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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Johan Santana had a fabulous night

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good.  It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he…

  2. Johnny Damon wishes he were more selfish

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. After the game he talked a lot about it. The takeaway: There’s no “i” in “team,” but there is in “Johnny Damon:” Prior to the game, Damon was asked what that hit would mean to him. “It is another stepping stone to getting to the ultimate place,”…

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 AM EDT

    “Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . .”

  4. Bengie Molina: Class Act

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants…

  5. Some of the Home Run Derby participants named

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The names of some of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby — the ones who have confirmed already — were just announced. According to Tyler Kepner: David Ortiz, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera will all be doing the back back back back back thing for the amusement of…

  6. The Yankees: less than break even to get Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees are totally messin’ with the Twins and Mets.

  7. Bronson Arroyo is patriotic. He also sounds a bit like the guy from Creed.

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I’m a couple of days late on this one, but it’s never too late to honor America with a patriotic serenade from a flaky, supplement-crazed mid-rotation starter.

  8. Bud Selig isn't going to do a thing on replay

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Bud Selig is “comfortable” with the way things are. Sorry, that’s not good enough for me.

  9. A.J. Hinch talks about his firing

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Former Dbacks’ skipper A.J. Hinch was on KTAR radio in Phoenix yesterday talking about getting axed.  He’s mostly diplomatic, talking about how wins and losses are all that matter, but there are times when it seems pretty clear that he resents the fact that his team basically mutinied on him right after he got the…

  10. The Feds sue Arizona over the immigration law; 2011 All-Star Game likely saved

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    As we have reported ad nausuem, the new Arizona immigration law has created a ruckus in baseball circles.  Most of that ruckus has surrounded the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled for Chase Field. Multiple players have gone on record against the law with some — including the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez — saying that they’d boycott the…

  11. The Mariners and the Mets aren't getting anywhere on Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tweets that talks between the Mets and Mariners regarding Cliff Lee “haven’t progressed very far.” And this is totally understandable if last night’s report that had the Twins offering the Mariners Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramoshas has any truth to it.  The Mets don’t have a package to match that…

  12. Sure, the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth, but I wouldn't worry about it, Phillies fans

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal has set the Phillies’ little corner of the Twitterverse a-tweeting by suggesting — based on word from “major league sources” — that the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth mid-season. This is one of those things, though, in which the caveat basically swallows up the rumor. The caveat: “if the Phillies somehow fall out…

  13. Shameless Self-Promotion: I got interviewed about a lot of stuff

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here.

  14. Your latest Cliff Lee rumor: would you believe the Rays?

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Thanks God for LeBron-mania! Otherwise baseball would seem positively unhinged right now.

  15. Teams are calling the Braves about Yunel Escobar

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet: Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel Escobar . . . Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s only 27, is…

  16. Brian Sabean is in Milwaukee. Is a deal with the Brewers afoot?

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the Merc reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean met up with the team in Milwaukee yesterday. One of two possibilities: (a) he’s there to scout and discuss a deal with the Brewers; or (b) he brought along the proton packs in order to bust the ghosts over at the Pfister. Assuming for…

  17. As the Carlos Beltran turns: he may be activated this week

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Either Jerry Manuel is helplessly out of the loop, or else the Mets are profoundly schizophrenic about when Carlos Beltran is going to be activated. First, Manuel said he could be back for the Marlins in Puerto Rico. That obviously didn’t happen.  Then it was suggested that the Reds series this week.  Then the team…

  18. Edgar Renteria is Shaggy, Pablo Sandoval is Scooby

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    There was some farkakte story back in May about how the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee was haunted and that because of it visiting baseball players don’t like to stay there.  It was on a local news station and it came during May sweeps, so take it with the same grain of salt you take those…

  19. The Rangers will be auctioned on July 16th. Kinda.

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    And now, the continuing stoooory of a sale, that’s gone to the dogs.

  20. Dallas Braden doesn't like the "Get off my mound" shirts. Pardon me, your majesty

    Jul 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We passed along word last week that the A’s were selling “Get off my mound” t-shirts in honor of the Yankees’ return to Oakland.  Sounded like a great idea to me in a fun, self-effacing kind of way. But apparently they don’t do self-deprecation in the 209, because Dallas Braden hates the shirts: “They’re trying…

  21. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:53 AM EDT

    My favorite team got mowed down by Roy Halladay but the evening worked out OK anyway.

  22. Chase Utley says he's coming back early

    Jul 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    The last prognosis we heard regarding Chase Utley was that it would be eight weeks before he could make it back to the Phillies’ lineup.  Todd Zolecki is tweeting, however, that Utley is planning on coming back sooner than that, saying that it will take five weeks to heal, one week to get his mobility…

  23. Maybe we need to lay off the Omar Infante All-Star selection

    Jul 5, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark tweets that both of the All-Star managers were told by Major League Baseball that they needed to pick a “multi-position” player in order to take advantage of the new rule allowing managers to return one player to the game after he comes out. It was for that reason, Stark says, Charlie Manuel chose…

  24. An ugly game in Detroit as the Tigers beat the Orioles 12-9

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    It’s approximately 165 degrees here in the Midwest today, so heading out to see a day game was already an iffy proposition for Tigers fans.  Those who used their day off work to do so were greeted with one of the uglier games of the past couple of weeks, as the Tigers and Orioles decided…

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