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4 Nats players, 8 staffers test positive, game vs Phils ppd

4 Nats players, 8 staffers test positive, game vs Phils ppd

Four Washington Nationals players and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Phillies in PhiladelphiaBy AARON BRACY Associated PressJuly 28, 2021, 10:20 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHILADELPHIA — Four Washington Nationals players and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.The postponement came one day after Nationals star Trea Turner exited the game against Philadelphia in the first inning following his positive test for the virus.Washington manager Dave Martinez said Turner was among four players who tested positive. He didn’t identify the others.The Nationals-Phillies matchup was scheduled to be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Thursday starting at 12:05 p.m.This was the ninth MLB game called off this year because of coronavirus concerns. The Nationals had their season-opening series at home against the New York Mets called off because of virus issues.MLB announced the Nationals-Phillies postponement about 90 minutes before the game was set to begin at Citizens Bank Park, and said the time would allow for “continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization.”There were 45 MLB games postponed because of the virus last year during the pandemic-shortened season. All but two of them were eventually made up.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Marlins-Phillies game suspended in 10th inning due to rain

Marlins-Phillies game suspended in 10th inning due to rain

The game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night was suspended due to rain with no outs in the top of the 10th inningBy AARON BRACY Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 3:11 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHILADELPHIA — The game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night was suspended due to rain with no outs in the top of the 10th inning.The game will resume at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled series finale.The Phillies appeared headed to their ninth win in 13 games before the Marlins tied it with a pair of runs in the ninth off Ranger Suárez, who blew his first save in his fourth chance since being elevated to the closer role.Starling Marte led off the ninth with a single to right, and Jesús Aguilar followed by driving an 85 mph changeup into the seats in left field.“That changed the game right there,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Miami’s defense preserved the tie in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Rojas made an excellent play, ranging to his left, on Travis Jankowski’s hard grounder up the middle for the second out. Then, Monte Harrison ended the frame with a stellar diving grab of pinch-hitter Luke Williams’ liner to right field.Jon Berti was leading off the 10th when rain halted the contest for the second time. After nearly an hour delay with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, the Phillies announced the suspension.The Phillies took advantage of Rojas’ fielding error at shortstop in the first inning to score a pair of runs.Bryce Harper reached on Rojas’ miscue, putting runners on first and third with one out. Andrew McCutchen’s sacrifice fly scored Jean Segura on what should have been the third out. Rhys Hoskins then drove home Harper with a double to the gap in right-center.One day after having to sit out the second game of a doubleheader due to dehydration, Harper could be seen being treated with a cold towel after returning to the dugout on another hot, muggy evening in Philadelphia that began with a game-time temperature of 88 degrees.Phillies starter Vince Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two, to bounce back from two straight poor outings. He batted in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t return to the mound after a 25-minute rain delay stopped play in the bottom of the fifth.Hector Neris, demoted from the closer’s role prior to the All-Star break, followed and pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and no walks. Archie Bradley tossed a scoreless eighth before Suarez took over.Zach Thompson, a 27-year-old rookie making his fifth career start, went four innings and gave up those two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Five Marlins relievers — John Curtiss, Anthony Bender, Anthony Bass, Dylan Floro and Richard Bleier — allowed four hits in four scoreless innings.“The bullpen did a tremendous job,” Mattingly said.Velasquez had a 14.04 ERA in his previous two outings, giving up 15 hits in 8⅓ innings.The Phillies were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and missed out on great chances to score in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (strained right rotator cuff) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to July 14. He felt something while throwing long toss on Saturday, Mattingly said.Phillies: RHP Connor Brogdon was reinstated from the COVID-19 IL. He was placed there prior to Sunday’s game against Boston for contact tracing after 3B Alec Bohm tested positive.UP NEXTAll-Star RHP Zack Wheeler (6-5, 2.26) will start for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the four-game series. Lopez was scheduled to start for Miami before being placed on the injured list. The Marlins haven’t announced his replacement.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Aguilar, Marte power Marlins past Phils for twinbill split

Aguilar, Marte power Marlins past Phils for twinbill split

Jesús Aguilar homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte went deep with three RBIs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 to split a doubleheaderBy AARON BRACY Associated PressJuly 17, 2021, 2:33 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHILADELPHIA — Jesús Aguilar homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte went deep with three RBIs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 on Friday night to split a doubleheader.Jordan Holloway (2-2), recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday as the 27th man, didn’t allow a hit in five innings of relief after Ross Detwiler opened with a scoreless first. Holloway stuck out six and walked two. Richard Bleier completed the two-hitter with a scoreless seventh.In the opener, Travis Jankowski drove in four runs and Matt Moore struck out nine while pitching into the fifth inning to lead the Phillies to a 5-2 win.Marte made it 2-0 two batters into the nightcap when he hit a 2-1 curveball from Zach Eflin (4-7) over the wall in right-center. Marte’s double to right-center made it 4-0 in the fourth.“Marte gets us on the board early and then we were just consistently adding on,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.Eflin then walked Garrett Cooper, ending his night. Aguilar followed with a three-run homer to deep left off Enyel De Los Sanos to make it 7-0.“That’s a pretty good dagger when your guy is rolling good on the mound,” Mattingly said.Eflin gave up six runs — five earned — on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.“It doesn’t sit well with me,” Eflin said.Philadelphia has won eight of 12.Moore gave up two runs on six hits in the opener and didn’t issue a walk in 4 1/3 innings with temperatures in the mid-90s. Archie Bradley (4-1) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, and Ranger Suarez struck out the side in the seventh for his third save.“I think I’m able to get to a different level, being able to execute pitches at a higher rate, trusting the target, trusting myself and trusting mechanics,” Moore said.The Phillies jumped on Sandy Alcantara (5-9) for three runs in the first. Bryce Harper doubled with two outs and the next two batters walked. Jankowski followed with a broken-bat, bases-clearing double just inside the first-base bag.“It’s a bit of relief,” Jankowski said. “Off the bat it doesn’t feel great. You’re praying for something to happen.”Miguel Rojas’ RBI double in the second pulled Miami within 3-1, but Philadelphia extended its lead in the third with two more two-out runs.Rhys Hoskins hit a routine grounder to the left of second base. But second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., playing there because of the shift, first charged and then backed up on the ball before booting it. Jankowski later singled home Hoskins, and Ronald Torreyes’ run-scoring single made it 5-1.STARS SITPhillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto sat out the opener, and Harper didn’t play in the nightcap after getting dehydrated in the first game.OFF KEYChisholm followed his error in the opener with another in the nightcap on Luke Williams’ second-inning grounder behind the second-base bag.TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: 3B Brian Anderson (left shoulder) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday. Anderson has been out since May 24. … OF Jesús Sánchez was placed on the injured list.Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola is scheduled to start on Tuesday in New York against the Yankees. The Phillies ace was scratched from his last start on Sunday in Boston due to contact tracing following 3B Alec Bohm’s positive COVID-19 test. Bohm is out until at least Wednesday. LHP Bailey Falter rejoined the club on Friday after also being sidelined on Sunday due to contact tracing. RHP Connor Brogdon is expected to rejoin the club on Saturday. … INF Nick Maton was a late scratch from the opener after suffering a laceration of his right middle finger during batting practice. Torreyes started in his place at third base.UP NEXTMarlins RHP Zach Thompson (2-2, 2.25 ERA) opposes Philadelphia RHP Vince Velasquez (3-4, 5.35) as the four-game set continues on Saturday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Home runs by Harper, Hoskins lead Phillies over Padres 4-2

Home runs by Harper, Hoskins lead Phillies over Padres 4-2

Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Rhys Hoskins also went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on a soggy nightBy AARON BRACY Associated PressJuly 4, 2021, 3:06 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Rhys Hoskins also went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on a soggy Saturday night.Zach Eflin (3-6) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, and a Philadelphia bullpen that had blown 22 of 40 save chances coming in held the lead for a change. Bailey Falter, Archie Bradley and Ranger Suárez combined for three innings of one-hit, scoreless relief. Suárez earned his first professional save with a perfect ninth.“He just pounded the zone like he knows how,” Harper said. “Very impressive.”The Phillies will go for a three-game sweep in the series finale on Sunday.“If we can get a sweep against them, what a great weekend it will be,” Harper said.Manny Machado hit his 13th homer, a two-run drive. The Padres have lost three straight after winning 11 of 12.“Tonight we probably didn’t deserve to win,” San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said. “We didn’t do enough in all of the categories.”The start was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute due to rain, and the game was stopped by rain for 45 minutes with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.Philadelphia went ahead 3-2 in the sixth on Harper’s one-out sacrifice fly to deep right off Yu Darvish (7-3) after J.T. Realmuto tripled off the wall in right.Hoskins added a two-out RBI double to left. Hoskins’ at-bat was extended when first baseman Eric Hosmer lost his foul ball behind the first-base bag in the lights.A night earlier, the Phillies wasted a 3-0 lead in the ninth, their eighth blown save in nine games, before Brad Miller’s winning double. Suárez replaced José Alvarado in the ninth and surrendered Jurickson Profar’s tying, two-run double.This time, Fernando Tatis Jr. flied out to deep center, Jake Cronenworth struck out and Machado fouled out to third.“He hits his spots,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought it was best to bring Ranger in.”Suarez, who has been used in varying roles, relished the opportunity to close and said he’d welcome another chance if that’s what the team needs.“I’ll be ready whenever they call my name,” he said through an interpreter.Machado’s line drive over the wall in center put the Padres ahead in the first.Harper golfed the first pitch he saw from Darvish in the second inning, a 93 mph fastball, off the scoreboard hanging from the second deck. The 113.5 mph drive was the hardest-hit home run off Darvish since Statcast tracking started in 2015.Two batters later, Hoskins drove his first pitch, another 93 mph fastball, over the wall in left.Darvish gave up four runs and six hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and a walk.FIGHT NIGHTA fight broke out in the right-field stands in the bottom of the eighth inning. Padres relievers jumped off the bench to the front of the railing in the bullpen to see what was happening. It appeared an ambulance was called and a fan was removed on a stretcher. Video posted to Twitter following the game showed a fan being shoved down a flight of concrete steps.UP NEXTLHP Blake Snell (3-3, 5.290), who missed his previous turn to due illness, will face Philadelphia RHP Vince Velasquez (3-2, 4.22) in the series finale on Sunday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Check, mate: Miffed Max stares down Girardi, Nats top Phils

Check, mate: Miffed Max stares down Girardi, Nats top Phils

PHILADELPHIA — A hairy situation clearly miffed Max.Max Scherzer threw his glove and hat to the grass, then stared down Phillies manager Joe Girardi after getting checked for a third time by umpires for sticky stuff as the Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia 3-2 Tuesday night.“These are Manfred rules,” Scherzer said, referring to the crackdown by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. “Go ask him what he wants to do with this.”Scherzer (6-4) looked sharp in his return to the rotation after missing a start due to a groin injury, striking out eight in five innings. Girardi apparently didn’t like what he saw.In the fourth, Scherzer whizzed a fastball high and inside to Alec Bohm, sending him sprawling to the ground before striking him out. Prior to the next batter, Girardi asked the umpires to check Scherzer after he noticed the Nationals ace touching his hair.“It was suspicious for me,” Girardi said.Major league umpires began a crackdown on Monday by regularly examining pitchers for tacky substances that can give them a better grip on the baseball. Managers also can request a check, although umps can deny it if they believe it’s not in good faith.The fiery Scherzer already had been checked by second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez after the first and third inning, with the crew chief doing an inspection of the right-hander’s glove, hat and belt.So when Marquez approached Scherzer for a third time, this time at Girardi’s request, the three-time Cy Young Award winner tossed his glove and hat to the ground, unbuckled his belt and appeared ready to take his pants off in what became a bizarre scene.“I would have to be an absolute fool to actually use something tonight when everybody’s antenna is so far high they’d look for anything,” Scherzer said. “I have absolutely zero on me. I have nothing on me. Check whatever you want. I’ll take off all my clothes if you want to see me.”Scherzer explained that he was having trouble gripping the baseball and the pitch to Bohm was a byproduct.“I almost put a 95 mile an hour fastball in his head because the ball slipped out of my hand,” he said. “The whole night I was sick of kind of licking my fingers and tasting rosin the whole night.”Trying to find a way to get a grasp on the baseball, Scherzer reached for his sweaty hair, saying that’s the only place he could find enough moisture without constantly licking his hands after applying rosin — something he said tasted “gross.”Girardi said prior to the contest that he would not ask a pitcher to be checked merely for gamesmanship; rather, he would do it only if he legitimately believed there was cause.“I got nothing,” Scherzer appeared to repeat to the umpires, before glaring at Philadelphia’s dugout, brushing his hair with his hands and yelling, “Just wet!”“Nothing but sweat,” Marquez said afterward.Scherzer sent the Phillies down in order in the fifth and stared hard toward Girardi while walking back to the Nationals dugout. Girardi then became unglued, hopping onto the field, motioning with his hands and screaming toward the Nationals dugout.Plate umpire Tim Timmons intercepted Girardi and ejected him.“I’m not playing games, I’m trying to win games here,” Girardi said. “I have respect for what Max has done in his career, but I have to do what’s right for our team.”Scherzer mocked Girardi from Washington’s dugout, holding up his hat and glove as if to ask the Phillies skipper if he wanted to check one more time.”Hopefully the players across the league understand that what were doing right now, this is not the answer,” Scherzer said. “There is a problem with Spider Tack in the game and we’ve got to get rid of that, but I also think there’s a way to handle this in a better way.”“We’re going to continue to have more events like this happen,” Scherzer added. “As pitchers evolve to this, pitchers aren’t going to be too happy doing this because we’re tying to play by the rules.”Yan Gomes had a pair of RBI singles for the Nationals, who have won three straight and eight of nine. Scherzer allowed two hits and one run.Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins hit home runs for Philadelphia, which has lost five of seven.Washington scored a pair of runs in the first on RBIs by Josh Bell and Gomes.Harper led off the second with a drive to the second deck in right. The Nationals got that run back in the third on Gomes’ second RBI single of the contest.Hoskins’ one-out homer to left in the eighth off Tanner Rainey brought Philadelphia within a run, but Brad Hand got four outs to record his 16th save.WHEELS OFFPhillies starter Zack Wheeler (5-4) lasted just three innings in his worst start of the season. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.As with all pitchers under MLB’s new policy, Wheeler was checked for grip enhancers.“I could really care less,” Wheeler shrugged. “I’m not using anything.”HAND-Y WORKHand had to wriggle out of trouble in the ninth after surrendering a leadoff double to Bohm, hitting Ronald Torreyes and giving up an infield single to pinch-hitter Matt Vierling to load the bases with one out. But the lefty got Odubel Herrera to hit a shallow fly and retired Hoskins on a grounder on a full-count pitch.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Kyle Finnegan was placed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain.Phillies: SS Didi Gregorious, out since May 13 with a right elbow injury, could begin a rehab assignment later this week, general manager Dave Dombrowski said on the club’s pregame radio show.UP NEXTWashington RHP Erick Fedde (4-4, 3.33) opposes Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (2-2, 4.44) in the conclusion of the mini two-game series on Wednesday afternoon.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports