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Lineups for Giants-Cubs NLDS Game 1

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It’s difficult not to feel nervous for any team slated to face the Cubs this October. Craig has a full breakdown of the pitching match-ups for Game 1 of the NLDS over here, just in case you’re wondering whether you should root for the Cubs to break their 108-year curse or cross your fingers for the Giants’ fourth title in six years.

In the meantime, we have the lineups. First pitch is set for 9 PM EDT on FS1.

GIANTS

1. Gorkys Hernandez (L) CF

2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B

3. Buster Posey (R) C

4. Hunter Pence (R) RF

5. Angel Pagan (S) LF

6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

7. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B

8. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B

9. Johnny Cueto (R) RHP

CUBS

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF

2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B

4. Ben Zobrist (S) LF

5. Addison Russell (R) SS

6. Jason Heyward (L) RF

7. Javier Baez (R) 2B

8. David Ross (R) C

9. Jon Lester (L) LHP

MLB and MLBPA announce first set of COVID-19 test results

MLB COVID-19 test results
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On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.

There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.

Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.

Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.