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Confusion over a balk call eventually led to Mark McGwire managing the Padres


Update (11:37 PM EST): There was more controversy in the top of the fourth when catcher Derek Norris appeared to tag Gregory Polanco on the leg on a play at the plate, but Carlson called him safe. McGwire challenged the ruling and the play was overturned upon review.


Petco Park was home to some craziness over a balk call. Here’s what happened:

In the top of the third inning, home plate umpire Mark Carlson called a balk on Padres starter Colin Rea, allowing Andrew McCutchen to score. The umpires then got together and conferred and said there was no balk. That caused Pirates manager Clint Hurdle to come out for clarification. Initially, the umpires wouldn’t budge on overturning the call and Hurdle returned to the dugout. But as the Pirates’ broadcasters noted, their videographer told Hurdle he was right, and he came back out. The umpires — after some more conversation — overturned their overturning of the balk call, upholding the initial balk call. Padres manager Andy Green came out, got angry, and got ejected. As a result, Padres bench coach Mark McGwire became the acting manager.

Here’s the video.

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.”