World News – CA – Adjusted final: Dodgers win title, Turner is positive


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ARLINGTON, Texas – No big piles of dogs, no champagne and a mask on almost every face – the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a way no one would have could imagine before the coronavirus pandemic

They also started the party without Justin Turner, after their red-haired star received word of a positive COVID-19 test amid their decisive victory

Turner was pulled out of Los Angeles’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night after recording Major League Baseball’s first positive test in 59 days He wasn’t on the pitch initially as the Dodgers took advantage of the booty of a title won in a most unusual season

He returned to Diamond about an hour after the game, hugging longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sitting front and center for a team photo next to manager Dave Roberts with his mask pulled down under his bushy beard.

« Thank you all for contacting us! » Turner said on Twitter « I feel great, no symptoms I just experienced all the emotions you can imagine I can’t believe I couldn’t be there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this & team incredibly happy for the city of LA « 

Major League Baseball has isolated postseason teams in site-neutral bubbles after racing them across the country in a shortened 60-game season Turner was the first player since the playoffs began to be reported for coronavirus

The MLB received Turner’s sample on Monday from the Utah Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory down the second inning, when lab president Dr. Daniel Eichner called deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, who was in New York, said a person familiar with the call, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as details were not released

Eichner told Halem the result was inconclusive MLB receives many inconclusive results, so Halem told Eichner to release the Tuesday pre-game sample from Turner This result came back positive in the sixth round, the person said

Halem called Chris Young, senior vice president of MLB baseball operations, who was in Manfred’s dressing room at Globe Life Field, and then called Andrew Friedman, president of Dodgers baseball operations He notified the shelter or the clubhouse, and Turner was taken out of the game after the seventh inning

« It was obviously a really unfortunate end to this incredible streak and certainly affected some of the joy of winning just because of what JT meant to us, » Friedman said

When asked what happened after the game, Friedman said Turner wanted to take a photo with the trophy Friedman has repeatedly stated that people around Turner have already been in close contact and said the team would pass another round of tests before determining when to leave Texas

Turner, 35, has been a Dodgers roster for seven of their eight straight NL West titles A late hitter who has helped reshape the game by succeeding with a superior swing, Turner is the leader of the Los Angeles career with 12 home runs after the season, including a pair in this series, in which he hit 364 and also played stellar defense

« It’s heartbreaking, » said Corey Seager, World Series MVP. « If I could switch places with him now, I would. It’s not fair »

Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Turner’s positive test moments after presenting the World Series trophy in Los Angeles – a shocking reminder of everything that has been different this season when the always-favored Dodgers finally broke through

The end of a frustrating championship drought for LA – and maybe just the start for Betts and the Dodgers, whose seventh World Series title was the sixth since leaving Brooklyn for the West Coast in 1958

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“I had a crazy feeling that came to fruition,” said Roberts “It’s just a special group of players, an organization, everything that we kind of got over”

Betts flew from third place to Seager’s off-floor kickoff in sixth, even with inside the court in play, then had a one-off homerun to eighth

« It was absolutely phenomenal This team was amazing, » said Seager, also the NLCS MVP who set franchise records with eight home runs and 20 RBIs this postseason. « We were ready to go as soon as the bell was called. Once that was done, we continued to roll »

Kershaw was warming up in the bullpen when Julio Urías took out Willy Adames to end it and ran alongside his teammates to celebrate in the infield, later joined by a family that had been in the bubble with them in North Texas

Players were given masks during their rally, although many of their hugs went without a mask even after Turner tested positive

The Dodgers had played 5,014 regular season games and were in their 114th postseason game since Orel Hershiser knocked out Tony Phillips of Oakland for the World Series Finals in 1988, the same year Kershaw – triple NL Award winner Cy Young who won games 1 and 5 in this series – was born in nearby Dallas

Los Angeles had failed twice in the World Series in the previous three years Betts were on the other side two years ago and managed Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox, who before this season traded 2018 AL MVP at the Dodgers They then gave him a 12-year, $ 365 million contract until he turned 40 in 2032.

Betts’ 3’s 2-second home sprint was just enough to beat first baseman Ji-Man Choi’s throw, pushing Los Angeles 2-1 ahead moments after Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled the left-hander Blake Snell despite a dominant performance in 5 1/3 innings

« It was kind of like a sigh of relief, » Betts said. « It was Cy Young Snell who threw tonight »

Snell struck out nine goals – including the first time in all season that Betts, Seager and Turner each struck out their first two balls at bat But the 2018 AL Cy Young award winner did not review the top three Dodgers hitters

“The only motive was the composition of the Dodgers feature which is as powerful as any team in the league,” Cash said “Mookie is coming for the third time, I appreciate that I fully respect and understand the accompanying questions These are not easy decisions « 

Powerful Tampa Bay rookie Randy Arozarena extended his postseason record with his 10th homerun in the first right-corner rookie Tony Gonsolin, the first of seven Dodgers pitchers The Rays have never had a another runner beyond second base as the Los Angeles reliever box gave relief-dependent Tampa Bay a taste of their own medicine while allowing only two hits and no walking in 7 1/3 sleeves

Roughly two and a half weeks after the Lakers won the NBA title by ending their season in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., the Dodgers gave Los Angeles another championship

The MLB season didn’t start until the end of July and was cut short for the shortest regular season since 1878 The expanded postseason, with 16 teams instead of 10, ended when Urías got the last two strikeouts called out, wide receiver Austin Barnes filling the last pitch in his back pocket The Rays had 16 Ks and the Dodgers 11 the most combined strikeouts in a nine-inning World Series game

Songs of « M-V-P!, M-V-P! » erupted when Betts hit their brace on sixth reliever Nick Anderson, who allowed points in seven consecutive relief appearances, the longest streak in MLB postseason history

Those chants got even louder – even with a limited crowd of 11,437 – when Betts went deep on a 0-2 pitch by right-hander Pete Fairbanks

There were plenty of fans in Blue Dodgers at the Texas Rangers’ new $ 12 billion home, the retractable roof stadium where they played 16 games in three weeks and the roof was closed for the last, with conditions misty and a game temperature of 39 degrees outside

Los Angeles was the home team for the last game of the season, like in the 2017 World Series when the Houston Astros won Game 7 at Dodger Stadium, and two years ago against the Red Sox

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« It’s been a crazy year, but whatever happens we’ll be back and we’re World Series champions. To get to say that and be a part of that, it’s so special no matter what. » said Kershaw « The only thing that could have made it better would be being at Dodger Stadium »

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