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Chris Sale runs scoreless streak up to 16 innings

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White Sox lefty Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s start against the Angels having tossed a complete game two-hitter versus the Rays last Friday. He was nearly as dominant, holding the Halos to an unearned run on two hits while walking none and striking out three in seven innings. He’s put up 16 consecutive scoreless innings now, leaving him with a minuscule 1.80 ERA.

One wonders if this might be the year Sale finally wins a Cy Young Award. The 27-year-old has been a top-five finisher in each of the past three seasons, including a third-place finish in 2014. This past season, despite posting elite strikeout and walk rates, Sale compiled an uncharacteristically high — for him — 3.41 ERA.

Funnily enough, Sale doesn’t even have the best numbers on his own pitching staff right now. Mat Latos, who signed with the White Sox on a one-year, $3 million deal in February, has a 0.49 ERA over his first three starts. Though unlike Sale, Latos doesn’t have the strikeout and walk rates — the best predictors of future performance — to back it up.

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.”