On Saturday night, Lucas Duda hit solo home runs in his first two at-bats. At that point, his last eight hits had each been home runs. He broke the streak by delivering an eventual game-winning RBI double in the eighth inning.
The eight hits, eight homers stat was cool enough, but it turns out he also pulled off another rare feat. As Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal details, Duda homered off of two brothers — Tyson Ross of the Padres, and Joe Ross of the Nationals — within four days of each other. Stats, LLC could only find 10 other players who had done that. Adam Dunn accomplished it most recently, homering off of Orlando Hernandez of the Diamondbacks and Livan Hernandez of the Nationals in 2006.
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.