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Elephant Rumblings: St. Louis Cardinals back on hiatus after new positive coronavirus tests

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MLB: JUL 26 Pirates at Cardinals

Good morning, Athletics Nation!

The Oakland A’s had a wild weekend. On the bright side they swept the Houston Astros, who are currently illustrating the dangers of starting off a short season in a slump — the defending AL champ Astros are now in third place more than a quarter of the way into the campaign.

However, Oakland’s good feelings were brought down at least slightly by a brawl at the end of the finale. Ramon Laureano got hit by his second pitch of the game and third of the series and wasn’t happy about it, and Houston COACH Alex Cintron aggressively egged him into charging the DUGOUT. Click here for all the details, as we await news of who gets suspended and for how long.

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Looking around the rest of the league, MLB is not quite done dealing with its first round of coronavirus outbreak. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, who had both received numerous positive tests, were cleared to return to action last week. However, the Cardinals never played a game, as further new cases emerged and they were postponed once more. They missed a weekend series against the Cubs, and will take a rain check for this week’s upcoming three games against the Pirates from Mon-Wed, reports insider Jon Heyman.

The Cards last played July 29, and have now missed 15 games including the next three days. That’s an entire quarter of the schedule. The A’s have played 16 games so far.

Three St. Louis players are confirmed to have newly tested positive, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: relief pitcher Ryan Helsley, and outfielders Austin Dean and Lane Thomas, plus at least one more unidentified staff member. SB Nation Cardinals site Viva El Birdos has some thoughts on their team’s situation.

This is an unfortunate development, both for the club in question and also for the league as a whole. Any amount of virus floating around increases the chance of a larger outbreak that could threaten the season, but for now there is still hope that this is just a minor aftershock and the issue remains effectively contained — especially with teams taking things more seriously, as you can read about below in the MLB News section with the Cleveland Indians and pitcher Zach Plesac.

A’s Coverage

Best of AN

MLB News & Interest

Weekend’s SWEEP Highlights

Friday: Win! On a walk-off by Semien.

Saturday: Win! Montas was brilliant and Semien and Chapman homered.

Sunday: Win! By Luzardo! The Matts homered, but Laureano was ejected and will surely be suspended.

Best of A’s Twitter

“He’s so good that I could see myself using him for 150 pitches a night because why would you ever pull someone that good?” - also probably Dusty

A drop of normalcy

Good news on the injury front!

Would love to see him stick around long enough to rise up this list

There’s always a new record to be set in baseball!

Former Athletics pitcher Blackley often speaks in support of his old team

I’m not sorry

Best of MLB Twitter

LOL Astros (and they lost again the next day to fall into third place)

Update: Renato Nunez panned out after all!

A peek at sports outside baseball

Yikes

Former A’s coach

Well now that’s an interesting pitch selection