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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Roy Oswalt dominates the Pirates

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Those scouts I mentioned earlier? They had to like what they saw. Roy Oswalt absolutely destroyed the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, throwing a one-hit shutout.  That hit came in the first inning. Other than that and a couple of walks, he was basically invincible.  Granted, it was the Pirates, but still. On the offensive side,…

  2. Lots of scouts are watching Roy Oswalt

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets are in Houston today to watch Roy Oswalt pitch against the Pirates. Interesting, but at least two of those teams — the Dodgers and Mets — have been reported to be wary to take on payroll, and Oswalt = lots of…

  3. David Price is probably going to start the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi says that Rays’ starter David Price is an “extremely strong” candidate to start the All-Star Game next week. Personally I’d go with Cliff Lee unless he’s traded to the National League before then or something, but Price is a fine choice too. Really, though, I haven’t been all that impressed with who starts…

  4. Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics. The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is…

  5. Giants minor leaguer arrested

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Giants minor league outfielder Darren Ford is not an ace prospect, but he is fast. Indeed, he’s stolen 277 bases in his six-year career and has been caught only 72 times.  But while a 75% success rate is good enough on the base paths, guys who steal in real life need to do better than…

  6. Sky blue, water wet, Eric Chavez out until September

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Try not to faint at the the shock, but Susan Slusser reports that Eric Chavez, who is suffering from a neck injury, may not be back until September. Chavez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday to make some roster space, but he’s eligible to come off it on July 20th.  Based on this…

  7. The Phillies are shopping Jayson Werth

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    The other day I blew off the notion that the Phillies would seriously consider trading Jayson Werth because to do so would be to say the competitive portion of their season is over. It seems now that either (a) the Phillies took dropping two of three to the Braves at home harder than they should…

  8. David Ortiz wants to retire with the Red Sox. Don't hold your breath, Papi

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    And he doesn’t mean on one of them fancy Nomar Garciaparra one day contracts, neither: “They know what my feelings are about staying around and playing here and hanging them up with the Red Sox. It’s not like I’m planning to retire right now, but you know what I’m saying . . . This is…

  9. The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News. Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as…

  10. The Pirates say Octavio Dotel is not on the trading block. Don't believe them.

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said yesterday that Octavio Dotel “is not on the trading block,” denying multiple reports to the contrary. This is the same Frank Coonelly who repeatedly denied my report that Dotel had been given a ~$3 million offer over the winter, only to have it revealed later that, yeah, he had been…

  11. Now the Texas Attorney General objects to the Rangers bankruptcy

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    I imagine there have been worse “prepackaged” bankruptcies in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence, but there hasn’t been one that got as much press as the Rangers’ has. The latest: The Texas Attorney General urged the bankruptcy court yesterday to reject the team’s current reorganization plan.  Add this to the fact that the bankruptcy trustee…

  12. Mike Stanton has great aim

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton hit a big three-run homer in last night’s Marlins-Dodgers game.  Check it out here and see if you notice anything interesting about it.  I’ll wait. See that? I didn’t at first, but Dave Brown over at Big League Stew brought it to my attention: the ball lands right in the catcher’s mitt laying…

  13. Yeah, Cano was ordered out of the home run derby

    Jul 8, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    I suspected as much yesterday, but it’s being widely reported now that Robbie Cano was ordered out of the Home Run Derby by Yankees brass. Which is fine.  If I was Brian Cashman I don’t think I’d want Cano risking injury and risking some mechanical disruption as a result of swinging for the fences all…

  14. The Cards blow another one

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    I wish I didn’t know so many cool Cardinals fans, because it would be nice to gloat about Tony “master of the bullpen” La Russa having to suffer through bullpen implosions on consecutive nights. But I do know a lot of cool Cardinals fans, and that takes all the damn fun out of it. Last…

  15. They were smacking the ball out of the yard yesterday

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    There were 42 total homers hit on Tuesday, which was a season high.  Yesterday sluggers topped that, smacking 47.  Adam Dunn led the charge with three, but Matt Holliday, Buster Posey, Casey Kotchman (?!) and Martin Prado all had two-homer nights. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was too many bad pitchers aligning in…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    We have the beginnings of an HBT Extra reverse curse. If I slam you — or if Tiffany interviews you — your game is bound to improve.

  17. The Mariners are asking a ton for Cliff Lee

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dear lord, we are way, way short on our daily Cliff Lee post quota!  How will baseball ever compete with the NBA hype at this rate?  Let’s fix that with one last Cliff Lee tidbit of the day. Rosenthal and Morosi are saying that the Mariners are seeking “a mammoth return” for Cliff Lee.  This…

  18. The Diamondbacks may not go crazy at the deadline

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    That’s Ken Rosenthal’s assessment, and it’s not a bad one.  His thinking: (a) interim GM Jerry Dipoto can’t be expected to have been handed the reins to do a full-blown fire sale mere weeks after taking over for Josh Byrnes; and (b) the Diamondbacks really don’t have a need to slash payroll given that Brandon…

  19. The Padres trade Sean Gallagher to the Pirates

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Padres have traded righty Sean Galllagher to the Pirates for cash. San Diego had DFA’d Gallagher last Thursday. Gallagher made 15 appearances for the Padres and allowed 14 earned runs on 24 hits in 23 and a third innings. Very Nuke LaLooshy, too, inasmuch as he struck out 21 and walked 19 in that…

  20. It was inevitable: the campaign for the last All-Star roster spot goes negative

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mr. Swisher, your campaign has all the momentum of a runaway freight train. What makes you so popular?

  21. The White Sox are "all over Adam Dunn right now"

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says.  I hope they get off him in the next four hours, because he has to play the Padres tonight! Trading Adam Dunn to the White Sox would be a lot of fun, partially because of the competitive implications — he would definitely give the Sox a big push in the…

  22. Olney: The Rockies may make a play for Dan Uggla

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Marlins players have been worried about the team being broken up, but it’s probably going to happen because they’re not going anywhere.  The most obvious trade chit: Dan Uggla, who is having a typical — maybe even slightly better than typical — Dan Uggla season and will once again be due for a big raise. …

  23. Five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Commissioner’s Office suspended five minor leaguers for PED use today.  They are Yankees pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos; Rays catcher Jhancarlos Infante’ Diamondbacks pitcher Joel Matos; and Royals pitcher Freddy Rodriguez. All of them are plying their trade down in the Dominican Summer League. They’ll all get 50 games on ice…

  24. HBT Extra: Slamming Ryan Howard, the Giants and our friend from the 209

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.

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