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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Andy Pettitte has a stiff back

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    As if A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez sucking eggs wasn’t enough, one of the Yankees’ good starters — Andy Pettitte —  says his back stiffened up on him during his start against the Red Sox last Friday. Which led to a not-good start, in which he allowed seven runs in less than four innings. Pettitte…

  2. Baseball, union to meet on K-Rod today

    Sep 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    Major League Baseball, union folk and enough lawyers to fill out an intermural volleyball team will meet today to chat about the grievance Francisco Rodriguez filed after the Mets withheld salary from him and purported to make his contract non-guaranteed for next season. I wouldn’t expect anything notable to happen today, inasmuch as this is…

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

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EST

    Two doubleheaders? A walkoff strikeout? Despite most of the games not mattering all that much, it was a pretty damn good day/night of baseball.

  4. The Mariners game ends, well, in the way you might expect a Mariners game to end

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    I wasn’t watching the Rangers-Mariners game (there was some paint drying in my basement and I really felt like keeping my eye on that for a bit), but reader Evan A. pinged me to tell me that it ended all crazy, so I went and looked it up to see what happened. The upshot: Tie…

  5. Poll: Should Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday?

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Pretend you’re Daren Brown and Jack Zduriencik. OK, once you’ve stopped screaming, answer this question . . .

  6. Comment of the Day: there were others at the 1960 World Series

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    Reader Joerf was at Game 7 as well: My father and I were at the game.  We were sitting in a box on the first base side, the tickets were a gift from one of his clients.  My dad wasn’t much of a baseball fan but I loved it.  Benny Benack was playing “the Bucs…

  7. Mat Latos is in need of a dose of maturity

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:32 PM EST

    Mat Latos has been fantastic this year. I want to say that at the outset. If he doesn’t pitch like he’s pitched most of the season the Padres are not in this thing right now. He’s taken the ace role and, even if he may be petering out a bit under the workload as the…

  8. The Reds know how to run out a post-clinch lineup

    Sep 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    The Reds know how to do a day-after-clinching lineup.  I just thank my lucky stars that they’re not playing the Padres right now: RF Willie Bloomquist 2B Chris Valetta 1B Yadier Alonso 3B Juan Francisco CF Chris Heisey LF Laynce Nix SS Paul Janish C Corky MIller P Johnny Cueto

  9. More on the "Jose Canseco milkshake"

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    lar at Wezen-Ball followed up on his post from this morning about Tom Boswell and the “Jose Canseco milkshake” comment from last night’s episode of “The Tenth Inning.”  The upshot: Boswell had reported the “Jose Canseco milkshake” incident at the time. The implications: I don’t think any, really. At least for the purposes I went…

  10. Game Seven of the 1960 World Series: a contemporaneous account

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:57 PM EST

    My friend Judi was at the game and wrote a letter to her parents about it that night. I just got a copy of it, it’s great fun, so I’ll share.

  11. OK, Clayton Kershaw's season is NOT over

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:03 PM EST

    UPDATE: So much for that. The Dodgers had to scratch Hiroki Kuroda for Sunday’s start, which means Kershaw is going back in the rotation for Friday’s start, with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly picking up Saturday and Sunday. In other news, I am 100% certain that hundreds of players will be shut down for the…

  12. HBT Daily: The Reds, The Padres and the AL MVP

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about the moderately-sized Red Machine’s chances, whether the Padres have it in them to come back and who should win the AL MVP award.

  13. Quote of the Day: Gary Shelton on pitcher wins

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    I’ll stop gettin’ angry at people who dis King Felix when people stop saying stupid things about him.

  14. Red Sox, Angels to go "wallet-to-wallet" for Carl Crawford

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Buster Olney just tweeted that the “speculation among rival executives” is that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go “wallet-to-wallet” for Carl Crawford this winter. Interesting if true. We’ve heard that the Angels want him and are ready to spend to do it.  The Red Sox as a player for Carwford seems less…

  15. Josh Hamilton could play this weekend

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    He doesn’t sound like the picture of health, but Josh Hamilton says he’s feeling better. He took some batting practice yesterday and shagged flies. Though, as Anthony Andro of the Star-Telegram reports, he didn’t make any throws and still has a lot of stiffness.  He says he’s working out at about 60% right now. Hamilton…

  16. More clinchy video champagney goodness: Yankees and Rays

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    I’ve been putting up videos of the clinching celebrations of everyone else, so I may as well put up the Rays and Yankees too. Bonus: the entire crowd from the Rays game fit in the clubhouse for the party!

  17. Somebody check on Brandon Phillips

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    The Reds had the traditional champagne and beer shower last night (see the video below), as was their God-given right as men, baseball players and Americans (and Dominicans and Mexicans and Cubans and everyone else on the roster).  It’s probably worth sending over some chicken soup and aspirin to one of those players, however, because…

  18. More Rays fans show up for the clincher

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    It wasn’t exactly standing room only, but let the record reflect that 17,891 souls showed up for the Rays’ playoff clinching game last night. I don’t have the energy to go back into yesterday’s What Does This Mean discussion, but I figured people should know. And no, this is not an epic fail in light…

  19. Be happy when R.A. Dickey finally gets his payday

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:39 AM EST

    The next time you rail against millionaire ballplayers, remember that not all of them — not even all of them who have been in and around the big leagues for a while — are rollin’ in it. R.A. Dickey certainly ain’t rich yet, though hopefully he’ll cash in this winter with either a nice arbitration…

  20. Ryan Dempster: Give Mike Quade the Cubs job

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    A few weeks ago, A Guy I Talked to Who Knows Stuff said that the Cubs players are big, big Mike Quade fans and wanted him to get the job. It was pretty obvious, however, that the players were going to keep quiet about it and let Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts do their job…

  21. The Yankees score six the hard way

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EST

    I hadn’t noticed this, but reader Kevin pointed it out to me in the comments this morning: The Yankees scored six runs last night without any of them scoring on a hit. They had three sacrifice flies, a bases loaded walk and two run-scoring ground outs. Kevin wanted to know if a team had ever…

  22. So who's the Hall of Fame 'roider Tom Boswell mentioned last night?

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:23 AM EST

    A Washington Post reporter watched a Hall of Fame player use what he assumed were PEDs. Why are we just hearing about this now?

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

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 AM EST

    What a night. Everyone got all clinchy.

  24. I almost got free Padres tickets by flirting with Heath Bell

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:52 PM EST

    What are you lookin’ at? You’ve never tried to butter up a relief pitcher for free stuff? Don’t judge me.

  25. Adrian Beltre: family is going to dictate where I go

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:58 PM EST

    I’m a family man myself, so I totally understand it when someone says they’re doing something for the good of their family. Nothing is more important, even if sometimes it appears that the ballgame on TV is. And if I don’t want to put down the book I’m reading. And even if when I say…

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