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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Cubs are worried about Piniella's health

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Heyman’s new column is mostly about the starting pitching market, but there’s not a ton new there.  Here’s something interesting, though: the Cubs management is worried about Lou Piniella’s health. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been thinking this.  Watching Piniella make that pitching change in the ninth last night was highly uncomfortable.…

  2. What's with the Adrian Beltre head rub thing?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    I realize this is over a week old and that Sox fans were all over it, but it completely eluded my radar, so it likely eluded the radar of others as well: After Adrian Beltre clubbed a home run in Friday night’s game, television cameras caught him in the dugout taking what looked like a…

  3. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

    Here were last week’s Power Rankings. Now for this week’s. I’ve just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the Senate permanently, the Yankees are on top, and the last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.  Fear will keep the other teams in line. Fear of this battlestation! 1. Yankees: There was…

  4. Oswalt's no-trade clause is becoming meaningless

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    In the past couple of weeks we’ve heard Roy Oswalt say that he’d waive his no-trade clause to go “an organization that wants to win.”  They all want to win, of course, so that doesn’t say much. Neither, really, does Oswalt fielding questions about specific teams.  Oswalt is a nice young southern gentleman, so I’m…

  5. Chad Qualls is likely to lose his job at closer

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls got creamed yesterday, allowing three runs in the ninth. But for the grace of God and Chris Young’s walkoff homer he would have blown the whole game.  A.J. Hinch had a front row seat for it, and it sounds like he’s seen enough: “It’s an ugly scene. He’s bearing the…

  6. Ellsbury to be dealt in the offseason?

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s notes column from yesterday is this small nugget: “Prediction: Jacoby Ellsbury will be dealt in the offseason.” Which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because Mike Cameron is not going to live forever and the Sox need someone to play in the outfield, but there you are. He could…

  7. McNamee, federal authorities, reporter trying to bury Roger Clemens

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Given that the Roger Clemens case is one in which a syringe-hording drug dealer who once lied to the police about an alleged sexual assault is accusing a philanderer with anger-management issues of illegal drug use, we probably shouldn’t be surprised when things get even more seedy. But they have gotten more seedy: McNamee now…

  8. An Unwritten Rules Moment: Beckham's bunt attempt in the eighth

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    I realize that some of you were watching the Tony Awards, the NBA Finals and other things that don’t really matter all that much, but the smart ones among you were watching the Cubs-White Sox game. If you did, you watched a pretty damn spiffy pitching matchup, with Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd matching no-hit…

  9. Pedro Alvarez to be called up soon

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    They keep losing baseball games, but at least something interesting is happening in Pittsburgh: interesting young players keep getting called up. The latest will be Pedro Alvarez, who Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated yesterday could be promoted this week. He’s earned it: Alvarez is hitting .285/.370/.549 with 13 homers and 52 RBI for Indianapolis, and…

  10. Quote of the Day: Bob Feller

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    “I think he’s done very well; of course this is not the 1927 Yankees either.” – Indians living legend Bob Feller, summing up Strasburg’s performance against the 2010 Cleveland Indians. Feller had a lot to say about Strasburg, by the way.  The headline of the article — “Feller not overly-impressed by Strasburg” — is misleading…

  11. On the road: Stephen Strasburg comes to Cleveland

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    When I first realized that Stephen Strasburg was going to make his second start in beautiful downtown Cleveland, Ohio, my first thought was: I should get me some tickets. About an hour after that first thought, I got an email from Rob Campbell, future Cleveland Indians GM, inviting me to sit in the Tribe Social…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    All kinds of stuff happened over the weekend. Such as: Word leaked that the Royals were getting the 2012 All-Star Game. Should be fun assuming, you know, that whole Mayan calendar end of the world thing doesn’t go down; For those keeping score: when Derek Jeter tries to play hurt, he’s a “gamer.” When Alex…

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

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Cubs 1, White Sox 0:  There were boatloads of home runs yesterday — with a ton of guys who had a pair each — but this one was all pitching.  Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth before pinch-hitting Juan Pierre hit a leadoff single to break it up.  Lou Piniella then took approximately…

  14. UPDATE: A-Rod out until at least Tuesday

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Alex Rodriguez, who is currently sidelined with hip flexor tendinitis, will not return to the starting lineup until at least Tuesday, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Cashman left open the possibility that Rodriguez could miss even more time, but said that the team does…

  15. Baseball's ump-overseer is demoted

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jimmy Lee Solomon is MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.  In that capacity he handles on-the-field issues, discipline, security, ballpark issues and stuff like that. Or I should say he was MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and handled on-the-field issues, because according to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, Solomon…

  16. Carlos Beltran plays the outfield

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran’s rehabilitation continues apace. Today, for the first time, he played some center field in an extended spring training game.  He also went 3 for 5 with a homer. I’ve always wondered about “extended spring training.”  Who are the other 17 guys the rehabbing star is playing against? Are they any good? Do they…

  17. Cleveland is getting owned by Strasburg

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    I realize that he’s a big deal and everything, but if you’re a Cleveland Indians fan, isn’t having Stephen Strasburg jerseys dominate your own team’s merchandise booths kind of sad? I suppose as of today they could put some Carlos Santana jerseys in there, but for now the Indians are allowing themselves to be pwned…

  18. Barry Bonds is gonna skate on the perjury charge

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that prosecutors in the Barry Bonds/BALCO perjury case may not present urine samples and other evidence that the government says shows Bonds knowingly used steroids. This ruling upholds a lower court decision barring prosecutors from showing the jury any evidence collected by Bonds’ personal trainer Greg…

  19. The Baseball Greats Chessboard

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Our friend lar from Wezen-Ball has created a baseball-themed chess set. At least the design for one. I like it because he tried to match the attributes of the chess pieces to the players he uses for each piece. For example, knights are versatile and disruptive, so he makes Rickey Henderson a knight. Pawns are…

  20. Did Yuniesky Betancourt cost the Mariners Stephen Strasburg?

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Tom Verducci reminds us today that, but for two games, it would have been the Mariners who would have had the worst record in baseball in 2008 and thus the Mariners — and not the Nationals — who would have had the right to select Stephen Strasburg.  Specifically, going into the final two games of…

  21. Ned Yost wants his pitchers hacking

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    The Royals are beginning a stretch of 15 straight interleague games tonight, and Ned Yost has a message for his pitchers, who now have to bat: get your money’s worth: “When we play in National League I’ve got one rule for our pitchers: Never try to beat out an infield hit. But two, if you…

  22. Dallas Braden had an MRI on his forearm

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden said after his last that he’d had forearm tightness all week and felt as if he couldn’t finish his pitches properly.  Yesterday he had an MRI on his forearm to see what the problem was.  No sense yet if there’s anything amiss, but if surgery is necessary, you can bet Braden won’t use…

  23. Comment of the Day: Kenny Williams should chill

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    I don’t necessarily think that Ozzie has a valid point here, if his son is not a legitimate prospect.  That said, I can understand him having higher expectations given that 2008 6th round draft pick Ken Williams Jr. is hitting .222/.314/.344 as a 24 year old in high A.  Blatant nepotism is only appreciated when…

  24. Great Moments in overthinking: Phillies sellouts are bad!

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    I’m no economic expert, but today’s column from Paul Hagen in the Philadelphia Daily News doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. The upshot: it’s nice that the Phillies are selling out so many consecutive games, but there’s a downside to it because if you sell out all the time you can’t increase your…

  25. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams "almost came to blows"

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    Yesterday Kenny Williams complained of the White Sox’ “soap opera.”  Today Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times reports that it may be more like “Tuesday Night Fights”: After the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Sun-Times was told by a team source that general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen ”almost came…

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