Mets lat­est team to be side­lined

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The Mets or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived two pos­i­tive COVID-19 tests Thurs­day, Ma­jor League Base­ball said, prompt­ing the post­pone­ment of two games.

The fi­nale of the Mets’ four-game series at Mi­ami was called off an hour be­fore it was sched­uled to start Thurs­day night. Fri­day’s game be­tween the Mets and Yan­kees at Citi Field was also post­poned to al­low for ad­di­tional test­ing and con­tact trac­ing.

The Mar­lins were still sched­uled to travel to Wash­ing­ton for a series be­gin­ning Fri­day. The Mar­lins had a coro­n­avirus out­break last month that forced them to sus­pend their sea­son for eight days.

MLB has post­poned 34 games this sea­son be­cause of pos­i­tive tests.

Padres set record: Four slams in four games

Eric Hos­mer hit a grand slam in the fifth in­ning of an even­tual 8-7 win in 10 in­nings against the vis­it­ing Rangers, mak­ing the Padres the first team in MLB his­tory to hit a grand slam in four straight games. The bar­rage started with Fer­nando Tatis Jr.’s blast Mon­day in Texas, when he went deep on a 3-0 pitch with the Padres lead­ing by seven. Wil My­ers hit a slam in a 6-4 win at Texas on Tues­day, and Manny Machado hit a walkoff slam in the 10th in­ning Wed­nes­day night in San Diego for a 6-3 win.

My­ers scored on cen­ter fielder Scott Heine­man’s er­ror in the 10th for the win­ning run Thurs­day.

In other games of note . . .

Jose Ber­rios pitched one-hit ball over six score­less in­nings, Nel­son Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Twins beat the Brew­ers 7-1 in Min­neapo­lis. Ryan Jef­fers drove in a run with a sin­gle in his first ma­jor­league at-bat, go­ing 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and catch­ing Ber­rios to help the Twins im­prove to 7-1-1 in series this sea­son.

† Rowdy Tellez home­red and hit a go-ahead tworun sin­gle in a seven-run sixth, and the Blue Jays ral­lied from a seven-run deficit to beat the Phillies 9-8 and sweep a dou­ble­header in Buf­falo, New York. In the first of the seven-in­ning games, Lour­des Gur­riel Jr. chopped a sin­gle over a drawn-in in­field in the sev­enth to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win.

No more cancer, says Ripken

Cal Ripken Jr., 59, re­vealed he is cancer-free af­ter surgery in March to re­move a tu­mor from his prostate. Known as “The Iron Man” for his record streak of play­ing in 2,632 con­sec­u­tive games, the Hall of Famer for the Ori­oles was di­ag­nosed in Fe­bru­ary. He wasn’t ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms, but blood­work re­sults led to the de­tec­tion of cancer.

“Got the surgery, got out, re­cov­ered,” Ripken said dur­ing a tele­con­fer­ence call. “All the dif­fer­ent post­anal­y­sis said the cancer was all con­tained.”

Cal Ripken Jr.

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