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Charlie Blackmon hits for the cycle

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The final day of the regular season schedule had all kinds of drama with the entire seeding for the National League postseason teams undecided. The Dodgers and Rockies were tied for the NL West lead while the Cubs and Brewers were tied for the NL Central lead. The final day also included a cycle. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season.

Blackmon led off the bottom of the first inning against the Nationals with a triple and came around to score on a two-run home run by Nolan Arenado. Blackmon then drilled a two-run homer of his own in the third, singled to lead off the fifth, and completed the cycle with an RBI double in the eighth.

The Rockies went on to defeat the Nationals 12-0. As the Dodgers defeated the Giants 15-0, both end Sunday still tied for the NL West lead. The two clubs will play a tiebreaker, regular season game no. 163, on Monday in L.A.

Blackmon, 32, is now batting .289/.356/.501 with 29 home runs, 70 RBI, 119 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 692 plate appearances. His performance on Monday will count towards his regular season stats.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.