Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

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The Royals gained another game on the Tigers, thanks to James Shields pitching shutout ball into the ninth. And thanks to a two-base error by Chase Headley which set up the game’s only run. Play the hero one night, the goat the next. Such is the way of the world.

Also gaining ground: the Angels, who won, over the A’s, who lost. Who would’ve thunkback when they traded for Jon Lester that the A’s would be in a six-game hole in the first week of September?

The Brewers gained a game on the Cardinals and finally stopped that losing streak. They also gained a game over Atlanta in the “race” for the second NL Wild Card. Which is in parenthesis quotation marks because it’s mostly a battle involving the least amount of surrender to entropy. On a long enough time scale, all NL Wild Card contenders lose all of their energy and float, inert, through the cosmos.

Your scores:

Royals 1, Yankees 0
Indians 2, White Sox 1
Phillies 9, Nationals 8
Mets 14, Reds 5
Giants 8, Tigers 2
Marlins 11, Braves 3
Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 8
Brewers 6, Cardinals 2
Rays 3, Orioles 0
Rockies 3, Padres 0
Mariners 7, Rangers 5
Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1
Angels 7, Twins 6
Astros 4, Athletics 3
Pirates 3, Cubs 3: SUSPENDED — I am way too lazy too look, but it feels like there have been more suspended games this year than usual. Maybe because, like, three or four of them of them have either happened or been replayed in the past month or so. I dunno.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”