Tasked with facing White Sox ace Chris Sale in his major league debut tonight, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa popped out to third base in his first at-bat in the second inning, but he beat out an infield single in the fourth inning for his first major league hit and RBI. Correa was originally ruled out, but the call was overturned after a replay challenge. Check it out below:
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Not the most exciting way to get your first hit, but there you go. By the way, that single from Correa snapped Sale’s personal scoreless streak at 22 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.