Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s afternoon action

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We have five afternoon contests today, including a Clayton Kershaw performance. Yes, he gets his own solo billing now. And why not? Kershaw is 7-0 over his last eight starts and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game over that stretch. He has likewise struck out at least ten batters in eight of his last 10 starts. The dude is as dominant as it gets.

Elsewhere we see the continuation of the Cubs-Nationals series with Jason Hammel taking on Stephen Strasburg. The Yankees play the Rockies too. Here’s hoping that the carnage of last night doesn’t carry over into today. Someone, please, think of the bullpens.

New York Yankees (Ivan Nova) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 3:40 PM EDT, Chase Field

Miami Marlins (Justin Nicolino) @ San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo), 3:40 PM EDT, Petco Park

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto), 3:45 PM EDT, AT&T Park

Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 4:05 PM EDT, Nationals Park

Jose Reyes designated for assignment by the Rockies

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The Rockies have designated shortstop Jose Reyes for assignment.

They did so just as he finished up his 20-day rehab assignment following his suspension for domestic violence arising out an alleged assault of his wife last October for which he was arrested but for which charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. As of today the Rockies either had to add him to their 25-man roster or kick him off the team. So off he is. Which is not surprising given that his replacement, Trevor Story, has more than made up for his absence on the field and possesses none of baggage Reyes does for his off-the-field behavior.

Reyes, 33, is still owed $44 million by Colorado. He’ll likely pass through waivers unclaimed and become a free agent. He’ll likely get at least a look or two given that he will be able to be had by anyone for the major league minimum salary. During his rehab assignment Reyes was 10-for-33 with two homers and three stolen bases in nine games. Last year he hit .274/.310/.378 with seven homers and 24 stolen bases between Toronto and Colorado.

 

Flo Rida called last night’s Angels win over the Twins “epic”

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The Angels beat the Twins last night, 5-4. The victory over the worst team in the American League, combined with the A’s loss, catapulted the Angels from last place to second-to-last place in the AL West and brought their record to a lofty 28-37.

Hip hop artist Flo Rida was in Anaheim last night to do a postgame concert at Angels Stadium following the game. He would have none of my implied disdain for the quality of the win or the quality of the teams which competed for the victory in this contest. No, to him it was superlative:

Epic (ep-ic) noun — a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.

So yes, it was exactly that. Now let us tell tales of Kole Calhoun around the campfire and revel in the glory of 6/14/16 now and forever, my children.