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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    David Freese

    High point of my weekend: a double shot of streptococcal pharyngitis in the Calcaterra household kept me from watching the Braves flail helplessly at Cole Hamels.

  2. And That Happened Express: Saturday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    White Sox 4, Rays 2: Holy crap, did Sam Fuld make a spectacular catch, or what? Yankees 9, Red Sox 4: Two homers for Russell Martin. I’d say more, but apparently this game was force-fed to the nation by FOX, even in places where the other FOX regional games should probably have been going. Such as…

  3. And That Happened Express: Friday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Braves batter Jones hits a double scoring three runs off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Lee in their home opening MLB baseball game in Atlanta

    I mentioned in the first “And That Happened” of the year that I may start doing weekend ATHs. ATH is a time-consuming endeavor, and I try to follow the normal social conventions in my personal life (i.e. Friday night is for girlfriends, Saturday night is for wives), so for now I think I’m going to…

  4. No verdict yet: The Bonds jury adjourns for the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    The jury considering Barry Bonds’ fate deliberated for about seven hours today but reached no verdict. The judge thus dismissed them for the weekend. They’ll reconvene Monday. It’s hard to tell what to make of jury questions, but during the day today jurors asked the judge to have the recording of the conversation between Steve…

  5. Manny and the Hall of Fame: Forget it, dude. But what of his legacy?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Red Sox

    Manny Ramirez has the statistical resume of a Hall of Famer. Now, in light of his second drug “issue” — which is being reported as a positive drug test — the viability of his candidacy is probably nil.  It may have been anyway given his 2009 PED suspension, but if there was any doubt about…

  6. Our long national nightmare ends: The Red Sox win a game

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston

    It wasn’t pretty — God, it wasn’t pretty — but the Red Sox are finally in the win column, having beat the Yankees 9-6. This was a game, more than any other, that puts lie to the significance of the win stat. Because John Lackey got the win despite pitching terribly: five innings, seven hits…

  7. Shocker: Manny Ramirez retires following a second positive drug test

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Ramirez_Manny

    Big news: Major League Baseball just announced that Manny Ramirez has retired. Major League Baseball said that his retirement came after he was told of “an issue” with the drug treatment and prevention program.  The statement: “Major League Baseball recently notified Manny Ramirez of an issue under Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.…

  8. Yankees vs. Red Sox Live Blog/Chat: Come for the panic, stay for the chitchat!

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Varitek Arod

    It’s Friday. There isn’t a ton of actual news happening. The government is probably gonna shut down soon. And while those things are wonderful, the best part of the day is daytime baseball! We’re flexing our East Coast Bias muscles today, going with the Yankees vs. the Red Sox. The game starts at 2:05 Eastern.…

  9. Greg Anderson is released from prison

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    Barry Bonds’ non-testifying former trainer has been released from prison, reports the Daily News. This is not terribly surprising given that the evidence-portion of the trial is over and his testimony is no longer required, thus no longer in need of being compelled.  It will be interesting to see now, however, whether he will be…

  10. The University of California’s baseball team is back

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    UC Berkeley baseball

    Remember in February how the University of California announced that it was cutting its baseball team due to funding problems?  Yeah, about that (via Baseball America): The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful…

  11. “How are you a Yankees fan at all? It’s like being a huge fan of fascism”

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s a commercial — for New Era caps — but it’s funny, it has some good Yankees-Red Sox hate and it’s got Alec Baldwin in it, and I’d watch Alec Baldwin in just about anything, so there you are.

  12. Going forward, there will be a heavy police presence at Dodger Stadium

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, police Chief Charlie Beck and Frank McCourt are going to hold a news conference today to announce new security measures at Dodger Stadium in the wake of the beating of Bryan Stow last week. We don’t know everything, but Chief Beck made it clear that at least parts of it won’t…

  13. Tito tinkers with the lineup, but it doesn’t really matter

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona is tinkering with the lineup for today’s game with the Yankees: he has moved Carl Crawford to the top of the order — his fourth different slot in seven games — and he’s rounding it out with Pedroia second, Gonzalez third and then Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Saltalamacchia, Ellsbury and Scutaro. Lineup order doesn’t interest…

  14. HBT Daily: Looking ahead to the weekend

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and I — yes, Tiffany is back! — talk Yankees-Red Sox, Phillies-Braves and Tony La Russa’s blowup and the Cardinals bats

  15. We’re nearing round two of the Mets-seek-investors thing

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    A source tells the Daily News that the list of potential investors in the Mets has been whittled down to eight, and that those eight have all been vetted by Major League Baseball, leaving the decision solely in the hands of the Wilpons.  The offers are characterized as ranging from “marginally acceptable” to “very acceptable.”…

  16. Stephen Strasburg begs to differ with Rob Dibble

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

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    Remember yesterday how Rob Dibble said that it was an email from Stephen Strasburg‘s father to the Lerners that got him fired?  Well, Strasburg took to Twitter last night to take issue with that: For those of you wondering my dad doesn’t even have the Lerners’ email… Actually was a fan of Dibble believe it…

  17. Broadcasters: please stop calling players by their first name all the time

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Chip Caray

    I meant to mention this in ATH, but it got a bit long talking about my treadmill and everything. Anyway: While watching the Marlins broadcast last night I noticed that the announcers for FSN Florida — I believe it was Rich Waltz and Tommy Hutton — were constantly calling Marlins players by their first name.…

  18. Checking in with this morning’s Red Sox hyperbole

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    McDonald bag.bmp

    I know a lot of Red Sox fans in that way you know people on the Internet. Twitter and message boards and stuff. Most of them are understandably bummed about the team’s start, but almost none of them are wallowing or anything. The consensus is “this is straight shite, but they’ll turn it around.”  It’s…

  19. Bonds Trial Update: It’s now in the jury’s hands

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Closing Arguments Delivered In Barry Bonds Trial

    Closing statements were made at the Barry Bonds trial yesterday. And while closings aren’t evidence — and while in my view they aren’t nearly as important as openings — they always feel like a high point.  The final opportunity to pound the theme of the case home. But they also serve as something of a…

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

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ian Desmond, Wes Helms

    Before I let you know what happened in the Nats-Marlins game, I’d like to tell you about my treadmill.

  21. The Red Sox aren’t the only 0-6 team

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    The Red Sox are not the only 0-6 team out there. They’re not the only one in the division, either. And they’re not even the 0-6 team with the worst chances of a turnaround. Ladies and gentlemen: the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay dropped its sixth straight game today, losing 5-1 to the White Sox…

  22. Great Moments in Competitive Imbalance: Texas High School Baseball Edition

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Lake Highlands baseball

    This is what some Orioles fans want you think playing in the AL East is like: Late on a school night, in a game already delayed because of lightning, Richardson Lake Highlands High School came to bat in the top of the fifth inning leading Dallas Samuell by around 30 runs. Then they scored another 20…

  23. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    The Red Sox’ 0-6 homecoming to face the Yankees is going to dominate the discourse in the salons of baseball for the next 24 hours, and I predict that the amount of fretting will be more or less balanced out by the Don’t Panic Chorus. Dustin Pedroia, however, wants to make it clear to you,…

  24. The Red Sox lose again, head back to Boston 0-6

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    McDonald bag.bmp

    I’ve been getting annoyed at all of the “no team who has ever started 0 and whatever has ever made the playoffs” stuff, but I suppose at some point those numbers are going to become relevant. And we’re a day closer to that, because Boston lost again this afternoon, and they did it in frustrating…

  25. Robert Redford to make a movie about Branch Rickey

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Redford Natural

    He’s a natural for the project, wouldn’t you agree? He starred in one of the most famous fictional baseball movies of all time. Now Robert Redford looks to play one of the most famous real-life baseball figures of all time. The “Natural” star is on board to play Branch Rickey in a long-gestating, recently jump-started version…

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