Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. crushes an eighth-inning home run to tie Game 3

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Manny Machado isn’t the only one who wishes his single off the wall in the sixth had actually been a home run. Down 1-0 with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. crushed a 2-0 pitch from Kenley Jansen to tie the Game 3 of the World Series 1-1:

It’s the first postseason home run to come off Bradley’s bat since Game 4 of the ALCS, and the third he’s hit so far this fall. According to MLB Stat of the Day, all 10 RBI he’s collected in the playoffs have come with two outs — and this was no exception. The Red Sox didn’t seize the opportunity to add to their total, however, as Christian Vazquez pounced on a cutter from Jansen and popped out to second base to end the inning.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are still looking for their first win of the World Series. They took an early lead in the third inning of Game 3 when Joc Pederson collected a solo shot off of Rick Porcello, and appeared to hold the upper hand as Walker Buehler set down seven shutout innings.

MLB, union resume blood testing after pandemic, lockout

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NEW YORK – In the first acknowledgment that MLB and the players’ association resumed blood testing for human growth hormone, the organizations said none of the 1,027 samples taken during the 2022 season tested positive.

HGH testing stopped in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing also was halted during the 99-day lockout that ended in mid-March, and there were supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and additional caution in testing due to coronavirus protocols.

The annual public report is issued by Thomas M. Martin, independent program administrator of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. In an announcement accompanying Thursday’s report, MLB and the union said test processing is moving form the INRS Laboratory in Quebec, Canada, to the UCLA Laboratory in California.

MLB tests for HGH using dried blood spot testing, which was a change that was agreed to during bargaining last winter. There were far fewer samples taken in 2022 compared to 2019, when there were 2,287 samples were collected – none positive.

Beyond HGH testing, 9,011 urine samples were collected in the year ending with the 2022 World Series, up from 8,436 in the previous year but down from 9,332 in 2019. And therapeutic use exemptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder dropped for the ninth straight year, with just 72 exemptions in 2022.

Overall, the league issued six suspensions in 2022 for performance-enhancing substances: three for Boldenone (outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon, all free agents, for 80 games apiece); one each for Clomiphene (Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games), Clostebol (San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games) and Stanozolol (Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejia for 80 games).

There was an additional positive test for the banned stimulant Clobenzorex. A first positive test for a banned stimulant results in follow-up testing with no suspension.