Benches clear in Chicago as the Braves and Cubs throw inside

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Benches cleared in the eighth inning of the Braves-Cubs game in Chicago last night. In the runup to it, Kris Bryant was hit twice by the Braves’ Lucas Harrell and Anthony Rizzo was hit once, by Braves pitcher Hunter Cervenka. Then, in the eighth, Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon threw inside to Jeff Francoeur. He didn’t hit Francoeur, but it prompted Frenchy to have words with Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. The words got heated and the benches cleared. No one was ejected and no punches were thrown.

You can watch the eighth inning incident here. The best part is the commentary from the Braves announcers, particularly Paul Byrd, the color man. He plays the homer to the hilt, blaming the Cubs for not getting out of the way of the three pitches that hit their batters and making a comment about Contreras being a rookie, implying that a veteran like Francoeur can say anything he wants to him and he just has to shut up and take it. As if Francoeur doesn’t swing at pitches farther outside the strike zone than the one that Rondon delivered to him on the regular. I sort of hope Contreras mentioned that, actually. That would be wild.

I didn’t watch the game and don’t know what happened with the Rizzo and Bryant plunkings — I’m going to assume they weren’t malicious incidents and that it was just the regular stuff of pitchers and batters competing for the inside of the plate — but Byrd’s homer/pro-veteran stuff is making me roll my eyes so hard into the back of my head that I think I pinched my optic nerve.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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