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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Pitching porn tonight: Lincecum vs. Kershaw

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I’m probably going to be a bit drowsy tomorrow, because there’s a great pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles: Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw. When you’re a junkie like me you just can’t miss that kind of thing. Lots of interesting stuff swirling around this one. The last start from each of these aces for…

  2. Lots of teams are interested in John Buck

    Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game.  Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at…

  3. The Yankees want to buy into the Premier League? Sure. . .

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    There are many, many reasons to discount reports that the Yankees are interested in investing in the English Premier League. The man pictured to the left is the biggest among them.

  4. The Marlins are going to interview Ted Simmons for their managerial job

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over. Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’…

  5. Derek Jeter is baseball's most marketable player

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    That according to SportsBusiness Daily, which surveyed oodles of sports business professionals. The list ended up breaking down thusly: 1. Derek Jeter2. Albert Pujols3. Joe Mauer4. Stephen Strasburg5. Ryan Howard6. Evan Longoria7. Tim Lincecum8. David Wright9. Alex Rodriguez10. Dustin Pedroia/Torii Hunter I’ll accept that list at face value, but I can’t help but think that…

  6. The Dodgers are calling all over for pitching

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers — previously thought to be unable or unwilling to do anything at the deadline — have been “very aggressive” in pursuit of pitching, making calls about Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona.  Brown also reports that the Dodgers are interested in the eleventeen…

  7. Brandon Inge breaks his finger, will miss 4-6 weeks

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Tigers are suffering through a nightmare losing streak right now, and it just got worse: Brandon Inge broke a bone in his left hand after getting smacked with a Scott Feldman pitch last night and the third baseman is going to miss 4-6 weeks. In a season when the Tigers are suffering from multiple…

  8. The Mets are in deep trouble if Mike Pelfrey can't turn it around

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Dead arm? Fuzzy head? Injury? No matter the case, the Mets need Mike Pelfrey to figure it out — fast.

  9. The White Sox are "trying desperately" to get Adam Dunn

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Sun Times reports that the Chicago White Sox have “spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals.”  Cowley’s source says Kenny Williams has offered “anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package,” but that Nat’s GM Mike…

  10. McCarver apologizes for the Nazi/Commie reference, is still wrong about the Yankees

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    McCarver calls Saturday’s comments “inappropriate” but then says something arguably creepier.

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

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Lots of soggy, steamy rain-delayed games. Lots of pitchers getting beat up. Methinks the dog days are upon us.

  12. Former Jays' GM J.P. Ricciardi says two interesting things

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    I was never a fan of J.P. Ricciardi the general manager, but I think I can get behind J.P. the talking head. He was on WEEI today, and said a couple of interesting things. First, on PEDs: We had a suspicion of who all of a sudden got bigger, who got stronger, I mean I…

  13. The market for relievers is "absolutely terrible"

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says one of his “talent evaluator” sources is saying.  If it’s true it might explain things like the Reds exhuming the corpse of Jason Isringhausen for a tryout and the Mets giving Oliver Perez a job as a lefty specialist. Still, there are some relievers out there who may be worth…

  14. Your latest "Team X is scouting Player Y" report: the Mets and Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    I’m still not sure what to make sure of these “Team X is scouting Player Y” reports we’ve seen so many of this summer, simply because we don’t really have a baseline for judging how much scouting happens in the normal course. Maybe some teams have guys at everyone’s games, at least periodically, to fill…

  15. The Braves are looking at outfielders

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Based on today’s report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, it’s pretty clear that the Braves are going to make one more move before the trade deadline, in all likelihood for an outfielder: When McLouth was sidelined on June 9 with a concussion, he was hitting just .176 with a .295 on-base percentage. In the seven rehab…

  16. The Red Sox and Rockies are talking about Chris Iannetta

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Rockies about Chris Iannetta.  Rosenthal doesn’t see it going anywhere and neither do I, really. I know the Sox are hurt now, but sometime soon they’re going to have Victor Martinez and Jason Vairtek back and not a lot of room for a third,…

  17. Yankees, Red Sox both interested in Scott Downs

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    AOL’s Ed Price says that the Yankees and the Red Sox have “a big time interest” in Blue Jays’ reliever Scott Downs. And he’s definitely interesting. He has a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings, and has a K/BB ratio of 30/8.  Both the Yankees and the Red Sox could use some bullpen help, but it’s…

  18. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    A slight twist this week: instead of summarizing where the teams are, I list what the teams need. Be it at the trade deadline or otherwise.

  19. Marlins: the price for Cody Ross is "very, very high"

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney is saying the Marlins are saying.  And I can only think that the reason the Marlins are saying that is because the Braves — a division and geographic rival — are the team that has been mentioned with the greatest interest in the Ross. Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a…

  20. John Smoltz doesn't live up to his own golfing hype

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a — duh — celebrity golf tournament that the good people at NBC happen to broadcast and sponsor and everything. It went down in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and, as usual, a lot of ex-baseball players participated. The bosses didn’t let me go though, presumably because John…

  21. Olney: the Yankees are not looking for a starting pitcher

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    We talked “should” a couple of hours ago. Now here’s the “will”:  Buster Olney tweets that New York is not looking for a starting pitcher in the wake of Andy Pettitte’s injury.  Rather, they are going to concentrate on improving the bench and improving the bullpen, presumably content to let the rotation play out the…

  22. Because things aren't crazy enough: Mark Cuban may get in on the Rangers now

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I missed this from late last week, but Mark Cuban — who has been denying any interest in the Rangers for a solid year now — has changed course and may now get involved in the upcoming auction: “The economics have changed, which has gotten me interested. My lawyers are still going through everything, but…

  23. Quote of the Day: Lou Brown

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    We honor the memory of the Indians’ best manager since Tris Speaker.

  24. Should Andy Pettitte's injury make the Yankees go out and get a pitcher?

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is going to miss 4-5 weeks with a groin injury.  That likely puts Sergio Mitre in the rotation.  Does that transform the Yankees from a team that appeared like it was going to stand-pat at the deadline into a serious buyer? I’m sure the rumors will start flying now, but I’m less interested…

  25. Bud Selig's battle to sell the Rangers

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    The daily blow-by-blow of the legal battle involving the sale of the Texas Rangers has gotten so technical and boring that it’s understandable if you’ve tuned out by now.  But the big picture is still a fascinating one.  Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of it all is that, at its heart, the Rangers sale is…

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