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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Another Yankees pitcher shoots for history

    Sep 12, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    burnett getty wide

    Mariano Rivera‘s saves record is a forgone conclusion. A.J. Burnett probably won’t break a record this year, but he will come pretty close: Burnett already has 23 wild pitches this year, which puts him on a historic pace. Since 1901, only five pitchers have finished a season with more than 23 wild pitches, led by…

  2. Roy Oswalt is probably not endearing himself to his old fans in Houston

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    Brian McTaggart — who has a story up today about Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence‘s return to Houston for this weeks’ Phillies-Astros series —  just tweeted a quote from Roy Oswalt, apparently said in response to a question about how he’ll be received by his former hometown fans: “… probably be just as many Phillies…

  3. Mariano Rivera is close to the all-time saves record

    Sep 12, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    The point to this David Waldstein article in the New York Times is that Mariano Rivera‘s imminent surpassing of Trevor Hoffman on the all-time saves list is getting surprisingly little hype.  Given that, until I read this David Waldstein article in the New York Times I wasn’t aware that Mariano Rivera was about to surpass Trevor…

  4. “Exotic math” is going to cost Justin Verlander the MVP award

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    A friend asked me if there was a point to the “Moneyball” movie coming out now, several years after the book.  All of the lessons its insights have long since been coopted and mainstreamed, my friend said. It’s kind of old news. I considered the argument for a minute and, as I often do, I…

  5. Tom Ricketts wants Theo Epstein

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has another in what will certainly be a looooong line of stories trying to put Theo Epstein in Chicago as the Cubs next GM.  We saw some of those a couple of weeks ago, and Epstein made it clear that he’s not going to fan those flames while the…

  6. Your Monday afternoon Power Rankings

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Young Elvis

    Once again, we’ve pretty much said all that can be said about these teams. So let’s force them into arbitrary categories!  I sort of feel like I’m stealing Peter Gammons’ bit here, but what the heck. NOTE: the bands/artists are only for description purposes, They themselves are not being ranked. Because there’s no way I’d…

  7. The Cubs are thinking about putting Jeff Samardzija in the 2012 rotation

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    For the past several years, the name Jeff Samardzija has been synonymous with “Oh my god, what a disaster! Really, avert your eyes, everyone avert your eyes!”  No, it’s not a synonym that comes in handy for writers all that often, but any shorthand can be useful. Useful has not been something Samardzija has been, putting…

  8. Jorge Posada actually caught a game

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    I missed this yesterday, but something happened on Saturday night that hadn’t happened in nearly a year: Jorge Posada donned the tools of ignorance and caught a baseball game.  This season he has been a DH, with a couple of spells at first base and one gimmicky one at second. The reason he caught: emergency.…

  9. Quote of the Day: Vin Scully on the 9/11 anniversary

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium 9 11

    Apart from some random aside kind of things I have refrained from doing a big 9/11 remembrance post. Mostly because — despite our being implored to “never forget” — I find it pretty unpleasant to think about. And it’s not like there’s any chance those of us who were adults when that went down are going to…

  10. The State of the Races

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    AL EAST The spread: The Yankees had a less-than-fabulous weekend in Anaheim yet they extend their lead over Boston to three and a half. Which tells you everything you need to known about Boston’s weekend in St. Petersburg.  The Red Sox now lead the Rays by a mere three and a half in the wild…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    The NFL started over the weekend, so that means that no one is paying attention to baseball anymore apart from us obsessives. Here’s the stuff the obsessives obsessed about: Jeremy Affeldt made $4.5 million this year and yet he can’t buy fresh beef? And really, Pete Orr should stay away from sausage. John Lackey is…

  12. The Cardinals give Chris Carpenter a two-year extension

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    carpenter_chris

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with starter Chris Carpenter.  The amount: $21 million.  There are still some details to be worked out, but the money and other important parts of the deal are in place.  It should be formally announced later this week. This…

  13. Is it 1978 all over again for the Red Sox?

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    No, what’s happening now is nowhere near as catastrophic as the Red Sox’ 1978 collapse. And since there are still 16 baseball games to be played, it may not even be a collapse at all. But that can’t make anyone in Red Sox Nation feel all that good this morning. The impulse to panic seems…

  14. Major League Baseball allowed Virginia Tech tribute hats in 2007

    Sep 12, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    I’m still shocked at Major League Baseball’s refusal to allow the Mets to wear NYPD and FDNY caps in last night’s game against the Cubs.  I’m still curious to hear some rationale from Joe Torre apart from some regurgitation of baseball’s rule against allowing teams to wear unofficial caps.  And there needs to be another…

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

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays 9, Red Sox 1: Attention Red Sox Nation: set sphincters to Defcon 1.  The Rays sweep and they are now three and a half out in the wild card. And these two play each other four more times. B.J. Upton was 4 for 4 with a grand slam. Cardinals 6, Braves 3: Attention Braves,…

  16. Major League Baseball denies the Mets the right to wear 9/11 tribute caps

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Reyes cap

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Exhibit A, Major League Baseball. The Mets — the team which in many ways served as the focal point of baseball’s return after 9/11 — had petitioned to allow players to wear NYPD and NYFD tribute caps in honor of the 10th anniversary. Just as they…

  17. Barry Zito to be activated for some reason

    Sep 10, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    With the Giants losing again last night — and the Dbacks winning again — San Francisco is now eight and a half back and the season is effectively over. So there’s no harm, it would seem, in letting Barry Zito pitch a little. Which, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, is exactly what is going…

  18. Tigers broadcaster Rod Allen apologizes to the little people

    Sep 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Rod Allen

    I don’t get the sense that Tigers’ broadcaster Rod Allen is a bad guy. I think he’s a lot like someone’s father or grandfather who just really isn’t all that plugged in with the sensibilities of modern public discourse. Which, because he’s a broadcaster and not, like someone’s grandfather, simply some guy who talks with…

  19. The Wilpons believe that they can attract investors

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    The Mets had a conference call with their lenders on Thursday and during the call they said that they were optimistic that they can sell multiple $20 million-$30 million stakes in the team between now and the end of the year. Stakes they have to sell, you’ll recall, because their deal to sell one big…

  20. Jeff Francoeur continues to play dazzling defense

    Sep 10, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Francoeur catch.bmp

    I checked with my parole officer and it seems that I still have several hours of Jeff Francoeur-related restitution and community service before I’m off the hook, so here goes: Francoeur made two astounding plays in last night’s Mariners-Royals game. Both plays came off the bat of Dustin Ackley too, which makes me think that…

  21. In addition to bursitis, Kevin Youkilis has a hernia too

    Sep 10, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    In addition to Kevin Youkilis‘ hip bursitis, it turns out that the Red Sox’ third baseman also has a hernia. That according to Pete Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The hernia will require surgery, but Youkilis is going to wait until the offseason for that. It’s probably not doing wonderful things for…

  22. The Phillies continue to destroy potential playoff opponents

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    I’ve said that making playoff predictions is a sucker’s game. Anything can happen and anyone who says that the best team from the regular season is a lock to win the World Series is ignorant of recent history. That said, I’m having a hard time seeing who is going to pose a serious challenge to the…

  23. Kimbrel Unit malfunctions, Cards beat Braves in 10

    Sep 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Someone had better perform a level 2 diagnostic on the Kimbrel Unit’s positronic net, because the results it achieved last night were well outside normal operating parameters. The Braves were up 3-1 on the Cards heading into the bottom of the ninth last night when Craig Kimbrel, perhaps the most automatic thing in baseball this…

  24. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    It’s gonna be really interesting if the Rays sweep the Red Sox and make a genuine wild card race in the American League. And by “interesting” I mean “totally hilarious for everyone who isn’t a Red Sox fan.”  And no one — but no one — will feel more uncomfortable about it than Carl Crawford.…

  25. UPDATE: Kevin Youkilis has bursitis

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    UPDATE: After last night’s game, Terry Francona said that Youkilis has bursitis and received a cortisone shot. It has not been determined if Youkilis will rejoin the team Saturday or wait in Boston for the start of a homestand that begins Tuesday. Friday, 4:40 PM: Kevin Youkilis has reportedly left the Red Sox in order to…

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