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Bartolo Colon hit a batting practice home run

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The at-bats of Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon have become appointment TV. He’s not particularly skilled at hitting, but sometimes he’ll steal baseballs or his helmet will fly off. To date, Colon has never hit a home run.

Until now. According to Newsday’s Marc Carig, Colon hit a home run during batting practice that took out a tree branch on its way down. Carig asked hitting coach Kevin Long if Colon homered and Long confirmed. There is no known evidence, other than these accounts, so we’ll have to take their word for it.

Colon, 42, re-signed with the Mets on a one-year, $7.25 million deal over the winter. He pitched 194 2/3 innings last season, compiling a 4.16 ERA with a 136/24 K/BB ratio over 194 2/3 innings. During the postseason, he contributed out of the bullpen.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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