And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Indians 17, Rangers 7: Yesterday I mentioned that Lonnie Chisenhall was sorta having a nice year. Well, add on a 5 for 5 night with 3 home runs and 9 RBI onto that. This is the dude that the Indians decided needed to sit behind Carlos Santana at third base, by the way. First base, third base. Who cares? Just get his bat into the lineup all the time.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 0: Bud Norris allows only three hits in eight innings and the O’s got all of their runs on homers. The Sox have lost six of seven.

Mariners 3, Rays 0: David Price strikes out ten dudes but he could’ve struck out 18 and it wouldn’t have mattered given that he got no run support. That’s 13 of 14 in the loss column for Tampa Bay. The Mariners finish their little southeast road trip with a 6-1 record, including a win in a makeup game in New York. Of course, beating the Yankees, Braves and Rays isn’t a tall order these days.

Pirates 6, Cubs 2: Andrew McCutchen hit a homer and drove in three runs. The Cubs just had a sweet homestand but stink on ice on the road, so enjoy the next nine out of hotel rooms, Chicago.

Blue Jays 5, Twins 4: Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer to give the Jays the lead for a while and then, after the Twins tied it up again, Kevin Pillar drove in the winning run in walkoff fashion. Kendrys Morales went 1 for 3 with a walk. Not bad for a guy who should be as rusty as a pre-oil-can Tin Man.

Dodgers 6, Reds 2: Have a game Scott Van Slyke. Two homers and four RBI for the Son of Andy. The key here, though, is that Yasiel Puig stayed healthy through the game. Im taking my kids to the getaway day game on Thursday afternoon and he has to be in that game or else it’s gonna be trouble. Or, at the very least, I’m going to have to convince the kids of Zack Greinke’s awesomeness. Whatever.

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Braves 3, Rockies 1: Six and two-thirds solid innings for Gavin Floyd and two RBI hits for Chris Johnson. Floyd has pitched pretty well for the Braves, but this was his first win. Which, given his layoff for surgery, means it was his first win in two years.

White Sox 6, Tigers 5: Adam Eaton, don’t ever change. Here’s what he said after this one:

“South Siders, we’re grinders. We’re going to try to do the little things right and grind games out. I think that was as close to a boxing match as you can get. Grinding it out, and I wouldn’t have a baseball game any other way. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be played.”

(a) he’s been a “South Sider” for 45 games and he’s from Springfield, Ohio; and (b) while he’s right about this being a boxing match, the big hit here was Jose Abreu’s two-run homer. I guess you can still call it “grinding,” but usually we refer to small ball and stuff as grinding, do we not? Oh well. He’s happy, so we’ll let it go.

Angels 4, Athletics 1: Garrett Richards allowed only one run over seven innings. But the most notable thing was a would-be Mike Trout homer being overturned into a double on replay and Mike Scioscia coming out to argue about it afterward, which you’re not supposed to do. His beef after the game was that the replay evidence was not definitive. Which, having watched it several times myself, I tend to agree. But it’s not like the umps on the field can do anything about it. They do what the man on the other end of the headphones tells them to.

Nationals 9, Giants 2: Five runs batted in for Ian Desmond, who had a single, two doubles and a triple. He swung for the fences on his final at bat in the ninth trying to get the cycle and then slammed his bat down when he flied out to left because of Nattitude, I presume.

Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3: Jose Altuve had three hits, including an RBI double, and Jarred Cosart pitched six solid innings. And Bo Porter did the old “put your pitcher in left field for one batter, then bring him back to face another batter” thing with Tony Sipp. After the game Kirk Gibson said it was all well and good unless someone had hit one to the pitcher. My life’s goal: to see this play happen, but with a two bouncer to the LF/P, who then fires a rocket home and guns down a runner. I mean, they have good arms by definition, right?

Yankees vs. Royals: POSTPONED: Last time I was here it was raining. It ain’t raining anymore. The streets were drowning, waters waning. All the ruins washed ashore. Now I’m just looking through the rubble. Trying to find out who we were. Last time I was here it was raining. It ain’t raining anymore.

MLBPA: MLB’s ‘demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected’

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On Thursday evening, the Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement regarding ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. The two sides continue to hash out details concerning a 2020 season. The owners want a shorter season, around 50 games. The union recently proposed a 114-game season that also offered the possibility of salary deferrals.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said that the union held a conference call that included the Executive Board and MLBPA player leaders. They “resoundingly rejected” the league’s “demand for additional concessions.”

The full statement:

In this time of unprecedented suffering at home and abroad, Players want nothing more than to get back to work and provide baseball fans with the game we all love. But we cannot do this alone.

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball communicated its intention to schedule a dramatically shortened 2020 season unless Players negotiate salary concessions. The concessions being sought are in addition to billions in Player salary reductions that have already been agreed upon.

This threat came in response to an Association proposal aimed at charting a path forward. Among other things, Players proposed more games, two years of expanded playoffs, salary deferrals in the event of a 2020 playoff cancellation, and the exploration of additional jewel events and broadcast enhancements aimed at creatively bringing our Players to the fans while simultaneously increasing the value of our product. Rather than engage, the league replied it will shorten the season unless Players agree to further salary reductions.

Earlier today we held a conference call of the Association’s Executive Board and several other MLBPA Player leaders. The overwhelming consensus of the Board is that Players are ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions that could affect the health and safety of not just themselves, but their families as well. The league’s demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected.

Important work remains to be done in order to safely resume the season. We stand ready to complete that work and look forward to getting back on the field.

As per the current agreement signed in March, if there is a 2020 season, players will be paid on a prorated basis. Thus, fewer games means the players get paid less and the owners save more. MLB has threatened to unilaterally set a 2020 season in motion if the two sides cannot come to terms. It should come as no surprise that the union has responded strongly on both fronts.

There have been varying reports in recent days over the confidence in a 2020 season happening. The MLBPA’s statement tonight doesn’t move the needle any; it simply affirms that the union remains steadfast in its goal to avoid a second significant cut in salaries.

As I see it, the ball is in the owners’ court. The owners can strongarm the players into a short season, saving money but significantly increasing the odds of a big fight in upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Or the owners can eat more of a financial loss, agreeing to a longer season than they feel is comfortable. The latter would have the double benefit of not damaging overall perception of the sport and would not disrupt labor peace going forward.

The MLBPA statement included a declaration that the players are “ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions.” If there is no 2020 season, we will have only the owners to blame, not the players.

Update: Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, who has been quite vocal on social media about these negotiations, chimed in: