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Yordano Ventura, Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper jaw at each other


Yordano Ventura has been in the middle of a handful of conflicts this year, and that certainly didn’t earn him the benefit of the doubt when MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reported that the Royals’ right-hander got into it with Jays first base coach Tim Leiper during ALCS Game 6.

However, the FOX broadcast showed Leiper jawing at Ventura first (presumably), then making a gesture for the pitcher to zip his lips. ESPN’s Buster Olney noted that an unnamed scout told him his team’s strategy was to put Ventura on tilt. That may have been what Leiper was aiming to do.

Ventura exited with one out in the sixth inning after allowing a double to Edwin Encarnacion. Reliever Kelvin Herrera entered and saw his way out of the frame with a strikeout of Chris Colabello and a fly out from Troy Tulowitzki.

The Royals currently hold a 2-1 lead, so they’re just three innings away from advancing to the World Series if they hang on.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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