Indians second baseman Jose Ramirez became the 13th player ever to accrue five extra-base hits in one game, helping the Tribe beat the Tigers 10-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Indians have now won 11 consecutive games.
Ramirez kicked things off by drilling a solo home run off of Chad Bell in the first inning, though he had some help. He doubled to lead off the third and later scored. He doubled again in the fifth but was stranded on third base. Ramirez smacked a two-run home run in the sixth off of Zac Reininger. He made it five extra-base hits in the eighth when he led off with his third double. Giovanny Urshela pinch-ran for him, ending his afternoon.
According to Baseball Reference, the nine other players to accrue five-plus extra-base hits in one game dating back to 1913 are:
- Kris Bryant (Cubs): June 27, 2016 vs. Reds
- Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Red Sox): August 15, 2015 vs. Mariners
- Josh Hamilton (Rangers): May 8, 2012 vs. Orioles
- Kelly Shoppach (Indians): July 30, 2008 vs. Tigers
- Shawn Green (Dodgers): May 23, 2002 vs. Brewers
- Steve Garvey (Dodgers): August 28, 1977 vs. Cardinals
- Willie Stargell (Pirates): August 1, 1970 vs. Braves
- Joe Adcock (Milwaukee Braves): July 31, 1954 vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
- Lou Boudreau (Indians): July 14, 1946 vs. Red Sox
After Sunday’s performance, Ramirez is hitting .310/.362/.554 with 22 home runs, 66 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 558 plate appearances.
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.