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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Stephen Strasburg needs a challenge

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Because he’s certainly not getting one down at AA.  Today: one hit in five shutout innings against the Reading Phillies.*  He struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  First pitch was 98 m.p.h., but then he settled into a 95ish groove, breaking off 78 m.p.h. curveballs and 88 m.p.h. changeups. In…

  2. UPDATE: Joe Morgan to work for the Reds, will still broadcast for ESPN

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  John Fay tweets that Joe Morgan’s job with the Reds will not affect his Sunday Night Baseball job because (a) his job with the Reds will not be in day-to-day operations and (b) the Reds aren’t scheduled to be on Sunday Night Baseball this year.  In other words, because the job is merely ceremonial…

  3. Jason Varitek gets the start for the Sox tonight

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said on his weekly radio show that Jason Varitek will catch Josh Beckett tonight.  This is the third straight time that Varitek has caught Beckett, but according to Francona he’s no personal catcher or anything. I guess he would have had a chance to prove that and use Martinez if…

  4. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    As has become a weekly occurrence, I will be talking baseball live at right about . . . . now.

  5. The Baseball Road Trip of a lifetime

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    There’s someone who does the whole visit-all-30-parks-road trip every year, but (a) I never get tired of hearing about it; (b) I never stop being jealous; and (c) I always root for the guy(s) to finish, whether or not they’ve given themselves a time limit. The latest is Navin Vaswani, a journalist/blogger who is chronicling…

  6. Teams gouge their fans when the Yankees come to town

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    It’s always a hot ticket when the Yankees come to town, so you’d understand if teams, say, raised the prices a bit to buy tickets for the matchup. Supply and demand and all of that, right? But what the Dodgers and Mets (and others) do leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Consumerist passes along…

  7. Jimmy Rollins is feeling better

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Good news for Phillies fans: Jimmy Rollins has resumed some baseball activities following his strained calf, and the reports are good.  The current thinking is that he should be able to return to the linuep as soon as he becomes eligible on April 28th. But it’s not perfect news: he was unable to successfully convert…

  8. Carlos Beltran still not clear to resume baseball activities

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll is hearing that the exam was way worse than is being let on by the earlier reports, and offers the quote “No progress. None at all.” 8:16 A.M. Carlos Beltran was seen by his doctor in Vail, Colorado yesterday for a routine visit following arthroscopic knee surgery, which was performed…

  9. The sound of silence: No Edinson Volquez outrage yet

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Unless my bookmarks have all been borked and my Google-fu has suddenly evaporated, I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t any columns this morning eviscerating Edinson Volquez or Major League Baseball over his positive PED test and suspension. The only thing close to that is Jon Paul Morosi’s thing about how the whole…

  10. Cubs' announcer Bob Brenly rips Alfonso Soriano

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    On Monday night Alfonso Soriano hit a long fly ball that, had he been running out of the box instead of watching his handiwork, would have probably been a triple. It did not go unnoticed by Cubs’ radio TV announcer Bob Brenly, who snarked “wouldn’t it be refreshing if we could get our left-fielder to…

  11. Nine stolen bases?! Here's how the Red Sox can stop the running game

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    I mentioned it in ATH, but it’s worth mentioning again: the Rangers stole nine bases off the Boston Red Sox last night. Nine. As in, the most any team has stolen in a game in eight years. Even Vlad Guerrero — who walks around like Fred Sanford half the time — swiped two. Obviously it’s…

  12. Realignment? No way. How about "unalignment"

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    In reaction to the “radical realignment” proposals that floated around last month I made an off-hand suggestion to do something far more simple and far more elegant in order to address the temporary problem of the Yankees and Red Sox hegemony: break all of baseball down to two leagues, with no divisions, a fully-balanced schedule…

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

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Phillies 3: Troy Glaus hit a two-out, two-run homer to kick off the comeback in the ninth, and Nate McLouth hit the walkoff job in the tenth, but make no mistake about it: Jason Heyward — whose two-out solo shot tied things up right after Glaus’ jack — is The Man. I keep…

  14. UPDATE: Joe Maddon now permitted to wear hoodie

    Apr 20, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: After “reinterpreting” the ruling, major league baseball will allow Joe Maddon to wear his hoodie, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. It’s a victory for the little, err, casual people. Monday, 5:43 PM: Rays’ manager Joe Maddon likes to wear a hoodie over his jersey — or more likely, over a…

  15. All-Star balloting has begun already

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Really. We’re 12 or 13 games into the season, and you can already vote for All-Stars.  It’s no different than every year, I suppose, but ever year I continue to be shocked that some guys are going to make the mid-summer classic based on stuff they did in the first two or three weeks of…

  16. 10 of the last 16 PED suspensions were pitchers

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Maury Brown has a list of all of the PED suspensions since the drug testing regime came into play. There have been sixteen major and minor league players suspended for drugs in 2010 (all but Volquez were minor leaguers actually).  Of those, ten were pitchers. Indeed, since the advent of drug testing, the majority of…

  17. Volquez: the drugs were for fertility treatments

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The Reds’ flagship station, 700 WLW, reports that Edinson Volquez has released a statement. The upshot: the drugs he was taking were prescribed by a Dominican doctor to help Volquez and his wife “start a family,” and that the drugs just also happened to be on the MLB-banned drug list. I’ll defer to a fertility…

  18. Union head: "The Pirates have a plan"

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    It was a big deal when the MLBPA went after the Florida Marlins a few months ago, essentially accusing them of pocketing revenue sharing money and not investing enough  to improve the team anywhere apart from the bottom line.  It was a serious enough criticism that even Major League Baseball agreed and the league, the…

  19. Get ready for a media firestorm over the timing of the Edinson Volquez suspension

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    We’re about to have a major media firestorm over the nature of PED suspensions Why? Because, pursuant to the drug testing policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement,  Edison Volquez’s suspension begins immediately. As in, while he’s still on the disabled list due to recovery from Tommy John surgery. What this means is that the 50…

  20. UPDATE: Edinson Volquez suspended for PEDs

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    UPDATE III:  Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman reports the identity of the PED positive: It’s Edinson Volquez of the Cincinnati Reds.  Volquez will be suspended for 50 games. Of course, he’s already out at least until the fall recovering from Tommy John surgery. UPDATE II:  I have learned that the player to be suspended is a…

  21. Johnny Damon has a mohawk

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    When I started this gig I was so smitten with my personal freedom and the lack of any expectation to maintain a professional appearance that I grew out a big ugly beard. After a month or two the concept of rebelling got old so I shaved it off. Johnny Damon is going through the same…

  22. Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor found dead

    Apr 20, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor was found dead in his hotel room this morning. The specific cause of death is not known yet, but police are saying that it was natural causes. McGregor is likely more well-known nationally for playing tight end for the Broncos, Colts and Seahawks, but…

  23. Cliff Lee's suspension dropped

    Apr 20, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ESPN 710′s Shannon Drayer reports that Cliff Lee’s suspension for throwing a pitch over the head of Arizona’s Chris Snyder during a spring training game has been dropped by Major League Baseball. Lee’s defense, in a nutshell, was that he had been struggling with his command early in spring training anyway, and that he really…

  24. UPDATE Mike Cameron has an abdominal tear, and surgery might be necessary

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPN is reporting that Cameron’s strain is actually a tear — akin to a sports hernia, he says — and that it may require surgery. If so, he’d miss a good month and as much as six weeks. Edes reminds us that both Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton suffered similar injuries…

  25. Brian Fuentes will reclaim the closer spot when he returns

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    That according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times.  And he’ll be returning tomorrow, in all likelihood. Fernando Rodney has been 4 for 4 in save opportunities since assuming the closer role (the only appearance in which he gave up any runs was mopup duty in a 10-1 loss to the Twins on April 8th).…

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