Twins outfielder Byron Buxton made a great catch in the bottom of the second inning, robbing Todd Frazier of extra bases in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game. Unfortunately, Buxton banged himself up in the process. He exited in the bottom of the fifth inning with back tightness, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports.
The Twins are trailing the Yankees 7-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. If they’re going to come back, they’ll have to do it without Buxton.
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.