The Blue Jays are beating up on the Yankees this afternoon

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Game two of the three-game showdown between the first and second place team in the AL East is going on in the Bronx as we speak. And the results are thus far unspeakable for Yankees fans. The Jays currently hold a 5-0 lead entering the top of the eighth inning.

It was a pitchers matchup until the top of the sixth when Ivan Nova loaded the bases with one out thanks to two walks and a single. At that point he was at 100 pitches and clearly didn’t have anything left. Yet, for reasons he’ll hopefully provide after the game, Joe Girardi decided to let him stay in to face one more batter, Justin Smoak. Nova tossed a hanging curveball. Smoak did this:

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d it was 4-0. In the seventh, Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo shot to make it 5-0, which is where we stand now.

If the score holds up the Jays will be two and a half back of New York, who has, as of this writing, scored four runs in their past four games.

Max Scherzer: ‘There’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions’

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MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.

Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.

Scherzer’s statement:

After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.

Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.

Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.