Marlins ink right-hander Chris Sampson to minors contract

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Players breaking news on Twitter is kind of a funny modern phenomenon.

Chris Sampson did just that on Saturday afternoon, announcing that he has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Marlins.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent all of spring training with the Rockies but was cut just before Opening Day and took a few weeks off before finding work again. He will presumably report to the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans and serve as organizational relief depth.

Sampson posted a rough 5.93 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 32 appearances last season for the Astros, striking out only 16 and walking eight.

He has a 4.42 career ERA in five major league seasons.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.