Madison Bumgarner will not be starting on short rest during the World Series. As Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Jake Peavy will start Game 6 and Tim Hudson will start Game 7 if they can force the series that far.
There was some thought that Bumgarner would start tonight’s Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy confirmed after the Giant’s Game 3 loss that Ryan Vogelsong will take the hill opposite Jason Vargas.
Neither Peavy nor Hudson had great results in their first World Series starts, both losses for the Giants. In Game 2, Peavy allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in five innings. In Game 3, Hudson allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
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.