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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Who do Phillies fans fear more? The Marlins or the Braves?

    Apr 20, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    At least one Philly fan — Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation — fears the Feesh more. After an extensive breakdown of the two challengers’ rotations which he thinks to be more or less equal, he offers something short and pithy to make it clear where he comes down on the matter: We’ll discuss hitting another…

  2. Cliff Lee to throw a simulated game today

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee’s march back to the Mariners’ rotation continues today as he is set to throw a simulated game (a what?).  Assuming it all goes well, he’ll be off to Tacoma or someplace like it for a rehab start. The Mariners are penciling him in for a May 2nd start against the Rangers, but we’re…

  3. The Indians create a blogger press box

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Maybe “press box” is the wrong term, but SportsBusiness Daily’s Eric Fisher reports on what sounds like a cool little initiative: The Indians have created the Tribe Social Deck at Progressive Field, one of the first major efforts under a new social media strategy being pursued by the club. The 10-seat section in the ballpark…

  4. The Orioles send Brad Bergesen down

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Brad Bergesen turned a lot of heads with a nice little run when he came up last year, but then he took a comebacker at the end of July and didn’t pitch again all season. Then, this winter, he injured his shoulder while filming a television commercial. After three horrendous starts this season — he’s…

  5. Was Ike Davis "mismanaged"?

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    I catch a lot of hell for ripping the Mets, but I like to at least think that I have a reason for it when I do it. Compare this to Joel Sherman who — and I am not making this up — anchors this morning’s column accusing the Mets of “mismanaging” Ike Davis’ career…

  6. And That Happened: Monday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT

    Mets 6, Cubs 1: A pitchers’ duel until the 7th when the Mets unloaded on the Cubs’ bullpen, courtesy of an Angel Pagan homer, a Jason Bay double, an Ike Davis single and a Sean Marshall wild pitch. The Pagan at bat was hilarious. Jose Reyes was on first base, getting a few throws over,…

  7. Ron Villone is back with the Nats

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    Old lefties are like zombies or something: you just can’t kill them. Take Ron Villone for example. He’s played for 12 teams in 15 seasons and aside from a little stretch which coincided with him doing things that got him named in the Mitchell Report, he’s never been much better than average. But he throws…

  8. Indians activate Russell Branyan

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The Indians are going to activate Russell Branyan from the 15-day DL before tomorrow’s game in Minnesota and will install him at first base. That means Matt LaPorta will head to left and rookie Michael Brantley will head down I-71 to beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  Don’t forget to stop at Grandpa’s Cheese Barn at Exit 186,…

  9. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    1. Yankees: The only critical thing I can say is that for the past few years the Yankees have gotten off to slow starts and everyone with half a brain has said “don’t panic, it’s early.” I suppose that’s a two-way street and that we shouldn’t become overly optimistic before the break of May. But…

  10. So what's wrong with the Red Sox?

    Apr 19, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    As I type this the Red Sox are down 8-2 to the Rays, and are about to lose their fifth straight game and their sixth out of seven. In ATH this morning I wrote that we’d see a bunch of “what’s wrong with the Red Sox” articles today, but I didn’t see any. With this…

  11. The Royals = the Peanuts baseball team

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    This comparison between the Peantus’ baseball team and the Kansas City Royals is pure genius. I especially recommend the conversation between Jason Kendall and Kyle Farnsworth. The only bit of comparative dissonance: Charlie Brown inspires sympathy whereas Trey Hillman does not. A hearty round of applause for Jeff Zimmerman at Royals Review for seeing the…

  12. The Rays have jumped all over the Red Sox

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Everyone I know who has ever lived in Boston tells me that Patriots Day is their favorite day in the city. They get the day off work and school, the Marathon is run and best of all the Red Sox play a game at 11 in the morning. Sadly for Sox fans, however, they were…

  13. Eric Gagne retires

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Given his release from the Dodgers even though he accepted a minor league assignment it’s no surprise that Eric Gagne has decided to retire. For about three years there — 2002 to 2004 — Gagne was the best closer in baseball, going 152 for 158 in save opportunities, including a perfect 55 for 55 in…

  14. Hundreds protest extending the draft to the Dominican Republic

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Nick Collias MLB Trade Rumors has a must-read story up this morning about a protest which took place outside the hotel in which MLB Dominican baseball czar, Sandy Alderson, was staying last week. The purpose: opposing the implementation of an amateur draft in the Dominican Republic, which is high on Bud Selig’s list for the…

  15. Mike Cameron scratched, taken to the hospital

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron was in the original lineup for this morning’s Red Sox-Rays game — remember: 11:05 A.M. start due to the Patriots’ Day thing they do in Boston! — but was scratched a few minutes after he arrived in the clubhouse and replaced in centerfield by Bill Hall. The thinking right now is that Cameron…

  16. Bad day? At least you didn't get hit in the head with Pablo Sandoval's cup

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    This happened back on April 9th, but it’s just now coming to light. I’m assuming that, like all major news stories, it was held up out of an abundance of caution so that the critical details could be verified: In the bottom of the 12th inning Friday, with Eli Whiteside at the plate and Sandoval…

  17. Kaz Matsui may be out of a job in Houston

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Astros manager Brad Mills is being non-committal about whether Jeff Keppinger has taken the second base job from Kaz Matsui, but it certainly seems like Matsui is now the backup. Mills was asked if Matsui is now the utility guy: “I don’t want to label it that way yet. We’re still just a dozen games…

  18. The Mets are going to call up Ike Davis

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    We suspected as much yesterday, but word on the street is that in light of Mike Jacobs being designated for assignment, Mets’ first base prospect Ike Davis will be called up this week. Are they rushing Davis? Doesn’t seem like it. He only a handful of at bats under his belt, but so far in…

  19. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

    Braves 4, Rockies 3: Heymaker. The Braves trailed 3-2 with two-down in the bottom of the ninth. Heyward comes to the plate with the bases juiced and hits a two-run single to left field and that’s the ballgame. He had earlier walked with the bases loaded, giving him three RBI on the day. Martin Prado…

  20. The Marlins no longer have an out-of-town scoreboard

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    I had missed this because, let’s face it, it’s easy to miss stuff that happens with the Marlins, but apparently there is no longer an out-of-town scoreboard in whatever the hell the Marlins are calling their ballpark these days. No more starting lineups either. In their place: advertisements for the MLB Network and a picture…

  21. Homers are down in Yankee Stadium

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    One of the reasons you don’t get so hung up on how homer-friendly a ballpark is in its debut year: it might not be so friendly in its next year. That appears to be the case with new Yankee Stadium in the early going. Last year there were 21 homers hit in the first five…

  22. Kelly Shoppach may have more than a sprain

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Rays’ catcher Kelly Shoppach was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a knee sprain, but it may be something worse. Shoppach’s swelling and pain hasn’t subsided, and now he’s scheduled to see the team’s orthopedist tommorw, and there is a possibility that he could need surgery.  Joe Maddon vibes pessimistic in the…

  23. Aaron Rowand placed on the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    D.J. reported yesterday about Aaron Rowand’s crack to the face and presumed that it would lead to a trip to the DL.  Now that trip is official: Rowand was placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.  The time on the DL is probably just as much if not more necessary…

  24. Jerry Manuel killed K-Rod last night

    Apr 18, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    I’m sure there are people who thought that Jerry Manuel was oh-so-clever for saving Francisco Rodriguez until the 19th inning last night, but he really didn’t save a thing. K-Rod was warming up constantly last night, and he told reporters after the game that he threw an estimated 100 pitches between the 9th and 19th.…

  25. Livan Hernandez, Pat Burrell pull the forks out of their backs

    Apr 18, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    At least temporarily. Yesterday Pat Burrell homered during the completion of the Rays-Red Sox game that was suspended on Friday, and then he had a three-run double in the scheduled game.  He hadn’t had any home runs or RBI entering play yesterday and was below the Mendoza Line. Overall that’s five straight wins for the…

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