San Francisco Giants take the league lead in errors, defense remains obvious weakness in loss
DENVER — There’s one statistical category where the San Francisco Giants have every other team in the majors beat: Fielding errors.The Giants are throwing the ball away, missing routine grounders and misplaying flyballs at an alarming rate and there’s no question their defensive mistakes are ruining chances to compete.With three errors in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, first-year manager Gabe Kapler’s team dropped to 5-7 and overtook the Kansas City Royals for the MLB lead in errors with 16.“Our defense has to make plays behind our pitchers in order for them to really see the best...
The Mercury News
Miami Marlins blank Baltimore Orioles in first game back following COVID-19 outbreak
BALTIMORE — Francisco Cervelli turned on the final pitch John Means threw on Tuesday and sent it into the left-field seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yard. As he rounded third base and made his way home to score the first run of the Miami Marlins’ first game in more than a week, he pointed to his teammates, kissed his right hand and pointed to the sky before getting air high fives and taking part in a socially distanced celebration when he returned to the dugout.It was a moment of euphoria for a team that needed one, a return to something as close to normal as possible for a team that needing so...
Balancing Act: As the coronavirus rages, families are left to decide how — not whether — it will affect their kids' right to an education
Friday is decision day for Chicago Public Schools families.With a bare-bones understanding of the two options, parents and guardians are instructed to opt into one of two learning models for the first quarter: a hybrid model that has most students clustered into small pods in school buildings two days per week and learning remotely the other three days, or 100% remote learning that has them … 100% remote learning. We don’t have any more details about the second model — last we heard they’ll arrive “soon.”I spent the weekend, like so many families, reading everything I could get my hands on to ...
Jeff Seidel: Don't shame Cardinals for getting sick. Praise Detroit Tigers for staying healthy
I’m not gonna COVID-shame anybody.I feel for anybody who gets the novel coronavirus. It’s a frightening, deadly disease and we don’t know enough about the long-term ramifications. I feel bad for the St. Louis Cardinals, who are experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.Seven players and six staff members from St. Louis’ organization tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week, according to MLB. And that has forced the MLB to postpone the Cardinals’ four-game series in Comerica Park against the Tigers.It’s the second straight postponed series for the Cardinals. And it leaves the Tigers (5-5) in a hold...
Detroit Free Press
To replace COVID-19 positive players, Marlins are making a lot of moves. Here they are.
BALTIMORE — The Miami Marlins, ahead of their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that starts Tuesday, have made known the roster moves to replace the 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19 over an eight-day stretch in Philadelphia.Fair warning: It’s a lot.The Marlins will be placing 14 players on the injured list Tuesday, officially for unspecified reasons because teams don’t have to directly say a player is out due to COVID-19. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill did not name the players going on the IL yet.Those 14 join outfielder Harold Ramirez, first base...
Family travel five: Time for a breath of fresh air
In an era when fresh air is favored, it may be an ideal time to nurture your family’s interest in the natural world.Here are five ways to encourage the next generation of outdoor adventurers.———1. Opt for outside fun.A slew of experts agree that regular, unstructured outside play is critical for a child’s healthy development.To that end, encourage youngsters to head out the door with the freedom to roam, staying safe within set boundaries, guided by their age, environment and experience.Pair free play with plans for regular outdoor activity as a family: opt for cross-country or downhill skiing...
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: What is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut?Answer: Iqaluit. Located on southeastern Baffin Island in the land of the native Inuit people, it has a population of about 7,000 people. The entire territory’s population is about 39,000.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
Help for parents comes in the form of kids' camp-in-a-box
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum canceled its popular “Hogswood Forest School of Magic” summer camp because of COVID-19 concerns, but it figured out a way to package some of the experience and send it in the mail. Call it day camp in a box. With many Minnesota camps canceled, modified or moved to Zoom, Twin Cities museums, nonprofits and craft workshops are packaging STEM activities, magical science experiments and art projects for kids to do at home. We tested a variety of kits on real kids (our own) to see if the camps-in-a-box could keep them occupied, and for how long. Now, if they could ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bob Brookover: Phillies diving into deep end of pool against Gerrit Cole and Yankees on reopening day
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to reopening day.It is so much more warped than opening day because only the really unlucky or possibly undisciplined get to experience a reboot. The Phillies, of course, fall into the unlucky category in more ways than one as they prepare for Monday night’s 7:05 re-opener against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Of all the ballparks in all the towns in all the world, the Miami Marlins had to walk into theirs on the original opening day. Apparently it wasn’t enough for the lowly Marlins to simply beat the Phillies the way they did last season. This season t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Miguel Sano goes deep twice, Kenta Maeda shines on the mound as Twins beat Cleveland, 3-0
MINNEAPOLIS — Kenta Maeda was so effective for the Twins in their 3-0 victory over Cleveland on Saturday that it’s more noteworthy to recap the one thing that didn’t go right for him.Maeda was working over Bradley Zimmer in the fifth inning like he did every other Cleveland hitter on Saturday: Avoiding hard-hit balls and being unpredictable while shutting down the entire batting order.And he got Zimmer to make weak contact on a 2-2 slider, the second out was about to be made.But the ball was hit weakly enough for it to be a close play. Second baseman Luis Arraez rushed in, grabbed the grounder...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)