Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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Craig Sager threw out the first pitch at Wrigley yesterday


Craig Sager is a broadcasting institution. Most famously for his NBA work — and for his colorful wardrobe — but he’s spent a lot of time around baseball too, of course. He most famously got an on-field interview with Hank Aaron moments after Aaron passed Babe Ruth for the all-time home run title. Sager was just a young pup then, and he still marvels that he was able to be on the spot for that moment.

Sager has recently been contending with something far more serious than ballpark security these days: acute myeloid leukemia. He has continued to work, however, and no matter what the outcome, no one can say he hasn’t been living his life to the fullest and doing his all for the past couple of years.

Part of doing his all involved throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field last night, as well as singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch. Watch:



Hunter Pence strains his hamstring, is placed on the disabled list

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Giants outfielder Hunter Pence strained his right hamstring in the fourth inning of last night’s loss to the Braves. He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Pence will be undergoing an MRI today. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Pence’s injury is similar to the one that kept him out of action for five games at the end of May, but you never know with hamstrings. Pence is hitting .298/.375/.486 with seven homers and 36 driven in on the year.

Red Sox demote starter Joe Kelly


The Boston Red Sox have optioned starter Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Kelly got shelled by the Orioles last night, giving up seven runs in two and two-thirds innings. Not that this was an outlier, really. In six starts with the Sox, he posted a 8.46 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. Somehow, after the news, Kelly said he “didn’t see it coming.” Well, OK then.

Kelly is the latest reshuffle in the Sox’ rotation, following Clay Buchholz‘s move to the bullpen last week. The Sox don’t have a need for a fifth starter for a couple of weeks given some off days so they don’t yet have to decide who will take Kelly’s spot. Maybe it’s Buchholz. John Farrell wouldn’t say last night. He probably doesn’t know himself.