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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Chad Qualls is not enamored with San Francisco Giants fans. And the feeling is mutual.

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Chad Qualls

    On Tuesday night, Padres pitcher Chad Qualls irked some Giants players and some fans when he spiked the baseball and yelled after tagging Andres Torres out at the plate.  We can argue whether the Giants — who have a number of players who are demonstrative, flashy and just plain silly — have any standing to…

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

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:51 AM EDT

    Battlestar Galactica

    This is not a superfluous picture of eye candy. There really and truly is a reason why they’re here, explained in the first recap. If you don’t understand it after reading the recap, at least enjoy the picture.

  3. MLB claims McCourt was still trying to loot the team as recently as April

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Major League Baseball filed a response to Frank McCourt’s motion from yesterday, claiming that McCourt is engaging in “harassment” and that his claims for various documents related to how Major League Baseball treated other teams with liquidity issues as irrelevant and frivolous. Overall, the league is clearly trying to keep Frank McCourt’s financial irresponsibility as the central…

  4. Albert Pujols returns to action

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    A day after being activated — but seeing no playing time — Albert Pujols is back in the Cardinals’ lineup, batting third and playing first base. Whatever we can say about his quick recovery, if I were the opposition, I’d certainly want to test just how recovered he is.  I certainly wouldn’t want to hit…

  5. Dr. Anthony Galea, HGH smuggler, takes a plea deal

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Anthony Galea

    You’ll recall Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor who has been under indictment for smuggling HGH into the United States?  And who counts as his former patients Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Tiger Woods?  Well, he just reached a plea agreement with federal authorities.  The agreement calls for less-than-the-recommended jail time in exchange…

  6. Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup tonight

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Kevin Youkilis, who missed yesterday’s game after being plunked on Monday, is feeling better and is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Jays. One hitch: he’s playing first base, filling in for Adrian Gonzalez, who is apparently just getting a day off. Query: why does Terry Francona give Gonzalez a day off now…

  7. Derek Jeter had better not go 4 for 4 tonight!

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians

    There was some random speculation that Joe Girardi would sit Derek Jeter in tonight’s game against the Indians. Partially to rest him but — tin foil hats on please — also to make sure that he doesn’t get his 3000th hit on the road by going 4 for 4 or better. Stop that. It could…

  8. HBT Daily: Can you smell what The Rock is cookin’?

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Just watch it. You’ll understand. It won’t be that funny or anything, but you’ll understand.

  9. Wade Boggs, David Cone could testify on Roger Clemens’ behalf

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    While today has been touted as the beginning of the Roger Clemens trial, there really isn’t much going on until next week. Why? Jury selection mostly, which began today, is supposed to last several days thanks in part to an extensive questionnaire. Eh, it happens. More interesting to me is Rusty Hardin, Clemens’ terrible awful…

  10. Stephen Strasburg could be making rehab starts next month

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes today that it’s “feasible” that Stephen Strasburg could make a minor league rehab start by mid-August. The rehab seems like it’s going swimmingly. He has already thrown fastballs with full violence and anger and is slipping the bender in there as well. While there’s a chance he could be pitching…

  11. Joe West’s crew strikes again

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland, Joe West

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning there were ejections a-plenty in the Tigers-Angels game. In fact, there was one more than I had mentioned. Rick Porcello‘s ejection wasn’t listed in the notes to the box score, seeing as though he wasn’t in the game at the time.  All in all: Jim Leyland got…

  12. Are you skeptical of Albert Pujols’ fast return?

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto, Albert Pujols

    Despite the fact that blogging lends itself to insta-analysis couched in sharp opinions, I think the best analysis of the most difficult topics raises more questions than it does provide easy answers.   That’s the case with Jeff Passan’s piece about Albert Pujols’ quick return to action after breaking a bone in his arm. Which,…

  13. Do we need heroes in sports?

    Jul 6, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    Mickey Mantle AP

    Buzz Bissinger has a post up over at The Daily Beast today, lamenting the absence of colorful heroes, rakes and rogues in sports today: Sports are bigger than ever. It occupies us more than ever. It is ever exploding. There are still routinely great performances. But behind those performances there is less and less human…

  14. K-Rod is poised to get expensive. What should the Mets do?

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    A reminder in the Wall Street Journal this morning that the Mets — playing solid enough baseball that talk of the wild card is not delusional — have some hard decisions to make.  And not just with Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.  That’s because, as all Mets fans know, if Francisco Rodriguez finishes 55 games…

  15. Bruce Bochy is not pleased with Clint Hurdle and Jack McKeon

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    bochy frustrated

    Today on Real Managers of the National League, Bruce fires back after Clint and Jack get all up in his grill! Jack McKeon and Clint Hurdle, who manage the Marlins and Pirates, respectively, criticized Bruce Bochy for snubbing players on their teams. On Tuesday, Bochy fired back, saying many managers phoned him before the picks…

  16. Jason Bay is coming to life

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    It’s hard to remember a free agent signing that led to so much buyer’s remorse so soon as Jason Bay‘s has. But maybe, just maybe, Bay will be able to change some minds. He’s off to a good start with that, hitting two homers and driving in four last night in Los Angeles. Overall he…

  17. In which Roger Clemens is compared to Casey Anthony

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    I don’t think that I have to provide regular readers my steroid-prosecution-skeptic bonafides. You know where I stand: questionable use of government resources and a highly questionable way for us to assess what happened in baseball over the past 20-25 years too.  A fun spectacle on some level, but ultimately signifying nothing positive or particularly…

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

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

    Westley

    Cardinals 8, Reds 1: Albert Pujols was activated, but did not play. Makes me think this was a whole “Westley bluffing his way to victory over Humperdink even though he was still partly paralyzed from the ‘mostly dead’ thing” from “The Princess Bride.”  His mere presence and threat carried the day, at least psychologically speaking.…

  19. Fan seeing every major league park via bicycle

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Bicycle

    You hear about guys who do the “road trip to see every ballpark” thing every year — and you secretly believe that you could do it in higher style than those jokers could — but I can’t recall ever hearing it via bicycle: Since the former food co-op employee from Bellingham, Wash., committed to ride…

  20. Martin Prado to begin a rehab assignment

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    prado batting

    For as much fun as it has been to see the Braves continue to win baseball games with a lineup that shouldn’t, by all that is right and fair in the world, be able to hit its way out of a paper bag, getting Martin Prado back has to be high on Fredi Gonzalez’s list…

  21. Kevin Youkilis scratched a day after getting plunked

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    It’s probably no big deal, but Kevin Youkilis has been scratched from tonight’s lineup a day after leaving the game early following a plunking to the shoulder. Gordon Edes says that Youk should be back in action tomorrow. Of course, if he were half the man Albert Pujols is, his body would have healed the contusion…

  22. Frank McCourt goes on the offensive

    Jul 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Frank McCourt and the Dodgers filed a motion in the bankruptcy case in which they accuse Major League Baseball of singling out the Dodgers for rough treatment while treating other teams with financial problems “with a velvet glove,” thereby pushing the Dodgers to the financial brink. They also accuse the league of holding out on…

  23. Interleague attendance is spectacular, announces MLB PR apparatus

    Jul 5, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    interleague play logo

    It’s been a very press-releasy day at MLB. Just got another one touting interlague play: Major League Baseball drew 8,468,620 fans during Interleague games this season for an average of 33,606 per game. The 2011 Interleague average is 18.2 percent higher than this season’s current intraleague average of 28,421 per game. Since its inception in 1997, Interleague…

  24. HBT Daily: Two All-Star Game haters talk about the All-Star Game

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Gleeman and I try to get excited about an All-Star Game that has become increasingly un-exciting over the years.

  25. World’s longest-ever documentary to be produced

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Yankees Rangers Baseball

    I didn’t wake up this morning with the intent of taking cheap shots at Derek Jeter, but sometimes the fates just set you up for that kind of thing. Straight from the MLB PR department: HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s…

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