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And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 7, Royals 3: Chase Headley homered. When I heard that he did I gathered my children close and prepared myself for the meteor or for some great cosmic beast to come and consume us all, for this is End Times stuff. Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer and Starlin Castro added a solo shot. That’s less ominous.

Orioles 7, Tigers 5: Stop me if you heard this one: the Tigers had a big lead, the starter faltered, Brad Ausmus went to his bullpen, some of you changed the channel for a bit or went upstairs to tuck the kids in and then, bam, you look up and the Tigers are losing. The five-spot the O’s put up in the seventh inning was done by virtue of five singles and Jonathan Schoop‘s  tiebreaking two-run triple. Brad Ausmus:

“We had a lead, couldn’t hold it. That’s the story of the game. There’s really not much else to it.”

No, that’s the story of the past half decade or more of Detroit Tigers baseball.

Red Sox 11, Astros 1: In a battle of aces only one ace came in and, um, aced. David Price struck out 12 and allowed only one run in six and two-thirds. Dallas Keuchel, however, was lit up for eight runs on ten hits in six. I’m sure it was all Carlos Gomez‘s fault somehow. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts each drove in three runs. Red Sox’ run totals in the past four games: 14, 13, 13 and 11. That came against the A’s and now the Astros. In other news, the Red Sox have petitioned Rob Manfred to allow them to move to the American League West.

Phillies 7, Braves 4: Cameron Rupp hit a three-run double with two outs in the 10th inning to put the Phillies over. You’re not going to believe this, but Rupp said after the game that his hit came as a result of him “looking for a pitch I could drive.” I can’t believe Pete Mackanin is allowing his players to divulge trade secrets like that. Call this a moral victory for Atlanta as they were down 4-0 in the seventh before coming back to tie it and force extras. In late July everyone probably curls up into the fetal position and lets it end in nine.

Padres 3, Brewers 0: James Shields struck out a nine over seven shutout innings. Melvin Upton Jr. homered, had three hits in all, drove in two and scored twice. San Diego has won three in a row.

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2: Johnny Cueto scattered eight hits over seven innings while striking out nine. Zack Greinke continues to be bafflingly bad, allowing four runs on eight hits in six. He’s 3-3 with a 5.26 ERA on the season.

Cardinals 12, Angels 10: Attack of the Matts. Two homers from Holliday and three RBI from him, Carpenter and Adams. The whole lineup should change their first names to Matt. Like the reverse Ramones or something.

Dodgers 5, Mets 0: Clayton Kershaw isn’t single-handedly keeping the Dodgers afloat, but he almost is. He pushes his record to 5-1 after a monster game in which he struck out 13 in a complete game shutout, lowering his ERA to 1.74. Just a total beast of a man, amused at the notion that people are thinking there is someone else who can wear the title of “best pitcher in baseball” right now.

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.”