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Dee Gordon hit by pitch on wrist, exits game


Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon was hit on the right wrist by a J.A. Happ pitch in the third inning of Thursday night’s game against the Yankees. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, it “looked like a bad one.”

The Mariners should pass along an update on Gordon’s status shortly. He walked in his first plate appearance and is currently batting .304/.336/.406 with three home runs, 19 RBI, 14 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 151 plate appearances on the season.

Dylan Moore replaced Gordon at second base in Thursday’s game. He would figure to be the short-term fill-in if Gordon needs to go on the injured list. The Mariners could consider calling up prospect Shed Long or J.P. Crawford if needed.

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.