The Blue Jays and Indians played a wild one on Thursday afternoon, taking a 9-9 game into extra innings. Four of the Indians’ runs came on two home runs from shortstop Francisco Lindor, who accomplished the feat of homering from both sides of the plate.
Lindor’s first homer was a go-ahead three-run shot from the right side to the opposite field off of Jaime Garcia in the fourth inning.
Lindor’s second homer, a solo shot, came from the left side off of Ryan Tepera in the bottom of the eighth.
Lindor is the first player to homer from both sides of the plate since teammate Jose Ramirez accomplished the feat on September 3 last year. It happened 10 times last year. Six were done by Indians batters: Lindor, Jose Ramirez (three times), and Carlos Santana (twice).
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.