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Reds-Pirates game postponed

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Saturday’s Reds-Pirates game has been officially postponed due to inclement weather, according to announcements from both teams. As right-handers Sonny Gray and Trevor Williams were scheduled to face off in their respective season debuts, they’ll likely see some action on Sunday barring another bout of bad weather. Per MLB.com’s Adam Berry, Pittsburgh hurlers Chris Archer and Jameson Taillon will handle Monday and Wednesday’s home games against the Cardinals, respectively, with Joe Musgrove‘s first start pushed back to an as-yet undetermined date.

The teams will make up the lost game at Great American Ball Park on Monday, May 27 in a Memorial Day doubleheader. It’ll be a brief, action-packed road trip for the Pirates, who will play four games in three days in between two homestands at the end of the month.

The Reds clinched their home opener on Thursday night, taking a 5-3 lead over the Pirates with 5 2/3 frames of one-run, eight-strikeout ball from Opening Day starter Luis Castillo and a pair of home runs from José Peraza and Derek Dietrich.

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.”