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Hanley Ramirez exits game after being hit by pitch

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Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez left Thursday night’s game against the Yankees after he was hit on the hand by a Sonny Gray fastball in the bottom of the first inning. Given the drama that unfolded on Wednesday, home plate umpire Chris Guccione issued warnings to both teams. Mitch Moreland pinch-ran for Ramirez and stayed in the game to play first base.

For what it’s worth, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe said, “Gray’s reaction was not one of somebody who intended to do that.”

Ramirez has gotten off to a good start, batting .357/.404/.548 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 47 plate appearances entering Thursday’s action. With the hot-hitting Xander Bogaerts on the disabled list, the Red Sox would be quite short-handed if Ramirez were to need to take some time off to mend his injury.

Ramirez will undergo evaluation and the Red Sox should pass along an update later tonight. (Update: X-rays negative, per Abraham.)

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.”