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Diamondbacks, Phillies set new MLB record with 13 combined homers

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The Diamondbacks’ back-to-back-to-back home runs to open Monday night’s game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank park was certainly a harbinger of things to come. The two clubs combined to hit 13 home runs, a new major league record. The previous record of 12 homers was held by the Tigers and White Sox (May 28, 1995) and by the White Sox and Tigers (July 2, 2002).

Along with the three consecutive home runs from Jarrod Dyson, Ketel Marte, and David Peralta, the D-Backs also benefited from two-run homers in the fourth inning by Eduardo Escobar and Alex Avila. Escobar hit another two-run shot in the fifth, and Ildemaro Vargas hit a solo dinger. Vargas went yard with Escobar on base in the ninth for good measure.

On the Phillies’ side, Jean Segura lifted a solo home rin the first. Scott Kingery went yard with the bases empty in the fourth and added another solo shot in the eighth. Rhys Hoskins and Jay Bruce each hit solo homers in the ninth. The Phillies ultimately lost 13-8.

Major League Baseball set a new record in 2017 when teams combined for 6,105 homers, obliterating the previous record of 5,693 hit in 2000. Entering Monday’s action, the league was averaging 1.34 home runs per game, by far the highest rate in baseball history. 2017, the current record, saw 1.26 home runs per game. Over the 185,295 plate appearances 2017 saw, the current pace entering Monday would yield 6,504 homers.

The Diamondbacks-Phillies game wasn’t the only high-offense game on Monday. The Pirates and Braves combined for seven homers. The Cubs and Rockies have combined for six homers, including a 483-foot blast by Ian Desmond — the longest homer of the 2019 season to date.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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