Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Things got a little hairy at the end, but the Athletics defeated the Angels 5-3 last night at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland and now sit one game back in the American League West.

Sonny Gray had a chance to go the distance, but issued a one-out walk in the ninth before being pulled. He ended up allowing three runs over 8 1/3 innings of work, improving to 13-7 on the year. The game was actually tied through five innings before the A’s got two runs in the sixth on an RBI triple from Sam Fuld and a sacrifice fly from Andy Parrino. Stephen Vogt added a solo homer in the eighth for insurance. They almost needed every bit of it.

Sean Doolittle replaced Gray in the ninth before striking out Howie Kendrick, but then gave up back-to-back singles to Erick Aybar and David Freese to bring in a run. He then walked pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill to load the bases, but managed to strike out Chris Iannetta swinging to end the ballgame. No sweat.

The series will resume tonight with Jon Lester on the hill for Oakland and C.J. Wilson pitching for first-place Los Angeles. We could have a tie this time tomorrow morning.

Your Friday box scores:

Angels 3, Athletics 5

Orioles 1, Cubs 4

Astros 5, Indians 1

Giants 10, Nationals 3

White Sox 3, Yankees 4

Cardinals 4, Phillies 5

Rays 8, Blue Jays 0

Braves 3, Reds 1 (12 innings)

Mariners 5, Red Sox 3

Royals 6, Rangers 3

Marlins 13, Rockies 5

Pirates 8, Brewers 3

Royals 6, Rangers 3

Tigers 6, Twins 20

Padres 1, Diamondbacks 5

Mets 2, Dodgers 6

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.