Tempers flared between the Dodgers and Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday afternoon. In the top of the third inning, the Dodgers had runners on second and third base with two outs and Yasmani Grandal at the plate. Giants starter Johnny Cueto threw a first-pitch fastball up and in to Grandal. Catcher Buster Posey couldn’t make the catch, so he left home plate to get the ball. Cueto covered home plate, giving Grandal a convenient opportunity to have a conversation with the right-hander.
Grandal’s at-bat resumed, and he ended up hitting a weak fly ball to shallow center field on the next pitch, ending the inning. As Grandal ran to first base, he had some more words for Cueto. Words were exchanged, and both benches emptied. Nothing happened, and no one was ejected.
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The funniest part of the incident was Clayton Kershaw cutting through the brown-and-orange and blue-and-gray blobs to get to the mound to throw his warm-up pitches.
Wednesday was the series finale. The two sides won’t meet again until the end of July.
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.