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Marlins-Padres game delayed due to swarm of bees

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Sunday’s series finale between the Marlins and Padres in San Diego went into a bee delay in the bottom of the third inning. Bees began to swarm behind home plate and around the Padres’ dugout on the first base side, as the FOX Sports San Diego broadcast showed:

The Padres called a pest control company to handle the situation. Austin Hedges is not employed by a pest control company but he was ready all the same:

The Marlins scored twice in the second inning on a Jorge Alfaro two-run home run and once in the top of the third on a Garrett Cooper homer to take a 3-0 lead over the Padres behind starter Trevor Richards, opposite Matt Strahm. Despite the lead, I don’t think they’re in any rush to resume play until every last bee is relocated.

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.”