Happy Monday, everyone. Let’s make this a great week. Entering this week, the Dodgers are 1⁄2 game out of first place and welcome the San Diego Padres to town for a four-game series. Here’s everything that happened around baseball yesterday in case you missed it!
- Probably the biggest piece of news was that due to the recent positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals organization and an abundance of caution, Major League Baseball postponed the upcoming series between the Cardinals and the Pirates at Busch Stadium, originally scheduled to take place from Monday to Wednesday.
Overall, this outbreak has affected 16 members of the Cardinals organization. St. Louis has played in a league-low five games this season.
- Cleveland Indians starter Zach Plesac was sent home on Sunday after going out with friends Saturday night in Chicago. Prior to that, he threw six scoreless innings on the road against the White Sox. Here was Plesac’s statement:
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, the entire Cleveland organization and all of our fans for my actions Saturday evening. I realize I made a poor choice to leave the hotel, which broke protocols and could have endangered other people. I understand that in these times of uncertainty, I need to be more vigilant and responsible and I am determined to earn my teammates’ forgiveness and get back to work.”
The Indians have yet to announce what his punishment will be
- Jo Adell has yet to hit his first career major-league home run. However, he’s already assisted one. Here’s something you truly need to see to believe
Jo Adell just gave the Rangers a home run pic.twitter.com/tFiRyTXS54— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 9, 2020
- Benches emptied in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 7-2 A’s win over the Astros at the Coliseum after A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano took exception to being hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and charged the Astros’ dugout following an altercation with Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron. Had Laureano not been stopped, who knows how ugly it could have gotten.
Ramon Laureano has just joined the Joe Kelly club— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) August 9, 2020
Hero of the year pic.twitter.com/DBH1HvvUlm
Just a friendly reminder, Laureano will get a longer suspension than any Astros player did for cheating!