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Colby Lewis flirts with perfection, settles for a complete game win

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Rangers starter Colby Lewis flirted with perfection, settled for an attempt to throw a no-hitter, but when the dust settled, he would wind up with a 5-1 win against the Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Great under normal circumstances, but disappointing considering he could’ve made history.

Lewis lost the perfect game when he walked Yonder Alonso with two outs in the eighth inning. Max Muncy ended the no-hit bid with a double to right field, just out of the reach of Nomar Mazara. Coco Crisp followed up shortly thereafter with a one-out double to bring home Muncy, ending the shutout. Lewis induced a pair of fly outs to end the game. All told, in his complete game, Lewis yielded a run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts on 109 pitches.

The Rangers gave Lewis five runs of support. Two came in the seventh on an Ian Desmond opposite field home run and a Prince Fielder RBI fielder’s choice. Three more came in the eighth on a two-run double by Adrian Beltre and an RBI single by Mitch Moreland.

With Thursday’s victory, the Rangers took three of four from the A’s at the O.co Coliseum, improving their first-place record to 42-25. The second-place Mariners won today, so they remain 6.5 games behind.

Lewis was looking to become the first member of the Rangers to throw a no-hitter since Kenny Rogers tossed a perfect game against the California Angels on July 28, 1994. The Athletics again staved off a no-hit bid. They haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since July 13, 1991 when the Orioles’ Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson combined for nine hitless innings. Felix Hernandez remains the most recent author of a perfect game, doing so on August 15, 2012 against the Rays.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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