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Settling the Scores: Tueday’s results

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166 runs were scored across Major League Baseball on Tuesday night, an average of 5.5 runs per team. We noted on Monday that offense, mostly because of home runs, is up again this season, but teams are still averaging under 4.5 runs per game, so Tuesday’s offense was quite the outlier.

The Athletics and Giants were the big contributors, combining for 24 runs in a 13-11 victory for the visiting A’s. Unsurprisingly, a game at Coors Field also featured high octane offenses with the Blue Jays pulling out a 14-9 win over the Rockies. The first place Orioles’ offense remained red hot, beating the Padres 11-7 for their sixth consecutive win and their seventh consecutive game scoring five or more runs.

The focus on Tuesday night wasn’t supposed to be on the bats, however. Lucas Giolito made his major league debut against the Mets, but it was sadly cut short by rain. He tossed four shutout innings, allowing just one hit — a bloop single to Curtis Granderson to lead off the game — and two walks with one strikeout. The Nats’ bullpen held the fort the rest of the way for a 5-0 shutout win. Expect Giolito to make his second big league start this weekend against the Reds.

Click here for all of Tuesday’s box scores.

Rangers 7, Yankees 1
Nationals 5, Mets 0
Red Sox 8, Rays 2
Cubs 7, Reds 2 (15 innings)
Twins 4, White Sox 0
Dodgers 6, Brewers 5
Astros 7, Angels 1
Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 3
Tigers 7, Marlins 5
Indians 5, Braves 3
Cardinals 8, Royals 4
Blue Jays 14, Rockies 9
Mariners 5, Pirates 2
Orioles 11, Padres 7
Athletics 13, Giants 11

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.”