Chris Sale throws a complete game, but his strikeout streak comes to an end

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White Sox ace Chris Sale entered tonight’s start against the Blue Jays with eight straight starts with 10 strikeouts or more, tying Pedro Martinez for the major league record. He fell a little bit short in his efforts of securing the record all for himself.

Sale struck out six batters (his lowest strikeout total since May 6) as part of a complete-game 4-2 victory over Toronto. He allowed six hits and no walks, with the only runs scoring on solo home runs from Chris Colabello and Josh Donaldson.

After an error by Jose Reyes, the White Sox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against Mark Buehrle. As a result, Sale notched his first win since June 8. This was his eighth career complete game and his first this season.

Sale owns a 2.80 ERA and 147/22 K/BB ratio in 112 1/3 innings over 16 starts this season. He has a strong case to start for the American League in next week’s All-Star Game.

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.