Mets latest team to be sidelined
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.