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David Ortiz able to sit up, take some steps

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The latest on David Ortiz . . .

Ortiz was able to sit up and take some steps on last night and this morning and is said to be “making good progress toward recovery.”

Ortiz’s wife Tiffany said that in the following statement:

Meanwhile, authorities in the Dominican Republic said they have made a second arrest in the shooting. They have not released the name of the suspect, but it’s reported that the man is thought to be the alleged shooter. The man arrested on Sunday night was the man driving the motorcycle off which the shooter jumped just prior to the incident.

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.