World Series Reset: The Royals look to pick themselves up off the mat



The Game: World Series Game 2. San Francisco Giants lead Kansas City Royals 1-0
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura
The Upshot: Well, that was certainly ugly for the Royals last night. For the Giants, it was shades of 2012, when they jumped all over Justin Verlander en route to their sweep of the Tigers. To avoid that fate the Royals need a big game from Yordano Ventura. They also need to buck recent history: In the past 17 World Series, 15 Game 1 winners have gone on to win the thing. Only the 2002 Angels and 2009 Yankees overcame a Game 1 loss in that time to come back and win.  Overall it’s not quite as dire — in the previous 108 World Series, 63 percent of Game 1 winners went on to win the title — but it’s certainly not the start the Royals wanted.

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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.”