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David Price has retired 18 batters in a row, setting Blue Jays’ post-season record

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Update (6:22 PM EDT): Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, a miscommunication on a Ben Zobrist pop-up, between right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins, ended Price’s streak at 18 consecutive batters retired.

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Blue Jays lefty David Price allowed a leadoff single to Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. It was not a harbinger of things to come.

Following Escobar’s single, Price proceeded to retire the next 18 batters he faced, setting a new post-season record for the Blue Jays, as Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star notes. Jimmy Key previously held the record, having retired 16 in a row against the Braves in Game 4 of the 1992 World Series. Don Larsen, of course, holds the overall post-season record at 27 with his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Price, in six innings, has allowed just the one hit, racking up seven strikeouts while walking none on 66 pitches.

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.