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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22:  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos speaks  during the 33rd Annual Women's Campaign Fund Parties of Your Choice  at the Peter and Mary Max home on April 22, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images)
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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) withdraws support for “Save America’s Pastime Act”


On Wednesday, we learned about a proposed bill — the misleadingly-titled “Save America’s Pastime Act”, or H.R. 5580 — that aimed to change wording in Section 13 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which would let teams continue paying their minor leaguers minuscule wages. The legislation was proposed by Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL).

As news of the bill went viral on Wednesday, many contacted Bustos through Twitter, Facebook, and other means. Bustos heard the feedback and, as a result, has withdrawn her support for H.R. 5580.

Her statement read:

“Minor League baseball teams are an important part of the economic and social fabric of communities across our nation, including the Quad-Cities and Peoria, in our Congressional District,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “In the last 24 hours, several concerns about the bill have been brought to my attention that have led me to immediately withdraw my support of the legislation.

Sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and while it’s important to sustain minor league baseball teams that provide economic support to small communities across America, I cannot support legislation that does so at the expense of the players that draw us to stadiums like those in the Quad-Cities and Peoria.

Whether it’s on the factory floor, in classrooms or on the playing fields of one of America’s revered traditions, I strongly support raising the minimum wage and the right to collective bargaining for fair wages, and I believe that Major League Baseball can and should pay young, passionate minor league players a fair wage for the work they do.”

Kudos to Rep. Bustos for being willing to listen to feedback and alter her position on a bill with which she was directly involved.

As of this writing, Guthrie hasn’t said anything further about the legislation.

Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29:  Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees celebrates after hitting a game winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeated the Rangers 9-7  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The Rangers entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a comfortable four-run lead against the Yankees, seemingly minutes away from securing an easy win. It would’ve been their 52nd victory, which would have given them the most in baseball. And hey, Matt Bush, who has been pretty good since debuting on May 13, was on the mound with his 2.29 ERA.

Rob Refsnyder lined a single to center, then Bush walked Jacoby Ellsbury, putting the tying run on the on-deck circle with no outs. Understandably, manager Jeff Banister didn’t want to risk anything further, so he went to closer Sam Dyson, who has pitched admirably since replacing Shawn Tolleson in the ninth inning. Dyson, though, had struggles of his own.

Brett Gardner singled to left-center on a line drive. Center fielder Ian Desmond booted the ball, which allowed Refsnyder to score. After Alex Rodriguez lined out, Brian McCann drilled a game-tying three-run home run to right field. Dyson continued to melt down, walking Starlin Castro, bringing up Didi Gregorius. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Gregorius laced the first-pitch he saw from Dyson over the fence in right-center, walking the Yankees off on a two-run home run. In the span of a few minutes, the Rangers went from 98 percent to win (according to FanGraphs) to walk-off losers. Rough way to drop a game.

The box scores.

Rays 4, Red Sox 0
Cubs 9, Reds 2
Astros 10, Angels 4
Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 8 (10 innings)
Yankees 9, Rangers 7
Nationals 4, Mets 2
White Sox 9, Twins 6
Brewers 7, Dodgers 0
Tigers 10, Marlins 3
Blue Jays 5, Rockies 3
Orioles 12, Padres 6
Indians 3, Braves 0
Royals 3, Cardinals 2 (12 innings)
Athletics 7, Giants 1
Pirates 8, Mariners 1

Report: Dodgers talking to the Rays about Erasmo Ramirez

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 16:  Erasmo Ramirez #30 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 16, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers have talked to the Rays about pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. With a slew of ailing pitchers, the Dodgers are on the prowl for starting pitching help.

While Ramirez has made only one start and 30 relief appearances for the Rays this season, the Dodgers believe he could pitch four or five innings if needed. The right-hander currently sports a 3.75 ERA with a 36/12 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings.

Ramirez, 26, is earning $2.375 million this season. He’ll have three more years of arbitration eligibility before being eligible to hit free agency after the 2019 season.