LEADING OFF: Braves, Phils keep winning, Melvin out
A look at what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:
Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have won 10 straight going into their home game against Pittsburgh while rookie Bryson Stott and the Phillies have a nine-game winning streak as they host Arizona.
This marks just the third time since divisional play started in 1969 that two teams began a day with winning streaks of nine games. The Milwaukee Brewers won 10 in a row and the Boston Red Sox won nine straight through June 17, 1978, and the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals both won nine in a row through Sept. 5, 2004.
The World Series champion Braves are on their longest winning streak since they took 14 in a row in 2013. Kyle Wright (6-3, 2.39 ERA) starts for Atlanta against José Quintana (1-3, 3.19) and the Pirates.
Philadelphia is trying to win 10 straight for the first time since 1984. Ranger Suarez (4-3, 4.42) starts for the Phillies and lefty Kyle Nelson will be used as an opener by the Diamondbacks.
A DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT
San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson had to clear out of the Petco Park dugout after entering COVID-19 protocols in between games of a doubleheader against Colorado.
Quality control coach Ryan Flaherty served as acting manager for the second game.
The Padres won the opener 2-1 in 10 innings. That gave them a 37-22 record, the best mark in franchise history through 59 games.
Earlier in the day, the Padres announced that starting pitcher Mike Clevinger and reliever Adrian Morejon were placed on the COVID-19-related injured list.
Big league batting leader Luis Arraez and the Twins try to finish a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay at Target Field.
Arraez hit his first career grand slam as Minnesota beat the Rays 6-5 on Saturday.
Arraez got at least three hits for the seventh time this year, raising his average to .367. Now in his fourth season, the 25-year-old has a career batting average of .322.
Phillies closer Corey Knebel will be evaluated after he felt tightness in his right shoulder warming up before the ninth inning Saturday.
Knebel is 2-4 with 11 saves and a 3.24 ERA in his first season with Philadelphia.
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