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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Aug 25, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Mike Napoli

    Red Sox 13, Rangers 2: I would like to thank the Rangers’ pitchers for providing us with a pennant race in the AL West that we didn’t think we’d have. Carl Crawford was reanimated for this one and drove in five. Angels 8, White Sox 0: It’s not just about Texas’ pitching sucking though. It’s…

  2. Jason Heyward is in the lineup for the second straight night

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    If you think I’m simply posting about this because when I posted about it yesterday Heyward hit a grand slam, and that I want to continue to exercise my particular brand of sorcery in this regard, well … that’s where you’re right. Jose Constanza‘s ankle is apparently still bothering him. Or else Heyward’s slam has…

  3. Plenty of good seats available at the Reds-Marlins game

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    As I mentioned earlier today, because of the stupid hurricane, the Reds and Marlins scheduled an impromptu doubleheader today. It got underway just under an hour ago.  Cincy Enquirer reporter John Fay just tweeted that, during the National Anthem, an actual hand count totaled 250 fans. Another 50 or so have shown up in the past…

  4. Everything you ever wanted to know about scouting but were afraid to ask

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    radar gun

    Today is Acquaint Readers with The Jobs of Real Baseball Professionals Day. Earlier it was beat writers. Now: scouts. In the form of a very long yet very interesting look at what scouts really do by Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score. It’s complicated in places, but highly illuminating, focusing on how a scouting report…

  5. Phillies fans: you’re not really enjoying yourselves, are you?

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Howard Bryant of ESPN.com makes a pretty decent observation: when your team becomes a superpower, your fandom changes. The magic is really only there at the beginning of a dynasty or near-dynasty. After that you’re not satisfied with anything short of a title and something is lost. His Exhibit A: Phillies fans: For all the…

  6. Cardinals attendance is down close to 3,000 a game

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The fact that the Cardinals remain a top-5 attendance team in one of baseball’s smallest market is a testament to the fan loyalty they’ve cultivated.  But things are a tad off this year: Rick Hummel reports that the Cardinals are down 2,843 fans a game.  No big worries given that they’ll still be over three million,…

  7. Dodgers fans can totally sink Vin Scully’s career if they want to

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I’ve talked about my love-hate relationship with T.J. Simers before. Sometimes he’s nasty, cheap and intolerable. Sometimes, though, he’s pretty funny. Today is a good day. Seems the Dodgers have sent out fan surveys about their announcing crew. Which is pretty cool. Nothin’ wrong with getting fan feedback. Except, as Simers notes, it’s a bit…

  8. There’s allegedly a “secret plan” to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg

    Aug 24, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tropicana Field

    I like this story a lot. Not because it has any new information, really, but because it involves a mayor of a large U.S. city basically saying “I have a secret and I can’t tell you so nyah, nyah nyah.” Short version: the Rays want out of St. Pete because its not economically viable to…

  9. Must-Click Link: Inside the mind of a Yankees beat writer

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger is, in my view, the best Yankees beat writer there is and is one of the best beat writers in all of Major League Baseball. I like his temperament. I like that he always manages to be even-handed while not checking his brain or his opinions at the door.  He’s…

  10. UPDATE: Hurricane Irene knocking the Yankees off TBS’ Sunday game

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Irene

    UPDATE: OK, I’m an idiot. They Yankees game is being knocked off TBS’ afternoon schedule and replaced with the Cubs-Brewers. ESPN is broadcasting the Angels-Rangers, which is decidedly NOT part of the dreaded East Coast Bias.  In my haste to cast ESPN as reluctantly giving up their Yankees fetish I pretty much, you know, ignored…

  11. Bryan Stow suffers a setback in his recovery

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow had been showing some signs of improvement in recent weeks, but as Jessica Pasko reports in the Mercury-News, he has suffered setbacks. Infections, to be precise. Both urinary tract and staph infections. His temperature has spiked to 104 at times. Anyone who has had a loved one in the hospital knows just how…

  12. Deep thoughts: The Brewers are Nixon, the Cardinals are McGovern

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nixon

    Buster Olney said this this morning: “Is the NL Central race over? Well, it’s not literally over. But if this were the 1972 presidential election, the Cardinals would be McGovern and the Brewers would be Richard Nixon.” I guess that makes the Reds Hubert Humphrey, the Pirates Edmund Muskie, the Cubs Shirley Chisholm and the Astros George…

  13. In case you were wondering why the Reds and Marlins are playing a double header today

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Irene

    No, it’s not to make up for a previous rainout. It’s to avoid an inevitable one tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Irene. Which, while on course for the Carolinas and points north, will no doubt spit all kinds of rain and yuck at Miami too.  The Marlins made a rescheduling request and MLB said sure. Given…

  14. The Nationals don’t intend to go after Prince Fielder

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com says that the Nationals don’t intend to pursue to Prince Fielder in free agency this winter.  Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t be terribly significant, especially in August, but it probably matters here. As we’ve seen these past few years, the Nationals have become Scott Boras’ huckleberry.  If he’s got a…

  15. There are a bunch of reasons Theo Epstein wouldn’t work for the Cubs, but let’s not let that stop our speculation

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    I want the Cubs to hire their new GM quickly. Why? To spare us from speculation pieces with passages like this one from Olney’s column this morning: And here’s another big name to keep in mind: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Red Sox … Keep in mind that Epstein has carved out a strong…

  16. Pudge Rodriguez wants to stay in Washington

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story today about how Ivan Rodriguez wants to continue to play — and continue to play in Washington — after his two-year contract is up after this season. Given that he’s now completely ineffective with a bat and can’t stay healthy, one may ask what the value…

  17. White Sox expected to claim Jim Thome on waivers

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney says that there is “a high expectation” that the White Sox will win the waiver claim on Jim Thome. Which, given that they’re the (marginal) contender in the AL with the worst record, makes sense.  I guess Shin-Soo Choo‘s dramatic home run yesterday ruined it for the Indians. Pity! Thome is batting .253/.363/.495…

  18. Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

    Aug 24, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in…

  19. Great moments in small ball: Joe Girardi

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    It’s not my intent to mercilessly rip Joe Girardi here. I think he does a good job overall, especially when you realize how many critics he has and how much scrutiny he’s under. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find, oh, I dunno, teachable moments in his managerial decisions. Down by two in the ninth inning,…

  20. Adam Jones hospitalized with chest pains

    Aug 24, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taken to the hospital during last night’s game after suffering shortness of breath and mild chest pains. They ran tests and everything came back fine, so he was released late last night. It was apparently muscular-related and not a cardiopulmonary thing. Here’s what he tweeted at about 2AM: Back from hospital.…

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

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:34 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v New York Yankees

    Athletics 6, Yankees 5: The Yankees were down 6-0 entering the bottom of the eighth whenNick Swisher hit a three-run homer. In the ninth Jorge Posada added another one, and then Robinson Cano walked with the bases loaded to male it 6-5. The bases still juiced with two out when Andrew Bailey induced a harmless…

  22. Angel Pagan has colitis

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Don’t you feel bad now about making jokes about Angel Pagan being in the bathroom when he was supposed to be at bat last night?  Wait, you didn’t make jokes about it? Only I did?  Well then. Anyway, Andy Martino’s sources tell him that it wasn’t just a bad burrito that got to Pagan but,…

  23. Hey look, Jason Heyward gets to play

    Aug 23, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jose Constanza, who has been ridin’ the wave, turned his ankle last night and has a mild sprain.  That has him out of the lineup against the Cubs tonight, which means that — wonder of wonders — Jason Heyward gets a start.  Of course, since this is Heyward and he’s in everyone’s dog house these…

  24. Shin-Soo Choo hits a three-run walkoff homer

    Aug 23, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    choo getty

    Last night Indians’ closer Chris Perez blew a tie game in the ninth when he lost control and started getting all plunky.  Today, probably not fully trusting his closer — or maybe just wanting to save him for the nightcap of today’s double header — Manny Acta sent Justin Masterson out for the ninth inning…

  25. Dbacks trade Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill, John McDonald

    Aug 23, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    It’s being reported — sorry, not sure who got it first; the earthquake has rendered Twitter almost unreadable — that the Diamondbacks have traded Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill and John McDonald. Johnson is a year removed from a 26-homer, .284/.370/.496 season, though he’s struggling mightily this year. There’s still power — 18 homers…

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