Padres resume play by sweeping doubleheader after postponements


San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado high fives Trent Grisham after they score on a single to left field hit by Will Myers against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego Padres resumed play Sunday by sweeping a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park after their games the past two days were postponed due to a presumptive positive coronavirus test.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association Joint Committee, in conjunction with each team’s medical staff, reviews all positive COVID-19 tests on an individual basis to determine how each case should be handled in order to ensure the health and safety of the players and club personnel, according to MLB.

Following a review of all the details presented in the case regarding a Giants player that led to the postponements of Friday and Saturday’s games, the committee determined that the presumptive positive test did not represent an actual infection or present a risk to other personnel, MLB announced.

Friday’s game was postponed moments before right-hander Garrett Richards was to throw the first pitch for the Padres. MLB also announced Friday that Saturday’s game was postponed.

Recently acquired right-hander Mike Clevinger pitched a two-hitter in the opener, striking out seven for the second shutout of his MLB career in a 6-0 victory.

Richards and three relievers combined on a three-hitter in the second game and Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the second inning in a 3-1 victory in the second game.

MLB has shortened doubleheader games to seven innings each this season to avoid putting more strain on pitchers in a season much has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

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