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Blue Jays hang on to win Game 3 of ALCS against Royals


After dropping the first two games of the ALCS to the Royals, the Blue Jays were hoping that their power would show up with their return home to Rogers Centre. Fortunately for them, it did.

Behind three homers, the Blue Jays hung on for an 11-8 victory in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night. The Royals grabbed a 1-0 lead against Marcus Stroman two batters into the game, but the Blue Jays plated three runs against Johnny Cueto in the second inning before exploding for six in the third. Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson both homered in the frame.

Cueto ended up being charged with eight runs over two-plus innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first pitcher in postseason history to allow at least eight runs and 11 baserunners in two or fewer innings pitched.

Stroman wasn’t at his best and was hit pretty hard at times, allowing four runs on 11 hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out just one batter and had just three swings and misses all night. However, it was good enough with Toronto’s offense rolling.

After his communication error with Jose Bautista proved critical in the Game 2 loss, Ryan Goins made up for it at the plate in Game 3. He delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the second inning before adding a solo homer in the fifth.

The Blue Jays carried an 11-4 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but things got interesting after the Royals chipped away with a sacrifice fly by Lorenzo Cain and an RBI single from Eric Hosmer. Liam Hendriks was then replaced by Roberto Osuna, who gave up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales. However, Osuna bounced back to retire Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez to end it.

Things would have looked pretty bleak for the Blue Jays with a loss tonight, but we suddenly have ourselves a series again. Game 4 will take place Tuesday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. ET. R.A. Dickey will attempt to even things up for Toronto while Chris Young will get the ball for Kansas City.

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.