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Athletics’ batting practice canceled due to bees

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Bees continue to wreak havoc in Major League Baseball. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics’ batting practice on Thursday in Anaheim was canceled due to a swarm of bees. The A’s wrap up a road series against the Angels tonight.

This is at least the third bee-related incident in baseball this year. The start of the Giants-Reds game in Cincinnati was delayed 18 minutes on May 6 and the Marlins-Padres game in San Diego on Sunday was delayed as well.

The A’s banged out nine runs in a walk-off loss to the Angels on Wednesday so they may not need the batting practice. The club, however, has lost six of its last seven games.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.

After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.

Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.

The full statement:

Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.

We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.

We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.

Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.