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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Springtime Storylines: Is Dontrelle Willis going to make the Tigers rotation?

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Tiger Time: The big question: Is Dontrelle Willis going to make the Tigers rotation? I’m still kind of dubious, but the fact…

  2. Scott Kazmir scratched with shoulder problems

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    “Fatigued deltoid?”  Wall la-di-da and pardon me, your majesty, here in the real America we call it a sore shoulder: Angels lefty Scott Kazmir was scratched Thursday from his scheduled start with “tightness” in his shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir began feeling “a little fatigue in his deltoid” on Wednesday. But Scioscia said as…

  3. Miguel Tejada's probation extended six months

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada was sentenced last year to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and had to pay a fine for misleading Congressional investigators in the course of the PED circus.  He didn’t knock over a liquor store while on probation, and the fine, we presume, was no big deal.  Mr. Tejada has…

  4. Beckett all but gets the nod as Opening Day starter for the Red Sox

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Terry Francona has yet to formally announce his rotation, but today he basically admitted that Josh Beckett will be pitching the Sunday night opener against the Yankees: Asked if all the pitchers would be making the trip to Washington D.C. for the one exhibition game on April 3, Francona said, “Everybody will go with us.…

  5. Royals pitching prospect quits baseball

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t necessarily an elite prospect, but he is considered their most advanced minor league starter, has played in the futures game and seems to have a good shot at playing in the majors one day.  That is he did before yesterday, when he quit. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas…

  6. Springtime Storylines: How will Target Field play for the Minnesota Twins?

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  First up in the AL Central: the Twinkies The big question: How will Target Field play? Maybe it’s not the biggest question.…

  7. The Mariners are looking at Jarrod Washburn again

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets that Cliff Lee probably won’t be back until Week 3 of the season and that, because of that, the Mariners are “seriously considering” bringing Jarrod Washburn back. Washburn, it has been reported, turned down a $5 million offer from the Twins this winter. Which suggests to me that he’s either (a) delusional;…

  8. The Yankees release Chad Gaudin

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Multiple tweets to that effect. He had been placed on waivers the other day and apparently no one has claimed him.  By doing this today, the Yankees only have to pay him 45 days of termination pay — a hair over $700K — as opposed to the full $2.95 million his contract calls for. Gaudin…

  9. Mets still plan on inducting Gooden into their Hall of Fame in August

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s arrest for DWI and child endangerment will not affect the Mets’ plans to induct Dwight Gooden into the team’s hall of fame, the Daily News reports. As of now he’s scheduled to be inducted alongside Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen and Davey Johnson. Probably worth noting that this was not some definitive team statement endorsing…

  10. Greenberg: we're going to miss opening day

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Not a big surprise, but prospective Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg said yesterday that his team will be unable to finalize the deal for the team before Opening Day, as had been previously hoped.  The new target is mid-April. Worth noting that this is not the first time the Greenberg group has missed a deadline. They…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Is anyone gonna want to watch the Blue Jays this year?

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Ah, the Blue Jays. The lambs to the AL East slaughter . . . The big question: Is anyone gonna want to…

  12. Hughes likely to be named fifth starter today. Here's why it doesn't matter

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s Hughes. 8:29 A.M. The Yankees fifth start competition has been the most celebrated race for a meaningless job since the last vice presidential search. It’s enough to make me wish for a giant scandal in Yankees camp. I mean, at least it would be fun to talk about, say, a fistfight between Nick…

  13. Playoff schedule condensed; seven-game division series next?

    Mar 25, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    Bud Selig announced yesterday that, based on the recommendation of his special committee, the schedules for the 2010 League Championship Serieseseses have been shortened by eliminating an off-day between Games 4 and 5.  Inasmuch as it was a totally superfluous off-day, this is a good thing. Next up, in all likelihood, will be expanding the…

  14. UPDATE: Justin Upton sprained his ankle

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upton took to Twitter Wednesday evening to explain that his ankle is “fine” and that he was pulled as a precaution.  He expects to return after a few days of rest. 5:15pm: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert tweets that Justin Upton has left today’s Dbacks game against the White Sox with a sprained ankle.  Hard to…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Do the Orioles have enough pitching?

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  We’re out of the playoff contenders in the AL East and into the also-rans. First up is the faster of the also-rans,…

  16. The A's pick up Edwar Ramirez

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    As he faced the sun he cast no shadow . . . Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports: The A’s have just announced that they traded recently demoted infielder Gregorio Petit to the Rangers in exchange for right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez, sent by Texas to Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier today. Ramirez spent the past three…

  17. Comparing and contrasting Joe Mauer and Bryce Harper

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I’ve been critical of Bryce Harper skipping two years of high school in order to become draft eligible this year. I’ve done so as a father who has been kind of freaking the hell out recently over just how fast his kids seem to be growing up and as a man who wonders from time…

  18. Nick Swisher says no to "Sweet Caroline"

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s commerce, but ESPN’s commercials often stand out on their own.  The latest: Clay Buchholz, Nick Swisher and some dude sitting in a living room watching  a ballgame. Buchholz and the dude start singing “Sweet Caroline” and then try to throw it to Swisher, who responds with a “no way, dude.” You can see…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Will the Red Sox score enough runs?

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Now the Red Sox: Good times never seemed so good. The big question: Will the Red Sox score enough runs? Just because…

  20. Doc Gooden charged with DWI, child endangerment

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Not less than ten minutes after reading this story in which Doc Gooden offers his advice to Stephen Strasburg I read that Gooden was arrested after being involved in a crash after which he was charged with: Driving under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance; Endangering the welfare of a child; DWI with a…

  21. Quote of the Day: Frank McCourt

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt was behind the relaunch of the Los Angeles Marathon which was run this past weekend.  In today’s Los Angeles Times he waxes defensive: “Not a single person in the media has asked me how my divorce affects the marathon, because it doesn’t. I understand the urge by the media to create drama around…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Will B.J. Upton finally break out for the Rays?

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  I started with the Yankees, so I bet you thought I’d go Red Sox next, eh kitty cat? But I pulled the…

  23. Cliff Lee still feeling pain

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mariners’ starter Cliff Lee played catch yesterday and reported continued discomfort in his injured abdomen. The hope was that the few days of rest he’s had would have made things better, but apparently not. Don Wakamatsu put a positive spin on things, saying that he was pleased that Lee “did not feel any sharp pain…

  24. The Mets are shopping Gary Matthews Jr. Good luck with that.

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports that the Mets are trying to trade Gary Matthews, Jr. and that the Reds are “a possibility.” Sherman thinks this could be evidence that Carlos Beltran may be back quicker than people realize, thus making Matthews redundant. Competing possibility: The Mets are just now realizing that they foolishly traded a more-than-decent reliever…

  25. Reyes likely to hit leadoff when he returns

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It’s unclear whether Jose Reyes will be able to make Opening Day — for what it’s worth I agree with the Post’s Joel Sherman that it would be folly to push him simply to make Opening Day  — but when he does return, Jerry Manuel says he’s likely to bat leadoff. This is a reversal…

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