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Mitch Moreland exits Game 2 of the ALDS with hamstring tightness

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Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland was forced to make an early departure from Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday. In the seventh inning, Moreland sprinted toward home plate to score on Ian Kinsler‘s RBI double, but appeared to grab at his hamstring and was quickly lifted from the game. After the game, manager Alex Cora revealed that the first baseman had been lifted with hamstring tightness, though the injury doesn’t appear severe enough to force Moreland to sit out the rest of the series.

Moreland, 33, has dealt with his share of leg issues over the last year as he was sidelined for nearly six weeks with a left knee contusion. Despite missing a chunk of playing time to a lengthy recovery process, he finished the regular season with a respectable .245/.325/.433 batting line, 15 home runs, and a .758 OPS through 459.

On Saturday, the infielder went 1-for-3 with a base hit prior to his departure in the seventh, after which he was replaced by Steve Pearce to start the eighth inning. As with any other injured player on a postseason roster, Moreland could be swapped out for a replacement player for the remainder of the series (assuming his hamstring injury gets worse over the next few days), but would not be eligible to play in the ALCS should the Red Sox advance that far.

Cardinals-White Sox opener pushed back to Saturday

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CHICAGO — St. Louis’ series opener against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed to Saturday, giving the Cardinals an extra day to recover from a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Cardinals, who haven’t played since July 29, were set to resume their season Friday night in Chicago. But the series opener was pushed back to a straight doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the beginning of an extended stay in the Windy City for the Cards.

There was no word from Major League Baseball on the postponement, but John Mozeliak, the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, confirmed the move in a conference call with reporters. Mozeliak also said the team is going to play doubleheaders on Monday and Wednesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field after the NL Central rivals had a series postponed last weekend.

Two people with direct knowledge of the situation also confirmed the postponement of the series opener against the White Sox. The people spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because MLB had not announced the schedule change.

The Cardinals’ season has been derailed by the coronavirus. Star catcher Yadier Molina and infielder Paul DeJong are among the players who have tested positive.

St. Louis, the defending NL Central champions, has played just five games, winning two. It seems unlikely that it will be able to make up every one of its games that have been postponed during the pandemic-delayed season.

While announcing Sunday night that St. Louis’ series against Pittsburgh had been postponed, MLB said the league and the Cardinals believed it was “prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play.”