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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Halladay handcuffs the Cardinals

    May 6, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay is now 6-1 after stifling the Cardinals over seven innings in the Phillies 7-2 win. He worked out of early trouble and struck out nine while scattering — yes, scattering! — eight hits. Best moment of the game. Seventh inning, Roy Halladay already has thrown 117 pitches and has just given up an…

  2. At least one player has a problem with tasing fans

    May 6, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    So many of the people taking issue with my position on the tasing incident have cited the players’ fear of rampaging spectators and their approval of the tasing as a basis for their arguments. But it’s not a universal sentiment. Here’s Brent Mayne, former major leaguer and the on-deck hitter during the Tom Gamboa incident,…

  3. Random observation from the Phillies-Cards game

    May 6, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    I’ve only been watching it sporadically, but I think it’s worth noting that when Roy Halladay faced Albert Pujols in the top of the third (a) Roy Halladay worked fast; and (b) Albert Pujols didn’t step out of the box between pitches. Given that those two are the absolute best at what they do on…

  4. Brandon Phillips, hustling and race

    May 6, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Yesterday I wrote a post in which I slammed Brandon Phillips for his “lack of hustle” when he failed to run hard out of the batters’ box.  And, objectively speaking, he did show a lack of hustle on the play in question. Rob Iracane of Walkoff Walk noticed my use of the phrase, however, and…

  5. Shameless Self-Promotion

    May 6, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    I will be talking baseball on the Paul and Tom Show, live at HotStove.com at 2PM.  I can almost guarantee you that they’re going to put the screws to me over the whole taser thing, so if you want to see me get all defensive, here’s your best shot!

  6. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    May 6, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    “Bomb squad? Bomb squad? They’re early!” – Dustin Pedroia, after being told that there was a bomb threat at Fenway before yesterday’s game.  He then — and I am not making this up — flexed his muscles. Between this and his “laser show” comment from the other day, I can’t think of why I’d follow…

  7. Eric Byrnes is probably going to retire

    May 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Softball player Eric Byrnes, who was released by the Mariners on Sunday, says that he may retire. From MLB.com: “I think this is the end. You never say never, but I think this is it. Parts of 11 seasons, man — I gave everything I had to the game. I can look myself in the…

  8. Illinois legislator wants the White Sox out of Arizona

    May 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    An Illinois legislator is calling for the Chicago White Sox to move their spring training camp out of Arizona because he objects to Arizona’s new immigration law. The lawmaker — Martin Sandoval — says that it encourages racial profiling and that he doesn’t want to keep spending taxpayers’ money on a team that continues doing…

  9. Robin Roberts: 1926-2010

    May 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Phillies great Robin Roberts has died. He was 83 years-old. No word on the cause of death, but judging by the surprise in the blogosphere and Twittervese it was not necessarily expected. Roberts led the NL in wins for four straight years in the 1950s, winning 28 games in 1952 and 23 each of the…

  10. The Yankees' injuries are getting worrisome

    May 6, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    They’re playing great baseball and everything, but the Yankees have to be worried about their health at some point, no?  Three of the core four, as all the cool kids are calling them, have gone down: Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and now Andy Pettitte, all sidelined with injuries. Now those cool kids are calling them…

  11. Orioles' prez Andy MacPhail is losing his patience

    May 6, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun, Orioles President Andy MacPhail putting his hitters on notice. Produce, or get sent down: “While you can give them some allowance for the quality of pitching that we’ve faced, our patience isn’t inexhaustible. There is going to come a time where we’re going to be obligated to keep…

  12. Can Barry Zito be the Comeback Player of the Year?

    May 6, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    As I was reading Aaron’s last post one thought sprung to my mind: “I guess Barry Zito is the Comeback Player of the Year.” But then I thought about that a bit and now I’m not so sure. Can you be the Comeback Player of the Year simply because of the expectations caused by your…

  13. Dallas Braden: "we don't do much talking in the 209"

    May 6, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Braden sat for an interview with CSN’s Mychael Urban and the subject of the whole A-Rod-on-the-mound thing came up: Urban:  What people do want to see is what’s in your head regarding Alex Rodriguez. I was on the air the day it happened, and I said, “I just fell in love with Dallas all…

  14. Willie Mays was a total jerk to Hank Aaron

    May 6, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    Anyone who knows a bit about Willie Mays and Hank Aaron knows that they are totally different, temperamentally-speaking.  Mays is city, Aaron country. Mays has always been a larger than life personality, Aaron a still-waters-run-deep kind of guy.  It extended to their playing styles and, though time and age have softened the distinctions between them…

  15. "Los Suns?" The Dbacks did that years ago

    May 6, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    There was a lot of coverage of the Phoenix Suns’ decision to wear jerseys that said “Los Suns” on them as a protest against Arizona’s immigration law.  The Diamondbacks have been doing that, and more, for years, however. Back in 2007 the team began a concerted effort to attract the Hispanic fan base, entering into…

  16. Taser-boy apologizes; Phillies change their security procedures

    May 6, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    The 17-year-old who ran around Citizens Bank Ballpark like a fool and then got tased has issued an apology. Well, at least his attorney did on his behalf. The kid — Steven Consalvi —  “knows that he committed a foolish act and is truly sorry for his actions,” and he wants to apologize “to the…

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

    May 6, 2010, 5:37 AM EDT

    Giants 3, Marlins 2: Barry Zito is now 5-0 after throwing another gem (7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4K). But give mucho credit to Sergio Romo, who atoned for blowing Tim Lincecum’s game on Tuesday by coming into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth to (a) fan Hanley Ramirez on three pitches; and…

  18. UPDATE: "Bobby Cocks" cake, now with video!

    May 5, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Cox told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t even know about the blunder at the time and laughed off the idea that it might bother him.  Good ole Bobby. 3:25pm: The story is nice, but I’m not gonna lie to you: the video really makes it come alive:  

  19. UPDATE: Andy Pettitte out with elbow soreness

    May 5, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The MRI revealed “mild left elbow inflammation,” according to MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch.  Pettitte will be evaluated daily and could be forced to miss his next scheduled start.  A short stay on the 15-day disabled list is also a possibility. * * * * * * * * * * 5:10pm: Andy Pettitte…

  20. Ubaldo Jimenez and his mama

    May 5, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Guys usually get mocked if they live with their mamas at age 26.  This is not the case if you are 6-0 with 0.87 ERA and a no-hitter under your belt: Ramona Garcia de Jimenez spends baseball season just as she has the past 26 years, taking care of her son, Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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