Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Kauffman Stadium is usually covered in red during the now-annual interleague meeting between the Cardinals and Royals. And not much has changed in that regard this weekend. But those Cardinal-red clad fans haven’t had nearly as much to cheer about.

In the series opener Friday night, the American League Central-leading Royals jumped out to a three-run first inning lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and went on to win 5-0. St. Louis struck first on Saturday, but it was the Royals who were on top 3-2 when the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second and Salvador Perez laced an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Play did not resume, giving Kansas City its fifth straight win.

The forecast for Sunday’s series finale is rough-looking. If the game is played, it’ll be 23-year-old Michael Wacha trying to pitch the National League Central-leading Cardinals out of a potential sweep against their cross-state rival. 23-year-old Yordano Ventura is on tap for the Royals.

There’s some pretty good baseball being played in Missouri.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Rangers 15, Yankees 4

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2

Phillies 8, Nationals 1

Pirates 8, Mets 2

Astros 3, Tigers 2

Twins 4, White Sox 3

Reds 1, Indians 2

Brewers 2, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Athletics 5, Rays 0

Giants 10, Rockies 8 (Game 1)

Angels 3, Red Sox 8

Cardinals 2, Royals 3 (6 innings)

Orioles 0, Marlins 1 (13 innings)

Padres 0, Dodgers 2

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 6

Giants 3, Rockies 5 (Game 2)

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.