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Craig Calcaterra

  1. A-Rod is about to hit his 600th home run. Do you care?

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    There’s a lack of hype around A-Rod’s 600th dinger. Is it because it’s A-Rod doing it, or are we simply bored with home runs?

  2. Ed Wade is asking for way, way too much for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    If we’re going to criticize anyone in the greater Roy Oswalt discussion for having unreasonable demands, Oswalt shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Astros’ GM Ed Wade should.  Derrick Goold reports on Houston’s demands: According to a National League executive, the Astros have said the package must include two top prospects, a third…

  3. The Mets designate Fernando Nieve for assignment

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Andy Martino reports that the Mets have DFA’d reliever Fernando Nieve. He’s been pretty terrible lately, so I get this, but how much of his terribleness is a function of Jerry Manuel criminally overworking him this season?  Hell, in some ways getting DFA’d may be the best thing for him.  If no trade partner can…

  4. Rosenthal: Oswalt should be more flexible

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    But why should players surrender what they bargained for if teams never do?

  5. The Boss gets a mural at Yankee Stadium

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If I had to bet money, I would have bet that a 40’x13′ mural of George Steinbrenner put up a week after his death would have been a tad on the, I dunno, cult-of-personalityish side, maybe looking like some banner from a South American election rally or something.  It’s just so hard to have perspective…

  6. Quote of the Day: "HGH is baseball's Shirley Sherrod"

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Warning: mixing PED talk with politics can be hazardous to your comments section.

  7. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Five shutouts around baseball last night, one of which may be one of the final nails in the coffin of Jerry Manuel’s managerial career.

  8. The latest on Oswalt

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    There have been various updates and added wrinkles to the Roy Oswalt news since this morning. The highlights: Derrick Goold reports that the Cardinals are the Astros’ first choice. This squares with what I was hearing last night. Past of it is geographic (Oswalt owns a farm in Illinois and it isn’t terrible far from…

  9. Jamie Moyer may be done for the year . . . and forever

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Very bad news in Jamie Moyer land: An MRI Thursday revealed a sprain of the ulnar collataral ligament and a strain of the pronator tendon.  I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds serious. Moyer is going on the DL.  It’s an injury that could put him out for the year.  And at age…

  10. Add the Yankees, Twins, Cardinals and Phillies to the Dan Haren watch

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    There are varying degrees of interest here — from the previously reported “serious” interest in Haren from the Tigers — to the Twins, who are said to be “barely monitoring” Haren at the moment, but the upshot is that a lot more teams are falling into what can only be described as the Dan Haren…

  11. Ben Sheets probably isn't going anywhere

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The smart thinking is that the A’s signed Ben Sheets with the idea of flipping him for prospects in the fairly likely event that they failed to catch lightning in a bottle and challenged for the division. Those plans aren’t exactly working, however. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are now thinking they’ll just hold…

  12. Minor leaguers to be tested for HGH. This is all PR, by the way

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball announced a few moments ago that it will immediately begin testing for HGH in the minor leagues.  That sound you hear is a thousand writers and commentators preparing their “good for baseball for finally getting tough” column/blog post/TV talking head spot.  Don’t buy a bit of it. For starters, this is not…

  13. Olney: the Tigers have "serious" interest in Dan Haren

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    Rumors involving Dan Haren have been something of a tease these past few weeks. Little squeaks here and there about how the Diamondbacks would be willing to listen to offers, followed by multiple reports of just how much it would take to convince the Diamondbacks to actually trade him. But hey, we pass along all…

  14. The Yankees to add yet another uniform memorial

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees are already wearing uniform patches for Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. Now Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets that they’ll add black arm bands in memory of Ralph Houk. I would hope that everyone significant in the Yankees Universe would stay healthy regardless, but given how damn little real estate is left on the…

  15. The Reds and Dusty Baker will talk contract extension after the deadline

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a lame duck year for Dusty Baker — and it still technically is — but given how well the Reds have done this season it was inevitable that at some point the Reds and Dusty would have to talk about a contract extension.  That time will be early August, reports…

  16. The Cardinals' Shelby Miller is not untouchable

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart, Matthew Leach and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirm and add some more detail to my report from last night about the Cardinals’ interest in Roy Oswalt. Specifically regarding what the Cardinals may have to give up in order to get him: The Cards’ most compelling potential trading chip for most teams would seem…

  17. HBT Daily: Rangers, Phillies and Mets, Oh my!

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Someone has to win the Mets-Dodgers game, don’t they?

  18. Jose Tabata's wife pleads guilty to kidnapping charges

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Pirates’ outfielder Jose Tabata is only 21 and his soon-to-be ex-wife is 44, so she was already guilty of robbing the cradle. Now she’s guilty of stealing an actual baby: Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pled guilty in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.In March of…

  19. Free Alex Gordon

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Royals are about to call up Rick Ankiel from Omaha, where he has put up a batting line of .270/.281/.556 in 63 at bats while rehabbing. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon is batting .315/.442/.577 in 260 at bats since being sent down, presumably to learn left field. Query: given Ankiel’s injury history and his own defensive…

  20. Carl Crawford is friggin' nuts

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Personally, I’d wear a cup. But then again, I’m not Carl Crawford.

  21. Bobby Jenks is probably out as the White Sox closer

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    At least as the team’s lone closer, and at least for now.  Ozzie Guillen didn’t like what he saw in Seattle last night, when Jenks blew a save in his second bad outing in three games: ”I got three guys there that can [close games]. I’ve got Thornton, I’ve got Putz throwing the ball good.…

  22. The Mattingly mound visit: MLB says the umps were wrong; umps disagree

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    I’ll admit that I was rather confused about the Don Mattingly mound visit thing the other night.  After my initial post yesterday I was mostly persuaded by others that even if the umpires were following the letter of the rule regarding Mattingly making two mound visits, they weren’t following the spirit of the rule because…

  23. The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    A blast from the past: A-Rod hate, the likes of which we haven’t seen in well over a year.

  24. The Giants and Dbacks may open 2011 in Taiwan

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    This is fun: Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that Major League Baseball has proposed that the Giants and Diamondbacks open the 2011 season with a two-game set in Taiwan. Baseball has done Japan and Mexico for Opening Day before, but Taiwan would be a new one. It would be a weird schedule too:…

  25. The Mets are close to shipping Jeff Francoeur off in a trade

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports this morning that the Mets are trying to trade Jeff Francoeur and that they may have a deal done by this weekend. There are no indications as to who may be interested in Francoeur, who was recently shuttled to the bench when Carlos Beltran came back from…

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