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Blue Jays hang on to win Game 3 of ALCS against Royals

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After dropping the first two games of the ALCS to the Royals, the Blue Jays were hoping that their power would show up with their return home to Rogers Centre. Fortunately for them, it did.

Behind three homers, the Blue Jays hung on for an 11-8 victory in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night. The Royals grabbed a 1-0 lead against Marcus Stroman two batters into the game, but the Blue Jays plated three runs against Johnny Cueto in the second inning before exploding for six in the third. Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson both homered in the frame.

Cueto ended up being charged with eight runs over two-plus innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first pitcher in postseason history to allow at least eight runs and 11 baserunners in two or fewer innings pitched.

Stroman wasn’t at his best and was hit pretty hard at times, allowing four runs on 11 hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out just one batter and had just three swings and misses all night. However, it was good enough with Toronto’s offense rolling.

After his communication error with Jose Bautista proved critical in the Game 2 loss, Ryan Goins made up for it at the plate in Game 3. He delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the second inning before adding a solo homer in the fifth.

The Blue Jays carried an 11-4 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but things got interesting after the Royals chipped away with a sacrifice fly by Lorenzo Cain and an RBI single from Eric Hosmer. Liam Hendriks was then replaced by Roberto Osuna, who gave up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales. However, Osuna bounced back to retire Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez to end it.

Things would have looked pretty bleak for the Blue Jays with a loss tonight, but we suddenly have ourselves a series again. Game 4 will take place Tuesday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. ET. R.A. Dickey will attempt to even things up for Toronto while Chris Young will get the ball for Kansas City.

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.”