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Blue Jays grab early lead in Game 2 of ALCS vs. Royals

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After being shut out in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, the Blue Jays have grabbed an early lead against the Royals in Game 2 on Saturday.

Chris Colabello led off the top of the second inning with a double against Yordano Ventura before Ryan Goins followed with a double of his own to bring him home. Goins was 1-for-20 in the postseason before his RBI double.

The Blue Jays had a chance to do more damage, but Ben Revere struck out and Josh Donaldson grounded out before Ventura got Jose Bautista to fly out to center field to retire the side and strand Goins at third.

David Price has struck out two batters over his first two innings of work. He’ll bring a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third at Kauffman Stadium.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.