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Manny Machado extends season-long hitting streak to 14 games

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With all of the attention being paid to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado‘s season-long hitting streak — 13 games entering Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jays — flew under the radar. During those 13 games, Machado came to the plate 60 times, registering 22 hits, including six doubles and five home runs with a .407/.467/.796 triple-slash line. Pretty dang good. And that’s without mentioning his Gold Glove-caliber defense.

Machado extended his hitting streak to 14 games on Thursday night, knocking in Joey Rickard with a single off of Jays starter Marco Estrada in the first inning to reduce the Orioles’ deficit to 2-1. He would ground out in his next at-bat in the third inning, so he’s now hitting .411.

At Today’s Knuckleball (yesterday, coincidentally), Corinne Landrey argued that Machado’s name should be in the debate with Harper and Mike Trout for the honor of “best player in baseball”. She might be onto something.

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.