Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres opened the scoring in the second inning of ALDS Game 3 against the Twins with his team eyeing a sweep. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi threw a cutter that didn’t cut. Torres smacked it just barely over the fence in left-center field to put the Yankees up 1-0.
Torres, 22, entered the night batting .250 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 24 postseason at-bats. He had a terrific sophomore season, batting .278/.337/.535 with 38 homers and 90 RBI in 604 trips to the plate. Torres became the first Yankee second baseman with a 35+ homer season (min. 45% of games played at second base) since Alfonso Soriano in 2003 (38) and ’02 (39).
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.