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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jonathan Papelbon goes on the bereavement list

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:23 PM EST

    Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been placed on the bereavement list.  That means he’ll be out at least three days, though it could be longer.  No reason has been given for his absence yet, nor does anyone know for sure how long he’ll be out.

  2. Carlos Silva is 8-0. No, I don't get it either.

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    No one saw it, but the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park this afternoon. Carlos Silva gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. He’s 8 and freakin’ 0, the first Cubs starter to do that since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967. It was the same story for Silva today…

  3. Programming Note: Power rankings will be kicked a day

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:22 PM EST

    It takes some time to get the Power Rankings together, and time is one thing I didn’t really have a ton of this morning and early afternoon for various reasons.  Accordingly, “Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings” will appear tomorrow morning under their pseudonym: “Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings.”  That is if this afternoon’s Cubs-Pirates game…

  4. Why teams hate scheduling makeup games

    Jun 7, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Because no one ever shows up to them. Check out the pic from the beginning of today’s Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh: Plenty of seats still available.

  5. Did the Blue Jays go after a reporter they don't like?

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    There’s a chilling little story coming out of Toronto as Mike Wilner, who covers the Blue Jays for Toronto’s The Fan 590-AM, was suspended for the team’s weekend series against the Yankees following a confrontation with Jays manager Cito Gaston last week.  The “brief but tense” exchange happened on Wednesday, when Wilner asked Gaston about…

  6. Orlando Hernandez's half-brother goes on a murderous rampage

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    An awful story from south Florida as a man went on a rampage in a Hialeah restaurant yesterday that left four women dead and three others wounded. If I’m talking about it here it’s because there’s a baseball connection. That connection is that the suspect was Gerardo Regalado, half-brother of former Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez. …

  7. Amphetamines ban leads to decreased offense? That's wrong in all kinds of ways

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    According to Bill Madden in the New York Daily News, there has been a “resurgence of pitching and decrease of offense” this year because baseball is getting tougher on amphetamines.  Which would be great if it weren’t for the fact that (a) there is no compelling evidence that offense is down; and (b) even if…

  8. The White Sox "are open for business"

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:13 PM EST

    Buster Olney passes along word that the White Sox have told “multiple executives” that they are “open for business” and are ready to deal anyone and everyone. That includes Paul Konerko, Olney says, and certainly includes the players that have already been mentioned as possible trade chits in the past few weeks, such as A.J.…

  9. Going to a game in Philly? Watch your beer!

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EST

    The bad behavior at the Mets game may not have actually ended up being bad, but thank God we have the Phillies to fall back on:  How dare that kid steal some hardworking man’s beer!  Somebody tase him. UPDATE: I originally had a “via Deadspin” credit here because that’s where I saw it first, but…

  10. Mike Cameron made a great catch yesterday

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    Mike Cameron said he was bringing “sexiness and color” back to the Red Sox outfield.  He forgot one other thing: leather. Witness the great catch he made yesterday afternoon to send the Sox-Orioles game into extra innings.  With all due respect to Darnell McDonald, the seemingly effortless way in which Cameron ranged back for that…

  11. UPDATE: Would-be Jackass of the week may have done the right thing

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    UPDATE: I’m told that the guy handed the ball back to the kid for whom it was intended. Can anyone confirm?  If so, I must revoke the “jackass of the week” award and find a more appropriate recipient. Nominations can be made in the comments. Please, nothing related to the Galarraga thing. That’s been beaten…

  12. Javier Vazquez was fantastic again

    Jun 7, 2010, 10:23 AM EST

    For the second time in as many starts Javier Vazquez was on point: one hit over seven innings with nine strikeouts. More important than the line itself is the fact that he kept the Yankees in a game in which they were being shut down by Brandon League Morrow, helping the Bombers salvage their lost…

  13. Should the Phillies release Raul Ibanez?

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    That’s what Corey Seidman at Phillies Nation thinks: From a baseball standpoint – and from a logical standpoint –  there is no reason Raul Ibanez deserves to play everyday on a contending team. He has been awful at the plate and terrible in the field. Yet he continues to bat sixth everyday while the Phillies…

  14. The Tigers are dumping Adam Everett

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

    The Tigers announced that shortstop Adam Everett will be designated for assignment tomorrow and Danny Worth will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to back up Ramon Santiago. Everett was an offensive liability last year, hitting a mere .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats. This year he’s been even worse, pinching off a line of .185/.241/.247.  Yes, his…

  15. Albert Pujols hits kid with a homer, but it's all good

    Jun 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

    Albert Pujols hit a solo shot in the sixth inning of last night’s game, but a kid — who thought he had some pretty sweet seats in the first row of the bleachers — got smacked in the chest with it.  He was soon seen crying, though whether it was because of the pain of…

  16. Derrek Lee to the Angels is totally not happening

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

    The other day the Chicago Tribune reported that the Angels and Cubs were talking about first baseman Derrek Lee. It’s a trade that makes all kinds of sense, except for two things: the Cubs say there’s “no truth or credibility” to the reports that they’ve talked to the Angels and Lee says he’s not waiving…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Some of you wasted your weekend running errands, mowing lawns, going to graduation parties and spending time with your families. Some of you were smart and read HardballTalk.  For those in the former camp, here’s some of what you missed: Carlos Zambrano returned to the rotation. And lost; The Royals may have already locked up…

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

    Jun 7, 2010, 5:51 AM EST

    Orioles 4, Red Sox 3: Juan Samuel gets his first win as the O’s manager and the O’s get their first win in ten games. Nick Markakis breaks an 0-14 slump with the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. According to the game story, they were doing the shaving cream pie in the face thing…

  19. Peace in our time: the Dodgers settle with Jon Lovitz

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    You’ll recall that the Dodgers sued actor (brilliant!) Jon Lovitz over unpaid season ticket contracts last month. You can end your candlelight vigil now, however, because the team and the actor (brilliant!) have settled. According to the story “the Dodgers say Lovitz is a friend and welcome back at the stadium any time.” But sources…

  20. More umpires gone wild: Mike Eastabrook gets in Jason Kendall's face

    Jun 4, 2010, 5:04 PM EST

    At this point I’m thinking that there had to have been a memo sent out to all the umpires that acting all insecure and combative is the new thing to do because it happened again yesterday, this time involving home plate umpire Mike Eastabrook. Zack Grekine threw a pitch that both he and catcher Jason…

  21. The Mets designate Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment

    Jun 4, 2010, 4:13 PM EST

    The Mets have finally done what seemed absolutely necessary weeks ago: they’ve designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. As you know, that means they have ten days to trade, release or demote Matthews. Given that Omar Minaya is the only person on the entire planet who would ever trade for Gary Matthews, I’m guessing a…

  22. Tickets to the Strasburg debut getting cheaper

    Jun 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    When Stephen Strasburg’s debut game was announced earlier this week, prices for tickets to the thing shot up almost immediately.  As of a couple of days ago nothing could be had on StubHub for under $50, which is pretty unprecedented for Nats Park. According to Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, however, prices are…

  23. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere; Heath Bell, maybe

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Jayson Stark reports what the Padres’ continued success in the standings is making inevitable: Adrain Gonzalez — once thought to be the plum of this year’s trade deadline pie — isn’t going anywhere, so teams have basically given up even asking the Padres about him. Makes sense. It’s one thing to disappoint your fan base…

  24. Attention Dumb Tigers fans: leave Jim Joyce alone

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    I’m not saying all Tigers fans upset with the call in the other night’s game are dumb. Just the ones who are CALLING THE WRONG JIM JOYCE: “I was watching it in our family room,” said a different Jim Joyce from Toledo. “We’re Tigers fans, so we were disappointed as well.” But Joyce’s disappointment quickly…

  25. Who should be the next Orioles' manager?

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Juan Samuel has the job now, but you have to assume that he’s truly just the interim guy.  Based on my perusal of Orioles’ blogs and stuff, O’s fans seem to be begging for an experienced major league manager, and one would think that Andy MacPhail is thinking the same thing. But who?  The name…

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