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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. That kid in Philly should not have been tased

    May 4, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Let me start out by acknowledging a couple of things: 1. That kid at the Phillies game had no business whatsoever being on the field last night. He should be arrested and charged to the fullest extent the law allows. 2. Fans on the field represent a threat to the athletes. I remember the Monica…

  18. Maybe it's not the best time to try to trade Prince Fielder

    May 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    On Saturday I opined that if the Brewers keep stinking up the joint they should consider trading Prince Fielder.  Ken Rosenthal makes a good point however: it may not be the best time to trade the guy. Specifically, Rosenthal notes that, of the current contenders, not too many of them need a first baseman. And…

  19. Mike Rizzo scouts Bryce Harper, likes what he sees

    May 4, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the talk of his allegedly bad attitude and his high asking price has apparently done nothing to dissuade the Nats from drafting Bryce Harper first in next months’ draft. In fact, it sounds like Washington is hotter for Harper than they ever have been: Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo went…

  20. Kelvim Escobar to have season-ending surgery

    May 4, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Not terribly surprising given that he hasn’t stepped on the mound since winter ball, but at least now it’s official: Escobar will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn capsule in front of his right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. Escobar has only pitched in one game since 2007, and earlier…

  21. Kerry Wood gets shellacked in his first rehab start

    May 4, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood had his first rehab start last night and he got hammered, giving up six runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning for AA Arkron. Wood has an $11 million option for 2011 which vests if he finishes 55 games. Based on how things went last night, I’m going to guess that…

  22. Ron Washington gets ejected . . . for some reason

    May 4, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Rich Harden fielded a chopper to the mound in the second inning of last night’s Rangers-Athletics game. He ran it back to the bag himself, beating Eric Chavez by a mile.  Chavez was called out. Problem: based on the video, Harden did not appear to touch the bag. The umpires conferred after the call and…

  23. New Yankee Stadium sets record for lowest attendance

    May 4, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    It’s all relative of course: 41,571 souls watched last night’s Yankees-Orioles game. That would make it the season’s largest crowd at many establishments (indeed, several parks don’t even hold that many people) but it is the lowest the Yankees have drawn since moving into the new park last year. Ross at Stadium Insider noted that…

  24. Jason Bay is a good neighbor

    May 4, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Jason Bay decided to make Larchmont, New York his in-season home. According to this sweet story in Sunday’s New York Times, he’s the talk of the village. The author’s young son decided to reach out to the superstar slugger: For his part, Gabriel decided to write Mr. Bay a letter and wrap it around a…

  25. Phillies fan runs onto field, gets tasered

    May 4, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

    There’s so much going on in this photo that I’m not sure where to begin. For starters you have just the latest example of wonderful Phillies fan behavior. No, this guy didn’t puke on anyone or anything — he was simply tasered and hauled off — but you have to give Phillies’ fans the benefit…

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