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Joe Girardi has Yankees play Tuesday’s game under protest

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The Yankees were finally able to begin the 2016 season after Monday’s expected season opener was postponed due to inclement weather. It only took eight innings for there to be some controversy, as manager Joe Girardi had the Yankees play Tuesday’s game under protest.

With a runner on second base and one out in the eighth inning, Dellin Betances got Carlos Correa to hit a weak tapper down the first base line. Betances retrieved it but fired an errant throw to first base, allowing Jose Altuve to score. Replays showed Correa was far inside the first base line, so much so that he was running on the grass. You can see it in a screenshot Matthew Pouliot posted to Twitter:

Girardi came out to argue, but the umpires informed the skipper that the play isn’t replay reviewable and that they wouldn’t overturn the call. After some yelling, Girardi said the Yankees would play the game under protest. Of course, it’s not a protest that is likely to amount to anything. Though Girardi may have been correct that Correa should have been called out, the umpires were also correct — unfortunately. To avoid situations like this in the future, Major League Baseball will have to make that play reviewable.

The Yankees’ pain didn’t stop there, however. Correa attempted to steal second base and was initially called out, but the Astros challenged and the call was overturned. Colby Rasmus then drew a walk, and with two outs, Luis Valbuena brought home two runs with a single to right field, boosting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.

Considering it’s just above freezing in New York, this was probably not the most fun day the club has had playing baseball.

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.