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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Braves place Jair Jurrjens on the DL

    May 5, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Braves starter Jair Jurrjens has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He actually did it last Thursday and had been hoping it was but a scratch — a flesh wound, if you will — but it’s not getting better. Atlanta will move Kris Medlen, who has a 2.70 ERA and…

  2. Johnny Damon leaves Tigers-Twins game with calf spasms

    May 5, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    At this point I’ve completely lost track of the number of calf injuries that have occurred in baseball this season. It’s like the shark attacks in the summer of 2001. They probably always happened, but we’re all of a sudden hearing of them every single day. The latest victim: Johnny Damon, who left in the…

  3. Jermaine Dye doesn't think he'll be playing baseball this summer

    May 5, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    He didn’t say anything along those lines, but a little bird told me that Jermaine Dye is angling for an invite to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship* that will be held in Lake Tahoe in mid-July. Or, as we call it around these parts “baseball season.” That suggests that Dye isn’t exactly confident that…

  4. Report: Milton Bradley left stadium mid-game last night

    May 5, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Remember this morning’s post about Milton Bradley getting benched, getting mad and not hanging around for the media after that?  Yeah, seems he didn’t even hang around for the end of the game. According to Mike Salk of ESPN 710 in Seattle, he Bradley left the team and the ballpark mid-game: The Mariners appear to…

  5. Rondell White, Cliff Floyd and four other ballplayers scammed, lawsuit says

    May 5, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ex-ballplayers Rondell White, Cliff Floyd, Gregg Jeffries and Todd Hundley — and current ballplayers David Wright and Jason Marquis — were allegedly defrauded in a real estate scam.  So says the complaint White and Floyd have filed in federal court anyway: The lawsuit claims that [Defendant Stephen] Hill, who had served as White and Floyd’s…

  6. Quote of the Day: Athletics' owner Lew Wolff

    May 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    “This idea we’re trying to discourage people from coming is a bunch of crap. Every Wednesday, we have almost 9,000 $2 tickets. … It should be embarrassing to all of us that we can’t draw people at $2.” – Lew Wolff, bristling at the suggestion that he and the Athletics have tried to sabotage the…

  7. "Thanks for 50 Great Years Bobby Cocks"

    May 5, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Um, yeah.  Whoever was responsible for the spelling on the cake at the U.S. Senate party honoring the Braves’ skipper on Monday either needs to (a) hire a proofreader; or (b) fire the 13 year-old boy they currently have in the position. Not that I didn’t laugh way more than a 36 year-old father of…

  8. YES to broadcast some Yankees games in 3D. Bleech.

    May 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    This press release is . . . interesting: YES Network, FSN Northwest and DIRECTV will present the first-ever Major League Baseball telecasts in 3D on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 when the New York Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners.  DIRECTV and Panasonic will be presenting sponsors of the two 3D telecasts. The…

  9. Brandon Phillps' lack of hustle costs him a triple

    May 5, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    And may have cost the Reds the game. Phillips had already hit a homer off John Maine last night. In the third inning he hit another blast. Only problems: (a) it didn’t go out of the park; and (b) Phillips admired his handiwork with a casual trot out of the batter’s box and wound up…

  10. Someone was worried about Livan Hernandez's pitch count? Really?

    May 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Livan Hernandez threw 123 pitches against the Braves last night and after the game a reporter asked Jim Riggleman if he was concerned about it. Which is rather shocking to me, because it’s Livan Hernandez we’re talking about here. The 35 year-old (at least) Livan Hernandez. The Livan Hernandez who has averaged close to 200…

  11. Good news for the Twins on the Joe Mauer front

    May 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The reigning MVP has an MRI on his BLH (bruised left heel) and the news is positive: it’s a soft tissue bruise as opposed to a bone bruise. Doctors and people like that who know about such things tell La Velle Neal of the Strib that the soft tissue stuff is far preferable due to…

  12. Ozzie Guillen: "I'd rather get fired than quit"

    May 5, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    We could probably just use Ozzie Guillen for a quote of the day every day, but we try to be fair to the other competitors.  Personally, I prefer fun Ozzie Guillen quotes that are accompanied by some surprising insight. For example, when asked about his future as the manager of the struggling White Sox, and…

  13. Milton Bradley gets benched, gets angry

    May 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley returned to the cleanup spot last night after a few weeks either hurt or batting elsewhere. He went 0 for 3, and struck out looking twice.  After the second one, Don Wakamatsu lifted him from the game. Whether Bradley’s benching was to save him from himself — Bradley, you may be shocked to…

  14. Farewell, Ernie Harwell

    May 5, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    In case you missed it last night, here’s my remembrance of the great Ernie Harwell. Here’s a more thorough obit in the Detroit Free Press.

  15. The second Philly field jumper ain't a brain surgeon

    May 5, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    As I mentioned last night, another guy jumped onto the field in Philadelphia. This guy was quite a piece of work.  First, check out his Twitter page right before it happened: “turn on the phillies game, im about to be on the feild!!!!!!!!!!” You know what that means: his charge just went from second degree…

  16. It's time for the Red Sox to cut ties with David Ortiz

    May 5, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    Already platooning with Mike Lowell because he can’t hit lefties, Big Papi is now seemingly unable to hit righties too.  His line last night was ugly:  0-for-4, with two strikeouts and two double plays. As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the second double play came with the game tied 1-1, the based juiced and…

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

    May 5, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Twins 4, Tigers 3: Nick Blackburn gave up 11 hits in a complete game. This had me thinking about the concept of “scattering” hits last night. I mean, I wanted to say that Blackburn scattered 11 hits over nine innings, but 11 seemed like too many. I was thinking that scattering applies to eight hits…

  18. Nice deterrence! A copycat fan runs onto the field in Philly

    May 4, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    For the second day in a row a fan has run onto the field in Philadelphia. This time it was in the ninth inning of the just-completed Phillies-Cardinals game.  The man hopped the outfield wall, ran on the warning track and was apprehended without incident. And without tasers, I feel obligated to add.  Which is…

  19. Ernie Harwell: 1918-2010

    May 4, 2010, 8:39 PM EDT

    I knew this day was coming since September. It actually came later than I thought it would, based on all we heard about his diagnosis. But neither its inevitability nor its delay softens my sorrow. Ernie Harwell has died at the age of 92.  I wrote this back in September, but it bears repeating: I…

  20. Ryan Madson will be out eight weeks

    May 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Bad news for the Phillies’ bullpen: closer/setup man Ryan Madson, who had surgery on his toe today, is expected to miss eight weeks. The Phillies bullpen is not the utter disaster area it was been portrayed as being as recently as a week ago, but it is third worst in the NL in batting average…

  21. The Giants hit into a lot of double plays

    May 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I’m not sure what’s the most surprising thing about this article: 1. That the Giants are on pace to hit into 209 double plays, which would beat the current record by a country mile; 2. That the Giants’ offense has actually produced enough base runners to hit into that many double plays; or 3. That…

  22. Something Nationals fans don't want to hear

    May 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    What’s that you ask? Why, a comparison between Stephen Strasburg and Mark Prior, which is what Rob Neyer is offering today. It’s not a scary comparison — he’s talking about their brief minor league tracks, not mechanics or injuries or anything — but it’s an unsettling reference all the same.  One that makes you realize,…

  23. Verducci: Take-and-rake baseball is the game's biggest problem

    May 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tom Verducci believes he’s figured out what’s wrong with baseball, and, in the course of what really is an interesting article, says what it is: there is simply not enough contact: . . . we are missing an essential part of the game’s allure and romance: the crack of the bat. You hear it less…

  24. Oakland will no longer enforce Lew Wolff's unconstituonal sign policy

    May 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I missed this one from last week, but given that today seems to be all about Constitutional rights and unruly fans and everything, it’s timely enough. The Athletics had a fan removed from the Coliseum last month for holding up a sign that said “Wolff Lied. He Never Tried,” obviously referring to owner Lew Wolff’s…

  25. The Mariners are looking for offense, but no one is dealing

    May 4, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says that he’s looking to improve the M’s anemic offense, but there’s just nothing happening out there: “I’ve made a tremendous amount of phone calls. I continue to make phone calls. I’ve made several phone calls in the last three or four days. But it’s like hunting season. It’s not hunting…

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