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Beer cans fly in Toronto as Rangers score on live ball deflection

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We just had an odd and ugly scene in the top of the seventh inning of this decisive ALDS Game 5 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

With the game tied at 2-2, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor hit a leadoff single against Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez and made it to third base after a Chris Gimenez sacrifice and a Delino DeShields groundout. Odor then raced home when a return throw from Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin struck the bat handle of Shin-Soo Choo, who was hitting at the time with two outs on the board.

Home plate umpire Dale Scott waved the play dead before Odor crossed the plate for the go-ahead run — you could hear Scott shouting “no, no, no” on the replay — but the ball remained alive and in play and the umps (correctly) awarded the tally after a short conference.

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The rule that covers this would seem to be Rule 3.15, which handles unintentional interference. It states:
In case of unintentional interference with play by any person herein authorized to be on the playing field (except members of the offensive team participating in the game, or a coach in the coach’s box, or an umpire) the ball is alive and in play. If the interference is intentional, the ball shall be dead at the moment of the interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference.

The awarding of that run set Rogers Centre into a frenzy, with half-full beer cans being launched onto the turf from the upper deck. Some of those cans landed on fans in the lower bowl, including some young children.

The umps did a rule check with New York and the run did stand. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons promptly issued an official protest. We’ve got a wild one.

Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19, suffering from a high fever

Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19
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Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19. Really sick. According to his manager, Brian Snitker, Freeman is “not feeling great.” His wife paints a darker picture than that.

Freeman’s wife posted on Instagram that Freeman has “body aches, headaches, chills and a high fever.” She said “He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks,” she said. “We’ve been really strict for the last 4 months,” she wrote. “Haven’t gone to a grocery store, haven’t gone out to dinner once, haven’t seen our friends … and still got it.” She added, “Please take this virus seriously, wear a mask when in public and wash you hands frequently.”

Freeman is not the only Braves player felled by the virus: teammates Will Smith, Touki Toussaint, and Pete Kozma, tested positive for COVID-19 this past week as well.

Freeman, 30, is a four-time All-Star who set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season to help Atlanta win its second straight NL East title. He also won the Silver Slugger Award. Given that he is sick and symptomatic now, it’s likely that he will not be ready to begin the truncated 2020 season as scheduled.

 

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Most of you might know by now… Freddie tested positive for Covid-19 last night. He has had body aches, headaches, chills and a high fever since Thursday. He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks. We’ve been really strict for the last 4 months. Haven’t gone to a grocery store, haven’t gone out to dinner once, haven’t seen our friends and only allowed family at our house and we still got it. So far, Charlie, Carol and I are ok. We appreciate all the messages and prayers, please keep them coming for healing and protection for the rest of our family. 🗣Please take this virus seriously, wear a mask when in public and wash you hands frequently.

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