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The Giants win, but two key players suffer injuries in the process

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The Giants actually winning a close game rather than blowing it in the ninth is news. Good news for them. But there was some bad news along the way as starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and shortstop Brandon Crawford each went down with injuries.

Cueto left last night’s start against the Dodgers in the sixth inning with a left groin strain. He seemed optimistic after the game, but he’ll have an MRI today in order to see if there’s cause for worry. He’s scheduled to start on Sunday and would have one more start after that before the season ends if he doesn’t have to miss time.

Less uncertainty surrounds Crawford, who dislocated left pinkie finger while sliding into third base. Crawford is considered day-to-day, but Bruce Bochy said last night that he’ll get a couple of days off, most likely.

The Giants have 11 games left and are tied with the Cardinals and Mets for the two Wild Card slots in the National League.

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.”