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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Everybody Wang Chung tomorrow morning!

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    wang getty wide

    Chien-Ming Wang is making his first major league start in a couple of years tomorrow.  This will be cause for great celebration in Taipei: Citizens have been invited to gather at Taipei City Hall to watch a live stream of the Nationals home game against the New York Mets live at 7 p.m. EST (7…

  2. The Nats and Twins are still talking about a Denard Span-Drew Storen trade

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Denard Span

    Last year the Nationals snookered the Twins into giving up a stud catching prospect for the most replaceable of all commodities, the Proven Closer.  But Matt-Capps for Wilson Ramos was one of those once-in-a-lifetime brain farts, right?  Surely Bill Smith and the Twins aren’t going to do something like that again, right? Maybe!  While it…

  3. If the Phillies get Pence, it’ll be because they overpaid for him

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Every trade deadline there’s a guy whose name I get tired of typing and this year it’s Hunter Pence.  I thought it would be Beltran, but that was over rather painlessly. But Pence, yeah, I really am getting tired of typing it. Anyway, Jon Heyman has an update on the Pence-to-Philly chatter.  You’ll recall that…

  4. The Tigers are interested in Jason Marquis

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Rosenthal and Morosi report that the Tigers are talking to the Nationals about Jason Marquis. This fits with Detroit’s overall desire to land a starter. A desire that has yet to come close to being met if you believe the rumors.  Beyond some Jeremy Guthrie buzz, not much has happened in that regard. Marquis is…

  5. The Giants are trying to shoo the seagulls away

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Duck Hawk Soaring

    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, but I don’t know why she swallowed the fly. I guess she’ll die: For years, the San Francisco Giants’ regular seagulls cooperated so nicely: They flocked to AT&T Park after the final out to scavenge for treats like leftover popcorn, pizza or garlic fries. Those gulls have…

  6. Frank and Jamie McCourt: masters of logic

    Jul 29, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    Frank and Jamie McCourt had a hearing in their divorce case yesterday.  Because both of them are ridiculous, the hearing was ridiculous. Jamie McCourt’s lawyers referred to Frank’s battles with Major League Baseball as a “jihad,” which pulls the neat trick of being simultaneously offensive to those who believe in the concept of jihads and…

  7. The Indians are making a “strong push” for Ryan Ludwick

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ah, the deadline. When teams get all determined to move heaven and Earth to obtain … OK bats. To that end, Rosenthal tweets that the Indians are “making a strong push” for Ryan Ludwick.  This the day after they landed Kosuke Fukudome. As we said yesterday when that trade went down, the Indians are in an…

  8. It’s getting closer to last call and Hunter Pence is starting to look better

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    pence getty wide

    Buster Olney put the trade dynamic in perspective this morning, reminding us that for all of this excitement and all of the teams trying to outdo one another for the likes of Hunter Pence, he’s currently 18th in batting average, 50th in OBP and 54th in slugging.  Elite? No.  More like the last dude at…

  9. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    Rays 10, Athletics 8: Oakland scored five in the first so it looked like another shellacking was on the way for Tampa Bay. But no! The Rays put up a seven-spot in the seventh thanks in part to Desmond Jennings who had a whale of a ballgame. Every Tampa Bay starter either got a hit or…

  10. Interest in Hunter Pence “exploding”

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Jayson Stark reports that interest in Hunter Pence is “exploding” since the Carlos Beltran trade went down. Mark Berman of Fox confirms, noting that as many as six teams are inquiring about Pence’s services.I guess that means a lot of teams are hot for him, huh? The teams Stark mentions are all of the usual…

  11. Hideki Irabu found dead; suicide suspected

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu

    Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday.  The initial reports came from the Japanese paper, Asahi Shimbum, and his death has since been confirmed by the New York Yankees. Suicide by hanging is suspected. Irabu has had a troubled post-baseball career. He was arrested in Gardena, California last year…

  12. Brad Penny, Victor Martinez bicker on the mound

    Jul 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Penny_Brad

    It has been an ugly day in Detroit so far.  Jim Leyland was ejected early for arguing balls and strikes, and then starter Brad Penny — who was losing to the Angels 5-2 at the time — got into an argument with his catcher, Victor Martinez, in the top of the fourth inning.  MLB.com doesn’t…

  13. The Braves are “hot” for Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Quentin_Carlos

    Look, I’ll point you to the earlier post about how the White Sox are inclined to keep Carlos Quentin — it’s not like they’re our of contention — and I’ll remind you that various people have tweeted today that the Sox, if they were to trade Quentin would be asking for a ton of talent…

  14. Rangers are in “substantive talks” with the Padres for Heath Bell

    Jul 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    So you know, “substantive talks” are more than just “kicking the tires,” which in turn is more than someone just being “willing to listen.”  Anyway. Ken Rosenthal says that the Rangers are in said “substantive talks” with the Padres for closer Heath Bell.  Given that they’ve basically thrown Neftali Feliz under the bus* during his…

  15. Watching games on Twitter: “I’ll never watch another game alone”

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Twitter logo

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Joe Starkey just got on Twitter ten days ago, but during the Braves-Pirates 19-inning marathon/atrocity the other night he discovered just how fun it is to watch a game with a Twitter window open: I’m new to this Twitter stuff. I could never understand why anyone needed a laptop while watching a…

  16. Colby Rasmus trade: the he-said, he-said in video form

    Jul 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Video cameras found both Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa following the trade yesterday.  They each had particularly Rasmus-esque and La Russa-esque takes on the matter. First Rasmus who, when asked about La Russa, says “I hope he’s happy”: Now La Russa, who talks about how young players “are spoiled.” Say what you want about…

  17. The Red Sox would “almost certainly” try for Carlos Quentin

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin

    Carlos Quentin‘s name has popped up in rumor gulch a few times over the past 24 hours. The Phillies are said to be interested. I presume the Braves would be too.  Now Danny Knobler tweets that the Red Sox would “almost certainly” be interested in the White Sox’ slugger too. Only problem with that: Bob Nightengale…

  18. Done Deal: The Cubs trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    UPDATE:  Done deal, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.  Kosuke Fukudome is an Indian. 11:04:  Multiple sources are now reporting that the Tribe would send two minor leaguers, as yet unidentified, put a pitcher and a position player to Chicago.  It’s also being reported that the Cubs will pick up all but $775,000 of the $4.5…

  19. The Red Sox are “all over” Erik Bedard

    Jul 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    Man, they should really get off of him. He gets hurt so damn easily! Of course, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi may be speaking figuratively here, suggesting that the Sox are eager to make a deal for the Mariners’ lefty. The Mariners are certainly preparing for such a thing, as Rosenthal and Morosi report that…

  20. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Question

    My video setup downstairs has been borked all week thanks to a basement flood. I think we’re all fixed now, but there are some little problems with it, so HBT Daily continues to be on hiatus. But never fear! Even though I started the Twitter questions thing for the HBT Daily segments, I have way…

  21. Now that Beltran is gone, everyone wants … Ryan Ludwick?

    Jul 28, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Ludwick_Ryan

    We figured that everyone looking for a bat at the deadline would wait until after Carlos Beltran got moved to swoop in for the second tier.  That seems to be happening at least with Ryan Ludwick, as Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies, Braves, Reds and Indians are all interested. Maybe the Indians is old information…

  22. David Einhorn’s buy-in to the Mets is almost done

    Jul 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    File photo of David Einhorn speaking at 6th Annual New York Value Investing Congress in New York City

    The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed.  The good one, I mean, whichever that one is.  Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times: The Mets’ deal to sell…

  23. The Red Sox are “very concerned” about Clay Buchholz

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    buchholz getty wide

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are “very concerned” that Clay Buchholz is dealing with a structural issue in his back — perhaps a broken bone as opposed to the muscle strain currently listed as what’s ailing him —  and may not be back any time soon. This is trouble, and may…

  24. Carlos Beltran “the symbol of failed expectations”

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    You’d think that after he was actually traded that New York columnists would stop blaming Carlos Beltran for everything that’s wrong with the Mets.  But I suppose until he plays his first game with the Giants there’s still time to slam him as he walks out the door and pretend that he took more from…

  25. The Yankees like Hiroki Kuroda, but he likes L.A.

    Jul 28, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Joel Sherman reports that the Yankees have been in “regular contact” with the Dodgers about starter Hiroki Kuroda.  Kuroda, however, told MLB.com last night that “My honest feeling is that I can’t fathom wearing another uniform than the Dodgers uniform right now.” And given that he has a full no-trade clause, he doesn’t have to wear…

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