Mike Aviles’ daughters to throw out the first pitch in Cleveland today

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The Indians announced today that the twin 4-year-old daughters of infielder Mike Aviles will throw ceremonial first pitches tonight at Progressive Field before the Yankees-Indians game.

This is notable in that one of the twins, Adriana Aviles — the other is her sister Maiya — was diagnosed with leukemia in May and is being treated at Cleveland Clinic. We’ve noted several instances of how this has impacted Mike Aviles this year and how the Indians, their management and players have been doing a fantastic job in supporting and accommodating them this year.

In late May, Aviles’ teammates shaved their heads in support them. In early June, Tribe owner Paul Dolan did the same thing, letting Aviles shave his head. Last month, when a lot of teams were showing interest in Aviles at the trade deadline, Dolan made it clear that they would not trade Aviles, even if it made sense for the team, because he didn’t want to disrupt the family as Adriana undergoes treatment in Cleveland.

It’ll be a nice scene tonight.

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.”