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Orioles drop Ubaldo Jimenez from the starting rotation

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Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was told on Tuesday that he has been moved to the bullpen, per MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli. Yovani Gallardo is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend to start against the Blue Jays, so he’ll simply take Jimenez’s spot in the rotation.

Jimenez was only able to get one out in his most recent start against the Blue Jays, ultimately serving up five runs on six hits. He owns an MLB-worst 6.89 ERA with a 53/35 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings on the season.

Gallardo wasn’t much better before landing on the disabled list. In four April starts, he gave up 14 runs on 23 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 18 innings.

Despite mediocre starting pitching, the Orioles enter play Tuesday tied with the Red Sox at 36-26 for first place in the AL East.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.