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Pirates defeat Indians 9-4 for 11th consecutive win

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The Pirates stayed red-hot on Tuesday, taking down the Indians 9-4 to earn their 11th consecutive victory. Joe Musgrove got the start, limiting the Tribe to two runs over seven innings. Steven Bault and Edgar Santana each gave up a run in an inning of relief after Musgrove exited, but it didn’t prove to be an impediment.

On the offensive side of things, Starling Marte opened up the scoring in the first with a two-run homer. The Pirates tacked on five more runs in the second inning thanks to a two-run triple by Corey Dickerson, an RBI single from Marte, and a two-run homer from Gregory Polanco. Josh Bell added a two-run homer in the fifth to run the Pirates’ run total to nine.

It wasn’t all good news for the Buccos, however, as Dickerson had to exit the game before the bottom of the fourth with left hamstring discomfort. He apparently aggravated something running to first base on a ground out to start the top half of the fourth. Dickerson has been among the Pirates’ best players this season, batting .318/.351/.517 with 11 home runs, 44 RBI, and 50 runs scored in 367 plate appearances. Dickerson will undergo more testing and more should be known about his condition on Wednesday.

The Pirates have one more game against the Indians before heading home for a nine-game homestand with the Mets, Cubs, and Cardinals. They’re very much in the thick of things despite being in third place, as they currently trail the Cubs by 6.5 games, and they’re 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the National League.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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