Brandon Moss slugs three-run shot, A’s jump back on top

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Let’s have lifelong A’s fan MC Hammer handle the play-by-play from the sixth inning …

It was a go-ahead three-run shot to straightaway center field, the second home run of the game for Moss. He’s the first player in Athletics franchise history to have two home runs and five RBI in a postseason game.

Josh Reddick singled one batter later and was driven home by Derek Norris, giving Oakland a 6-3 lead. And then Norris scored on an RBI single from Coco Crisp, pushing the the Athletics’ lead all the way to 7-3.

Royals manager Ned Yost made the curious decision to replace James Shields with young starter Yordano Ventura after Shields allowed the first two batters to reach in the sixth. That’s when Moss hit his home run. Kelvin Herrera replaced Ventura but could not close the floodgates. Kansas City is in deep trouble.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.