Giants move back within a run as Game 5 grows late

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Here come the Giants.

Cody Ross entered this NLCS Game 5 with an incredible .357/.438/.893 batting line, four home runs and eight RBI over 28 postseason at-bats.  So you can probably guess what he did in his fourth-inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Roy Halladay.  (Hint: it was, uh, pretty clutch).

Ross ripped a run-scoring double into right field, scoring fellow Giants outfielder Pat Burrell and pushing the Giants one run closer to the Phillies.

Tim Lincecum then retired the opposition in order in the top of the fifth, Halladay killed a threat in the bottom of the frame and Philadelphia is clinging to a 3-2 lead as this one heads to the sixth.

It’s raining again in San Francisco, a bit harder than before, but few fans have left their seats at AT&T Park.

Halladay is up to 82 pitches and there has been movement in the Phillies’ bullpen.  If he doesn’t reach 100-plus pitches, though, it would go as a major shock.

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.