There was a Steve Bartman-esque situation in Sunday’s Rangers-Angels game

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Thankfully, it was just a regular season game in April, but the ghost of Steve Bartman was present at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus fouled off a 2-2 Mike Morin fastball, sending it towards the stands down the right field line. Right fielder Kole Calhoun dashed after it and appeared to have an opportunity to make a play on it, but the ball found a fan’s glove first.

First base umpire Jim Reynolds initially ruled that it was simply a foul ball. Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out to Reynolds to challenge the ruling. Upon replay review, the umpires reversed the ruling, calling Andrus out. Rangers manager Jeff Banister was none too pleased and was immediately ejected for arguing the call.

Here’s video of the play:

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Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: