Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Tuesday was a slow news day in baseball, but maybe that’s not so bad right now. It seems like every day in 2020 (both in MLB and the world overall) brings some kind of enormous development or scandal or imminent concern, and it gets exhausting after a while. We could all use a break sometimes.
Oakland A’s fans got that respite in our own right, as the A’s got shellacked in a 10-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game was over by the 2nd inning and around 4:00, and there was nothing long-term worrisome to dwell on about it, so the best move was to pretend it had actually been an off-day and take a walk or something (lol, just kidding it was 104 degrees outside also). They’ll do better today — like mathematically speaking, they almost have to.
Looking around the rest of the league, the Cincinnati Reds had a more literal off-day on Tuesday. They sat out last weekend after one player tested positive for coronavirus, but so far it’s an isolated case and all other results for the team have come back negative. Even still, the league is growing more cautious about the virus and potential outbreaks, after experience gained in the Marlins and Cardinals situations, and they decided to cautiously wait one more day before getting the Reds back in action. Cincy will play a doubleheader today (against the Royals) to make up for missing yesterday, reports insider Jon Heyman.
The Reds aren’t out of the woods yet, though. The incubation period of the virus can vary in length, and it’s possible that someone exposed to the player who tested positive may not themselves test positive for up to a week or two. But for now, so far so good.
Stay safe and heathy, everyone!
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- Game #24: A’s lose 10-1 in Frankie Montas’ return
MLB News & Interest
Yesterday’s Game Highlights
Tuesday: Loss! By a lot. Enjoy some dot racing instead.
Best of Twitter
Montas said no lingering upper back/neck discomfort. Melvin: "I think it was probably a product of not pitching in a while. The velo was good, he felt good, just wasn’t all there together for him command wise." #Athletics— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) August 19, 2020
Update on the Beloit Snappers-Or-Maybe-Another-Name
Wondering how ballpark construction is going? Wonder no longer!— Beloit Snappers (@BeloitSnappers) August 18, 2020
You can check out the progress at all hours of the day and night! https://t.co/jeaezvrj5X
Read more: https://t.co/1pQKCEd066 pic.twitter.com/yblgOyQCMQ
Hate the Astros all you want, but you’ve gotta love Greinke (who also wasn’t on the team when they cheated, for what it’s worth)
Did....Did Grienke just tell McMahon "nice take" after that pitch? pic.twitter.com/x2KulNIW36— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) August 18, 2020