Craig Calcaterra

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Mariners starter Adrian Sampson leaves with elbow discomfort before throwing a pitch

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Seattle Mariners starter Adrian Sampson was scheduled to pitch against the Tigers this afternoon but he left the game while warming up for the first inning. Vidal Nuno took over.

The Mariners said that Sampson, who was to be making his second start, left the game with right elbow discomfort and will undergo further evaluation.

In Sampson’s first start he gave up four earned runs in four and two-thirds innings. Not the best outing, but better than today, unfortunately.

Collegiate summer league team to host an open carry “Second Amendment Appreciation Night”

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Guns have been in the news a lot lately, what with our true national pastime being (a) witnessing horrific massacres; followed by (b) heated debates about possibly doing something to stop it; and (c) then doing absolutely nothing about it.

Into that mix comes The Battle Creek Bombers, a collegiate summer league team in Michigan, who will be hosting a night of Constitutional education at their ballpark Friday. Or, put differently, a game at which fans can totally pack heat.

The promotion, entitled “Second Amendment Appreciation Night,” will be hosted by a gun dealer called Freedom Firearms. What’s it all about?

“It’s a celebration of responsible gun ownership and learning, if you do have a firearm, how to do it safely,” said Bombers General Manager Tony Lovieno . . . organizers say it’s promoting firearms safety and education.   Open carry is permitted at the game, however anybody caught drinking while carrying will be asked to leave immediately.”

In other news, almost no teams host “bat day” anymore because of concerns over fan safety.

Really, though, this seems like a wonderful idea, in totally great taste, and which is designed to maximize the safety of all involved. Way better than those “don’t bring guns to the crowded public events” things we so often see. Those are simply irresponsible.

(Via Vice Sports)

The Rockies request release waivers on Jose Reyes

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The Rockies took the second step in the process of turning Jose Reyes into a free agent today, requesting formal release waivers on him. This is the followup to their designating him for assignment last week.

During that time he’s been off the roster and the Rockies could have, in theory, traded him. No one would give up anything for Reyes at this point, of course, let alone take on his salary. While Reyes is on waivers — which will last through Friday — someone can claim him for no talent in exchange, but would still have to pay him the tens of millions left on his contract. No one is gonna do that either. Once he clears waivers on Friday without anyone claiming him he’s a free agent who can be signed for the major league minimum salary with the Rockies on the hook for all of those millions on his deal.

There has been speculation that the Mets may look at him as an option for third base. Obviously, of course, Reyes’ recent domestic violence arrest will make him a much harder player to sign from an ethical and public relations perspective. The fact that he hasn’t played third and had a bad year last year may make him a harder sell baseball wise.