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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Yankees skip Javy Vazquez's next start

    May 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez had yet another craptacular start on Saturday, giving up five runs on seven hits in three innings while walking four.  After that game Jor Girardi said that his next start — scheduled for this Friday at Fenway — was in question.  It’s no longer in question.  Girardi has bumped Vazquez off Friday’s start.…

  2. Dave Roberts has lymphoma

    May 3, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Padres’ special assistant Dave Roberts — who is best known for his stolen base in the 2004 ALCS — has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roberts says the cancer was detected early and that the prognosis is good. He has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy. Good to hear that things seem optimistic as far as these things go.…

  3. Bryce Harper expects a record-setting bonus

    May 3, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated has a source telling him that Bryce Harper is going to seek to break Stephen Strasburg’s record $15.67 million signing bonus when he’s selected next month, almost certainly by the Nats. Man, he gets all the scoops. I’m a bit skeptical. MASN’s Ben Goessling reported a couple of weeks ago…

  4. The worst bobblehead doll ever

    May 3, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    The Slanch Report alerts us to what may be the worst bobblehead ever. It’s the Jason Heyward edition the Gwinnett Braves are putting out, probably out of spite due to Heyward not getting a chance to play for the Gwinnett Braves this year. As Slanch notes via photographic evidence, the bobblehead looks nothing like Heyward.…

  5. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    May 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    1. Rays: They dropped two out of three to split a four game series with Kansas City at home and could have easily lost three, but we’ll keep them in the top spot for now. The nine-game west coast swing on which they are about to embark will tell us just how strong these guys…

  6. Great Moments in overreacting: Johan Santana edition

    May 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    If this is what Santana is now, and who he is now, then the Mets may well be staring into the abyss. For real. For good. – The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro, reminding us once again that the trait which most clearly defines New York baseball fans is not their knowledge or their passion,…

  7. Proposal: let's just get rid of wins for pitchers

    May 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Dave Brown at Big League Stew watched Zack Greinke’s dominant yet losing performance and thinks that it’s high time we just get rid of wins for pitchers altogether: Does a point guard get a “W” in basketball? Hockey goalies may get wins and losses, but does anyone pay as much attention to those statistics as…

  8. MLB warns George Sherrill to speed things up

    May 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Dodgers’ reliever George Sherrill got a nastygram from Bob Watson over pace-of-game issues: Dodgers reliever George Sherrill received a warning letter from MLB vice president of on-field operations Bob Watson for taking too long to warm up on April 14 at Dodger Stadium against the D-backs . . . The letter, a warning that came…

  9. Report: MLB to seize Rangers, complete sale, get sued

    May 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    That’s the logical conclusion if what Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting is true: MLB as soon as this week plans to dramatically alter the course of the standoff between creditors and the owner of the Texas Rangers, multiple sources said last week, a development that could include the league seizing the franchise. Were…

  10. Dave Trembley is a man of few words

    May 3, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports on a short and sweet mound meeting during the top of the ninth inning in yesterday’s Red Sox-Orioles game: With right-hander Matt Albers ready in the bullpen, I think most people who have watched the Orioles this season expected Trembley to yank Ohman. Instead he walked to the…

  11. More players are speaking out against the Arizona immigration law

    May 3, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Over the weekend Drew noted that Adrian Gonzalez said that he would not attend next year’s All-Star Game if selected due to the Arizona’s S.B. 1070 immigration law.  Gonzalez is not the only player speaking out. The Padres’ Yorvit Torrealba told the San Diego Union-Tribune “Why do I want to go play in a place…

  12. The Indians have created a fan cave

    May 3, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    I’m moderately hostile to luxury suites in ballparks, but Sports Business Journal reports that the Indians are improving the concept somewhat: The Cleveland Indians have redeveloped a vacant suite at Progressive Field into a “fan cave” with a pool table as its centerpiece . . . The space has six high-definition televisions, along with a…

  13. The Orioles sweeping the Sox is not "humiliating," so just cut it out

    May 3, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    I’m not gonna say that the Red Sox’ sweep at the hands of the Orioles wasn’t six kinds of bad for Boston because it was, but the level of fretting I’ve read about it since yesterday is getting out of hand. Take this post from WEEI’s Alex Speier. If you didn’t know any better you’d…

  14. Stephen Strasburg shows that he is, in fact, human

    May 3, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Well, maybe he’s human. An alternative explanation is that, a day after learning that he was being promoted to AAA, he decided to mail one in the same way you mailed in that last Communications 220 exam after you already earned enough credits to graduate and had already been accepted to law school. Strasburg gave…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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