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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Dodgers 2, Royals 0: Clayton Kershaw is so damn inconsistent. Last time: no-hitter. This time? He gave up several hits. Last time: full game. This time? Only eight innings. You think you’re fooling us by continuing to not give up any runs, Clayton, but we can tell that you’re falling off.

Phillies 7, Marlins 4: Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer and the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak, but the highlight here was the standing ovation Tony Gwynn, Jr. got in his first at bat following his father’s death. Good on ya, Philly fans.

Nationals 4, Brewers 2: A sixteen inning affair, with Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run homer in the top of that inning saving us (or depriving us, depending on your point of view) from seeing Adam LaRoche and/or Lyle Overbay pitching. The Brewers threatened many times in extra innings, but Nats relievers ended up throwing 10 scoreless innings.

Pirates 6, Rays 5: Pittsburgh moves above .500 for only the second time this year, the last time being mid April. Since May 6 they have baseball’s best record. Which, yes, doesn’t matter unless everyone else started May 6 (note: they did not), but it’s still worth noting.

Mets 10, Athletics 1: Billed as a pitchers duel — Kazmir vs. Colon — only one of them showed up with his sword. The Mets rocked Scott Kazmir for seven runs on eight hits in three innings. Colon, on the other hand, continued his fine season,, allowing one run over eight innings. He even got a hit for the second game in a row. Mets hitters smacked four homers.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6: The Jays had a 6-0 lead entering the sixth, the Yankees rallied in the sixth and seventh to tie it and then a walkoff error by the Yankees gaves this one to the Jays. It happened when Jose Reyes hit a leadoff double in the ninth inning and then, when Melky Cabrera tried to bunt him over to third, Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte threw the ball away. Miss U A-Rod.

White Sox 4, Orioles 2: Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings and Gordon Beckham homered as Chicago ended a five-game losing streak. They had lost nine of 11 overall and eight straight on the road before this.

Cubs 7, Reds 3: Jake Arrieta was perfect through six. He ran out of gas in the seventh, giving up two runs on three hits, but he had enough of a cushion where it didn’t matter. He’s 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts.

Tigers 8, Rangers 2: Ian Kinsler returned to Texas and homered against his former mates. Unlike what we said with Zack Greinke yesterday, we have a pretty good idea that they are, indeed, no longer mates if they ever were as Kinsler gave a little wave to them as he trotted the bases, which probably was not well received. In other news, glad you’re still not taking that trade personally, Ian.

Rockies 10, Cardinals 5: Justin Morneau was 3 for 5 with a homer and six driven in. Shelby Miller was ineffective and then incapacitated due to back tightness. The Rockies snapped a seven-game slide. Morneau is hitting .304/.340/.522 with 13 homers and 57 RBI on the year. Not bad for a guy who looked to be close to done a year or two ago.

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Diamondbacks 9, Indians 8: Another long game, this one 14 innings. And, time-wise, it was the longest in the history of Chase Field: five hours and 22 minutes. Miguel Montero said, though, that due to walks and stranded runners and slow play, it felt longer:

“It felt like seven hours. The game was slow anyway. Through seven it was like a three-hour game already. We had to play the extra innings and that made it longer.”

My condolences to anyone who had to watch this one.

Braves 3, Astros 2: The Uptons both homered. It was the fourth time they have homered in the same game, tying the record for brothers doing so held by Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. Jose Canseco is on his way to the league office to petition for a rule change that allows “Bash Brothers” to count so as to help preserve his legacy.

Padres 7, Giants 2: San Diego has won five of seven. They really got to Tim Hudson, who has suddenly lost the thread. He ha allowed a combined 13 runs over his last two starts after giving up just 19 runs over his first 13.

Angels 8, Twins 6: Staked to a 5-0 lead in the first, C.J. Wilson surrendered five to the Twins in the second. But then Mike Trout put the Halos back in the lead in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer, and the rest was just details.

Mariners 8, Red Sox 2: Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth, helping the Mariners win their fifth straight. Boston has lost five of six and has given up 20 runs to the M’s in two games. Just some ugly times for the defending champs.

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.