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Padres’, Rockies’ benches clear at Coors Field

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The Padres’ and Rockies’ benches emptied in the bottom of the third inning at Coors Field on Wednesday afternoon after Padres starter Luis Perdomo threw a fastball behind Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado charged the mound and threw a punch at Perdomo before both teams’ players spilled onto the field.

Arenado, Perdomo, Padres catcher A.J. Ellis, Rockies pitcher German Marquez, and Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra were ejected and all are likely looking at suspensions and/or fines.

This all stems from Tuesday night’s game in which Padres outfielder Manuel Margot was hit in the ribs by a fastball. He went on the disabled list Wednesday. In the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s game, Perdomo hit Trevor Story with a 1-1 fastball. In the top of the second, Marquez hit Hunter Renfroe with a 0-1 fastball. And then Perdomo threw at Arenado in the bottom of the third.

There will be plenty more on this story in the coming days.

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.