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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Swagger Alert! Apparently the Red Sox need some of it

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Headline in Rob Bradford’s column about the reeling Red Sox over at WEEI: “Red Sox in search of their swagger (and a win).”  Content: Everybody understands that the Red Sox have the potential to be what Ortiz mandated all who wear the uniform be back in ’07 — bad blankety-blanks. And every player Tuesday night…

  2. Mark Cuban would like the reporters out of his locker room

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Mark Cuban is a basketball owner, not a baseball owner, but I’ve gone on enough in recent weeks about team and league-controlled media usurping the role of the outside press that Cuban’s little rant from the other day is still within my bailiwick. So let’s talk about it, shall we? Cuban’s piece is long and has…

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

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    A night of some lights-out pitching performances. Which can mean only one thing: Bud Selig switched out the juiced baseballs because he knows we’re on to him!

  4. The Giants are sticking with Aubrey Huff in right field

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Aubrey Huff

    With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff‘s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego: CF: Andres Torres 2B: Freddy Sanchez RF: Aubrey Huff C: Buster Posey 3B: Pablo Sandoval LF: Pat Burrell 1B:…

  5. Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on…

  6. Early season TV ratings are booming

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    old TV

    SportsBusiness Daily reports that multiple teams have seen increased ratings in the early going, as have the national networks who broadcast games: The Orioles’ four-game average in Baltimore has pulled in a 7.8 rating and 79,000 HHs. The team last season averaged a 3.4 rating in Baltimore … Meanwhile, WPHL-MYT’s broadcast of Friday’s Astros-Phillies game “set…

  7. Judge in Bonds case excludes newly discovered tape recording, prosecution rests

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    When she first considered the matter yesterday, Judge Susan Ilston strongly suggested that the newly-discovered tape recording of Dr. Arthur Ting and Steven Hoskins, allegedly discussing Barry Bonds’ steroids use, would not be admitted. Indeed, she characterized the tape as ”almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” It should come as no surprise, then, that Judge Ilston has…

  8. We have a late “best shape of his life entry”

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Floyd_Gavin

    Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal: In Gavin Floyd‘s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season. During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish…

  9. For the last damn time: the Tampa Bay Rays are not going to be contracted

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Tropicana Field

    In Forbes, Mike Ozanian writes about how a “groundswell is building” to contract the Tampa Bay Rays. Read it if you want, but it’s a load of horse hockey. The arguments are not new. The counterarguments — which I offered here, here and here in the last month and which Maury Brown sharply offers again…

  10. Brian Wilson to be activated Wednesday

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    CSN Bay Area reports that Brian Wilson is likely to be activated when he’s eligible to come of the disabled list on Wednesday. Wilson threw on Sunday and says he feels good. Bruce Bochy was on a San Diego radio show yesterday and said he looked to be on schedule. The Giants will need to make…

  11. R.A. Dickey and Kevin Slowey are going to climb Kilimanjaro

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Kilimanjaro

    This is one of those deals in which the headline pretty much says it all: Dickey, a Twins reliever in 2009 who now is a top starting pitcher for the Mets, is organizing a group that will set off from Africa in January to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Slowey…

  12. HBT Daily: Three big injuries. Or are they?

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    In which Tiffany has occasion to ask me how old I am. In hindsight I should have said that I was old enough to be her, well, maybe not her father, but probably her uncle. Which is utterly depressing, but there you are.

  13. Holy schnikes! Jack Wilson made a heck of a play last night

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    wilson_jack

    At this point I’ll offer my usual “man, I wish MLB.com let you embed their videos because it would be awesome to have this circulated to people who think baseball is boring” rant. There, with that out of the way, check out the play Jack Wilson made in last night’s Ms-Rangers game. It’s a double…

  14. Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens talk about the thrown bat

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza were in Las Vegas for a celebrity golf tournament the other day and they did some radio together. Of course, the topic turned to the bat incident from the 2000 World Series.  I’d like to say something super interesting happened during the interview, but not really. Here’s Piazza: I saw…

  15. Did they mess with the balls this year?

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Rawlings baseball

    You and I are men of action. Simplistic projections based on small sample sizes do not become us. So please, while there have been a lot of home runs hit in the season’s first five days, let’s not play the “on pace” game. Not yet anyhow. But we can listen to the anecdotes, can’t we?…

  16. MLB tweaks the humidor procedure at Coors Field

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:33 AM EST

    Coors Field

    Last year there were rumblings — primarily from the Giants, but from others as well — that the Rockies were messing with the baseballs from the humidor at Coors Field, giving their pitchers the deader ones and the opposing pitchers the good old, high-flying dried out balls. Baseball now has a new policy, explained by…

  17. Nelson Cruz ties a record

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    I noted in ATH that Nelson Cruz had homered in four straight games to open the season, but I wasn’t aware that this was a record. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, only two others have done that before: Willie Mays in 1971 and Mark McGwire in 1998. Cruz faces Mariners’ rookie…

  18. Quote of the Day: Steve Phillips on steroids

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    STEVE PHILLIPS

    Sirius/XM radio has what seems to be part of some continuing employment plan for former GMs, and the latest enrollee is former Mets’ GM Steve Phillips. Yes, the man who was fired from the Mets for poor performance, fired from ESPN for shtupping the help and who sat on the deck of AOL FanHouse as…

  19. The McCourts may settle soon. And then Frank would have to deal with Bud Selig

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports that Frank and Jamie McCourt may settle soon. That’s the good news. The bad news — or, at the very least, the uncertain news — is that the settlement may once again involve a scenario in which part of the payoff to Jamie comes in exchange for Frank…

  20. UPDATE: Judge in Bonds trial calls newly-discovered tape “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant”

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:19 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    UPDATE:  Judge Susan Illston said in court today that the tape prosecutors claim will rebut the damaging (to the prosecution) testimony of Dr. Arthur Ting is “almost entirely inadmissible or irrelevant.” She added that the contents of the tape “were not very substantive,” and that “almost all of this is people’s comments being driven by what is…

  21. Judge to Roger Clemens: zip it

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    Well, I haven’t seen the order from the judge, but I assume that, seeing it was going to Clemens, it had to contain short, easily readable words. “Zip it” seems to fit the bill: A federal judge is not happy that baseball’s Roger Clemens talked to the media about his upcoming perjury trial. U.S. District…

  22. Once again, Boston and New York have the highest priced beer in baseball

    Apr 4, 2011, 5:08 PM EST

    generic beer

    Each year the company Team Marketing Report puts out a list of who has the highest ticket prices, lowest ticket prices, hot dogs, parking, beers, etc.  It’s pretty much what you’d expect: stuff in big cities with big crowds is higher than it is here in the hinterlands.  You can check it all out here.…

  23. How the teams got their names

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Old baseball team

    There’s not a heck of a lot happening this afternoon — that is, unless you (a) have MLB.TV; and (b) are a masochist. If so, you can listen to Chip Caray call the Braves-Brewers game.  At least until you realize that you can just switch to the audio feed and listen to Bob Uecker, which…

  24. Scott Kazmir is toast

    Apr 4, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Kazmir_Scott

    CBS’ Danny Knobler spoke with a scout who said this about Angels’ starter Scott Kazmir, who gave up five runs in an inning and a third over the weekend: “Terrible. No velocity. No command. No nothing” Quit beatin’ around the bush, man, tell me: how’s he doing? It’s been a long time since we’ve seen…

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