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First round of 2019 All-Star Game finalists has been revealed

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While the final All-Star Game rosters won’t be locked in for several more weeks, we’re starting to get an idea of the players who will be in the running for the starting lineups. On Friday, MLB Network revealed the top three picks at each position, with pitchers and reserve players to be announced on Sunday at 5:30 PM EDT.

American League Finalists

C – Robinson Chirinos (Astros), Gary Sánchez (Yankees), James McCann (White Sox)

1B – Luke Voit (Yankees), C.J. Cron (Twins), Carlos Santana (Indians)

2B – DJ LeMahieu (Yankees), José Altuve (Astros), Tommy La Stella (Angels)

3B – Hunter Dozier (Royals), Alex Bregman (Astros), Gio Urshela (Yankees)

SS – Gleyber Torres (Yankees), Carlos Correa (Astros), Jorge Polanco (Twins)

OF – Mookie Betts (Red Sox), George Springer (Astros), Mike Trout (Angels)

OF – Michael Brantley (Astros), Aaron Judge (Yankees), Austin Meadows (Rays)

OF – Josh Reddick (Astros), Eddie Rosario (Twins), Joey Gallo (Rangers)

DH – Hunter Pence (Rangers), Nelson Cruz (Twins), J.D. Martinez (Red Sox)

Unsurprisingly, the Astros lead the pack with seven finalists — one in every category but first base and DH. The Yankees are a close second with six, while the Twins pulled four nominations, the Angels, Rangers, and Red Sox two each, and the White Sox, Indians, Royals, and Rays managed one apiece.

National League Finalists

C – Willson Contreras (Cubs), Brian McCann (Braves), Yasmani Grandal (Brewers)

1B – Josh Bell (Pirates), Anthony Rizzo (Cubs), Freddie Freeman (Braves)

2B – Mike Moustakas (Brewers), Ozzie Albies (Braves), Ketel Marte (Diamondbacks)

3B – Nolan Arenado (Rockies), Kris Bryant (Cubs), Josh Donaldson (Braves)

SS – Javier Báez (Cubs), Dansby Swanson (Braves), Trevor Story (Rockies)

OF – Cody Bellinger (Dodgers), Christian Yelich (Brewers), Ronald Acuña (Braves)

OF – Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs), Jason Heyward (Cubs), Nick Markakis (Braves)

OF – Joc Pederson (Dodgers), Kyle Schwarber (Cubs), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)

The Braves and Cubs are tied with seven finalists each, followed by the Rockies and Brewers (3), Dodgers (2), and Pirates and Diamondbacks (1).

Finalists will be selected at each position when the next round of voting opens up on Wednesday, June 26, and the results are scheduled to be announced on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM EDT. The Midsummer Classic will be managed by the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts and Red Sox’ Alex Cora and is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

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.”