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Video: Relief pitcher Travis Wood hits first postseason HR in NLDS

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It didn’t take long for Travis Wood to get comfortable at the plate. The left-hander slotted in for Game 2 starter Kyle Hendricks, who was forced to leave in the fourth inning after taking a line drive off of his right forearm.

Wood closed the fourth inning with a six-pitch strikeout to Conor Gillaspie, then did some damage of his own against Giants’ right-handed reliever George Kontos:

In case you were wondering, that was a first-pitch cutter that left the yard at approximately 101 m.p.h., according to Statcast. It was also Wood’s first postseason home run, and the tenth he’s hit in the majors so far.

Per Twitter reports from MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, among others, Wood was listed with Kerry Wood and Rick Sutcliffe as the only Cubs’ hurlers to homer in the playoffs, and the first to do so since 2003. Even more impressive: Travis Wood is just the second relief pitcher to hit one out in the postseason, preceded by 1924 New York Giants’ right-hander Rosy Ryan (per ESPN’s Jayson Stark).

Wood wasn’t the only Cubs pitcher to knock in a few runs, as Hendricks beat him to it with a 2-RBI base hit in the second inning.

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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