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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Tim Lincecum buzzes the home plate umpire

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Aaron just told you about the blown save that cost Tim Lincecum and the Giants the game yesterday, but perhaps the most interesting thing that happened in the game occurred when Lincecum faced Cole Hamels in the top of the third. With the count 1-2 to an obviously overmatched Hamels, Lincecum threw a fastball. It…

  2. Jeremy Guthrie likes to hit the Yankees

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada was plunked in the knee with a Jeremy Guthrie pitch in the second inning of yesterday’s Yankees-O’s game and is likely to miss today’s game due to what’s being called a contusion (“bruise” is much too pedestrian a word to use for one of the Core Four). Joe Girardi didn’t like it: “I…

  3. The voice of your franchise

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Wezen-Ball is good at making charts of interesting things. The latest: inspired by Bob Uecker, a graph illustrating the tenures of some of the game’s greatest broadcasting voices. In other news, yes, I agree that the Predator monster would make a pretty good ballplayer.

  4. Piniella gets prickly

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella wasn’t in the mood to talk strategy with reporters after yesterday’s game.  The video is here. For those who can’t watch it for some reason, the reporter asked Lou whether he considered having Mike Fontenot bunt in the eighth inning when Marlon Byrd was on second base. Lou: “Bunting what? With a left-hand…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 2

    Apr 29, 2010, 7:12 AM EDT

    And now for the Senior Circuit. Pirates 6, Brewers 5: Oh, Trevor. We covered this as it happened yesterday, but to reiterate: Hoffman was taken long by Ryan Doumit in the ninth for the second game in a row, and has now blown four of seven save chances this season. He blew only four saves…

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights, Part 1

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:05 AM EDT

    Because I’m running late with these, let’s break them up into two installments. Here’s the AL edition. The NL edition will follow later this morning.  Thanks for bearing with me. Tigers 11, Twins 6: Interesting play in the sixth, when Johnny Damon hit a deep drive to center. Denard Span caught it after a very…

  7. Programming note

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:40 AM EDT

    And That Happened will still happen this morning. Just a little later than normal is all, as real life interrupted a bit last night during my prime box score interpretation hours.  In the meantime, I leave you with a picture of Erick Aybar leaping over Luis Valbuena. Why? Because it’s cool, that’s why.

  8. Great Moments in Straw Man Arguments: Jon Heyman

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman was the first major national writer to weigh in on the Ryan Howard contract the other day, tweeting his strong approval of the pact. Today he has a lengthy column up elaborating on his support for the deal. There are some passable, though ultimately unconvincing (in my view) arguments in the piece,…

  9. The All-Star Game is now all-DH, all the time

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Ever since Ron Blomberg and his ilk ruined our national pastime lo those 37 years ago, the rule has been that the designated hitter is to be used when an American League team hosts the All-Star Game, and that the pitchers will bat when in a Senior Circuit park. That is no more, as baseball…

  10. Trevor Hoffman blows another save

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Brewers up by one, Trevor Hoffman comes into the game, Ryan Doumit at the plate and . . . wham! it’s gone. This is not a repeat from yesterday. It just happened in the Brewers-Pirates game, and now Trevor Hoffman has given up six home runs on the season and has blown yet another save.…

  11. Jimmy Rollins is running, could be back by mid-May

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Jimmy Rollins has begun a light running program and has been taking batting practice. The Phillies aren’t setting any timetables, but Murphy passes on word from anonymous team sources that the second week of May is a realistic expectation for Rollins’ return to the lineup.  That…

  12. I bet you can't guess who the most hated team in baseball is

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Nope. No, not them either.  You should probably just stop guessing, because you probably won’t get it right: The Cleveland Indians. That’s right, according to a Nielsen survey which uses various keywords in an effort to determine whether people have positive, negative or neutral reactions to different brands and product, the Cleveland Indians are the…

  13. The winds are whipping the Mets and Dodgers

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    I’m watching the Mets-Dodgers game right now, and the wind is gusting to 42 miles per hour.  The Dodgers are in the field right now, and there is garbage everywhere. Lots of trash on the field too. Mets lead 5-1.

  14. A couple of things of note from the Brewers-Pirates game

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    They’re underway with their nooner in Milwaukee, and it’s worth noting a couple of things: The roof is open despite the fact that the game time temperature is 55 degrees. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy thinks it may be the coldest it’s ever been for the start of a game. He was going to say more about…

  15. The Phillies turn the most spectacular fielder's choice you'll ever see

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Deep thought: is a spectacular double play really a spectacular double play when the runner was actually safe at first but the ump blows the call? See here to judge for yourself!

  16. Ned Colletti calls out Matt Kemp

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Ned Colletti has determined that the best way to light a fire under the Dodgers is to rip Matt Kemp. After criticizing Kemp’s baserunning and defense to Peter Tilden of 790-KABC, he said: “Why is it? Because he got a new deal? Can’t tell you. But you know, it’s below-average. If this is the last…

  17. Denard Span has a temper tantrum, throws bat

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There were a lot of strikeouts in last night’s Twins-Tigers game, many of which were called third strikes. This is not necessarily surprising given that Fransico Liriano and Justin Verlander were pitching, but it’s also likely that the ump was being a bit generous with the zone too. It happens. Not that Denard Span was…

  18. The Red Sox call up Alan Embree

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Yesterday I took crap from everyone for wondering why the Sox didn’t call up Alan Embree instead of Fabio Castro to aid the bullpen. After last night’s game the Red Sox called up Alan Embree and sent down Fabio Castro, who didn’t throw a pitch in last night’s game, so maybe I’m not as dumb…

  19. Jake Peavy thinks he has figured it out

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    Here’s Jake Peavy not making sense when talking about people criticizing his early season performance: ”I didn’t hear all these critics talking last year, when I did what I did after about the same amount of starts that I’ve made this year. [When I was] 3-0 with a low ERA, nobody was talking then.” There’s…

  20. Ladies and Gentlemen: Your First Place New York Mets

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    There aren’t many people who have ragged on the Mets more than I have over the past few years. But if you’re going to be negative, you have to be fair, and fairness demands that the Mets be given their due. Correction: fairness demands that the first place New York Mets be given their due.…

  21. J.D. Drew hit with vertigo again

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew said after last night’s game that he suffered a case of vertigo Sunday night and early Monday.  This is not the first time Drew has suffered from the condition. It hit him back in June 2008 as well, clearing up almost as soon as it arrived.  As someone whose only real familiarity with…

  22. 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…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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