Slumping A-Rod dropped to 6th in Yankees’ struggling lineup

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NEW YORK (AP) Slumping Alex Rodriguez has been dropped three spots to sixth in the New York Yankees’ batting order.

Looking to spark his struggling lineup, manager Joe Girardi made the move for Sunday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners as New York tried to stop a four-game losing streak.

The 40-year-old Rodriguez is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. A season after hitting 33 home runs, A-Rod is batting .100 (3 for 30) with one homer and two RBIs.

He is hardly the only Yankees hitter in a funk at the plate. New York was 0 for 24 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of the series, and 3 for 46 in those situations in its last five games overall.

Carlos Beltran, off to an excellent start, was moved up two spots to third. Scuffling third baseman Chase Headley was given a day off in favor of rookie Ronald Torreyes.

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.”