Video: Marlon Byrd homers in his first at-bat as a Giant

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Marlon Byrd made a terrific first impression with his new team, clubbing a two-run home run in his first at-bat as a Giant in Friday night in Pittsburgh against the Giants. The blast upped the Giants’ lead to 3-0 in the first inning.

The Reds sent Byrd to the Giants on Thursday in exchange for minor league pitcher Stephen Johnson. Byrd left the Reds batting .237/.286/.448 with 19 home runs and 42 RBI in 388 plate appearances.

Watch him go yard at PNC Park in his new Giants uniform:

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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.