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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Cliff Lee throws without pain; return to action still uncertain

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The good news is that Cliff Lee completed a 55-pitch throwing session yesterday without any of the pain in his abdomen that he had last week. The bad news is that neither Lee or the Mariners yet know when he can return and actually pitch in a game. In a chat yesterday the Seattle Times’…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade?

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Redlegs The big question: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade? I’m pretty optimistic…

  3. Red Sox' Bernie Carbo was as high as a kite during the '75 Series

    Apr 1, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Bernie Carbo cemented his legend, such as it is, in the 1975 World Series. The Red Sox were on the brink of losing Game 6 and the series to the Reds when Carbo hit a three-run pinch hit home run to tie the score and to set up Carlton Fisk’s famous extra-innings shot.  Thank God…

  4. Curt Schilling rips the Phillies for not keeping Cliff Lee

    Apr 1, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Curt Schilling was asked how he likes the Phillies this year. If you think his response was a diplomatic and conventional “I think they’ll be a good ballclub” kind of thing then you’re not familiar with Curt Schilling’s work: “I think trading Cliff Lee was the stupidest thing they’ve ever done, and they didn’t have…

  5. The Braves' Matt Diaz is no fool; praises Jason Heyward's ascension

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    If there’s anyone who has a right to be bummed by Jason Heyward winning the Braves’ starting right field job it’s Matt Diaz who is basically losing his starting job to Heyward. But part of what makes Diaz a useful player is that he’s pretty smart, and his brains were on full display today when…

  6. Minor leaguers are practically starving

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Think minor leaguers don’t have every incentive to do whatever they can to make the big leagues? Check out Garrett Broshuis’ latest story in Baseball America about living on the verge of poverty in the minor leagues. I’d normally blockquote something here, but this is better if read in full and in context. The details…

  7. The Red Sox impose plan to sucker, tax poor people

    Mar 31, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The Red Sox and the Massachusetts State Lottery are partnering up for a new lottery game called “Monster Money.”  It’s a $10 scratch ticket game that debuted yesterday. The game offers three $3 million instant prizes and seven prizes of $1 million. Other prizes include Red Sox gear such as jackets, pants, warm-up jerseys and…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Is Albert Pujols' supporting cast good enough to help him win it all?

    Mar 31, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Cardinals The big question: Is Albert Pujols’ supporting cast good enough to help him win it all? This isn’t…

  9. The Dodgers neglected to tell Jason Repko that he was released

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reported last night that Jason Repko had been released by the Dodgers. About an hour ago, The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez reported that Repko had not been told of his release.  As of a half hour ago or so Hernandez was not yet even sure if Repko even knew about…

  10. Roy Halladay, Denard Span have tough first innings today

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Denard Span tweets that his mom is doing OK. Spring training is winding down poorly for a couple of players. In the space of about 15 minutes: The Phillies’ Roy Halladay gave up 4 runs, 5 hits, 3 doubles, and 1 homer to the Blue Jays, who may suddenly feel a bit better about…

  11. Springtime Storylines: So, when is Stephen Strasburg going to get to Washington?

    Mar 31, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Stephen StaNatsburgs: The big question: So, when is Stephen Strasburg going to get to Washington? I just got back…

  12. Chipper Jones scratched, Jason Heyward returns for the Braves

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    All kinds of eventual things happening with the Braves today. For starters, Chipper Jones has an ingrown toenail on his left foot which is keeping him out of the lineup for today’s game vs. Houston. In other news, Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after missing some time due to shin splints. And he…

  13. Brad Lidge gets a cortisone injection; will miss Opening Day

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that Brad Lidge has and inflamed elbow, which required a cortisone injection yesterday. Lidge has been slow getting going this spring due to recovery from elbow surgery, but he had been expected to make Opening Day. Now that’s off the table and it will be the second week of the season…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Are the Mets going to be able to get anyone out?

    Mar 31, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Mets. Truthers, please queue up on the right; Self-hating Mets fans please queue up on the left. The big…

  15. It's official: Jamie Moyer is the Phillies' fifth starter

    Mar 31, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    We had been expecting this following his damn nigh brilliant outing against the Yankees last Friday night, but Charlie Manuel made it official last night: Jamie Moyer has beat out Kyle Kendrick for the Phillies’ pfifth starter job. I’ll admit that I was partial to Moyer winning the job all along simply because ancient lefties…

  16. Springtime Storylines: When do we stop acting as if mere competence is enough for the Marlins?

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: the Feesh! The big question: When do we stop acting as if mere competence is enough for the Marlins? You…

  17. Are the Royals interested in Jarrod Washburn?

    Mar 31, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Last week Jon Heyman tweeted that the Mariners were interested in bringing Jarrod Washburn back. Yesterday he reported that the Royals were joining the bidding and had a “strong interest” in him. I can’t decide which force of nature is more powerful: Heyman’s shilling for Scott Boras clients like Washburn or the Royals signing of…

  18. Dodgers ownership trial is set for August 30th

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The McCourts’ ownership saga was set to go to trial this spring, but was recently kicked. Yesterday the judge set the shindig to being on August 30th. It should take 11 days, but some off days were included in the schedule so it will be stretched out over a month, ending on September 30th, with…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Will the real Cole Hamels please stand up?

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: the defending NL Champs. The big question: Will the real Cole Hamels please stand up?Hamels was otherworldly in the 2008…

  20. The Reds are likely to send Aroldis Chapman to the minors

    Mar 31, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Mark Sheldon of MLB.com says its almost certain that Aroldis Chapman is going to start the season in the minor leagues as his recent back spasms simply didn’t permit him to get in enough work in order to force his way into the competition for the fifth starter’s spot, which will be won by either…

  21. Mets players think the team is "babying" Jose Reyes

    Mar 31, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    An unidentified Mets player told Mike Puma of the New York Post that there is a prevailing feeling in the Mets’ clubhouse that Jose Reyes is being “babied” because the team fears a public relations disaster if he hurts his hamstring again. The player said, in response to the team hemming and hawing about letting…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Did I pick the Braves to win the NL East because I'm a fanboy?

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: a switch over to the senior circuit, which kicks off with the Atlanta Braves — yes, the Atlanta Braves —…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Should Athletics' fans be freaking out about the bullpen yet?

    Mar 29, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The San Jose Athletics (forgive me; just tryin’ it out) The big question: Should Athletics’ fans be freaking out about…

  24. Springtime Storylines: Was the Mariners' offseason all that it was cracked up to be?

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The new-look Seattle Mariners The big question: Was the Mariners’ offseason all that it was cracked up to be? No,…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Will the Texas Rangers' rotation hold up?

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Texas Rangers The big question: Will the rotation hold up? When Nolan Ryan rode into town in 2008 and…

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