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Craig Calcaterra

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

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    How does a first baseman get a putout when he never touched the ball? What’s the secret to handcuffing the Yankees? Can I shoehorn in a cocaine joke for no apparent reason? Click through to find out!

  2. Manny will be DHing in Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    It’s been a Mannyful day around here, so why not one more? If fans are going to boo Manny as he plays in Boston this weekend, they’re going to have to do it when he bats because Joe Torre said that Ramirez will be DHing for the entire series with the Red Sox.  He’ll be…

  3. Report: Manny Ramirez, Dodgers discussed ways to get Manny back on PEDs last year

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Michael S. Schmidt has a report in the New York Times today that last year — after Manny Ramirez came back from his drug suspension — he explored seeking an exemption from Major League Baseball in order to allow him to take drugs that would boost testosterone levels.  Which, by the way, is what the…

  4. Bronson Arroyo pitches, hits the Reds to victory

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Ubaldwho?  OK, that’s dumb, but the word stuck in my head as soon as I saw Bronson Arroyo’s game, so I figured I had to write it.  And no, Arroyo didn’t pitch quite as well as Jimenez did today — he gave up one run on six hits in seven innings while walking a half-dozen…

  5. No strife in Pittsburgh: John Russell, Neal Huntington got contract extensions

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    On the heels of this morning’s business concerning John Russell and the Pirates comes a statement from team president Frank Coonelly that General Manager Neal Huntington and Russell each got contract extensions over the winter and thus all of this speculation about Russell being in trouble needs to stop: As you know, we have respectfully…

  6. Nick Markakis is frustrated with the O's approach

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun listened to an obviously frustrated Nick Markakis hold forth on the miserable season the Orioles are having at the plate. Mostly it’s a matter of approach: “Sometimes, guys are going up there and it looks like they have no idea what they’re doing . . . you need guys…

  7. Simmons, Deadspin are wrong to hate on Kansas City

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    As you know by now, Kansas City has been selected as the site of the 2012 All-Star game.  In the past 24 hours this decision has been subjected to derision by two of the most influential voices in online sports media: Bill Simmons and Deadspin. I have much love for both The Sports Guy and…

  8. Jerry Blevins should probably lighten up

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday Carlos Zambrano said that Athletics’ pitcher Jerry Blevins “got lucky” that Z didn’t hit a home run when he was sitting fastball and got one during a pinch-hitting appearance.  I wasn’t there, but I can’t really feature Zambrano meaning that comment as a serious dig at Blevins. But Blevins thought it was: “I did…

  9. Great Moments in Hyperbole: Ken Burns

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    I’m having a hard time getting on board with Burns comparing Joe Torre to . . . Abraham Lincoln

  10. John Russell on the hot seat? Hell, he may have gotten a contract extension!

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    I still stand by all the stuff I said yesterday about Ken Rosenthal’s Pirates report and the art of rumor-mongering in general, but this business with John Russell and the Pirates seems to quickly be turning into a bad example of an otherwise sound theory. To review:  Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday night that John…

  11. The Rays got hosed on a call at the plate last night

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    I missed the Braves-Rays game last night so I didn’t see this go down, but the Rays got boned in the sixth inning.  You can see the play here. For those who can’t watch the video, Hank Blalock was at third base when Brian McCann missed one that went to the screen. It took a…

  12. Is Chase Utley injured?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    There’s a fine line between playing through pain and playing hurt. Is Chase Utley on the wrong side of it?

  13. M's bullpen catcher Jason Phillips is one smooth operator

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Rob Dibble once threw a ball at a lady in the stands and all he got for it was a couple of decades of well-deserved scorn.  Mariners’ bullpen catcher Jason Phillips does it and he gets married: “If we go extra innings, I’m gonna make a move,” Phillips said. “If we go to extra innings,…

  14. Pedro to the Phillies is not going to happen

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro said again yesterday that the Phillies would be interested in Pedro Martinez if he’s interested in coming back, but it’s really unlikely to happen.  Why? Because according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Pedro wants too much money: “I don’t think anything’s going to happen with the Phillies,” said [a person close to…

  15. Roger Clemens is going to pitch to minor league all-stars

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    The Daily News reports that he’ll be flinging up fat ones for the home run derby at the Texas League All-Star Game. The real reason I link this however is the sidebar pic of Brian McNamee leaving his grand jury appearance last month. Go check it out. I’ll wait. Neat, huh?  I think the fact…

  16. Do Sox fans boo Manny tomorrow night?

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    For the first time since his 2008 trade, Manny Ramirez will visit Fenway Park tomorrow night.  The Boston Globe asks this morning what kind of reception Hub fans will give the kid. I’d like to think that Sox fans will take a reflective approach to it all, remember that if it wasn’t for Manny they…

  17. So what happens if a whole team dies at once?

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I’m not being singularly morbid here — George or Kramer or someone asked Keith Hernandez what happens if a team plane crashes on an episode of “Seinfeld” once — but I have often wondered what happens if disaster strikes a ballclub. Thankfully, Maury Brown has gotten a hold of a couple of fun documents fans…

  18. Pedro Alvarez debuts for the Pirates

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    We’ve had a number of big-name rookie debuts this year. Heyward for the Braves, Davis for the Mets, Strasburg for the Nats, Stanton for the Feesh and now Pedro Alvarez for the Pirates. The results? Bumpy but promising. Alvarez hit sixth and played third. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat, walked and scored…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    What ballplayer has been drinking his milk? How much does a knockwurst cost at Primanti Bros.? And can anyone read Dusty Baker’s lips?

  20. Columnist: Stephen Strasburg shouldn't strike so many guys out

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    I suppose this was inevitable. When you tire of superlatives to describe Stephen Strasburg’s game, you go contrary and try to find a fault.  And I suppose there are faults to be found, because no pitcher is perfect. But this one from Tom Boswell of the Washington Post seems like a bit of a stretch:…

  21. Yorvit Torrealba intends to make a vigorous appeal

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Earlier I passed along word that Padres’ catcher Yorvit Torrealba has been suspended for three games.  Not exactly the biggest story on the planet. MLB.com caught with him a few minutes ago, however, and it sounds as though Torrealba’s appeal will at least be interesting: “It might be five days after what I say.” I’m…

  22. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on Chemistry

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Hint: he’s not a big believer in it. Hint II: some of those bracketed phrases are really swear words.

  23. The Phillies "would love to get Cliff Lee back"

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    File this Jack Curry tweet under Things No Phillies Fan Really Wants to Hear Right Now: Spoke to baseball official who has regular contact w/ Phils. He said they are itching to add a starter and would love to get Cliff Lee back. You can also file it under “Things That Would Never, Ever Happen…

  24. The Orioles contact Buck Showalter about their managerial gig

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter was one of the first few names listed by fans and the media to take over the Orioles’ managerial job when it became apparent that Dave Trembley was going to get fired.  Now the Orioles are doing the logical thing and interviewing him, reports Tim Kurkjian of ESPN. I assume this is a…

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