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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jake Peavy rips the Padres

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Not the team, the ownership for getting rid of Kevin Towers last year.  Jon Paul Morosi from FOX has the quotage: “Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke. You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers is a heck of a general manager. You see the product of his work. Moorad…

  2. A good sign for the A's-to-San Jose plan?

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    One of the things gumming up the works on the long-discussed move of the Oakland Athletics to San Jose is that even if Major League Baseball buys off, er, I mean successfully negotiates a territorial rights agreement with the Giants, the Athletics still need a park to play in. Sure, Lew Wolff has long said…

  3. The Cardinals are looking for pitching

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites a team source who says that the Cardinals are starting to look for starting pitching help. The deal is this: Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny will likely come back, but no one is quite sure when, and they need to plug the rotation holes. The unsettling part:…

  4. Why the Dodgers' mystic energy man matters

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

    I got an email a few minutes ago that reflects a sentiment I’ve seen numerous times since the Dodgers’ Svengali story came out last night: Do you ever write anything positive about the Dodgers? That’s the first place Dodgers. They are currently getting terrific pitching and playing solid baseball. I believe they have the best…

  5. The Yankees are abusing Baltimore. And That's OK

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

    The Yankees are 37-22.  After last night that record is comprised of a 10-1 mark against the Orioles, a 4-0 mark against the Indians and a 5-1 record against the Twins.  Against everyone else the Bombers are under .500. I would not be at all surprised to hear New York talk radio fret about this…

  6. McLouth, Heyward collision leads to Dbacks win

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:31 AM EST

    What a way to lose a ballgame.  Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward both raced after a Gerrardo Parra fly ball in the eighth inning of last night’s Braves-Dbacks game, slammed into each other and by the time the dust settled Parra had made it around the bases for an inside-the-parker. Video here.  The two-runs which…

  7. Who will be the last Montreal Expo standing?

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

    Great post over at The Daily Something this morning trying to figure out which player will be the last Montreal Expos veteran to play in the big leagues.  Bill picks Vlad Guerrero on the theory that he’s the best player left and is a DH.  Personally I’d go with someone like Jon Rauch or Javier…

  8. Tabata, Lincoln debut for the Pirates

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    The Pirates had a front row seat to the debut of the Nationals savior on Tuesday, but last night it was Pittsburgh’s turn, with Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata taking their opening bows. Lincoln had much promise when he was drafted, but one Tommy John surgery and a few years later he’s a 25 year-old…

  9. The Dodgers paid a guy big money to channel "V energy"

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    The Dodgers appeared to intentionally draft an unsignable pick in the first round the other day, quite possibly because they didn’t feel like paying anyone first round bonus money this year. But while they don’t appear to want to spend on ballplayers, the team had no problem spending six figures on some whack-job Rasputin “scientist…

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

    Jun 10, 2010, 5:47 AM EST

    Astros 6, Rockies 2: Wow. Walkoff (why did I think the Astros were at home?) game-winning grand slam by Carlos Lee in the tenth inning. Someone isn’t happy about being called “untradeable” for the past two months.  Dude has been on fire in June. Indians 11, Red Sox 0: Yesterday I observed that Tuesday night…

  11. Aramis Ramirez hits the disabled list

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    The Cubs have placed Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8.  He has a bruised left thumb. This has been a chronic problem for Ramirez, and either it or some sort of alien brain swap has resulted in him having the worst damn season of his life. He’s batting .168/.232/.285 and…

  12. Forget it, Seattle: The Yankees aren't interested in Cliff Lee

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    The New York Post reported this morning that the Mariners were thinking about trying to peddle Cliff Lee to the Yankees. This afternoon the Daily News reports that they can peddle all they want, but the Bombers aren’t buying: But despite a published report that suggested the Bombers were interested in a deal for Mariners…

  13. Dice-K suffers from "intestinal turmoil"

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EST

    One of the reasons teams have media relations people is so that a nice little shine can be put on news tidbits that aren’t particularly shiny. Health updates are one of those things. For example, did you know that there’s an exhibit in the PR Professionals Hall of Fame dedicated to preserving the memory of…

  14. UPDATE: Jayson Werth is out of the lineup again

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    UPDATE: Snipping, sniping, whatever: Jayson Werth is sitting for a second straight day.  Ben Francisco gets the call in right against Josh Johnson and the Marlins. Not sure I’d read a ton into this. Werth is only 3 for 11 against Johnson with zero extra base hits, so maybe he’s not the right guy for…

  15. Instant replay is winning by a mile

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    I know this morning’s instant replay poll is not scientific. It also features slanted questions and lends itself to self-selection. But results are results!  And after about six hours of voting the results are clear: instant replay in a landslide. Just over 1000 people have voted. About 83% of you want replay of some kind. …

  16. HBT Extra: Strasburgmania!

    Jun 9, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

    Tiffany and I talk about Stephen Strasburg today. What, you were expecting It’d be DiMaggio?  

  17. What's in a debut performance?

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EST

    Whose major league debut was this? Opponent: the Pirates, at home; Line: six innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 earned runs,1 home run allowed, 10 strikeouts. Give up? It was Mark Prior, from May 22nd 2002. There’s a lot of that going around as people try to get their mind around Stephen Strasburg’s performance today, obviously,…

  18. The Indians are thrilled with Stephen Strasburg too

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    The Indians haven’t been drawing for anything this season, but Christmas comes early to Cleveland this year. Or should I say Strasmas?  Strasburg is scheduled to start against the Indians this Sunday and the Indians have sold over 1000 tickets to the game since midnight. I can only assume more will go as word spreads…

  19. The Mariners are scouting the Yankees: Cliff Lee trade, anyone?

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Mariners are kinda sorta thinking about trading Cliff Lee to the Yankees.  The “kinda sorta” is because there’s no sense that the Yankees are at all interested in Lee. According to King, however, the Mariners are currently scouting the Yankees organization and are interested…

  20. The Orioles are thrilled with Strasburg's debut

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    Last night the Baltimore Orioles, while getting killed by the Yankees, started showing the Strasburg game on the big screen at Camden Yards.  I and a lot of other fans probably would have appreciated such a thing if we were there.  One guy didn’t, though:  Here’s Sweeny Murti from WFAN tweeting during the game: For…

  21. Twins hitters want some tweaks to Target Field

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:13 AM EST

    They’re not complaining about the dimensions or the wind patterns. They’re complaining about the glare. Hitting coach Joe Vavra: “There’s a lot of light that reflects off that wall [beyond center field], maybe because of all the glass. It has been borderline dangerous at some points. You can see some of the catchers having trouble…

  22. Strasburg's debut was not to be missed

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:44 AM EST

    I have no idea what the TV ratings were on Strasburg’s debut last night, but we have some good photographic evidence that it was not to be missed. Check out this pic, from the Nats320 blog, of the abandoned concourse while Strasburg was pitching during the seventh inning.  Keep in mind that the seventh inning…

  23. HBT Poll: Should baseball expand instant replay?

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    In three years of blogging I don’t think I’ve ever ran a poll, but Bud Selig’s comments this morning about how most people in baseball don’t want instant replay kind of grind my gears. I think it’s counterfactual and that most people want some form of replay. But I wouldn’t mind getting a sense of…

  24. The Orioles to interview Bobby Valentine

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting, with an interview between Valentine and team brass possible as early as tomorrow.  People have talked about what kind of jobs Valentine would or would not take given that he has a cushy analyst role at ESPN right now, but the Sun reports that sources close to Valentine…

  25. Mike Stanton has a solid debut for the Marlins

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

    Stephen Strasburg wasn’t the only franchise savior who debuted last night. Mike Stanton was called up by the Marlins and had himself a solid debut: 3 for 5 with two runs scored. All of the hits were singles, but given that Stanton’s M.O. is to swing for the fences and strikeout whenever he doesn’t mash…

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