<span class="vcard">Craig Calcaterra</span>

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The Mets are holding a conference call this afternoon

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This is fun:

We know that Alderson is getting an extension. It appears, however, that he is going to announce it himself. Which is odd. All because Jeff Wilpon doesn’t want to answer questions about anything.

Hoo-boy.

The Orioles clinched home field in the division series last night

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I didn’t realize this until someone pointed it out to me a few minutes ago, but with the Tigers’ loss, the Orioles clinched home field advantage in their American League Division Series.

They still have an outside chance of catching the Angels for home field in theoretical ALCS — and would be at home in the ALCS if the Angels don’t make it that far regardless — but now the worst case scenario is one road playoff series. The American League has home field advantage in the World Series, remember, because THIS TIME IT COUNTS.

Edinson Volquez wants to re-sign with the Pirates

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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates:

“Why not?” Volquez said. “I think I signed in the right place with the right coaches. They made me a better pitcher this year. So, I’d like to stay here.”

Not a desperate plea or anything, and he says he does wonder sometimes where he’ll pitch, but he does like the Pirates. And he wants a two or three year contract.

Doesn’t seem like he’s worth the gamble. Volquez has put up a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 and two-thirds innings this season, but it’s the first time since 2008 that he has had a better-than-league-average ERA. And in some of those years he has been among the worst regular starters in the game.

Thirteen-year minor league veteran gets his first big league hit

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source: AP

We see a story much like this every September, but they never stop making us smile.

Guilder Rodriguez got the start for the Rangers in their game against the Astros last night. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI. No biggie, right? Well, it was for him, as those two hits were his first-ever big league hits. And given that Rodriguez spent 13 years and 1095 games in the minor leagues before getting them. He was called up when rosters expanded. He had played in five games before last night, all but one of which were pinch hitting appearances.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas has his story. It’s pretty heartwarming. No matter what happens to him for the rest of his life, he can say he was a major leaguer.