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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Pujols in Royal blue, Mets pinstripes

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    This morning I talked about how much fun it would be to see Pujols photoshopped into Royals and Mets jerseys. Ask, and ye shall receive, courtesy of my friends at Tauntr. I like the Royals one. With the crooked hat it’s like Pujols went all thug after signing with K.C. He’s from there so maybe,…

  2. It's official: Jason Heyward will break camp with the Braves

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Great news for Braves fans and even better news for Jason Heyward: Bobby Cox told Heyward this morning that he has made the team.  He’ll presumably be the everyday right fielder. Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera and Nate McLouth can figure out center and left among themselves. Heyward was already the number one prospect in baseball…

  3. Braves minor leaguer caught in prostitution sting

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    When I saw the headline all I could do was to think “Please don’t be Jason Heyward! Please don’t be Jason Heyward!”  Then I remembered that it’s all but certain that Heyward will officially break camp with the big club, thus isn’t really a minor leaguer and everything was alright again.  Well, not for this…

  4. Jeter wants to be an owner

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The whole Jeter-as-owner thing is no longer the exclusive province of the New York tabloid writers. The Captain is totally into it. Except he does not simply want a chunk of non-controlling stock or something. He wants to do it Michael Jordan-style. Says Jeter: “The only interest I have in ownership is to be able…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone on the White Sox hit the ball over the fence?

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:55 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 Ozzie Guillen Show The big question: Can anyone hit the ball over the fence? This is a pretty punchless…

  6. Pujols-Cardinals talks tabled until winter

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that “the possibility of extension for Pujols before ’10 season has evaporated,” with talks being tabled until after this season. This is not really Earth-shattering news. Talks hadn’t really even gotten going yet, and everyone was well-aware that Pujols had no desire to negotiate during the season.…

  7. Good morning!

    Mar 26, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Someone needs to sign this dude, stat.  They should probably sign the guy in the red jacket too.

  8. Mets, Dodgers are thinking about Chad Gaudin

    Mar 25, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The same day the Yankees released him, word is that both the Mets and the Dodgers are “talking about” Chad Gaudin. The Diamondbacks, who probably need a pitcher worse than either of those two teams, are not in.  Gaudin’s former team — Oakland — isn’t interested either. No word if those are real discussions or…

  9. Brett Myers hurts his groin

    Mar 25, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Brett Myers faced his phormer Philly teammates today, the phirst time he did so since signing with the Astros. Unfortunately for him he had to leave the game with a strained groin. He’s going to be reevaluated Friday. He doesn’t think it’s serious. As a professional sportswriter I am obligated to say that he “tweaked”…

  10. Why everyone hates the Yankees

    Mar 25, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This article actually examines why everyone hates Duke, but the theories — and there are many of them — are broad and philosophical as opposed to dealing with specific players and personalities, and just about all of the reasons apply equally to the Yankees. I think I like this one: I think the reward is…

  11. Milton Bradley: "If I was a musician, I'd be Kanye West"

    Mar 25, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley: “If I was a musician, I’d be Kanye West. If I was in the NBA, I’d be Ron Artest. In baseball, they’ve got Milton Bradley. I’m that guy. You need people like me, so you can point your finger and go, ‘There goes the bad guy.’” I’m going to go out on a limb…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Is Dontrelle Willis going to make the Tigers rotation?

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:15 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.  Tiger Time: The big question: Is Dontrelle Willis going to make the Tigers rotation? I’m still kind of dubious, but the fact…

  13. Scott Kazmir scratched with shoulder problems

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    “Fatigued deltoid?”  Wall la-di-da and pardon me, your majesty, here in the real America we call it a sore shoulder: Angels lefty Scott Kazmir was scratched Thursday from his scheduled start with “tightness” in his shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir began feeling “a little fatigue in his deltoid” on Wednesday. But Scioscia said as…

  14. Miguel Tejada's probation extended six months

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada was sentenced last year to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and had to pay a fine for misleading Congressional investigators in the course of the PED circus.  He didn’t knock over a liquor store while on probation, and the fine, we presume, was no big deal.  Mr. Tejada has…

  15. Beckett all but gets the nod as Opening Day starter for the Red Sox

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Terry Francona has yet to formally announce his rotation, but today he basically admitted that Josh Beckett will be pitching the Sunday night opener against the Yankees: Asked if all the pitchers would be making the trip to Washington D.C. for the one exhibition game on April 3, Francona said, “Everybody will go with us.…

  16. Royals pitching prospect quits baseball

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t necessarily an elite prospect, but he is considered their most advanced minor league starter, has played in the futures game and seems to have a good shot at playing in the majors one day.  That is he did before yesterday, when he quit. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas…

  17. Springtime Storylines: How will Target Field play for the Minnesota Twins?

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:15 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.  First up in the AL Central: the Twinkies The big question: How will Target Field play? Maybe it’s not the biggest question.…

  18. The Mariners are looking at Jarrod Washburn again

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets that Cliff Lee probably won’t be back until Week 3 of the season and that, because of that, the Mariners are “seriously considering” bringing Jarrod Washburn back. Washburn, it has been reported, turned down a $5 million offer from the Twins this winter. Which suggests to me that he’s either (a) delusional;…

  19. The Yankees release Chad Gaudin

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Multiple tweets to that effect. He had been placed on waivers the other day and apparently no one has claimed him.  By doing this today, the Yankees only have to pay him 45 days of termination pay — a hair over $700K — as opposed to the full $2.95 million his contract calls for. Gaudin…

  20. Mets still plan on inducting Gooden into their Hall of Fame in August

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s arrest for DWI and child endangerment will not affect the Mets’ plans to induct Dwight Gooden into the team’s hall of fame, the Daily News reports. As of now he’s scheduled to be inducted alongside Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen and Davey Johnson. Probably worth noting that this was not some definitive team statement endorsing…

  21. Greenberg: we're going to miss opening day

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Not a big surprise, but prospective Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg said yesterday that his team will be unable to finalize the deal for the team before Opening Day, as had been previously hoped.  The new target is mid-April. Worth noting that this is not the first time the Greenberg group has missed a deadline. They…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Is anyone gonna want to watch the Blue Jays this year?

    Mar 25, 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.  Ah, the Blue Jays. The lambs to the AL East slaughter . . . The big question: Is anyone gonna want to…

  23. Hughes likely to be named fifth starter today. Here's why it doesn't matter

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s Hughes. 8:29 A.M. The Yankees fifth start competition has been the most celebrated race for a meaningless job since the last vice presidential search. It’s enough to make me wish for a giant scandal in Yankees camp. I mean, at least it would be fun to talk about, say, a fistfight between Nick…

  24. Playoff schedule condensed; seven-game division series next?

    Mar 25, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    Bud Selig announced yesterday that, based on the recommendation of his special committee, the schedules for the 2010 League Championship Serieseseses have been shortened by eliminating an off-day between Games 4 and 5.  Inasmuch as it was a totally superfluous off-day, this is a good thing. Next up, in all likelihood, will be expanding the…

  25. UPDATE: Justin Upton sprained his ankle

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upton took to Twitter Wednesday evening to explain that his ankle is “fine” and that he was pulled as a precaution.  He expects to return after a few days of rest. 5:15pm: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert tweets that Justin Upton has left today’s Dbacks game against the White Sox with a sprained ankle.  Hard to…

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