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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Mariners release Eric Byrnes

    May 3, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners released outfielder Eric Byrnes after yesterday’s game against the Rangers. Partially due to ineffectiveness, partially due to plain old weirdness. The ineffectiveness: Byrnes was three for 32 on the season. The weirdness: the play on Friday night in which he pulled his bat back on a suicide squeeze, causing Ichiro to get…

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

    May 3, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    Phillies 11, Mets 5: Look, there are about 17 different ways in which Johan Santana’s awful night could be described, but I think the fact that he walked Jamie Moyer with the bases loaded in the fourth pretty much tells you all you need to know. The Victorino grand slam that immediately followed was less…

  3. The Red Sox designate Alan Embree for assignment

    May 1, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    That was quick. Two days after calling up the venerable (query: can you be “venerable” if you’re simply old, or do you have to be good and old?) Alan Embree was designated for assignment by the Red Sox in order to make room  for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Embree did not appear in a game. He had…

  4. Ryan Zimmerman returns with a bang

    May 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman hadn’t played in nine days with a bum hamstring, but he returned last night and hit two home runs — both full-count blasts off Ricky Nolasco — to lead the Nationals past the Marlins. Zimmerman ended the night with the two bombs, a double, a walk and three RBI. The Mets, Nats and…

  5. Heyman: the Brewers aren't likely to keep Prince Fielder

    May 1, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Via MLB Trade Rumors, Jon Heyman was on the MLB Network last night and opined that despite some preliminary talks, the Brewers are not likely to be able to sign Prince Fielder to an extension and that the big man will be traded before he can become a free agent after the 2011 season. Ryan…

  6. Derek Jeter becomes the active hits leader

    May 1, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter went 3 for 4 with a triple, a homer and four RBI, leading the Yankees past the White Sox 6-4. Of greater significance than the win: the hit gave him 2,778 for his career, which put him past Ken Griffey, Jr. for the lead among active players.  Griffey, of course, had a six…

  7. They teach them young in Philly

    May 1, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Highlight of the night as far as I’m concerned: A Philadelphia father helps his baby daughter throw the ball back onto the field after a Rod Barajas home run in the Mets-Phillies game.  As someone who is raising a taunting young girl himself, he’s a man after my own heart. People like to rip Phillies…

  8. The Braves snap the skid behind Hanson, Heyward

    May 1, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    The Braves snapped their nine-game losing streak behind a two-run homer from Jason Heyward in the third and eight strong innings from Tommy Hanson.  But Heyward and Hanson are good and we knew that. The real relief is that Nate McLouth hit a homer, establishing that, contrary to all previous indications, he was not spending…

  9. Cliff Lee returns, and it is good. Mostly.

    May 1, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Yeah, I think Cliff Lee is all better. Lee handcuffed the Rangers for seven innings last night, allowing only three hits, not walking anyone and striking out eight. He threw 98 pitches, 73 of which were strikes. He was up around 93 m.p.h. with his fastball.  It was like the guy from Game 1 of…

  10. Sports Illustrated Writer: contract the Pirates!

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Paul Daugherty, usually of the Cincinnati Enquirer, but writing here for Sports Illustrated, saw just about all he needed to see from the Pirates last week: In the seven days between April 20 and 26, the Pirates were outscored 72-12. Not by the Yankees, or even the Jets, but by the Brewers and the Houston…

  11. Bob Uecker undergoes successful heart surgery

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Tom Haudricort reports that Brewers’ broadcaster Bob Uecker had his heart surgery today and that it was a success: “As of 2:30 pm, Bob is out of surgery and in the ICU. We are pleased that Mr. Uecker’s surgery went smoothly today,” said Nicolosi. “We replaced his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending…

  12. Part of Ringolsby's anti-A-Rod screed gets axed

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    You know that “A-Rod represents everything that is wrong with baseball” column written by Tracy Ringolsby from this morning?  Yeah, a whole bunch of it has been removed or changed by FOX, some of it for being wrong, some of it, apparently, for rubbing people the wrong way. Lisa Swan at SubwaySquawkers has the details.

  13. Players' Union to Arizona: modify or repeal your immigration law

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    MLBPA head Michael Weiner has issued a statement opposing Arizona’s recently-passed SB 1070 immigration law: “The recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States.  These international players are very much a part of…

  14. Ryan Madson goes on the DL with a broken toe after kicking a chair

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge came off the disabled list today, and as Aaron pointed out yesterday, there is an open question as to whether he jumps right back into his customary role as the Phillies’ mediocre closer or if, instead, Ryan Madson will retain the job of Phillies’ mediocre closer for the time being. Or at least…

  15. Cliff Lee to make his Mariners debut tonight

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    He’s facing the Rangers and he’s more than ready.* He says “my sights have been set on them for several days now. I’m preparing the best I can for them.” Lee threw six shutout innings during his rehab start for Tacoma on Sunday, which suggests that the Cliff Lee we’ve seen the last two years…

  16. U2 is messing with the baseball schedule

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    I’m sure Bono didn’t mean to bug ya, but he’s doing it all the same: Don’t know whether or not Bono favors the designated hitter rule, but based on U2’s summer concert tour, they’re definitely American Leaguers. The band is playing Angels Stadium (June 6-7), the Oakland Coliseum (June 16) and Toronto’s Rogers Center (July…

  17. Shelley Duncan, Dave Duncan in his underwear, my daughter and me

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    I’ll bore you with one more story about my trip with the kids to the Columbus Clippers-Charlotte Knights game last night. Shelley Duncan’s name is announced as he comes to bat for Columbus. Anna, my six year-old daughter, hears this and giggles a bit that a man is named Shelley.  I tell her that Shelley…

  18. Jermaine Dye is unemployed for a reason

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley wrote a story in the Sun-Times today about how the White Sox (or anyone) should give Jermaine Dye a contract. Quote of the article from Dye: ”I’m not going to a bad team, and I’m not playing for $1.5million,” Dye said. And people are suggesting that race has something to do with him…

  19. Great Moments in Customer Appreciation: The Mets

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Perhaps the Mets would draw better if they offered their season ticket holders better swag than a floaty magnetic baseball thing that doesn’t work.

  20. The San Francisco Giants want to get into the basketball business

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The San Francisco Giants may join the bidding for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The California iteration of the franchise is 48 years-old, so it makes sense that the organization that employs Brian Sabean would be interested. Heck, if the deal goes through he’s likely to play the entire basketball team at second base and…

  21. Are there some players who just can't hack it in New York?

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    I’m extremely reluctant to give credence to the “Player X just can’t handle New York” line of reasoning because as explanations go, it rarely if ever accounts for all of the variables. Javy Vazquez is a good example, inasmuch as that meme doesn’t account for the fact that he handled things just fine in New…

  22. Toronto fan makes the supreme sacrifice

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    No, he didn’t die or anything, but giving up an $8 beer in order to grab a baseball, the sort of which you can get for something like $20 a dozen down at Dick’s represents the kind of sacrifice that neither you nor I would normally be willing to make. So here’s to you, smell-like-a-beer-all-night-in-exchange-for-a-Ryan-Sweeney-foul-ball…

  23. The Nats aren't worried about Bryce Harper's attitude

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Last week reports swirled that Bryce Harper was a no-goodnik. The Nats? They’re not worried: A high-ranking club official said a recent report slamming the 17 year-old catcher for having attitude issues was “way overblown” and the Nats have no qualms about selecting him first overall in the June draft based on personality traits. “Is…

  24. "Shin-Soo Choo has a chance to be the best Pacific Rim player ever"

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Those are bold words given that Ichiro Suzuki still walks the Earth and gets 200 hits a year, but when you realize that it’s Choo’s agent Scott Boras saying it, all becomes clear. That aside, Tim Brown’s profile on Choo in which that quote appears is a great read about the baseball’s least-known superstar.  For…

  25. Some of the best A-Rod hate you'll read in a while

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Some people — myself included on occasion — toss out lazy Alex Rodriguez criticism. Others — like FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby — aren’t content dabbling in idle hate. They work extra hard at it, finding reasons to attack him which have eluded everyone else. For example, after rehashing the 2007 opt-out controversy, Ringolsby shows us just…

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