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Russell Martin becomes fourth player to homer for four different teams in the playoffs

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Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin hit one of two home runs in the bottom of the first game of ALDS Game 3 on Sunday evening, helping stake the Blue Jays to a 3-1 lead. Though Martin had played 11 games in the playoffs prior to Sunday, he had yet to homer.

As ESPN Stats & Info notes, Martin’s home run made him the fourth player to homer with four different teams in the postseason. The others are John Olerud (Blue Jays, Mets, Mariners, Yankees), Ron Gant (Braves, Reds, Cardinals, Athletics), and Reggie Sanders (Reds, Diamondbacks, Giants, Cardinals). Martin has done it for the Dodgers, Yankees, Pirates, and Blue Jays.

Martin was hitless with a pair of walks in 13 plate appearances this postseason entering Sunday’s action.

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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