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J.D. Martinez hits 16th home run in September, tying NL record

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Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez hit yet another home run in Wednesday’s 4-3 walk-off win against the Giants. His solo shot came in the bottom of the ninth inning with the D-Backs trailing 3-1 against Sam Dyson.

It’s the 16th home run Martinez hit in the month of September, tying the National League record held by Ralph Kiner (1949, Pirates). If Martinez hits another home run before the end of the month, he’ll match the major league record held by Albert Belle (1995, Indians) and Babe Ruth (1927, Yankees).

Since joining the Diamondbacks from the Tigers, Martinez is batting .306/.372/.761 with 29 home runs, 65 RBI, and 47 runs scored in 247 plate appearances across 59 games.

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.