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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ben Sheets probably isn't going anywhere

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:12 PM EST

    The smart thinking is that the A’s signed Ben Sheets with the idea of flipping him for prospects in the fairly likely event that they failed to catch lightning in a bottle and challenged for the division. Those plans aren’t exactly working, however. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are now thinking they’ll just hold…

  2. Minor leaguers to be tested for HGH. This is all PR, by the way

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Major League Baseball announced a few moments ago that it will immediately begin testing for HGH in the minor leagues.  That sound you hear is a thousand writers and commentators preparing their “good for baseball for finally getting tough” column/blog post/TV talking head spot.  Don’t buy a bit of it. For starters, this is not…

  3. Olney: the Tigers have "serious" interest in Dan Haren

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

    Rumors involving Dan Haren have been something of a tease these past few weeks. Little squeaks here and there about how the Diamondbacks would be willing to listen to offers, followed by multiple reports of just how much it would take to convince the Diamondbacks to actually trade him. But hey, we pass along all…

  4. The Yankees to add yet another uniform memorial

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:28 PM EST

    The Yankees are already wearing uniform patches for Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner. Now Eric Fisher of SBJ tweets that they’ll add black arm bands in memory of Ralph Houk. I would hope that everyone significant in the Yankees Universe would stay healthy regardless, but given how damn little real estate is left on the…

  5. The Reds and Dusty Baker will talk contract extension after the deadline

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    This was supposed to be a lame duck year for Dusty Baker — and it still technically is — but given how well the Reds have done this season it was inevitable that at some point the Reds and Dusty would have to talk about a contract extension.  That time will be early August, reports…

  6. The Cardinals' Shelby Miller is not untouchable

    Jul 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Brian McTaggart, Matthew Leach and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirm and add some more detail to my report from last night about the Cardinals’ interest in Roy Oswalt. Specifically regarding what the Cardinals may have to give up in order to get him: The Cards’ most compelling potential trading chip for most teams would seem…

  7. HBT Daily: Rangers, Phillies and Mets, Oh my!

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:27 PM EST

    Someone has to win the Mets-Dodgers game, don’t they?

  8. Jose Tabata's wife pleads guilty to kidnapping charges

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Pirates’ outfielder Jose Tabata is only 21 and his soon-to-be ex-wife is 44, so she was already guilty of robbing the cradle. Now she’s guilty of stealing an actual baby: Amalia Tabata-Pereira, 44, pled guilty in Hillsborough Circuit Court on Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and impersonating a public officer.In March of…

  9. Free Alex Gordon

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:29 AM EST

    The Royals are about to call up Rick Ankiel from Omaha, where he has put up a batting line of .270/.281/.556 in 63 at bats while rehabbing. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon is batting .315/.442/.577 in 260 at bats since being sent down, presumably to learn left field. Query: given Ankiel’s injury history and his own defensive…

  10. Carl Crawford is friggin' nuts

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Personally, I’d wear a cup. But then again, I’m not Carl Crawford.

  11. Bobby Jenks is probably out as the White Sox closer

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    At least as the team’s lone closer, and at least for now.  Ozzie Guillen didn’t like what he saw in Seattle last night, when Jenks blew a save in his second bad outing in three games: ”I got three guys there that can [close games]. I’ve got Thornton, I’ve got Putz throwing the ball good.…

  12. The Mattingly mound visit: MLB says the umps were wrong; umps disagree

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    I’ll admit that I was rather confused about the Don Mattingly mound visit thing the other night.  After my initial post yesterday I was mostly persuaded by others that even if the umpires were following the letter of the rule regarding Mattingly making two mound visits, they weren’t following the spirit of the rule because…

  13. The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

    A blast from the past: A-Rod hate, the likes of which we haven’t seen in well over a year.

  14. The Giants and Dbacks may open 2011 in Taiwan

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    This is fun: Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that Major League Baseball has proposed that the Giants and Diamondbacks open the 2011 season with a two-game set in Taiwan. Baseball has done Japan and Mexico for Opening Day before, but Taiwan would be a new one. It would be a weird schedule too:…

  15. The Mets are close to shipping Jeff Francoeur off in a trade

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports this morning that the Mets are trying to trade Jeff Francoeur and that they may have a deal done by this weekend. There are no indications as to who may be interested in Francoeur, who was recently shuttled to the bench when Carlos Beltran came back from…

  16. Ralph Houk: 1919-2010

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    A large, but often-overlooked figure in Yankee and baseball history has left our midst.

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

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:48 AM EST

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Mets and Phillies lost.

  18. Source: The Cardinals are the front runners for Roy Oswalt

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:34 PM EST

    A major league source tells me that, contrary to what we’ve all been hearing for the past several days, the Phillies are not the front runners for Roy Oswalt.  The St. Louis Cardinals are. In fact, the Astros have been talking with Cardinals GM John Mozeliak for several days now, and Oswalt is quite amenable…

  19. The Giants are interested in Jose Bautista

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have expressed interest in Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista. There were some comments in the Trade Tracker this morning from people who think that the Jays would be crazy to trade Bautista, but really, when is this guy’s value going to be higher?  Does anyone think that he’s really…

  20. Pedro Martinez won't pitch in 2010, still open for 2011

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:12 PM EST

    Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Pedro Martinez has ruled out pitching in 2010. The reason: “Martinez, who will turn 39 in October, decided that he was enjoying the time off with his family this summer too much to embark on a comeback for the second season in a row.” However, he said…

  21. HBT Extra: The top five fictional managers (RIP Lou Brown)

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

    I had to dock Pop Fisher for letting gamblers in his clubhouse — and really, he wouldn’t play Hobbs until someone died — but he does manage to make my top five.

  22. Let the record reflect that B.J. Upton hustled last night

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    My virtual friend* Jonah Keri alerted me to something interesting from last night’s Rays-Orioles game. I didn’t see it live, but I just went back and watched the highlight on MLB.tv and I agree that it’s interesting enough to be worth passing along. *While my previous professional life involved meeting real people, life as a…

  23. Colin Curtis gets his first major league home run in interesting fashion

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    I have the Yankees-Angels game on as background noise, and something neat just happened:  Brett Gardner came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, and got behind 0-2 to Scot Shields. Gardner didn’t like the call on strike two and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the middle of his at…

  24. Nolan Ryan: the bankruptcy is gutting the Rangers

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Day two of that fun Texas Rangers hearing down in Forth Worth and the highlight so far — thanks to some live tweeting by SBJ’s Daniel Kaplan — is Nolan Ryan on the witness stand.  Among the tidbits he dropped during his testimony, which concluded a few minutes ago: The team is being forced to…

  25. The White Sox are "trying to accelerate talks" for Prince Fielder

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    I don’t know if this says more about the White Sox’ actual interests or if it simply says more about the colorful manner in which White Sox sources talk to reporters, but today — one day after the Sox were said to be “trying desperately” to get Adam Dunn — they are reported to be…

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