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Craig Calcaterra

  1. If you have a DH you should probably use it

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Pfun Pfact, via FanGraphs: The White Sox, Indians, Athletics, Red Sox and Mariners have DHs that are hitting worse than the pitchers for the Astros and Diamondbacks. Pitchers for the Padres and Rockies are hitting better than the DHs for Boston and Seattle. In other news, Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield are out of work…

  2. What's up with Trevor Hoffman?

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Trevor Hoffman got creamed last night. He came in to preserve a 3-2 lead in the ninth against the Pirates, but gave up a leadoff homer to Ronny Cedeno which tied the game. He then loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Ryan Doumit.…

  3. Stephen Strasburg continues to toy with minor leaguers

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    When grade school kids are faced with what Stephen Strasburg is currently faced with — the total lack of a challenge — they are double promoted. Or at least put in the gifted class or something, because if they get bored they start setting fires and stuff. Strasburg pitched five no-hit innings yesterday with no…

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

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Twins 2, Tigers 0: Francisco Liriano dominates again. Jon Rauch gets his seventh save in eight chances. Jim Thome, Jason Kubel and Delmon Young all get in the game and provide some production. As long as it doesn’t snow during the Twins’ next homestand, I think we’ll be able to say that all of the…

  5. NBC Sports interviews Jason Heyward

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    They wouldn’t let me near him, what with that restraining order and everything (it’s OK Jason! I mean you no harm!), but NBC Sports’ own Tiffany Simons caught up with The Heymaker before last Friday night’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. Among the subjects they discuss: Heyward growing up as a Braves fan,…

  6. Take the ferry to Mets, Yankees games

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    There’s a new ferry service that takes fans from pier 11 in Manhattan to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. Sponsored by Delta Airlines, the ferry makes it all the easier to get to Yankees and Mets games.  That is, if you don’t need to get back because it’s one way. And if you are one…

  7. Bob Uecker to have heart surgery

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Turns out that Uecker is going to have his aortic valve replaced and his aortic root replaced on Friday morning. The surgery was described by his doctor as “relatively common.” Trevor Hoffman, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, Craig Counsell and Ken Macha were all at the presser, inspiring Uecker to say that “I’m…

  8. Rangers place Nelson Cruz on the disabled list

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz has had a heck of a time with his hamstring lately. He had to leave games in Boston last Tuesday and Wednesday because the hamstring tightened up on him, and after some time in and out of lineup since then, he had to leave last night’s game against the Tigers in the sixth…

  9. Quote of the Day: Baseball needs Jose Canseco

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball should bring Jose Canseco underneath their umbrella, and have him be a key spokesperson on steroids and making good decisions. – Matt Minkus of the Tucson Citizen without any apparent irony. You know, the reason why Jose Canseco was able to blow the whistle on steroids like he did was because he…

  10. News Flash: Andy Pettitte used to throw a knuckleball

    Apr 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Neat article at Yahoo! today as Jorge Posada goes back over his career and ranks the best pitches he has caught. Best fastball: Kyle Farnsworth or Scott Proctor, at least in terms of pure velocity. Best Curve: Hideki Irabu of all people. He goes on and on, and it’s a lot of fun. The real…

  11. The Giants may call up Buster Posey earlier than thought

    Apr 27, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    When Buster Posey was sent down during spring training the thought was that the team was doing the service time thing and wouldn’t think about calling him back up until June.  Henry Schulman of the Chronicle reports, however, that the Giants are reconsidering this and may call him up sometime in the next week or…

  12. Deep Thoughts: Red Sox bullpen edition

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Red Sox called up lefty Fabio Castro from Pawtucket today to bolster the bullpen after yesterday’s slug fest. Castro has an ERA of 8.10 in AAA right now. With those numbers you’d figure that he’s going to get nothing but garbage time. Which makes me wonder what’s the point of having a knuckleballer in…

  13. Rays' Dioner Navarro suspended two games

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    That’s what happens when you bump an ump, which is what Navarro did on Friday night. Navaro was apologetic after the game, admitting that he just lost his temper.  Baseball seems to have acknowledged that in the form of a very brief suspension, though there’s a fine too. Navarro will really only have to miss…

  14. It's no-hitter day

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Pfun pfactoid from MLB.com this morning: April 27th is tied for the title of most no-hittinest day of the baseball season, with six no-nos having occurred on this date in history.  What’s more, two of the 4/27 no hitters were tossed by guys getting starts today: Derek Lowe in 2002 and Kevin Millwood in 2003.…

  15. Ryan Howard is happy to be staying in Philly

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Here’s Ryan Howard talking about his contract extension. He’s obviously happy to be staying in Philly.  

  16. Gregg Zaun can't get the ball back to the mound

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    It was a laugher for the Brewers last night, but early on Gregg Zaun suffered through a catcher’s nightmare: an inability to throw the ball back to the mound after a pitch.  The video is here, and you can’t watch it without thinking back to Macky Sasser, who was unable to throw the ball back…

  17. Jim Leyland doesn't like the redeye flights

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    The Tigers played a night game in Anaheim on Thursday and took a late night flight that got them into Dallas early Friday morning before a game against the Rangers that evening.  Then they played a night game against the Rangers last night and took a late night flight that got them into Detroit early…

  18. OK, west coast and Midwest fans can be nuts too

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Eli Whiteside hit a home run off Roy Halladay in the seventh inning of last night’s Giants-Phillies game.  According to Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer, that caused some Giants fans to chant “overrated!” at Halladay. I suppose if anyone can talk smack to Roy Halladay it’s the fans who root for Tim Lincecum, but…

  19. The Pirates need a mercy rule for Brewers games

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Here are the scores of the last four Brewers-Pirates games. The Brewers have the big number in each of these, of course: 8-18-020-017-3. Not that the Brewers are good. After all, in between game three and four of that list they lost three in a row to the Cubs, being outscored 25-4 in the process. …

  20. Boy hit with shattered bat at Miller Park

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    He’s fine, but this is scary: In the bottom of the fourth, Alcides Escobar’s bat shattered when he grounded out to end the inning. A sharp piece of the barrel flew into the Miller Park stands about 10 rows behind the Pirates’ on-deck circle, careering off several fans and hitting the boy in the head.…

  21. What they're saying about the Ryan Howard deal

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    I said plenty yesterday, but so did a lot of other people. Here’s some of it, starting with the sort of hyperbole that may inspire ESPN to place Jayson Stark under psychiatric evaluation for the next 72 hours, and ending with Matt Swartz at Baseball Prospectus, with what is probably the most middle-ground take I’ve…

  22. Image of the Day: A-Rod at the White House

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    President A-Rod can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome he is.

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

    Apr 27, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Red Sox 13, Blue Jays 12: Just your standard 25 run, 34 hit, 4+ hour nine inning game. Lyle Overbay, Jose Bautista and Jason Varitek each had 4 RBI, Bill Hall, Jeremy Herminda and Travis Snider all had 0-fers, and the starting pitchers — Josh Beckett and Dana Eveland — were each tied up and…

  24. Make no mistake, people: Ryan Howard's production is declining

    Apr 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    I’ve made some comments this afternoon about Ryan Howard likely declining. I’m not a stats guy, though, so I’m just making some guesses, albeit guesses informed by history.  Bill Baer at the Phillies’ blog Crashburn Alley is a stats guy, however, and in the course of assessing the wisdom of the Howard contract extension, he…

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