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Kris Bryant exits game with sprained ankle

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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant suffered an apparent right ankle injury attempting to beat out a ground ball double play in the bottom of the third inning Sunday against the Cardinals. First base was wet from rain, so Bryant’s foot slid across the base, causing the injury. [Update: Per The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, Bryant has a sprained right ankle. X-rays were negative.]

Bryant was 0-for-1 before exiting. Ian Happ took his place at third base. With the regular season nearly complete, Bryant is hitting .282/.382/.521 with 31 home runs, 77 RBI, and 108 runs scored in 634 plate appearances.

The floundering Cubs entered Sunday afternoon’s action on a five-game losing streak, leaving them three games behind the Brewers for the second NL Wild Card.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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