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Video: Reliever Will Smith hits two-run single vs. Phillies

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After the Giants took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning of a back-and-forth game against the Phillies on Sunday night, reliever Will Smith — taking his first major league at-bat — singled to knock in two more insurance runs for good measure. It was as embarrassing for the Phillies as it was cool for Smith and the Giants, who went on to win 9-6.

Mike Yastrzemski and Scooter Gennett both homered for the Giants while Evan Longoria racked up three hits and a pair of RBI. Bryce Harper reached base four times and knocked in two runs for the Phillies, but it wasn’t enough.

The Giants had been slumping prior to their four-game set against the Phillies, having lost six of their previous seven games. But they took three of four games from the Phillies and are now just one game under .500, three and a half games out of the second Wild Card in the National League.

The Phillies, meanwhile, continue to falter. They have lost five of their last six and are just two games above .500, two games out of the second Wild Card.

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.