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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Eric Byrnes is probably going to retire

    May 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Softball player Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners on Sunday, says that he may retire. From MLB.com: “I think this is the end. You never say never, but I think this is it. Parts of 11 seasons, man — I gave everything I had to the game. I can look myself in the…

  2. Illinois legislator wants the White Sox out of Arizona

    May 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    An Illinois legislator is calling for the Chicago White Sox to move their spring training camp out of Arizona because he objects to Arizona’s new immigration law. The lawmaker — Martin Sandoval — says that it encourages racial profiling and that he doesn’t want to keep spending taxpayers’ money on a team that continues doing…

  3. Robin Roberts: 1926-2010

    May 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Phillies great Robin Roberts has died. He was 83 years-old. No word on the cause of death, but judging by the surprise in the blogosphere and Twittervese it was not necessarily expected. Roberts led the NL in wins for four straight years in the 1950s, winning 28 games in 1952 and 23 each of the…

  4. The Yankees' injuries are getting worrisome

    May 6, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    They’re playing great baseball and everything, but the Yankees have to be worried about their health at some point, no?  Three of the core four, as all the cool kids are calling them, have gone down: Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and now Andy Pettitte, all sidelined with injuries. Now those cool kids are calling them…

  5. Orioles' prez Andy MacPhail is losing his patience

    May 6, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun, Orioles President Andy MacPhail putting his hitters on notice. Produce, or get sent down: “While you can give them some allowance for the quality of pitching that we’ve faced, our patience isn’t inexhaustible. There is going to come a time where we’re going to be obligated to keep…

  6. Can Barry Zito be the Comeback Player of the Year?

    May 6, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    As I was reading Aaron’s last post one thought sprung to my mind: “I guess Barry Zito is the Comeback Player of the Year.” But then I thought about that a bit and now I’m not so sure. Can you be the Comeback Player of the Year simply because of the expectations caused by your…

  7. Dallas Braden: "we don't do much talking in the 209"

    May 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden sat for an interview with CSN’s Mychael Urban and the subject of the whole A-Rod-on-the-mound thing came up: Urban:  What people do want to see is what’s in your head regarding Alex Rodriguez. I was on the air the day it happened, and I said, “I just fell in love with Dallas all…

  8. Willie Mays was a total jerk to Hank Aaron

    May 6, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Anyone who knows a bit about Willie Mays and Hank Aaron knows that they are totally different, temperamentally-speaking.  Mays is city, Aaron country. Mays has always been a larger than life personality, Aaron a still-waters-run-deep kind of guy.  It extended to their playing styles and, though time and age have softened the distinctions between them…

  9. "Los Suns?" The Dbacks did that years ago

    May 6, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    There was a lot of coverage of the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear jerseys that said “Los Suns” on them as a protest against Arizona’s immigration law.  The Diamondbacks have been doing that, and more, for years, however. Back in 2007 the team began a concerted effort to attract the Hispanic fan base, entering into…

  10. Taser-boy apologizes; Phillies change their security procedures

    May 6, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    The 17-year-old who ran around Citizens Bank Ballpark like a fool and then got tased has issued an apology. Well, at least his attorney did on his behalf. The kid — Steven Consalvi —  “knows that he committed a foolish act and is truly sorry for his actions,” and he wants to apologize “to the…

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

    May 6, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Giants 3, Marlins 2: Barry Zito is now 5-0 after throwing another gem (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4K). But give mucho credit to Sergio Romo, who atoned for blowing Tim Lincecum’s game on Tuesday by coming into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth to (a) fan Hanley Ramirez on three pitches; and…

  12. UPDATE: "Bobby Cocks" cake, now with video!

    May 5, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Cox told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t even know about the blunder at the time and laughed off the idea that it might bother him.  Good ole Bobby. 3:25pm: The story is nice, but I’m not gonna lie to you: the video really makes it come alive:  

  13. UPDATE: Andy Pettitte out with elbow soreness

    May 5, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The MRI revealed “mild left elbow inflammation,” according to MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch.  Pettitte will be evaluated daily and could be forced to miss his next scheduled start.  A short stay on the 15-day disabled list is also a possibility. * * * * * * * * * * 5:10pm: Andy Pettitte…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez and his mama

    May 5, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Guys usually get mocked if they live with their mamas at age 26.  This is not the case if you are 6-0 with 0.87 ERA and a no-hitter under your belt: Ramona Garcia de Jimenez spends baseball season just as she has the past 26 years, taking care of her son, Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo…

  15. Braves place Jair Jurrjens on the DL

    May 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Braves starter Jair Jurrjens has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He actually did it last Thursday and had been hoping it was but a scratch — a flesh wound, if you will — but it’s not getting better. Atlanta will move Kris Medlen, who has a 2.70 ERA and…

  16. Johnny Damon leaves Tigers-Twins game with calf spasms

    May 5, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    At this point I’ve completely lost track of the number of calf injuries that have occurred in baseball this season. It’s like the shark attacks in the summer of 2001. They probably always happened, but we’re all of a sudden hearing of them every single day. The latest victim: Johnny Damon, who left in the…

  17. Jermaine Dye doesn't think he'll be playing baseball this summer

    May 5, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    He didn’t say anything along those lines, but a little bird told me that Jermaine Dye is angling for an invite to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship* that will be held in Lake Tahoe in mid-July. Or, as we call it around these parts “baseball season.” That suggests that Dye isn’t exactly confident that…

  18. Report: Milton Bradley left stadium mid-game last night

    May 5, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Remember this morning’s post about Milton Bradley getting benched, getting mad and not hanging around for the media after that?  Yeah, seems he didn’t even hang around for the end of the game. According to Mike Salk of ESPN 710 in Seattle, he Bradley left the team and the ballpark mid-game: The Mariners appear to…

  19. Rondell White, Cliff Floyd and four other ballplayers scammed, lawsuit says

    May 5, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ex-ballplayers Rondell White, Cliff Floyd, Gregg Jeffries and Todd Hundley — and current ballplayers David Wright and Jason Marquis — were allegedly defrauded in a real estate scam.  So says the complaint White and Floyd have filed in federal court anyway: The lawsuit claims that [Defendant Stephen] Hill, who had served as White and Floyd’s…

  20. Quote of the Day: Athletics' owner Lew Wolff

    May 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    “This idea we’re trying to discourage people from coming is a bunch of crap. Every Wednesday, we have almost 9,000 $2 tickets. … It should be embarrassing to all of us that we can’t draw people at $2.” – Lew Wolff, bristling at the suggestion that he and the Athletics have tried to sabotage the…

  21. "Thanks for 50 Great Years Bobby Cocks"

    May 5, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Um, yeah.  Whoever was responsible for the spelling on the cake at the U.S. Senate party honoring the Braves’ skipper on Monday either needs to (a) hire a proofreader; or (b) fire the 13 year-old boy they currently have in the position. Not that I didn’t laugh way more than a 36 year-old father of…

  22. YES to broadcast some Yankees games in 3D. Bleech.

    May 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    This press release is . . . interesting: YES Network, FSN Northwest and DIRECTV will present the first-ever Major League Baseball telecasts in 3D on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 when the New York Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners.  DIRECTV and Panasonic will be presenting sponsors of the two 3D telecasts. The…

  23. Brandon Phillps' lack of hustle costs him a triple

    May 5, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    And may have cost the Reds the game. Phillips had already hit a homer off John Maine last night. In the third inning he hit another blast. Only problems: (a) it didn’t go out of the park; and (b) Phillips admired his handiwork with a casual trot out of the batter’s box and wound up…

  24. Someone was worried about Livan Hernandez's pitch count? Really?

    May 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez threw 123 pitches against the Braves last night and after the game a reporter asked Jim Riggleman if he was concerned about it. Which is rather shocking to me, because it’s Livan Hernandez we’re talking about here. The 35 year-old (at least) Livan Hernandez. The Livan Hernandez who has averaged close to 200…

  25. Good news for the Twins on the Joe Mauer front

    May 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The reigning MVP has an MRI on his BLH (bruised left heel) and the news is positive: it’s a soft tissue bruise as opposed to a bone bruise. Doctors and people like that who know about such things tell La Velle Neal of the Strib that the soft tissue stuff is far preferable due to…

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