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A ‘few’ Mariners tested positive for COVID-19

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The Phillies, Blue Jays, and Rockies have been among the teams who have had players and staff test positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) recently. You can add the Mariners to the list.

Shannon Drayer of 710 AM KIRO in Seattle reports that Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto said a “few” members of the team tested positive for COVID-19. DiPoto originally said “more than one” player tested positive. Some were asymptomatic.

These stories will become more and more common as players start to congregate with each other. The hope is that the players, coaches, staff, and other personnel adhere to hygiene guidelines to minimize the spread as much as possible.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.