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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Cards blow another one

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    I wish I didn’t know so many cool Cardinals fans, because it would be nice to gloat about Tony “master of the bullpen” La Russa having to suffer through bullpen implosions on consecutive nights. But I do know a lot of cool Cardinals fans, and that takes all the damn fun out of it. Last…

  2. They were smacking the ball out of the yard yesterday

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    There were 42 total homers hit on Tuesday, which was a season high.  Yesterday sluggers topped that, smacking 47.  Adam Dunn led the charge with three, but Matt Holliday, Buster Posey, Casey Kotchman (?!) and Martin Prado all had two-homer nights. Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was too many bad pitchers aligning in…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    We have the beginnings of an HBT Extra reverse curse. If I slam you — or if Tiffany interviews you — your game is bound to improve.

  4. The Mariners are asking a ton for Cliff Lee

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dear lord, we are way, way short on our daily Cliff Lee post quota!  How will baseball ever compete with the NBA hype at this rate?  Let’s fix that with one last Cliff Lee tidbit of the day. Rosenthal and Morosi are saying that the Mariners are seeking “a mammoth return” for Cliff Lee.  This…

  5. The Diamondbacks may not go crazy at the deadline

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    That’s Ken Rosenthal’s assessment, and it’s not a bad one.  His thinking: (a) interim GM Jerry Dipoto can’t be expected to have been handed the reins to do a full-blown fire sale mere weeks after taking over for Josh Byrnes; and (b) the Diamondbacks really don’t have a need to slash payroll given that Brandon…

  6. The Padres trade Sean Gallagher to the Pirates

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Padres have traded righty Sean Galllagher to the Pirates for cash. San Diego had DFA’d Gallagher last Thursday. Gallagher made 15 appearances for the Padres and allowed 14 earned runs on 24 hits in 23 and a third innings. Very Nuke LaLooshy, too, inasmuch as he struck out 21 and walked 19 in that…

  7. It was inevitable: the campaign for the last All-Star roster spot goes negative

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mr. Swisher, your campaign has all the momentum of a runaway freight train. What makes you so popular?

  8. The White Sox are "all over Adam Dunn right now"

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says.  I hope they get off him in the next four hours, because he has to play the Padres tonight! Trading Adam Dunn to the White Sox would be a lot of fun, partially because of the competitive implications — he would definitely give the Sox a big push in the…

  9. Olney: The Rockies may make a play for Dan Uggla

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Marlins players have been worried about the team being broken up, but it’s probably going to happen because they’re not going anywhere.  The most obvious trade chit: Dan Uggla, who is having a typical — maybe even slightly better than typical — Dan Uggla season and will once again be due for a big raise. …

  10. Five minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Jul 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Commissioner’s Office suspended five minor leaguers for PED use today.  They are Yankees pitchers Daury Aquino and Alexander de los Santos; Rays catcher Jhancarlos Infante’ Diamondbacks pitcher Joel Matos; and Royals pitcher Freddy Rodriguez. All of them are plying their trade down in the Dominican Summer League. They’ll all get 50 games on ice…

  11. HBT Extra: Slamming Ryan Howard, the Giants and our friend from the 209

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.

  12. Meet the people who work at the ballpark

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Including a very honest usher who, I’m just sayin’, could make himself a few extra bucks if get got wise.

  13. Quote of the Day: Joey Votto is more dangerous than Albert Pujols

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    And I do hope the guy who mentioned “the Barry Bonds treatment” was referring to intentional walks.

  14. All-Star roster news that actually matters: Mariano Rivera is out

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    One of the reasons I tend not to get too caught up in the All-Star Snub Wars is that just about every snubbed player eventually gets in the game anyway, what with the pitchers who throw on Sunday, the guys who get injured and the guys who pretend that they’re injured who really just want…

  15. The Phillies may be interested in Ben Sheets

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies’ top scout and Busch Light man Charley Kerfeld watched Ben Sheets pitch in Oakland on Monday night.  Sailsbury says that the Phillies “appear to have some interest” in Sheets. The Athletics got Sheets just to flip him anyway, so they’d obviously consider dealing him.  Whether the Phillies want…

  16. The Dodgers are looking for cheap pitching

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have been calling all over the place for pitching, contacting the Mariners, Astros, Blue Jays, Indians and D’Backs. One wonders what kind of pitching they’re really looking for given multiple reports that they’re not able to take on any salary at all, what with them being a…

  17. Bankruptcy trustee tells the Rangers to get new lawyers

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    Many people thought it problematic when it was revealed several months ago that Tom Hicks was both (a) selling the Rangers; and (b) part of the ownership buying the Rangers.  Different capacities, sure, in that Tom Hicks the individual was buying from an entity — Hicks Sports Group — that Hicks just so happened to…

  18. HBT Poll: Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    If ESPN can turn LeBron James’ free agency choice into an hour-long TV show, I can turn Johnny Damon’s Hall of Fame case into a quickie Internet poll.

  19. Johan Santana had a fabulous night

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good.  It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he…

  20. Johnny Damon wishes he were more selfish

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. After the game he talked a lot about it. The takeaway: There’s no “i” in “team,” but there is in “Johnny Damon:” Prior to the game, Damon was asked what that hit would mean to him. “It is another stepping stone to getting to the ultimate place,”…

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

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 AM EDT

    “Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . .”

  22. Bengie Molina: Class Act

    Jul 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants…

  23. Some of the Home Run Derby participants named

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The names of some of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby — the ones who have confirmed already — were just announced. According to Tyler Kepner: David Ortiz, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera will all be doing the back back back back back thing for the amusement of…

  24. The Yankees: less than break even to get Cliff Lee

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Yankees are totally messin’ with the Twins and Mets.

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