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Blake Snell loses no-hit bid in seventh inning against Nationals

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Update (9:19 PM ET): And it’s over. Anthony Rendon led off the top of the seventh with a double off of the wall in left field, about a foot away from becoming a home run.

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Rays starter Blake Snell has held the Nationals hitless through six innings Monday night at Tropicana Field. The young lefty has limited the opposition to a pair of walks while striking out 10 on 80 pitches.

The Rays’ offense has provided plenty of run support, scoring 10 runs through six frames. They hung a six-spot in the second inning, capped off with a Kevin Kiermaier grand slam. Kiermaier drew a bases-loaded walk in the third. Wilson Ramos added a solo homer in the fourth, then hit a two-run homer in the sixth.

Snell, 25, entered Monday’s contest with a 9-4 record, a 2.48 ERA, and a 103/36 K/BB ratio across 94 1/3 innings. If he is able to hold the Nationals hitless through the final three innings, he’ll become the first Rays pitcher to toss a no-hitter since Matt Garza on July 26, 2010 against the Tigers, which is also the only no-hitter in Rays history. The Nationals haven’t been no-hit since becoming the Nationals and moving to D.C. The Expos, however, were victims of a perfect game from the Yankees’ David Cone on July 18, 1999.

We’ll keep you updated as Snell attempts to navigate his way through the Nationals’ lineup the rest of the way.

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.”