Pi­rates-Cards set post­poned

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The three-game se­ries be­tween the Pi­rates and Car­di­nals that was set to be­gin Mon­day in St. Louis was post­poned while the Car­di­nals con­tinue to deal with a COVID-19 out­break.

Ma­jor League Base­ball now has post­poned 27 games be­cause of coro­n­avirus con­cerns. The Car­di­nals haven’t played since July 30 and have had 13 games scrapped. The Mar­lins and Phillies each had seven games post­poned ear­lier but have re­turned to the field.

MLB and the Car­di­nals said Sun­day they ‘‘be­lieve it is pru­dent to con­duct ad­di­tional test­ing while play­ers and staff are quar­an­tined be­fore the team re­turns to play.’’

The Car­di­nals’ home week­end se­ries against the Cubs was called off Fri­day af­ter two more play­ers and a staff mem­ber tested pos­i­tive for the virus. Eight of their play­ers in to­tal have tested pos­i­tive, in­clud­ing catcher Yadier Molina.

Benches clear in Astros-A’s game

Benches cleared in the sev­enth in­ning of the Athletics’ 7-2 vic­tory against the Astros in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, af­ter A’s out­fielder Ra­mon Lau­re­ano was hit by a pitch from Astros re­liever Hum­berto Castel­lanos. It was the first sign of trou­ble be­tween the teams since A’s pitcher Mike Fiers brought the Astros’ 2017 sign-steal­ing scan­dal to light last fall.

Af­ter be­ing hit, Lau­re­ano be­gan ex­chang­ing words with Astros hit­ting coach Alex Cin­tron, then left first base, threw down his hel­met and be­gan sprint­ing to­ward Cin­tron. Astros catcher Dustin Gar­neau tack­led him, and play­ers rushed out of both dugouts.

Lau­re­ano was ejected by plate um­pire Ted Bar­rett, and the umpiring crew eas­ily could be heard yelling, ‘‘Get back to the dugout!” at the play­ers through a ball­park with no fans.

The A’s won their ninth game in a row and handed the Astros their fifth con­sec­u­tive loss.

Tarp is­sue forces O’s-Nats sus­pen­sion

The Ori­oles-Na­tion­als game in Wash­ing­ton was sus­pended by rain in the sixth in­ning af­ter the grounds crew had trou­ble un­rolling the tarp, lead­ing the in­field dirt to be­come soaked and un­playable.

The Ori­oles had built a 5-2 lead against right-han­der Stephen Stras­burg, who was mak­ing his sea­son de­but af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a nerve is­sue in his pitch­ing hand late in sum­mer camp. The game will be picked up from there

Fri­day in Bal­ti­more, where the teams al­ready were sched­uled to start a three-game se­ries.

Big in­ning fu­els Brew­ers past Reds

Justin Smoak capped a six-run sixth in­ning with a two-run sin­gle, Ke­ston Hiura and Chris­tian Yelich hit home runs and the Brew­ers drubbed the Reds 9-3 for their first home vic­tory of 2020. The Brew­ers avoided fall­ing to 0-5 at home for the first time since 1970, the fran­chise’s first sea­son in Mil­wau­kee.

In­jury re­port

The Pi­rates said util­ity in­fielder Phil Evans will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter be­ing knocked un­con­scious and suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion and a frac­tured jaw in a col­li­sion with out­fielder Gre­gory Polanco while chas­ing a fly ball in foul ter­ri­tory Sat­ur­day against the Tigers.

The Yan­kees put slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton on the 10-day in­jured list with a strained left ham­string suf­fered while ad­vanc­ing on a wild pitch Sat­ur­day against the Rays.

†The Reds put sec­ond base­man Mike Mous­takas on the 10-day in­jured list, retroac­tive to Thurs­day, with a bruised left quadri­ceps.

The NBA fined War­riors for­ward Dray­mond Green $50,000 on Sun­day for vi­o­lat­ing its anti-tam­per­ing rule with his com­ments about Suns guard Devin Booker.

‘‘Get my man out of Phoenix,’’ Green said dur­ing an ap­pear­ance Sat­ur­day as an an­a­lyst for TNT. ‘‘It’s not good . . . for his ca­reer.’’

Asked on the air whether he was tam­per­ing, Green replied, ‘‘Maybe.’’

The NBA tight­ened its rules be­fore this sea­son on sev­eral mat­ters, with one em­pha­sis be­ing pro­hibit­ing player-to-player tam­per­ing.

Booker hasn’t been to the play­offs in his five sea­sons with the Suns, who haven’t made the post­sea­son since the 2009-10 sea­son.

West play-in game guar­an­teed

The NBA is as­sured of a play-in game — or two — to de­ter­mine the last play­off spot in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

By the rules the NBA set for the restart af­ter the sea­son was shut down in March by the coro­n­avirus, there had to be more than a four-game cush­ion for the No. 8 team in ei­ther con­fer­ence to get the fi­nal play­off spot out­right.

Be­cause that no longer is math­e­mat­i­cally pos­si­ble in the West, the Nos. 8 and 9 teams will play Sat­ur­day. If the No. 8 team wins, it will ad­vance. If the No. 9 team wins, the teams will play again Sun­day to de­ter­mine who will move on.

Hall of Famer West­phal has brain cancer

Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer Paul West­phal has been di­ag­nosed with brain cancer, friend and New York Daily News colum­nist Mike Lupica an­nounced on Twit­ter.

West­phal, 69, was a five-time All-Star and a three-time All-NBA first-team se­lec­tion. He won an NBA ti­tle with the Celtics in 1974 and also played for the Suns, Su­per­Son­ics and Knicks dur­ing his 12-year ca­reer.

West­phal also served as the coach of the Su­per­Son­ics, Kings and Suns.

Lil­lard scores 51; 76ers’ Em­biid hurt

Damian Lil­lard scored 51 points to fuel the Trail Blaz­ers to a 124-121 vic­tory against the 76ers in the NBA bub­ble in Or­lando, Florida. The 76ers lost cen­ter Joel Em­biid to an in­jured left an­kle in the first quar­ter.

The Athletics’ Ra­mon Lau­re­ano (22) charges the Astros’ dugout af­ter be­ing hit by a pitch in the sev­enth in­ning Sun­day, re­sult­ing in a benches-clear­ing dust-up.

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