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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Yankees 5, Athletics 0: Bartolo Colon with the four-hit shutout in which, in hindsight, the outcome was determined the moment Mark Teixeira hit his first inning homer.  A full house showed up at the Coliseum for this one. Gonna go out on a limb here and say that most of the fans weren’t there to root for the home team.

Diamondbacks 15, Marlins 4: Arizona stays hot, winning their seventh straight game. Miguel Montero was a total RBI whore, driving in five. Justin Upton went 5 for 5. Kelly Johnson was described in the game story as “falling a single short of the cycle.”  Well, considering that he had two homers, I suppose that “failure” is excusable.

Tigers 6, Twins 5: A weird fan interference call allowed Jhonny Peralta to score the go-ahead run in the eighth. Probably should have been ruled a ground rule double that would have made Peralta stop at third. Or the judgment on the fan interference should have been that Peralta wouldn’t have scored anyway. I find this less interesting from a “there should be replay!” perspective than from a “if we had replay, there will be more calls on which umpires will have to make judgments about where runners would have ended up, so maybe we need to figure out the best way to deal with it now” perspective.

Giants 7, Cardinals 3: An Andres Torres grand slam in the fourth turned a close one into a not-so-close one. It was Kyle McClellan’s worst start this year (4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER).

Reds 7, Brewers 3: What a shocker: Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer. He singled and tripled as well.  The Reds, coming off a disastrous road trip, are apparently happy to be home.

White Sox 7, Red Sox 3: Jon Lester was rocked while attempting to get his eighth win. Two RBI a piece for Alexi Ramirez, Carlos Quention and A.J. Pierzynski.

Mets 7, Pirates 3: The fourth game to end with a final score of 7-3 yesterday! This is important. This means something. [sculpts Devil’s Tower in his mashed potatoes].

Astros 12, Cubs 7: Strong bullpen work and big bombs help the Astros snap their losing streak. Clint Bamres and Hunter Pence smacked back-to-back homers in the fifth. The score alone makes it look like this was a rather unwatchable game. But two of the worst fielding teams in baseball also combined for five errors, making it extra special.

Mariners 4, Orioles 3: Jake Arrieta put the O’s in a 4-1 hole and, despite some great bullpen work by Baltimore, they couldn’t mount a comeback. Doug Fister allowed three runs in seven and a third while striking out nine.

Phillies 5, Nationals 4: Roy Halladay wasn’t at his best — he allowed ten hits, three of which were homers — but he’s lost enough games that he should have won that he was owed a pick-me-up by his teammates. A 92-degree game time temperature, and the Nats broke out the navy blue for Memorial Day. Sweet.

Padres 3, Braves 2: Kyle Phillips’ 10th inning homer — his first ever — wins it for the Friars. The Braves have played in approximately eight gajillion extra-innings games recently. This is mostly because their pitching is good and their offense is awful. This wouldn’t be the case if Dan Uggla hadn’t died. Wait that’s not fair: Uggla is 4-for-47 with one RBI in his past 14 games. An actual corpse would have had one less RBI than Uggla has had in that time.

Angels 10, Royals 8:  Oh, Joakim Soria, I hate to see you breaking down like this. It’s the third time he’s blown a save while giving up multiple runs in his last four outings and his fifth blown save overall this year. Torii Hunter’s ninth inning two-run homer put the Angels up for good.

Blue Jays 11, Indians 1: Jo-Jo Reyes wins! Jo-Jo Reyes wins! The winless streak is over! Now, let us find the next unfortunate person and fixate on his professional setbacks, feigning empathy!

Rangers 11, Rays 5: Twenty hits for the Rangers overall. They had an 8-0 lead before the Rays could muster much of anything. The third straight game with a homer for Mike Napoli.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 1: Andre Ethier and James Loney drove in three runs a piece and Chad Billingsley scattered — scattered? — yes, scattered 11 hits over seven innings. How the Rockies managed 14 total hits and four walks while only scoring one run is beyond me.

Minor League Baseball established a political action committee to fight paying players more

DURHAM, NC - JULY 28:  The Chicago White Sox play the Most Valuable Prospects during the championship game of the 2011 Breakthrough Series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on July 28, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina.  Most Valuable Prospects won 17-2 over the Chicago White Sox. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
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Josh Norris of Baseball America reports that Minor League Baseball has established a political action committee to continue fighting against a lawsuit brought by a group of former minor league players seeking increased wages and back pay.

You may recall that, earlier this year, two members of Congress — Republican Brett Guthrie of Kentucky and Democrat Cheri Bustos of Illinois — introduced H.R. 5580 in the House of Representatives. Also known as the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” H.R. 5580 sought to change language in Section 13 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. In doing so, minor leaguers wouldn’t have been covered under a law that protects workers who are paid hourly. Minor League Baseball publicly endorsed the bill. Bustos withdrew her support after receiving widespread criticism.

The whole thing started when Sergio Miranda filed a lawsuit in 2014, accusing Major League Baseball teams of colluding to eliminate competition. The lawsuit challenged the reserve clause, which binds minor leaguers into contracts with their teams for seven years. That suit was dismissed in September 2015. However, another lawsuit was filed in October last year — known as Senne vs. the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball — alleging that minor leaguers were victims of violations of state and federal minimum wage laws. Senne et. al. suffered a setback this summer when U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco dismissed class certification. That essentially meant that the players could not file a class-action lawsuit. As a result, the players’ legal team led by Garrett Broshuis amended their case to only include players who play in one league for an entire season. As Norris notes, that means that the included players’ experiences are uniform enough for inclusion in a class-action lawsuit.

So that’s why Minor League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC). A PAC, for the unfamiliar, is an organization created with the intent of raising money to defeat a particular candidate, legislation, or ballot initiative. In other words, they’re getting serious and want Capitol Hill’s help.

Minor League Baseball president Stan Brand said, “Because of procedurally what has happened in the Congress and the difficulties in getting legislation, we’ve got to adjust to that. We were lucky. We had the ability because of the depth of the relationships and involvement in the communities to not have to worry about that. And now we do, I think. The PAC . . . gives us another tool to re-enforce who we are and why we’re important.”

Norris mentions in his column that Phillies minor league outfielder Dylan Cozens received the Joe Baumann Award for leading the minors with 40 home runs. That came with an $8,000 prize. Cozens said that the prize was more than he made all season. The minor league regular season spanned from April 7 to September 5, about six months. Athletes aren’t paid in the other six months which includes offseason training and spring training. They are also not paid for participating in instructional leagues and the Arizona Fall League. Minor leaguers lack union representation, which is why their fight for fair pay has been such an uphill battle.

Report: White Sox, Nationals making “strong progress” on a Chris Sale deal

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 27:  Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox deliivers the ball against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on September 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox and Nationals are making “strong progress” on a trade involving ace Chris Sale. Most reports coming out on Monday night suggest that a deal isn’t likely to be consummated until Tuesday at the earliest.

Sale, 27, has pitched in the majors over parts of seven seasons. He owns a career 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA and a 1,244/260 K/BB ratio in 1,110 innings. The lefty will earn $12 million in 2017, then has a club option for 2018 worth $12.5 million with a $1 million buyout as well as a 2019 club option worth $13.5 million with a $1 million buyout. Relative to what he would earn if he were a free agent today, Sale’s remaining salary is a bargain.

The Nationals would likely have to part with several of their top prospects. MLB Pipeline lists pitcher Lucas Giolito, outfielder Victor Robles, and pitcher Reynoldo Lopez in the club’s top-three.

Adding Sale would arguably give the Nationals claim to the best starting rotation in baseball as he would join 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

There are other teams in the mix for Sale. The Red Sox and Astros have also talked with the White Sox about the lefty’s services.