K-Rod, Mets lose in fantastic fashion

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Oliver Perez moonlighted as a major
league pitcher on Friday night
against the Padres, allowing one run on
two hits while fanning seven and walking just two (two!) over 6 1/3
innings –his longest outing of the year. Hey Omar, get that guy a contract
extension!




Enter K-Rod. He just didn’t have it,
failing to get an out in the ninth, first giving up a game-tying double
to Will Venable (except maybe it wasn’t) before serving up
a walk-off grand slam to Rule 5 pick Everth Cabrera. Brilliant. The $37 million-dollar-man has
blown consecutive saves for the first time since 2004
.




“The last two outings have been really depressing, really bad ones. I
have to work it out. I have to have a short memory and make sure to get
my job done tomorrow. It feels really frustrating.”

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.