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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Albert Pujols, Chris Young talk about the 2008 comebacker

    May 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    A couple of years ago, Albert Pujols hit a ball into the head of Chris Young of the Padres, fracturing his skull.  The two of them talked about it at Petco Park on Wednesday, and Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune has a great story about it. There have already been more than enough…

  2. Quote of the Day III: Explaining the Phillies Phutility?

    May 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    So, how many runs is that since they took Mick Billmeyer’s binoculars away? – Jason Weitzel of the Beerleaguer blog, wondering if it isn’t at least possible that the Phillies’ recent offensive phutility isn’t the result of no longer being able to steal the other team’s signs. I fully expect that quote to set off…

  3. Is Jacoby Ellsbury being a wuss?

    May 28, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

    Tony Massarotti reports on the little dustup the Red Sox are having with Jacoby Ellsbury over his injury.  Short version: Ellsbury is still out of the lineup and says he’s hurting.  The Sox are downplaying it and wondering just how hurt Ellsbury really is.  Massarotti is siding with the team and is questioning Ellsbury’s desire…

  4. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams are on the outs

    May 28, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    That’s what Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune are reporting: “Kenny and Ozzie do not have anywhere near the relationship they once had and it appears that they only deal with each other when absolutely necessary,” said a longtime scout who has been around the big leagues for a long time. “If…

  5. Quote of the Day II: Those Manic Mets

    May 28, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    The Mets have gone 4-8, then 10-1, then 4-11, now 7-3. Each stretch rife with hyperbole on the greatness/failings of a .500-ish team. – Jesse Spector of the Daily News, speaking the truth. Sure, it’s much more fun to beat the Phillies and Yankees like they have in the past week, but you can’t ignore…

  6. Usain Bolt: pinch runner?

    May 28, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Matt Stroup over at Universal Sports has noted that sprinter Usain Bolt has some conflicting baseball loyalties.  Recently he was spotted wearing a Red Sox cap. Yesterday, he had on a Braves cap. Jamaica doesn’t have a team so all is forgiven, but the image of the fastest man on the planet in a Braves…

  7. Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel

    May 28, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    “Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. Panicking ain’t going to do no good.” – Charlie Manuel after last night’s Mets-Phillies game.  First of all, when the hell does anyone eat bear? Second, sorry Charlie, but if a bear is eating me, I’m gonna panic.

  8. Confirmed: Joe West is in big trouble

    May 28, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Yesterday I presumed, based on some comments from Bob Watson, that umpire Joe West was going to get disciplined over his recent antics.  Last night Jeff Passan of Yahoo! confirmed it. West might even get suspended: A source said the league plans to suspend or fine West, one of its most tenured umpires, after he…

  9. The Giants could sign Pat Burrell to a minor league deal

    May 28, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports that the San Francisco Giants are “in the talking stages” with Pat Burrell over a minor league deal.  Schulman’s source tells him that Burrell “has other options,” however. I’m assuming those options include his recliner, beers with his dad’s friends at the VFW hall and other activities that people who…

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

    May 28, 2010, 5:43 AM EDT

    Cardinals 8, Padres 3: The Padres lost, but they looked damn good losing in those mustard and brown throwbacks.  Pujols hit a homer. It’s hard to say that a guy with a .900+ OPS is struggling, but he is, so the dinger had to feel good. Brendan Ryan had to be feeling good too, after…

  11. The Yankees may lose Afredo Aceves for the season

    May 27, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Bad news in the Universe: The back injury that put Alfredo Aceves on the disabled list could be season-ending and might result in surgery to repair a bulging disc in the lower back. Aceves stopped a throwing session Tuesday in Tampa and is in New York to be examined by Dr. Chris Ahmad. According to…

  12. The Brewers beat the Astros on a walkoff walk

    May 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Usually these afternoon Brewers games end in a Milwaukee reliever blowing it. Today the mug was in the other hand. Or something. Ninth inning, the Astros lead the Brew Crew 3-2.  Matt Lindstrom on the hill for Houston. He gives up a single to Alcides Escobar, then after a sacrifice, he uncorks a wild pitch…

  13. C.J. Nitkowski caught someone cheating

    May 27, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski has a Twitter account, and a few minutes ago he tweeted something interesting: Watching some daytime MLB. Camera just zoomed in & didn’t realize it caught a pitcher cheating. Don’t ask me who/what. Tricks of the trade. Uh-oh Casey Blake is on to it. TV guys completely in the dark.…

  14. Chipper Jones may retire after this year

    May 27, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Last year Chipper Jones, mired in a deep second-half slump, said that he might just retire after 2010 and walk away from millions.  He backtracked on that earlier this season.  Now he’s back on his “I may just give it all up” horse: “I make no bones about it. I am seriously considering it no…

  15. The Padres will be sporting some nice throwbacks tonight

    May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Courtesy of MLB.com’s Follow the Padres blog comes word that San Diego will be sporting these babies in tonight’s game:They’ll have on the version on the far right, by the way. Verdict: I like!  Still not my favorite old skool Padres look — I’m partial to the 1977 models — but they’re getting warmer.

  16. Another t-shirt I probably need

    May 27, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    On Monday I pointed out a cool Phillies shirt that, even though I’m no Phillies fan, I probably need to get.  Today we have a Red Sox shirt that’s equally full of win: The “Laser Show” shirt, inspired by this pretty cool Dustin Pedroia quote. I think the best thing about both of these shirts…

  17. Baseball is going to review the Joe West-Mark Buehrle thing

    May 27, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate the dustup between Joe West and the White Sox during yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game.  I found this quote from discipline czar Bob Watson rather illuminating: “We have either an umpire supervisor or umpire observer at every game,” said Watson. “We will review…

  18. The Dodgers inquired about Cliff Lee

    May 27, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Yesterday I inferred that the Dodgers had made inquiries about Roy Oswalt. That was confimed by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin last night. And Shaikin goes one better: The Dodgers asked about Cliff Lee’s availability as well.  The Mariners, like the Astros, rejected Colletti’s overtures. Either move makes sense for the Dodgers, who really…

  19. The Stephen Strasburg hype machine goes to 11

    May 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    I’m just as excited about the arrival of Stephen Strasburg as anyone, but if you’re either (a) seriously worried that the birth of your baby might interfere with the Strasburg game; or (b) pretending that you’re worried about it so that someone will write about you on the web, you probably need to readjust your…

  20. What's more threatening? An oriole or a cardinal?

    May 27, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s Ray-stung-by-ray story had every internet jokester wondering how that would work if the guy played for, say, the Tigers or the Pirates.  Today the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller tries to approach the question objectively by ranking the mascots by threat level. Sam’s best line comes when noting that the Mets — short for…

  21. Nelson Cruz hurts his hammy

    May 27, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    No, not that one. The other one.  He did it in last night’s game, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  He apparently did it while leaving the batters box in his last at bat in last night’s game against the Royals. Cruz will be reevaluated today to determine if he needs to go…

  22. Joe West to work the Red Sox series this weekend

    May 27, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that Cowboy Joe West — late of his “if you think I can’t be an even bigger embarrassment than I already am then you seriously understimate me” tour of the Cleveland-Chisox series, will be working the Red Sox-Royals series in Fenway Park this weekend.  This a month after he called…

  23. For the Phillies fan who has everything

    May 27, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    It’s the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome.  You know you want one. And as soon as you get one, be prepared to be the target of a righteous liberation army. In other barely-passable Phillies news, Jayson Werth apparently shaved his beard after last night’s game.  We’ll see it the next time he takes the field, but…

  24. Jason Heyward is not Jeff Francoeur

    May 27, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Such a proposition should not need much explaining — and even attempting to explain it should not be interesting — but I’ll be darned if an article from Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining that very proposition isn’t both illuminating and interesting. Not so much because of the two players themselves — you know…

  25. OK, maybe Andre Ethier won't be back on Sunday

    May 27, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Yesterday we passed along world that Dodgers righfielder Andre Ethier was likely to make his return on Sunday, his first day eligible following his DL stint.  Not so fast says Joe Torre: the Dodgers may send Ethier on a minor league rehab assignment first, delaying his return to L.A. The reasoning on this is kind…

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