Jose Bautista and the Orioles exchanged some words last night

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A lot of people have thrown at Jose Bautista lately and the Orioles and Jays have some recent chippy history. Last night was no different.

O’s pitcher Jason Garcia threw a pitch behind Bautista and the benches were warned. Bautista, to his credit, didn’t charge the mound or anything. He just glared a bit, gathered himself and got back in the box. Then he jacked one the heck out of the park. And yes, he stared at it, flipped his bat and didn’t exactly motor around the bases. He’s Jose Bautista, not some kid. He can do stuff like that once in a damn while.

Watch that exchanges, and the jawing back and forth between Bautista and some Orioles as he rounded the bases:

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In between innings Orioles outfielder Adam Jones took issue and the two of them engaged in a shouting match from across the field. Watch for the shouting, stay for Buck Martinez purporting to translate Bautista as if every other word wasn’t a curse word of some sort:

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The kicker here was, after the game, Jones actually said that Bautista needed to “respect the game.” Which is a phrase that was already sort of meaningless, but now is, somehow, even more so.

Oh, one more video that sort of explains the general state of the O’s-Jays rivalry at the moment:

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.