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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Rays are "getting serious" about Corey Hart

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:09 AM EST

    Back in my day “getting serious” meant that you had made her a mix tape but you hadn’t moved past making out. I’m not sure what the kids mean by that today. And I’m not really sure what the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers means by it either, but here’s what he’s saying: Rays appear to…

  2. Carlos Zambrano isn't coming back anytime soon

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Dollars to donuts that he’s killed three anger management counselors in a blind rage. Paul Sullivan: Carlos Zambrano won’t return to the Cubs in the Phillies series that begins the second half of the season Thursday. The Cubs insist they don’t know when Zambrano, who’s on the restricted list, will be back, or when he…

  3. The Mets bench my longtime nemesis, Jeff Francoeur

    Jul 12, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

    For years I moaned every time Jeff Francoeur’s name appeared in the Braves’ lineup (which was every single game between 2005 and 2009, really). The guy couldn’t hit. He was killing my team. I couldn’t complain too much, though, because for reasons known only to John Schuerholz, Frank Wren and God Almighty, the Braves never…

  4. Jim Hendry gets a vote of confidence

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    Ever notice that team owners never feel a need to give good GMs votes of confidence? The Cubs have the top payroll in the National League but headed into the last game of the first half of the season on Sunday 9 1/2 games back in the Central. Ricketts, who arrived Sunday and planned on…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    I went out into the world on Saturday. I should have stayed home and watched baseball.

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

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:00 AM EST

    The last set of real games for several days. Savor them, my friends, for it’s nothing but a lot of manufactured baloney between now and Thursday.

  7. Report: the Yankees are "livid" with the Mariners

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    The Yankees thinksthe Mariners screwed ‘em over.

  8. Cliff Lee traded to the Rangers for Justin Smoak, three others

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    The Mariners have traded Cliff Lee and relief pitcher Mark Lowe to the Rangers for Justin Smoak and three prospects. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the prospects are pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, and second baseman Matt Lawson. Buster Olney is reporting that Seattle is kicking in $2.5 million in order…

  9. If the Rangers get Lee, the fur is gonna fly

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News is talking to a source — I’m guessing a Yankees source — who says there will be big trouble in baseball if the Rangers get Cliff Lee: “There will be a battle royale over this if Texas gets Lee . . . Every other team in baseball is supplementing…

  10. BREAKING: the Lee deal is blowing up — Rangers jumping in?

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EST

    UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers).  If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system.  The problem is that’s it’s rich…

  11. The Tacoma Rainiers scratch tonight's starter. Is it a sign that the Lee deal is done?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:23 PM EST

    Ed Price of AOL just noticed that the Tacoma Rainiers — the Mariners’ AAA team — have scratched their starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, from tonight’s game.  Price wonders if that’s a suggestion that the Lee deal is done and that Pineda is going to come up to Seattle tonight to pitch against the Yankees. Makes…

  12. Roy Oswalt would block trades to the Tigers, White Sox

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that Roy Oswalt — the proud owner of a full no-trade clause — would use that clause to block trades to either the Tigers or the White Sox. He doesn’t say why he doesn’t want to go to those two teams. He’s been reported to be exceedingly fond of life down south,…

  13. Are the Tigers shopping Rick Porcello?

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Jon Paul Morosi thinks so. He notes today that the Tigers have pushed back Porcello’s latest AAA start from today until tomorrow, and says it’s not because of an injury.  Rather, he’s told that the Tigers made the decision from up in Detroit and that the pushback may be to accommodate a scouting contingent coming…

  14. Draft 2011 schedule has Opening Day on a Thursday

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:12 PM EST

    Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston has looked at a draft of the 2011 schedule that is floating around and notices something different: One significant departure in the MLB schedule is that the season will begin at the end of the week (most teams will play on Friday, with presumably one game being played on Thursday…

  15. LeBron got you down? Heyward and Strasburg are not your saviors

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    Young athletes have enough going on without having to deal with your hero worship.

  16. The Lee deal has to be done before gametime tonight

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Buster Olney reports that the Yankees want a resolution regarding Cliff Lee “before the game” this evening. Olney also says that the Yankees told the Mariners that their current offer is their last and best offer.  There has been no serious suggestion that the Mariners are balking. And keep in mind — while we’ve been…

  17. The Dodgers paid an exec $400K to run a $1.6M charity

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EST

    The Dodgers Dream Foundation is “a nonprofit charity whose mission is to serve the educational and athletic needs of children and is supported by donations from the public.” It has an annual budget of about $1.6 million.  The New York Times reports that a full one-quarter of that budget — $400,000 — went to its…

  18. Philly fan pulls a Bartman on Jayson Werth

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:12 AM EST

    The fact that Jayson Werth has a lot of suitors might suit him just fine, because he’s not exactly enamored with Phillies fans right now.  Well, at least one of them. Last night Werth ranged over the the first base line to try and catch a foul ball.  And he probably would have gotten it…

  19. With Lee deal in motion, all eyes turn to Jayson Werth

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have told the Phillies that they would be interested in acquiring Jayson Werth. We talked about the Phillies’ rationale for trading Werth yesterday, but the interest on the part of the AL East teams is far more compelling given…

  20. Nolan Ryan: "it might not happen"

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    It’s one thing when sports business reporters and bloggers and other assorted riffraff suggest that team Greenberg/Ryan’s bid for the Rangers is in trouble, but it’s another thing altogether when Nolan Ryan himself says it.  Here’s ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth’s Richard Durrett: Team President president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Thursday that his group, which includes Pittsburgh attorney…

  21. Hey, Cliff Lee is scheduled to start against the Yankees tonight!

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

    The deal is not done yet, but to my knowledge — and the knowledge of any number of New York people I asked this morning — Joel Sherman has never really whiffed with one of these kinds of reports.  It’s never 100% safe to call a deal done before it actually is, but the odds…

  22. What getting Cliff Lee means to the Yankees

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    No, it does not mean that the Yankees have “bought” themselves another title. And that’s true even if they win yet another title.

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