And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Angels 5, Mariners 0; Rangers 6, Athletics 1: With their win and the A’s loss, the Angels clinch the AL West. Anaheim had to wait for the A’s game to end to know if they could celebrate — they watched in the clubhouse — but then they celebrated into the wee hours. They even let a few hundred fans back into the ballpark after the end of the A’s game.

The win came via C.J. Wilson’s seven one-hit innings and C.J. Cron’s three-run shot. The A’s loss came via an ugly ninth inning collapse in which Sean Doolittle allowed five runs in a mere third of an inning. Jesse Chavez allowed another. This after Jeff Samardzija shut out Texas for eight innings on ten strikeouts. It was a total meltdown which epitomized the entire second half meltdown for Oakland. They’re now tied with Kansas City for the wild card. Two ahead of Seattle. They may still make the playoffs, but do they really deserve it? They’ve totally hit rock bottom here.

No question about the Angels, though. They have taken and throttled the AL this year, especially since the break. They have a few bruises and sore parts here and there, but they have a week and a half or so to get that right. Then it’s on to bigger things, they hope.

Apologies for the abbreviated ATH this morning, but I have an early morning doctor appointment. While I’m there I’ll ask my doctor if she has any pamphlets on how to help choking victims and have them Fedexed to Bob Melvin.

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 1
Rockies 16, Dodgers 2
Yankees 3, Rays 2
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2
Braves 3, Nationals 1
Royals 6, White Sox 2
Pirates 9, Red Sox 1
Twins 8, Tigers 4
Marlins 4, Mets 3
Indians 2, Astros 0
Cubs 3, Reds 1
Cardinals 2, Brewers 0
Phillies 5, Padres 2

Players’ offer reportedly not going over well with owners

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Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.

Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”

Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:

The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.