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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Kyle Blanks could have surgery. Maybe. Or not. Who knows?

    Jun 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    In the grand scheme of things this sort of stuff doesn’t matter, but it makes me laugh all the same.  Here’s FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic after talking to Padres’ manager Bud Black yesterday: Bud Black: LF Kyle Blanks reports only “minimal” improvement in elbow. Surgery hasn’t been discussed. Here’s Dan Hayes from the North County Times…

  2. Are the Phillies scouting Cliff Lee, or is it something else?

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    There was some buzz around the Twitterverse late this morning about how the Phillies had sent a scout to watch Cliff Lee pitch against the Yankees last night.  Could they be trying to get in on that hot, hot Cliff Lee action?! Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says no: What the heck would [Phillies…

  3. Bad idea jeans: The Dbacks are moving Dontrelle Willis to the bullpen

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Pop quiz, hot shot: you have a pitcher who can’t throw strikes and a bullpen that is, by far, the team’s weakest link.  What do you do? If you’re the Arizona Diamondbacks you put that pitcher in that bullpen and hope one of the fundamental laws of the universe (i.e. relief pitchers must throw strikes)…

  4. Why did Bobby Valentine and the Marlins hit the skids?

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    The same reason any lovebirds quarrel: money, money and Ozzie Guillen.

  5. The Phillie Phanatic is sued. Again.

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that the Phillie Phanatic gets sued all the time or the fact that the plaintiff’s lawyer in this latest case — arising out of the Phanatic’s antics at a minor league game at Reading — seems to be doing a pretty good job of humanizing, er, Phanaticising…

  6. The Mets' price tag for Cliff Lee: Mejia or Wilmer Flores

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman on the chances of Cliff Lee going to the Mets: Thus, if the Mets want Lee — and, boy, do they ever — a trade will have to be built around Jenrry Mejia, whom Seattle likes, but does not love, or Wilmer Flores, an 18-year-old infielder already thriving at High-A. In conversations with…

  7. The latest t-shirt to capture some random baseball ephemera

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    I mentioned recently that I am kind of fixated on t-shirts that memorialize the most temporary of baseball stories, quotes or happenings. The example I used was the “Laser Show” shirt. A few short years from now no one but hardcore baseball geeks are going to remember what that was all about. “Operation Shutdown” would…

  8. Cell phone-talkin' Yankees fan nailed in the face with a ball

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway — can be seen at Deadspin. (UPDATE: if the Deadspin link disappears, try MLB.com). Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not…

  9. Jamey Newberg responds to the revelation that he's paid by the Rangers

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    This follows this morning’s earlier post about the Rangers financial disclosures. Those disclosures revealed that Jamey Newberg has been paid some $27K in the past year by the Rangers, who he covers in his blog, The Newberg Report. You should read Newberg’s entire statement in the second half of this post, but for those too…

  10. The Rays designate Hank Blalock for assignment

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    The Rays cut Pat Burrell to bring up Hank Blalock and now they’ve DFA’d Blalock to make room for Gabe Kapler. John Jaha, Dante Bichette and Jeff Conine: call your agents. Not that Blalock needed to hang around. He hit .254/.319/.349 in limited play for the Rays team that desperately needs to find some offense.

  11. Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to…

  12. Quote of the Day: Lenny Dykstra on steroids

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:09 AM EDT

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  13. Let's take a peek inside the Rangers finances

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Just like the divorce case in Los Angeles, the bankruptcy case in Texas has given us the rare opportunity to take a look inside the usually secretive world of team finances.  A pretty full financial disclosure was released by the Rangers yesterday. Maury has the documents here. The sad news: no V-energy peddling gurus, diamond…

  14. The DEA is investigating the Padres' doctors over prescription drug policies

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres team doctors — as well as team doctors for the San Diego Chargers — are under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency over the “correctness” of how they regulate prescription drugs, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. As part of this investigation, the DEA served 10 warrants on various team offices and facilities…

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

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Today’s ATH name-checks LeBron James, Ozzie Virgil and my wife, but it’s not as exciting as all that sounds.

  16. Oliver Perez has a change of heart: will pitch in the minors

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    It’s not an official demotion — remember, Ollie was “injured” — but Andy Martino reports that Perez has given his consent to the Mets, as he must, to begin a rehab assignment in the minors. He starts tomorrow for St. Lucie. I’d chalk Perez’s change of heart up to reality — in the form of…

  17. The Mets "aren't a serious player" for Roy Oswalt

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    In light of Polanco and Utley getting sent to the DL, I was actually kind of worried that if the Mets traded for Cliff Lee, half of Philadelphia would commit suicide.  It’s after five, though, and Lee is set to start tonight so I’m guessing it won’t happen because no one ever works late in…

  18. Quote of the Day: Yankees President on Jeter and Rivera's contract status

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    You’ll be shocked to learn that the Yankees think Jeter and Rivera will be back with the Yankees next year.

  19. Randy Winn gives Mark Reynolds an alley-oop homer

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    What with the late start to the day due to the gremlins in the HBT engine, I neglected my usual morning practice of perusing video highlights from the previous night’s games, instead relying on the box scores.  As a result, I missed a nice one: Randy Winn giving the old alley-oop treatment to what should…

  20. What debate? Of course Strasburg belongs in the All-Star Game

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    There is no good reason to keep Strasburg out of the All-Star Game and plenty of good reasons to let him in.

  21. Tiger Stadium is gone, but the field is still there

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    An interesting yet sad travelogue from a couple of Mets fans who found that, though Tiger Stadium itself is gone, the mound, the field and the flagpole remain. The “RIP Ernie” someone wrote on the pole coincided with a large cloud of eye-irritating dust infiltrating my den.  Damndest thing. In other news, if the blog…

  22. Joel Zumaya: fractured elbow, out for the year

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    A talented but snakebitten reliever is bitten once again

  23. Wanna feel old? Mike Greenwell's son is a minor leaguer

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    I’m guessing people in Boston were aware of this, but it’s the first I’ve heard about it: Bo Greenwell — son of Mike — is a minor leaguer in the Indians’ organization, playing for the Lake County Captians up in Eastlake, Ohio. It’s one of those feel-good “what’s it like to be the son of…

  24. The Phillies are going to place Utley, Polanco on the DL

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    The Phillies swooned when they lost Jimmy Rollins to the DL earlier this year. Not saying there was a direct correlation or anything — what ailed them during the slump went beyond the absence of their shortstop — but the experience did nothing to give the team or its fans confidence that losing a starting…

  25. Mark Prior attempts another comeback

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    This gets a little sadder each time.

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