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Yankees blast two homers in shutout victory over Mets

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The Mets powered their way to victory in the first game of the interleague Subway Series on Friday, but Saturday it was the Yankees’ turn.

Michael Pineda tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings and Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann each homered as the Yankees blanked the Mets 5-0 his afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Citi Field.

Beltran got the Yankees on the board early with a three-run homer against Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. Impressively, it came off a 100 mph fastball. McCann added a two-run shot in the sixth inning to stretch the lead.

The Mets’ biggest threat came in the bottom of the sixth inning after they got two on against Pineda with no outs. However, Pineda struck out Yoenis Cespedes swinging before Yankees manager Joe Girardi turned to left-hander Justin Wilson. Wilson walked Daniel Murphy to load the bases, but he bounced back to strike out David Wright and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to escape the jam. Girardi would use five more pitchers — including three in the ninth inning — to finish off the victory. September baseball, everybody.

The series finale will take place tomorrow night. C.C. Sabathia will pitch for the Yankees while Matt Harvey will make his first start since September 8.

The Yankees (81-66) have a 4 1/2 game lead for the top Wild Card spot and sit four games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East. Meanwhile, the Mets lead the Nationals by 7 1/2 games in the National League East. Their magic number remains at eight.

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.”