Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Major League Baseball has hit its next coronavirus hiccup, though so far this one hasn’t run as deep as the ones that affected over half the Miami Marlins roster or put the St. Louis Cardinals out of action for two weeks.
This time the team in question is the Cincinnati Reds, who had one player test positive after Friday’s game, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Further tests yielded no more positives, reports insider Jon Heyman, but still their Saturday and Sunday games against the Pittsburgh Pirates were postponed, with Monday appearing to be out as well per Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette.
Will this episode stop at one Reds player infected and then a quick return to action for the team, or will it spiral into a larger outbreak like happened to the Marlins and Cardinals? We’ll find out soon.
There’s room for hope, though. The Cleveland Indians showed how seriously they’re taking things by optioning two star pitchers back to their alternate training camp. Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac were caught breaking protocol to leave the team hotel one night, and the Indians aren’t taking it lightly even though that pair represent two of their better players.
In the meantime, all 18 Marlins players who tested positive are cleared and back in camp working out, reports Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. The Cardinals played three games over the weekend, their first since July 29, and won two of three against the Chicago White Sox.
We’re past the one-third point of the short 2020 campaign, so baseball only has to hold out for another five weeks or so in order to complete its regular season and get the playoffs going.
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- Hall: A’s place Burch Smith on injured list, recall James Kaprielian
- Hall: 2020 A’s: Year of the Grand Slam
- Hall: A’s prospect watch: Vimael Machin earns first MLB hit
- Friday: Game #20: A’s stun Giants with 9th-inning comeback, win 8-7 in extras
- Saturday: Game #21: A’s get Gott again, come back in 9th for 7-6 win over Giants
- Sunday: Game #22: No comeback needed, A’s sweep Giants with 15-3 rout
MLB News & Interest
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- Norris: MLB Mulls Plan For Teams To Add 15 More Players To Alternate Site ($$$)
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- Adams (roundup): Astros Activate Yordan Alvarez
- Todd (roundup): Rangers Select Juan Nicasio; Greg Bird Elects Free Agency
- Johns: Mariners’ Lail, Odom recalled; Wisdom released
- Hummel: Cardinals coach Willie McGee, concerned about family and health, opts out of season
- Today in Baseball History
Weekend Sweep Highlights
Friday: Win! Five-run 9th-inning comeback, highlighted by Piscotty’s grand slam.
Saturday: Win! Three-run comeback in the 9th, highlighted by Canha’s go-ahead homer.
Sunday: Win! In a 15-3 rout! Also, Kaprielian made his debut out of the bullpen.
Best of A’s Twitter
The last time the Giants had been on the other end of one of these was 1929
Last time #Athletics won after trailing by 5 runs in the 9th inning: July 15, 1952 vs St. Louis Browns.— David Feldman (@dfeldy) August 15, 2020
Eddie Joost hit a walk-off Grand Slam vs Satchel Paige.
Illustration of an epic comeback
... and another the next night!
One True Outcome
Matt Olson with a single.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 16, 2020
That ends his streak of 7 straight hits ALL being home runs.
Modern Era (since 1900) record: 11 straight, by Mark McGwire in 2001 (h/t @EliasSports)
This was Olson's 2nd such streak to be 7 straight. Maybe 3rd time will be the charm to get the record!
That’s Mr. Biscotti to you (click through for full thread)
President Kaval REALLY likes to troll the Giants!
Best of MLB Twitter
At least one MLB team taking this thing seriously
Clevinger and Plesac both drove up to Detroit last night individually with their gear. The club hadn't yet made a decision on what the next step would be.— Ryan Lewis (@ByRyanLewis) August 14, 2020
Today, Antonetti, Francona and the Indians opted to option both to the alternate site.
Hopefully a team gives Cotton another chance!
RHP Jason Adam promoted from South Bend alternate site. RHP Jharel Cotton designated for assignment. Kyle Hendricks will start Game 1 Monday vs. STL, Game 2 starter TBD.— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) August 16, 2020
SCHROCK N ROLL!!!
... and another former Baby A!
Another member of the A's 2012 draft class makes the big leagues. https://t.co/6dOloDiBQ6— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) August 14, 2020
... and yet ANOTHER!
The Angels and Mariners are a combined 14-31, so the acronym works on an extra level