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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hideki Irabu busted for suspected DUI

    May 25, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu was pulled over in Gardena, California drifting right and left and all over the place. The cops are going to wait for his blood tests to come back to decide if he should be charged.  Worth noting, though, that if this holds up it won’t be the first time the Fat Toad has…

  2. Hideki Matsui dropped to seventh in the order

    May 25, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    I loved Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance. I would love to have a hitter like Hideki Matsui in my lineup.  If I did, though, he’d be way down low in the order, just like the Angels are doing with him now: Hideki Matsui was dropped from the cleanup spot to the fifth spot on May…

  3. The Reds-Pirates anachronistic night contained an anachronism

    May 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Reds and Pirates did something cool last night: in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first ever night game — which also took place in Cincinnati — the teams, according to the MLB.com story, played in “a retro atmosphere with no modern graphics on the scoreboard in the first seven innings and organ…

  4. So where is Roy Oswalt going?

    May 25, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    I don’t know. But Bernardo Fallas and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle handicap the field today.  Included in their analysis: the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, Braves, Reds, Nationals, White Sox, and Phillies. As the writers note, there are issues with all of those, including the willingness to spend money (Dodgers, Phillies), the fact that they…

  5. Darn. Now we don't get an intentional vomiting trial

    May 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Remember that guy in Philadelphia who intentionally thew up on the 11 year-old girl?  Yeah, that was wonderful.  Seems his legal team decided that he might not be able to win over a jury, because he pleaded guilty this morning: A 21-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to intentionally vomiting on a man and…

  6. The Rockies sign Kaz Matsui

    May 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The Rockies signed Kaz Matsui to a minor league deal yesterday, and will send him to Colorado Springs, assuming he passes the physical. Matsui — who,as you can see, has some fabulous facial hair — hit a measly 141/.197/.155 in 71 at-bats with the Astros, so it’s not like we can expect a ton of…

  7. So the Mets are fighting with one another

    May 25, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    We saw the the Jerry Manuel-John Maine argument last week and that was fun, but a dustup on Sunday between closer Francisco Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann had escaped our notice. The way I read it on Sunday night — and this came straight from K-Rod in the game stories that were written —…

  8. Bono angers even more people (if that's at all possible)

    May 25, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Remember how U2 caused the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays and Marlins to rearrange their schedule to that they could put on their big “We Used to be About the Music but now We’re Basically ‘Disaster Area’ from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Books” tour? Yeah, about that: Bono now has to have back surgery,…

  9. Curtis Granderson to return Friday

    May 25, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman said yesterday that Curtis Granderson, late of a strained groin (exclusive video of the injury here), is going to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. Granderson’s absence has coincided with a far more eventful stretch of play from Marcus Thames — both for good and bad — than anyone expected, but…

  10. The Red Sox shuffle their outfield

    May 25, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron has been activated, Darnell McDonald has been designated for assignment and Terry Francona has decided that Jacoby Ellsbury will stay in centerfield with Cameron manning left.  Let us unpack, shall we? Good news for the Sox having Cameron back. He started slow before the injuries sapped him, but he appears to be feeling…

  11. So would you ever trade a Strasburg-like talent for Oswalt?

    May 25, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Steve Phillips is taking a ton of heat for his “I’d trade Strasburg for Oswalt” comments yesterday. And he deserves it.  Rob Neyer, however, has decided to probe the question a little deeper and wonders whether you’d ever trade a Strasburg-level talent for a guy like Roy Oswalt.  The answer? Sure you would. The monster…

  12. Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

    May 25, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Sorry it’s a day late, but there were only four games last night, so it’s not like the balance of power shifted since yesterday afternoon.  If you’re still upset, though, just sign these forms and you’ll get your money back in sixty days. What? Well, now, that’s what you agreed to when you bought your…

  13. Omar Vizquel may have hit himself into the Hall of Fame last night

    May 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps, Omar Vizquel tied Luis Aparicio for the second most hits by a shortstop last night, notching his 2,674th career safety.* Unless there’s either an unfortunate bus accident or a fortunate Fountain of Youth accident he won’t catch Jeter, who is 108 hits ahead at the moment and will quite…

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

    May 25, 2010, 5:50 AM EDT

    Four games? That’s it? Blimey. Red Sox 6, Rays 1: Clay Buchholz continues Boston’s string of nice starts as the Sox (a) beat the Rays for the first time in five tries; and (b) move to four games over .500 for the first time all season. David Ortiz homered for the fifth time in his…

  15. Rosenthal's latest odds and ends

    May 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    We’re starting to get some legitimate trade deadliney and transactiony stuff happening this week. That means Ken Rosenthal is transitioning out of early season hey-let’s-propose-some-wacky-realignment-thing mode and into what he does best: reporting the rumors and offering some genuinely informed speculation on who could be on the move and where.  Today’s latest: Robo gets creative…

  16. Miguel Cabrera to miss the Mariners' series

    May 24, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts: If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is…

  17. UPDATE: Dave Trembley isn't getting fired today

    May 24, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    This morning I speculated if whether today wasn’t a good day for the Orioles to 86 Dave Trembley.  This afternoon we have our answer, courtesy of MASN’s Rich Kubatko: Everything’s still quiet regarding manager Dave Trembley. He won’t be fired today. Book it. I just got further confirmation. Alrighty then, he lives to visit retribution…

  18. There's a reason why Steve Phillips is no longer a GM

    May 24, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Both geography and an elaborate b.s.-dampening system I recently had installed prevents me from picking up WFAN radio in my home, but according to this guy, Former Mets GM Steve Phillips was just on the Mike Francesa show and said that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt straight up if he were running the…

  19. Your American League All-Star vote leaders

    May 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s early yet, but if the All-Star voting ended today, the nine starting position players in the AL would be: C: Joe Mauer1B: Mark Teixeira2B: Robinson CanoSS: Derek Jeter3B: Evan LongoriaOF: Ichiro Suzuki, Carl Crawford, Nelson CruzDH: Vladimir Guerrero. There have been worse voting results in history, but this one is far from perfect. Mauer,…

  20. The Reds place Homer Bailey on the disabled list

    May 24, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    The Reds have had a look-see at Homer Bailey’s shoulder and have decided to place him on the 15-day DL.  They called up righty Enerio Del Rosario to take his place on the roster. Bailey is just 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA on the year, but his last two full outings had been pretty darn…

  21. The Astros bring an organist back to the ballpark

    May 24, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The Astros may be in last place, but they’re doing something first rate: bringing back an organist to the ballpark. At least for Sunday home games anyway: Connors might play the Adam’s Family theme song, a Mexican Hat dance, the Pink Panther theme song, or even the YMCA. “Who would have thought we could do…

  22. Are the Rangers going to stiff Alex Rodriguez?

    May 24, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, some more research leads me to believe that the answer in the headline is “no” A-Rod is not going to get stiffed. At least probably not. It’s possible and, in “prepacked” bankruptcies like this one, common, for the debtor (i.e. the Rangers) to  file for bankruptcy when it has the assets to cover…

  23. The power rankings will be a day late

    May 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Hey all — apologies, but Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings are going to be Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings this week.  The primary reason: I’ve been reading and trying to get my mind around the Rangers’ bankruptcy filings, and it has taken longer than I figured to do that.  If I were to now try…

  24. The Rangers file for bankruptcy

    May 24, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    We’re still light on the details (Maury has the press release and some analysis), but the Texas Rangers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. It was a voluntary filing that is being characterized as a “prepackaged” bankruptcy proceeding, which means that all the terms of the bankruptcy are agreed to before filing, which can…

  25. A great Jose Lima Eulogy

    May 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    I’ve seen and delivered my fair share of eulogies over the years and if I’ve learned anything from the experience, it’s that any eulogy that speaks of the dead as if he had no flaws is a phony one. And a bad one, really. We want eulogies to help us remember the departed, and if…

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