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Juan Soto becomes youngest player since Andruw Jones with multi-homer game

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Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with a walk, two homers, and four RBI in Wednesday night’s 5-4 win over the Yankees. As MLB.com’s Jamal Collier notes, Soto (19 years, 231 days) is the youngest player to have a multi-homer game since the Braves’ Andruw Jones (19 years, 121 days) hit a pair of homers in a 3-2, 13-inning loss against the Reds on August 22, 1996.

Here are videos of Soto’s blasts. The first one was a three-run shot that barely went over the fence in left field at Yankee Stadium, giving the Nationals a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth. The second was a no-doubt solo shot to right-center that broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh.

After Wednesday’s performance, Soto is batting an outstanding .344/.447/.641 with five home runs, 12 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 76 plate appearances.

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.