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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Did the Yankees rig the fifth starter's race?

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    That’s what Joel Sherman of the Post says. Except, contrary to what I thought when I read his headline, he doesn’t think it was Joba Chamberlain who got short shrift, it was Sergio Mitre. Sherman suggests that Mitre’s superior spring training stats would have won him the fifth starter’s job over Hughes had things been…

  2. John Smoltz: "I just don't miss playing"

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    John Smoltz hasn’t made his retirement official, but between accepting the broadcasting job and the following quote, there ain’t no way he’s coming back: “I think my desire to come back last year was to show myself I can still play. I proved that to myself, and I think I’m ready to move on with…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Will the McCourt divorce impact the Dodgers on the field?

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Rockies. The big question: Will the McCourt divorce impact the Dodgers on the field? Frank and Jamie have obviously…

  4. Yankees-Red Sox Opening Night game to be broadcast in China

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    I was thinking about doing a live chat of the Yankees-Sox game on Sunday night. If I do, I had better not ask readers to Google anything for me: For the first time, Major League Baseball’s season opener will be televised live in China, broadcast by five outlets reaching nearly 300 million viewers, MLB announced…

  5. Quote of the Day: Omar Minaya is optimistic

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    “I am optimistic that we’re going to be healthy. I’m optimistic that we are going to compete. I am optimistic about some of our young players. I think what stands out about this camp is that some of our young players have come to the front. I think that’s exciting for the fan base in…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Are the Rockies the best team in the National League?

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Rockies. The big question: Are the Rockies the best team in the National League? I’m going to say no…

  7. Everything you ever wanted to know about HGH but were afraid to ask

    Apr 2, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Jason at IIATMS has expanded his writing roster recently, and one of his additions is Larry, a lawyer/executive with significant experience in all matters relating to HGH and PED testing.  Last night he wrote an extensive and quite entertaining Q&A regarding HGH testing, use and effects that is must-read material for anyone who tries to…

  8. There is nothing to suggest that the Royals are interested in Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star responds to Heyman’s rumors regarding the Royals’ alleged interest in Jarrod Washburn: Reports persist of the Royals’ interest in free-agent pitcher Jarrod Washburn without any apparent substantiation from club officials. Further, one top club official says the Royals are $1.5 million over budget for their major-league payroll. Personally,…

  9. Dodgers name Blake DeWitt their starting second baseman

    Apr 1, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Ronnie Belliard may have lost the weight and Jamey Carroll may have come to town as, um, the Dodgers’ highest-profile free agent signing, but, as Aaron suspected yesterday, Joe Torre has named Blake DeWitt the team’s starting second baseman. DeWitt earned the job in spring training, hitting .367/.456/.592.  And obviously the Dodgers would have preferred…

  10. K-Rod leaves the Mets due to a family emergency

    Apr 1, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Ugh, this doesn’t sound good: The Daily News reports that Francisco Rodriguez just hopped a flight to Venezuela after a family member was involved in “a serious accident.” I don’t do the “thoughts and prayers” thing very often, but if there ever was a good time for it, this is it.

  11. What the heck is Jermaine Dye waiting for?

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    We heard over the winter that Jermaine Dye rejected a $3 million offer from the Cubs.  Today we learn, via Morosi and Rosenthal, that Dye rejected the overtures of the Milwaukee Brewers in just the past week. We don’t know how much the Brewers offered Dye, of course, but if the guy really wants to…

  12. I'm still confused by this Heyman-Washburn stuff

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The latest from Jon Heyman on Jarrod Washburn: The Royals are believed to be offering significantly more money. But it’s thought that Washburn would prefer a return to Seattle, where he thrived last year. That’s if the dollars can be worked out. Like I said yesterday, when it comes to Heyman reporting on a Boras…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Wait! What's that? Is there actually hope for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: A team they used to call the Buccos, but no one seems to do anymore. The big question: Wait! What’s…

  14. For the 1000th time, baseball does not need fixing

    Apr 1, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    You know what you rarely see from a legitimate baseball publication? An article about how to “fix” baseball. This is mostly because baseball folks tend not to think that there’s a ton wrong with the game, and they realize that that which is wrong is complicated enough to justify a dedicated article as opposed to…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Will the Astros ever rebuild?

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The ‘Stros. I’ll explain my use of the logo to the right in a moment. The big question: Will the…

  16. New York Times' steroids beat writer gets some perspective

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Michael Schmidt is the New York Times’ steroids beat writer. He’s probably best remembered for taking a lot of heat last year after reporting names from the famous list of 103 ballplayers who tested positive back in 2003. The reason for the heat: the list was and remains subject to a court order sealing its…

  17. Springtime Storylines: is Alfonso Soriano toast?

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Cubbies The big question: Is Alfonso Soriano toast? Kind of seems like it, doesn’t it? 109 games in 2008.…

  18. Brandon Webb appears to have suffered a setback

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched since March 4th, and yesterday he met with more doctors and had an MRI. Results of that won’t be ready until later today, but Yahoo’s Mark Miller reports that it could be another month before Webb is pitching. It had originally been hoped that he’d make Opening Day. By the way,…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers do enough to fix their godawful rotation?

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Brew Crew The big question: Did the Brewers do enough to fix their godawful rotation? With the nice crowds,…

  20. The Phillies place Joe Blanton on the DL

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    So much for that fifth starter’s race. Now that the Phillies have placed Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, it looks like both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick will get to start, at least for a while. Zolecki says Blanton could be out anywhere from 3-6 weeks. He also…

  21. Red Sox' Junichi Tazawa to have Tommy John surgery

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford of WEEI tweets that Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa is going to have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, thus ending his season. Tazawa had a a 2-3 record and a 7.46 ERA last year but, as D.J. noted the other day, he was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 20 starts between AA…

  22. Cardinals trade Julio Lugo to the Orioles

    Apr 1, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Julio Lugo to the Orioles.  No word on what they’re getting back, but the roster spot is plenty valuable given that the Cards would like to keep outfielders Allen Craig, Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather on the team and, before the trade,…

  23. Cristian Guzman will be the Nationals' super utility guy

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Guzman lost the starting shortstop gig to Ian Desmond and now the Nationals are planning on using him as a super utility guy, playing him at all four infield positions over the course of the season. He got his first start at second base in a game yesterday, turning two double plays and going 3…

  24. Cliff Lee throws without pain; return to action still uncertain

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The good news is that Cliff Lee completed a 55-pitch throwing session yesterday without any of the pain in his abdomen that he had last week. The bad news is that neither Lee or the Mariners yet know when he can return and actually pitch in a game. In a chat yesterday the Seattle Times’…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade?

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Redlegs The big question: Will the Reds break .500 for the first time in a decade? I’m pretty optimistic…

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