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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist agree to a five-year contract extension

    Apr 23, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have agreed to a contract extension with 2B/RF Ben Zobrist that could amount to a five-year deal.  Three years — which would be his arbitration years — are guaranteed. The next two years — covering 2014 and 2015, which would be his first two…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Brewers 20, Pirates 0: I think the most remarkable thing about this game is that the Brewers were set down 1-2-3 in the first inning. Phillies 8, Braves 3: This series began with the Phillies bullpen breaking down, but that ended up being a fluke. The real story of the series was that the Phillies…

  3. Johnny Damon ejected for arguing balls and strikes; bad haircut

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon was ejected from last night’s Tigers-Angels game, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes.  Word on the street, however, is that home plate umpire Dale Scott was less angry about his judgment being questioned than he was about his judgment being questioned by a 36 year-old man with this haircut: If I was the…

  4. The Yankees turn a triple play

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The Yankees are playing the A’s as we speak.  A few moments ago they turned a 5-4-3 triple play (A-Rod, Cano, Teixeira).  Daric Barton was on second and Ryan Sweeney was on first. Kurt Suzuki was at the plate. I don’t care who you are. That was cool.

  5. Brian Jordan says that Chipper Jones doesn't work out enough

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Former Braves outfielder Brian Jordan was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern today, and the subject of Chipper Jones’ health came up.  Stern asked Jordan if Chipper’s recent oblique injury suggested that he is “done.”  Jordan’s answer was interesting: Jordan: “Well, I mean, he leaves you scratching your head because, you know, it’s…

  6. 20-0: The Pirates get keel-hauled by the Brewers

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    In this morning’s And That Happened recaps I said about the Pirates: “when they lose, they don’t mess around. They go out there and lose with gusto.”  They just took things to a whole new level, getting beat by the Brewers (gulp) 20-0 this afternoon, setting the mark for the worst shutout ever. The Brewers…

  7. Classless and ignorant Mets fans boo David Wright

    Apr 22, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Don’t look at me, Craig Carton: even a guy with a journalism background is saying it this time: Wright was struck on the wrist by a pitch in the first inning. He flubbed a tough backhand grounder for an error in the third. He ended his soggy day 1-for-2 at the plate, with an RBI…

  8. Are the Red Sox showcasing Mike Lowell or giving him a job?

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was 2 for 4 with a solo homer, a walk and an RBI single in place of the slumping David Ortiz last night.  And he’s going to get the start again tonight. Yesterday I mentioned the Red Sox killing three birds with one stone.  Lowell’s hot bat and presence in the lineup against…

  9. Baseball should ignore calls for "competitive balance"

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    A must-read article by Joe Sheehan at Sports Illustrated, um, illustrating why arguments comparing the NFL’s competitive balance to baseball’s competitive balance are simply wrongheaded. The hypothetical which kicks off the article — where baseball’s playoff races would stand right now if, like the NFL, the whole season was 16 games long — perfectly illustrates…

  10. The Mets' Ryota Igarashi hits the D.L.

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Just a week after Jerry Manuel declared Ryota Igarashi his setup man, his setup man has hit the disabled list with a hamstring tear suffered in Tuesday night’s game. Igarashi has a serious fastball and has been successful so far this season, even if he hasn’t been exactly dominant (3Ks and 4 BBs in 6…

  11. So I'm in the World Series

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    I mentioned a long time ago that I was participating in a simulation league for media guys. The game: Rob Neyer Baseball. It’s a historical league based on the Diamond Mind platform, and I am owner/general manager/manager of the Matewan Massacre. Other owners include Neyer himself, Jonah Keri, ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, Baseball Prospectus’ Rany…

  12. Ryan Zimmerman tweaks his hammy

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    It’s never a good time to strain your hamstring, but Ryan Zimmerman is 9 for his last 20 with three doubles and a home run, so the fact that he did it last night made for particularly bad timing. The injury occurred when he thought about stretching a double into a triple, but he pulled…

  13. The Rangers sale is getting uglier

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    The basic dynamic of the sale of the Texas Rangers has been (1) Tom Hicks trying to settle his issues with his creditors; (2) Chuck Greenberg and Major League Baseball getting increasingly annoyed at Hicks for not doing so; and (3) everyone speaking optimistically all the same. According to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram, Tom…

  14. Chris Carpenter ignites a ruckus in the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    It wasn’t really a fracas, and it was far short of a brawl, so ruckus is the best I can do. It started when Edwin Jackson hit Chris Carpenter with a pitch in the second inning. Actually, it may have started when Jackson hit Ryan Ludwick in the first, but hitting Carpenter is what set…

  15. Phil Hughes' near no-no vindicates Girardi

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

    I’ll admit it: I was Team Joba as far as the Yankees’ fifth starter race went this spring. I thought that he had a better repertoire of pitches and a better chance to be a dominant starter than did Phil Hughes. He may one day be that kind of guy — and one game, or…

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

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:44 AM EDT

    Phillies 2, Braves 0: Roy Halladay can pitch a little. The Braves threatened exactly once, in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases on hits from Chipper Jones and Brian McCann and a walk from Jason Heyward. This was the baseball equivalent of the cat letting the mouse run a few feet just so…

  17. Quote of the Day: Carlos Zambrano in the pen

    Apr 21, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    So to recap: The Cubs are paying $19 million to a bad DH to play LF and $19 million to a long reliever. Jim Hendry for Mayor! – ‘Duk of Big League Stew on the Cubs’ curious decision to move Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen.

  18. Holy Cow! The Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the pen

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    A mere half hour ago I pondered who the Cubbies might move to the bullpen. In that post I said  “lord knows that Carlos Zambrano does not exactly have the temperament to live down in the pen.” So naturally, the Cubs are moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. That report comes from Paul Sullivan of…

  19. Ted Lilly to come back Saturday, so which Cubs' starter loses his job?

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Holy Cow, it’s Zambrano! Jon Heyman notes in his latest column that Ted Lilly is set to make his season debut for the Cubs on Saturday and that his return to the rotation will require that someone get sent to the bullpen.  Heyman reports that the Cubs are inclined to keep Tom Gorzelanny in…

  20. Stephen Strasburg needs a challenge

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Because he’s certainly not getting one down at AA.  Today: one hit in five shutout innings against the Reading Phillies.*  He struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  First pitch was 98 m.p.h., but then he settled into a 95ish groove, breaking off 78 m.p.h. curveballs and 88 m.p.h. changeups. In…

  21. UPDATE: Joe Morgan to work for the Reds, will still broadcast for ESPN

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  John Fay tweets that Joe Morgan’s job with the Reds will not affect his Sunday Night Baseball job because (a) his job with the Reds will not be in day-to-day operations and (b) the Reds aren’t scheduled to be on Sunday Night Baseball this year.  In other words, because the job is merely ceremonial…

  22. Jason Varitek gets the start for the Sox tonight

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said on his weekly radio show that Jason Varitek will catch Josh Beckett tonight.  This is the third straight time that Varitek has caught Beckett, but according to Francona he’s no personal catcher or anything. I guess he would have had a chance to prove that and use Martinez if…

  23. Shameless Self-Promotion

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    As has become a weekly occurrence, I will be talking baseball live at HotStove.com right about . . . . now.

  24. The Baseball Road Trip of a lifetime

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    There’s someone who does the whole visit-all-30-parks-road trip every year, but (a) I never get tired of hearing about it; (b) I never stop being jealous; and (c) I always root for the guy(s) to finish, whether or not they’ve given themselves a time limit. The latest is Navin Vaswani, a journalist/blogger who is chronicling…

  25. Teams gouge their fans when the Yankees come to town

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    It’s always a hot ticket when the Yankees come to town, so you’d understand if teams, say, raised the prices a bit to buy tickets for the matchup. Supply and demand and all of that, right? But what the Dodgers and Mets (and others) do leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Consumerist passes along…

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