Update (8:49 PM ET): Davis lined out again in the sixth inning to break his tie with Vélez. Davis now owns the record for consecutive hitless at-bats for a position player, currently at 47. [Another update: Make that 0-for-48. Davis struck out looking in the seventh.]
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued to struggle at the plate. With a pair of line-outs in his first two at-bats on Monday against the Athletics, Davis tied the record for consecutive hitless at-bats at 46. His streak dates back to September 14 last season.
Eugenio Vélez owned the record as he went hitless in his final nine at-bats of the 2010 season with the Giants, then went hitless in all 37 at-bats with the Dodgers the next year.
Davis, 33, entered Monday’s action with four walks and two RBI as his only positives at the plate. He struck out 13 times in 27 trips to the plate. Yikes.
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.