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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Blue Jays' Randy Ruiz has great timing

    May 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Unless you’re a Blue Jays fan, a moderately serious fantasy player or are some sick obsessive who reads every single box score every day [cough, cough], Randy Ruiz probably hasn’t even crossed your radar screen. Sure, the Jays’ part-time DH and backup first baseman came on really strong late last year, but he hasn’t hit…

  2. David Wright given a day off, apparently against his will

    May 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    After an 0 for 4, three-strikeout day against the Braves — capped by throwing away the ball and allowing the winning run to score — David Wright will be riding the pine for today’s game against the Nationals. Wright’s obviously struggling and, more importantly, looks to be getting frustrated, so most people would probably agree…

  3. Homeless man cuts across outfield in the name of beer, nachos

    May 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Fun times in the minor leagues: Authorities say a homeless who said he was looking for the fastest route to a concession stand was arrested after walking onto the outfield during a minor league baseball game in Pennsylvania. Logan Township police say they’ll file criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges against 24-year-old Tyrone…

  4. Two orders of Tim Lincecum, please. Extra caviar

    May 19, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    There’s a fun article in the New York Times that has almost nothing to do with baseball. Rather, it’s about how big time chefs smoke a lot of marijuana and how the stoner culture is affecting both the attitude and, in many cases, the cuisine in today’s top restaurants.  I link it here, however, because…

  5. David Ortiz "lives in an emotional maelstrom"

    May 19, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Howard Bryant has a fascinating feature today on the “emotional maelsrom” that has been David Oritz’s last couple of years with the Boston Red Sox. There’s some arguably poor behavior on Ortiz’s part mentioned in there — he allegedly left the ballpark early back in April after being pinch hit for, he “raged” that…

  6. Good news for the Mariners' lineup: pitchers get to bat soon

    May 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The commencement of interleague play means that help is on the way to the Mariners’ anemic lineup: As a senior at Long Beach State, [Jason] Vargas served as the Dirtbags’ usual designated hitter, finishing with a .354 batting average, 14 doubles and five homers. Furthermore, the former Marlins and Mets pitcher didn’t embarrass himself when…

  7. Who actually complained about Theo Epstein going to see Pearl Jam?

    May 19, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    The Globe’s Nick Cafardo defends Red Sox GM Theo Epstein for going to see Pearl Jam on Monday night rather than watching the Red Sox-Yankees game.  I agree with Cafardo’s defenses: Theo works insane hours, he always has his Blackberry anyway, and while the season isn’t going how everyone wanted it to, it’s not like…

  8. Quote of the Day: on Jeff Francoeur's approach at the plate

    May 19, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    “He doesn’t really have, like, an approach. He just goes up there hacking.” – Braves starter Kris Medlen describing Jeff Francoeur’s hitting philosophy.  Which worked last night, it should be noted, as Francoeur took Medlen yard.  But it’s also the reason why it usually doesn’t work and why Francoeur is so frustrating a player to…

  9. The Yankees protest last night's game

    May 19, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  It appears I misinterpreted the use of the term “indication of injury” in the AP story.  The beef was not that Girardi thought there was no evidence that Beckett was injured.  Rather, he was protesting the fact that Delcarmen was called for before the umpires were informed that Beckett was injured (i.e. it was…

  10. Let's not get ahead of ourselves in praising Fredi Gonzalez

    May 19, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Let’s specify — because I think it’s beyond reasonable dispute — that Hanley Ramirez is in the wrong in all of this business down in Florida. Wrong for not running after that ball, and more wrong for unloading on his manager to the press yesterday morning.  He’s history’s greatest monster (this week), no question. But…

  11. The Mets are giving tickets away to this week's Yankees series

    May 19, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    This is somewhat shocking: the Mets are going to give away tickets to this weekend’s Subway Series with the Yankees. It’s not a contest or anything. According to SportsBusiness Daily, they’re merely unloading “high-priced, premium seats that probably wouldn’t sell.” According to the article it’s a small number of seats and they’re going to former…

  12. Milton Bradley may be back today

    May 19, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    AOL’s John Hickey reports that Milton Bradley may be off the restricted list and back with the Mariners as early as today. He’s apparently been taking batting practice during his absence, so he should be about as ready to go as Milton Bradley ever is.

  13. Not so fast: the Mets may mess with Mejia yet

    May 19, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Yesterday I praised the Mets for making what seemed to be a wise long-term decision for the organization in sending Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to be transformed back into a starting pitcher.  The only reservation I had over the move was if the team decided to only send him down for a short…

  14. Roy Halladay should probably get some rest

    May 19, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Not that he is to blame or anything, but it is rather astounding that the Phillies have lost two games in their last ten, and both losses came in Roy Halladay starts. Also astounding are the pitch counts he’s racking up. 132 pitches last night. In his four starts before that he went 126, 121,…

  15. Yankees blow one, but don't blame this one on Rivera

    May 19, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Yes, Mariano Rivera allowed two runs on a pair of hits in the ninth inning of a tie game, but no, this one wasn’t his fault. I mean, sure, on some level he has some blame because if bats don’t hit balls none of this happens, but you can’t strike everyone out — that’s fascist,…

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

    May 19, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT

    Red Sox 7, Yankees 6: For the second time in three days Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera blew a game. This one was way more on Chamberlain — he came into the eighth with a 5-1 lead and the inning ended with things knotted at 5 — but Rivera came in and gave up two…

  17. Jermaine Dye: call your agent

    May 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    . . . And tell him that you’re not really interested in finding a job playing baseball anymore.  He seems to think you are given that, as Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reminds us, he’s been telling everyone that you’ve been working out in anticipation of that big contract from the non-terrible team you’ve…

  18. How many managers' heads are going to roll?

    May 18, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Former Mets GM and current Sirius/XM radio host Jim Duquette tweeted something that caught my eye a few minutes ago: Major League Scout – “Hearing more managerial changes by the end of the month. Could be up to 10 changes by the end of the season.” Ten?  Really?  My reaction was the same as Duquette’s:…

  19. Ramirez-free Marlins beat up on the Diamondbacks

    May 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    As expected, Hanley Ramirez rode the pine for today’s businessman’s special against the Diamondbacks (query: do they call weekday games “businessmen specials” anymore?).  Didn’t bother the Marlins much, as Josh Johnson was dominant, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and Ramirez’s replacement Brian Barden went 1 for 3 with a two-run single, turned a…

  20. Frank McCourt has a "slush fund," secret partners and pays his kids to do nothing

    May 18, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    John Weinbach of FanHouse reports some more unseemliness from the land of Frank McCourt and the Dodgers: Over the past 18 months, the Los Angeles Dodgers paid nearly $4 million in “consulting services” to [the John McCourt Company], an entity that has done virtually nothing for the club, even as the team has made a concerted effort…

  21. Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

    May 18, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Dr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview…

  22. Andre Ethier placed on the disabled list

    May 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Dodgers: Ken Rosenthal reports that Andre Ethier is heading to the disabled list. Ethier fractured the tip of his pinkie finger while taking practice swings on Saturday. Regrettably for the Dodgers, he happened to be leading the NL in all three triple crown categories at the time, and has become the…

  23. Ian O'Connor shoehorns steroids into last night's Yankees game

    May 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor on last night’s game-tying homer from Alex Rodriguez: With the ball streaking like a comet across the black Bronx night, making Yankee Stadium quake like the old place always did, Alex Rodriguez flipped his bat, shot a look-at-me-now stare into the home dugout, and left this baffling question in his…

  24. Comment of the Day: Someone hates the Red Sox too much

    May 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Honestly, watching Papelbon get shelled and walk off the mound in shame is more satisfying than most of my sexual encounters. Not sure if that means my sex life is lame, or I really hate the Red Sox. I’m hoping it’s the latter. – A commenter who goes by the name “Infinite Wisdom,” revealing far…

  25. Hanley Ramirez's attitude problems are not new

    May 18, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    To top off what has become a Hanley Ramirez morning, let us take a walk down memory lane — way back to last October — to Jorge Arangure’s profile of Ramirez for ESPN, in which Ramirez’s attitude — though, to be fair, not his work ethic — was cast into serious doubt. And let’s be…

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