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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:28 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Nationals 9, Braves 2: The Nats continue to be an outrageous pain in Atlanta’s rear end. Before the game, mindful of this and mindful of the fact that Livan Hernandez always kills the Braves, I tweeted the following: “Oh, Livan is going against the Braves tonight? Prediction: 7 IP, 3H, 1 ER, 6K, 0 BB.”…

  2. The Pirates are raising ticket prices

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    PNC Park

    Going to a Pirates game is a bargain compared to most places and you get a great ballpark experience out of it to boot.  Part of the reason it’s such a bargain is that the Pirates haven’t raised ticket prices in nearly ten years.  That changes now, though: The Pirates raised prices on some of…

  3. Albert Pujols: Most Valuable Dad

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Look, not much is happening today, so random is fine, right?  Of course it is. My friend Nick Collias — who is both a Spanish speaker and a writer for MLB Trade Rumors — sent along this feature story about Albert Pujols from Multimedia del Caribe in the Dominican Republic.  It’s in Spanish so it’s not…

  4. The Kiss Cam just can’t win

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kiss Cam

    Via BTF comes a column in The Faster Times about the Kiss Cam at AT&T Park. Specifically, about how it’s a totally heterosexual affair, and how that’s not cool: If the Jumbotron at AT&T Park is to be believed, there are no gay people in San Francisco.  Either that, or the city’s sizeable gay community…

  5. Barry Bonds to be sentenced December 16th

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle tweeted a few minutes ago that the judge in the Barry Bonds case has set Bonds’ sentencing for December 16th. Knapp’s assumption — which sounds like a very reasonable one — is that he won’t do time but rather will get some sort of home confinement or probation or something. I’d…

  6. How technology is changing the game

    Aug 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    iPad

    If you can navigate your way through the obligatory (and clunky) references to VCRs and record players at the beginning of this column from Jayson Stark, you’ll get a great insight into the way that technology is changing the game of baseball.  Most specifically with reference to just how easy it is for players to…

  7. HBT Daily: What makes an MVP?

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    What Tiffany and I talk about when we talk about the Most Valuable Player award.

  8. Who is “the best major-league managing prospect” in America?

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    mystery man

    I don’t have a definitive answer to that, but Michael Arace of my hometown Columbus Dispatch says that it’s Mike Sarbaugh, manager of the Indians AAA team, the Columbus Clippers: In eight seasons since Sarbaugh started managing, his teams have made the playoffs every year save one … Sarbaugh has won championships in the New York-Penn,…

  9. Dodger Stadium feels “like an empty prison camp”

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    For your reading, um, pleasure, Eric from Pitchers & Poets made a recent trip back to his native L.A. to take in a Dodgers game.  The report is one of the more depressing baseball-related things I’ve read in a while: The beefed up security presence and the thinned out attendance combine to give Dodger Stadium…

  10. Phillies Fever! Get vaccinated against it!

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Garry Maddox

    And I mean in a hurry!  And I’m sorry, but if this is me being a Philly-hater, so be it.  Defend this video at your peril, Phillies fans. And don’t go with “it was a product of the times.”  Because in 1970s Philadelphia there were more top-flight artists and producers than there were anywhere in…

  11. You’ll soon be able to get live ballgames on your flight

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    In flight entertainment

    Got a press release this morning that will make frequent travelers happy: Row 44, Inc., provider of the world’s leading In-Flight Broadband Entertainment Platform, is partnering with MLB Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, to deliver live streaming video and audio broadcasts, in-flight, to passengers’ smart phones, laptops, tablets…

  12. Relationship between Ozzie Guillen, Kenny Williams “beyond repair”

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Kenny Williams, Ozzie Guillen

    There has always been some chippy nonsense between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and GM Kenny Williams. They have fought openly. Ozzie’s kids have gotten in on the act.  But for as ugly as it has gotten at times, there has always been something approaching a cease fire. A time when one or both of…

  13. Danny Espinosa is not happy with the idea of giving up playing time

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Espinosa_Danny

    The Nationals are expected to call up infielder Steve Lombardozzi soon. A lot of people are high on him, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him spell Danny Espinosa and/or Ian Desmond as the Nats play out the string. As The Washington Times’* Amanda Comak reports, however, Espinosa is not prepared to play the…

  14. Your weekly Johan Santana reversal

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Last week the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that Johan Santana was unlikely to pitch in the majors this year.  Today the New York Post, citing Sandy Alderson, said that it’s conceivable that Johan Santana would pitch in the majors this year. I dunno. This is just one of those things I pass…

  15. Shin-Soo Choo is going to be out longer than first thought

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    choo blue wide

    Remember that sore left side that was going to keep Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo out for a few days?  Yeah, try a few weeks.  That’s the word from Zack Meisel at MLB.com, who says that it’s a strained oblique that is going to require Choo to be on the shelf for at least two weeks.…

  16. Adam Dunn will be riding the pine for a while

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    The other day Brett Ballantini of CSNChicago.com reported that Ozzie Guillen was going to sit down with Adam Dunn sometime soon and discuss a reduced role for the big guy down the stretch.  It seems now that the conversation has been had. Here’s Ozzie Guillen via the Associated Press: “I don’t know yet. I talked…

  17. Dirk Hayhurst got released

    Aug 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Normally the release of a thirty-year-old minor leaguer wouldn’t rate a mention here, but it does when it’s Dirk Hayhurst.  He announced that the Rays released him yesterday and writes about it over at his blog this morning.  As is befitting the guy who, just yesterday, explained his relationship with baseball in a pretty nuanced…

  18. Are you “amped” for the Red Sox-Yankees series?

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    Red Sox President Larry Lucchino was asked about the Sox-Yankees series that kicks off tonight. Specifically, whether or not there’s anything special about it given that both teams are more or less assured of a playoff spot at this point: “Absolutely,” Lucchino said when asked if he’s still amped. “We want to win, we want…

  19. The Diamondbacks are taking control in the NL West

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Arizona won its seventh straight game yesterday, beating the Rockies 5-1 behind a strong outing from Daniel Hudson. Hudson added an RBI to — altogether now — help his own cause. Meanwhile the Giants were pounded 7-0 by the Cubs, their already weak bats silenced even more by Randy Wells, who tossed a two-hitter.  Bruce…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:47 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    White Sox 3, Twins 0: Mark Buehrle threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings. And the game came in at two hours four minutes. Knock me over with a feather. Most underrated pitcher of the past decade? Cubs 7, Giants 0: Great pitching all-around for the Chicago clubs last night. A two-hit shutout for Randy Wells.…

  21. Must-Click Link: Thank God for the Civil War

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    Too soon? Maybe it’s too soon. But can we at least acknowledge that were it not for the Civil War that baseball would have spread across our Great Republic — or perhaps our fractured and ugly two-nation former Republic depending on how things woulda gone — without it? That’s part of what’s in play in…

  22. John Farrell is still out with pneumonia

    Aug 29, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    John Farrell

    Sticking with the Blue Jays medical beat, manager John Farrell — who left Thursday night’s game with what turned out to be pneumonia — is still off the job due to his illness. And will be for a while yet. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star tweeted a bit ago that Farrell showed up at…

  23. Yonder Alonso will play third base tonight. This should be interesting.

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Alonso_Yonder

    The Reds have a Yonder Alonso problem. See, the guy can rake. Big time. He always hit in the minors and in limited playing time in the majors this year he has been fantastic (.467/.556/.867 and three homers in 36 plate appearances). The problem: he has no position. He is naturally a first baseman, but as…

  24. Here are the MVP voting criteria

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    jose bautista points getty

    The MVP post from earlier today has, predictably, set off a lot of debate. And it’s understandable debate given that there aren’t hard and fast guidelines for what actually constitutes the Most Valuable Player. But that doesn’t mean there are no guidelines. Indeed, as Anna McDonald of The Hardball Times reported last year after her…

  25. Jamie Moyer to rehab down at Clearwater

    Aug 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    I should probably go back and check the article and see if it said “rehab” or if it said “retire.” But either way, Todd Zolecki reports that Jamie Moyer is going to be down at the Phillies’ facility in Clearwater doing something. OK, I just checked. It’s rehab. He’ll be working out and pitching there…

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