the top of the seventh inning, robbing Carlos Beltran of a homer. No, I got nothin’ to add to it.  Sometimes you just gotta watch a great catch.

  13. The Guillen family is not pleased with the draft thus far

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Ozzie Guillen

    I missed this the other night, but Oney Guillen — son of Ozzie, enemy of Kenny Williams and former White Sox employee — wasn’t a big fan of the White Sox’ first pick the draft, Keenyn Walker.  Here he is on Twitter: Shocker white sox pick another good athlete black kid. How about picking a good…

  14. Ortiz’s bat flip inflames tabloids more than the Yankees

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    David Ortiz

    As Matthew mentioned last night, David Ortiz flipped his bat in a somewhat flamboyant style after hitting his two-run homer off Hector Noesi in the top of the fifth (video here).  After the game, Joe Girardi said “I didn’t really care for it,” inasmuch as it was kind of showing up Noesi. After that, however,…

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

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:28 AM EST

    Rubby De La Rosa

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 2: It was the first career start for Rubby De La Rosa. I saw him in spring training and man does he have great stuff. His control wasn’t anything to write home about here but he was effective enough over five innings to pick up the win. Also making his first start…

  16. A.L. All-Star balloting update: Teixeira and Gonzalez are neck and neck

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Major League Baseball has announced the latest in the A.L. All-Star balloting and the most interesting voting race is at first base, where  Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez are neck and neck. Teixeira has 1,333,445 votes. Gonzalez has 1,268,706. Otherwise it’s all the same as it was last week, with Yankees holding just about every position. Josh…

  17. Aroldis Chapman is heading in the wrong direction

    Jun 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    chapman getty

    Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was sent down to AAA because he couldn’t locate the strike zone.  Well, his control improved a tick once he went down to Louisville, but it came at the expense of his stuff, because he got tattooed there: nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.  As a result, the Reds…

  18. Jim Leyritz wrote a book

    Jun 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    I wouldn’t want to read a book written by Jim Leyritz even if hadn’t been involved in an accident that resulted in someone’s death, so you can be more sure of anything in the universe that I won’t be reading a book written by Jim Leyritz that focuses on that tragic accident. Someone disagrees, however, because…

  19. HBT Daily: Draft chatter for non-draft experts

    Jun 7, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Matthew has been posting the stuff you need to read about the draft. This video is for those of us who really can’t get our brains around it.

  20. Getting to know David Einhorn — and hatching a half-crazy ownership roulette scenario

    Jun 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    Richard Sandomir has a story on the background of the Mets’ new minority and possible future majority owner, David Einhorn.  It’s all worth reading because it gives you a sense of what makes the guy tick, but the lede is interesting to me. Seems Einhorn — who grew up in Milwaukee — was interested in…

  21. Cubs, Red Sox to make “It Gets Better” videos

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    It gets better

    On the heels of the San Francisco Giants’ well-received “It Gets Better” video, which is part of a national anti-bullying campaign aimed at helping gay youth, two more teams are going to join in the fun as well: the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox’ announcement was inspired by a petition by a…

  22. Brad Lidge had a setback

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    lidge getty

    Brad Lidge had been pitching in extended spring training down in Clearwater, but he’s on his way back to Philly now due to a setback: elbow soreness. You’ll recall that the reason he’s on the DL in the first place is a strain of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, so this is a…

  23. Or maybe Harper should just embrace villainy

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Piper Snuka

    Maybe I went too far in my advice to Bryce Harper this morning.  Maybe Ted Berg has a better idea about it all: a full-on heel-turn: … make ‘em teach you, Bryce. Admire your moonshots. Maintain that godawful mustache. And maybe armor up a bit. The baseball world needs bad guys, and due to your unique…

  24. It ain’t just Harper: pitchers who throw at guys need to grow up too

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    In that first Bryce Harper post this morning I wrote: Maybe he gets away with that kind of thing in A-ball. But if he doesn’t learn a bit of humility at some point on his journey to greatness, he’s going to get his ribs broken. To be clear, that was a prediction, not a prescription,…

  25. Davey Lopes misses Philly; isn’t crazy about the mess in L.A.

    Jun 7, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes liked it in when he coached in Philly but, as was suspected at the time and as he said in an interview upon his return to Philly yesterday, the Phillies just didn’t want to pay him what he thought he was worth.  Despite this, however, he has fond memories…

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