Twins slugger Joe Mauer made history on Friday night after slashing a two-out single against the Athletics’ Sean Manaea in the fifth inning. The ball rolled into left field to mark Mauer’s 2,086th career hit, good for second-most in franchise history.
The 35-year-old first baseman/DH accomplished the feat in a 15-year span with the Twins, eclipsing the 2,085 hits Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew collected with the club during the first 12 seasons of his career. Carew eventually polished off a 19-year track in the majors after scooting just beyond the 3,000-hit mark, with 3,053 knocks to his name. Mauer still needs another 219 hits to take first place from Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, whose 2,304 hits have yet to be bested by any franchise player so far.
While Mauer’s fifth-inning single broke an important record, it wasn’t quite enough to narrow the team’s one-run deficit. Manaea induced a fly out from Logan Forsythe to bring the inning to a close, and the A’s advanced to a four-run lead following Matt Chapman‘s three-RBI blast off of Oliver Drake. The Twins currently trail 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth.
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.”