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Alcides Escobar named MVP of the ALCS

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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has been named MVP of the American League Championship Series, which the Royals won in six games over the Blue Jays.

Though Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single in Game 6, he had 10 hits — including two doubles and a triple — with five RBI and six runs scored in 23 trips to the plate in the first five games of the ALCS. He hit safely in all six games, ending with a .478 average.

In his biggest game, Escobar managed to rack up four hits, including a triple, while scoring three times as the Royals lost Game 3 by an 11-8 score to the Blue Jays.

During the regular season, Escobar hit .257/.293/.320 with 28 extra-base hits in 662 plate appearances.

Lorenzo Cain earned ALCS MVP honors for the Royals last year, when they eliminated the Orioles in four games.

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.”