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Craig Calcaterra

  1. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:00 AM EST

    Cubs 1, White Sox 0:  There were boatloads of home runs yesterday — with a ton of guys who had a pair each — but this one was all pitching.  Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth before pinch-hitting Juan Pierre hit a leadoff single to break it up.  Lou Piniella then took approximately…

  2. UPDATE: A-Rod out until at least Tuesday

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

    UPDATE: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that Alex Rodriguez, who is currently sidelined with hip flexor tendinitis, will not return to the starting lineup until at least Tuesday, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Cashman left open the possibility that Rodriguez could miss even more time, but said that the team does…

  3. Baseball's ump-overseer is demoted

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    Jimmy Lee Solomon is MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.  In that capacity he handles on-the-field issues, discipline, security, ballpark issues and stuff like that. Or I should say he was MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and handled on-the-field issues, because according to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, Solomon…

  4. Carlos Beltran plays the outfield

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran’s rehabilitation continues apace. Today, for the first time, he played some center field in an extended spring training game.  He also went 3 for 5 with a homer. I’ve always wondered about “extended spring training.”  Who are the other 17 guys the rehabbing star is playing against? Are they any good? Do they…

  5. Cleveland is getting owned by Strasburg

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

    I realize that he’s a big deal and everything, but if you’re a Cleveland Indians fan, isn’t having Stephen Strasburg jerseys dominate your own team’s merchandise booths kind of sad? I suppose as of today they could put some Carlos Santana jerseys in there, but for now the Indians are allowing themselves to be pwned…

  6. Barry Bonds is gonna skate on the perjury charge

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that prosecutors in the Barry Bonds/BALCO perjury case may not present urine samples and other evidence that the government says shows Bonds knowingly used steroids. This ruling upholds a lower court decision barring prosecutors from showing the jury any evidence collected by Bonds’ personal trainer Greg…

  7. The Baseball Greats Chessboard

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    Our friend lar from Wezen-Ball has created a baseball-themed chess set. At least the design for one. I like it because he tried to match the attributes of the chess pieces to the players he uses for each piece. For example, knights are versatile and disruptive, so he makes Rickey Henderson a knight. Pawns are…

  8. Did Yuniesky Betancourt cost the Mariners Stephen Strasburg?

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    Tom Verducci reminds us today that, but for two games, it would have been the Mariners who would have had the worst record in baseball in 2008 and thus the Mariners — and not the Nationals — who would have had the right to select Stephen Strasburg.  Specifically, going into the final two games of…

  9. Ned Yost wants his pitchers hacking

    Jun 11, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    The Royals are beginning a stretch of 15 straight interleague games tonight, and Ned Yost has a message for his pitchers, who now have to bat: get your money’s worth: “When we play in National League I’ve got one rule for our pitchers: Never try to beat out an infield hit. But two, if you…

  10. Dallas Braden had an MRI on his forearm

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:14 AM EST

    Dallas Braden said after his last that he’d had forearm tightness all week and felt as if he couldn’t finish his pitches properly.  Yesterday he had an MRI on his forearm to see what the problem was.  No sense yet if there’s anything amiss, but if surgery is necessary, you can bet Braden won’t use…

  11. Comment of the Day: Kenny Williams should chill

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

    I don’t necessarily think that Ozzie has a valid point here, if his son is not a legitimate prospect.  That said, I can understand him having higher expectations given that 2008 6th round draft pick Ken Williams Jr. is hitting .222/.314/.344 as a 24 year old in high A.  Blatant nepotism is only appreciated when…

  12. Great Moments in overthinking: Phillies sellouts are bad!

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:43 AM EST

    I’m no economic expert, but today’s column from Paul Hagen in the Philadelphia Daily News doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. The upshot: it’s nice that the Phillies are selling out so many consecutive games, but there’s a downside to it because if you sell out all the time you can’t increase your…

  13. Ozzie Guillen and Kenny Williams "almost came to blows"

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:17 AM EST

    Yesterday Kenny Williams complained of the White Sox’ “soap opera.”  Today Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times reports that it may be more like “Tuesday Night Fights”: After the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Sun-Times was told by a team source that general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen ”almost came…

  14. Two fans run onto the field in Cleveland

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    All the little chicks with the crimson lips go “Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland Rocks!” Two fans ran across the field in Cleveland and interrupted last night’s game between the Indians and the Red Sox. One of the young men was wearing a LeBron James jersey. The men appeared to trailing a stream of powder behind them,…

  15. The Nats did not agree with Boras to limit Strasburg's innings

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

    The Nationals are going to do the right thing and limit Stephen Strasburg’s innings this year. Contrary to what Jon Heyman and Peter Gammons have reported in the past, however, they are not obligated to do so by contract.  That’s the story from MASN’s Ben Goessling, who spoke to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo about it:…

  16. A-Rod's got a stiff groin

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

    Don’t look at me that way. That’s what the team said. Rodriguez started last night’s game against the Orioles, but was pinch hit for by Ramiro Pena.  After the game the Yankees confirmed that A-Rod has “stiffness in his groin” and will see a doctor about it today. A-Rod has struggled with the groin issue…

  17. Joe Mauer makes a fantastic catch

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:41 AM EST

    Joe Mauer made a pretty spiffy catch last night. With one out in the ninth inning, Mitch Maier fouled one back. The ball drifted behind the netting and appeared to be heading out of play, but Mauer ranged back, reached his glove around the net and made the catch. Nice highlight on what was an…

  18. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:50 AM EST

    Mets 3, Padres 0: Jon Niese gave up a double to lead off the third. Otherwise: perfect.  Niese said after the game that he didn’t even realize it.  In related news, somewhere Oliver Perez told someone that his knee was feeling better, after which he was beaten with a pillowcase full of soda pop cans…

  19. Jose Reyes Interview: "I feel like an old person"

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:09 PM EST

    Mets fans will be interested in hearing Jose Reyes talk about why he feels old and some other baseball stuff. Based on the response to date regarding HBT Extra, however, most of you will be interested in the fact that it is Tiffany Simons who conducts the interview. Bonus: Reyes teaches Tiffany one of those…

  20. All-Star coaches named. Try to contain your excitement

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Joe Girardi and Charlie Manuel named their All-Star Game coaches this afternoon:  It’s Mike Scioscia and Bob Geren in the American League.  In the NL it’s Bud Black and Bruce Bochy. The game is in Anaheim and all of the coaches are from California.  If the All-Star Game is like any company offsite I’ve ever been…

  21. Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the shelf for a couple more weeks

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    Earlier today Jon Heyman tweeted that a second opinion of Red Sox’ outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs revealed “a bigger issue.”  We now know that he’s going to need at least two more weeks of recovery. To that end, Pete Abe reports, Ellsbury will head to Athletes’ Performance training facility in Arizona for some R and R. …

  22. Kenny Williams: "I am growing weary of the soap opera"

    Jun 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    I’m not sure what it is about the White Sox brain trust that leads to all of the high drama, but everything that goes on in Chisox land is, like Williams told’s Scott Merkin yesterday, a soap opera.  People are always talking about their feelings. More time it spent talking in vague terms about…

  23. Quote of the Day: Tim Flannery on vices

    Jun 10, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    “This game beats on you so bad that by August you’re doing tequila shots, not sleeping and eating late-night cheeseburgers. With the schedule, you say, ‘How in the world did I get through one year, let alone 31?”‘ – Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, explaining why it’s hard for the coaching staff to stay…

  24. Josh Beckett doesn't think about what might have been

    Jun 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Josh Beckett signed a $68 million contract extension right before losing time and effectiveness to a back injury. WEEI’s Rob Bradford asked him if thanks his lucky stars about how the timing of all of that went down: Beckett said the idea of what might have been if he didn’t ink that four-year, $68 million…

  25. The Marlins are putting fish in backstop

    Jun 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    The Marlins are putting salt water aquariums in the home plate backstops at their new ballpark.  An artist’s rendering is here.  Apparently the glass will be of bulletproof strength. I realize that people may react strongly to his, but I’m thinking that this is pretty spiffy. Anything to avoid silly, nostalgic design flourishes — which…

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