Pirates-Cards set postponed
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.
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.