ALCS, Game 6: Blue Jays vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the Blue Jays and Royals lineups for Game 6 of the ALCS in Kansas City:

LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
1B Chris Colabello
SS Troy Tulowitzki
C Russell Martin
CF Kevin Pillar
2B Ryan Goins

SP David Price

Russell Martin is back behind the plate instead of Dioner Navarro and the rest of the Blue Jays’ lineup and batting order are standard. David Price has a 5.24 ERA in 56.2 career postseason innings and has never received the “win” in a playoff game he’s started, but tonight is exactly why the Blue Jays acquired the impending free agent former Cy Young winner.

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios

SP Yordano Ventura

Same old, same old lineup and batting order for Royals manager Ned Yost. Yordano Ventura will make his fourth start of the playoffs after previously getting the ball in Game 1 and Game 4 of the ALDS and Game 2 of the ALCS.

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.