Your Opening Day schedule



We don’t do this every day, but today is special and I’m all excited, so why not?

Seeing whether Masahiro Tanaka looks like himself should be interesting. Cole Hamels auditioning for his presumed future employers looks like fun too. James Shields and all of his new Padres friends taking on the Dodgers this afternoon is a late-game highlight. And, late tonight, let’s see if Madison Bumgarner can start, relieve, pinch hit and generally make like it’s October 2014 all over again.

Blue Jays at Yankees 1:05 PM  (Hutchison (0-0) vs. Tanaka (0-0))
Twins at Tigers 1:08 PM  (Hughes (0-0) vs. Price (0-0))
Rockies at Brewers 2:10 PM (Kendrick (0-0) vs. Lohse (0-0))
Red Sox at Phillies 3:05 PM (Buchholz (0-0) vs. Hamels (0-0))
Orioles at Rays 3:10 PM (Tillman (0-0) vs. Archer (0-0))
Mets at Nationals 4:05 PM (Colon (0-0) vs. Scherzer (0-0))
Braves at Marlins 4:10 PM (Teheran (0-0) vs. Alvarez (0-0))
White Sox at Royals 4:10 PM (Samardzija (0-0) vs. Ventura (0-0))
Angels at Mariners 4:10 PM (Weaver (0-0) vs. Hernandez (0-0))
Pirates at Reds 4:10 PM (Liriano (0-0) vs. Cueto (0-0))
Padres at Dodgers 4:10 PM (Shields (0-0) vs. Kershaw (0-0))
Indians at Astros 7:10 PM (Kluber (0-0) vs. Keuchel (0-0))
Rangers at Athletics 10:05 PM (Gallardo (0-0) vs. Gray (0-0))
Giants at D-backs 10:10 PM (Bumgarner (0-0) vs. Collmenter (0-0))

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.