What’s On Tap: Previewing Thursday’s Afternoon Action

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We have day baseball. A couple of games which started at noon when I wasn’t paying attention. Jeez, guys. Have brunch or something first, will ya? No rush here.

Watch out for flying balls in Chicago. I feel like Weaver/Danks is gonna favor the hitter. Meanwhile, Miller vs. Cueto is a nice early season matchup of imports to the NL West.

Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 12:10 PM EDT, Turner Field;

Seattle Mariners (Nathan Karns) @ Cleveland Indians (Cody Anderson), 12:10 PM EDT, Progressive Field;

Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 1:10 PM EDT, Marlins Park;

Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi) @ Boston Red Sox (David Price), 1:35 PM EDT, Fenway Park;

Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Tyler Jungmann), 1:40 PM EDT, Miller Park;

Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver) @ Chicago White Sox (John Danks), 2:10 PM EDT, U.S. Cellular Field;

Arizona Diamondbacks (Shelby Miller) @ San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto), 3:45 PM EDT, AT&T Park

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.