LEADING OFF: Giants-Padres slated to resume after COVID PPDs

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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Garrett Richards, center, walks into the dugout followed by catcher Austin Nola after the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants was postponed Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in San Diego, minutes before the scheduled first pitch after someone in the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:

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STILL ON

The Giants and Padres are scheduled to play the finale of a three-game series even after the first two games were postponed when a member of San Francisco’s organization tested positive for the coronavirus. Games set for Friday and Saturday night were called off to allow time for more testing and contact tracing. Major League Baseball has made no announcement about Sunday’s game, although so far this season, no team has resumed its season so swiftly following a positive test.

BYE BYE BIRDIES?

The Yankees can stretch their lead over the Orioles to 5 1/2 games for the AL’s eighth and final postseason spot by completing a four-game sweep of Baltimore in the Bronx. New York swept a doubleheader Friday and beat the Orioles in extra innings Saturday, ending a slump when the Yankees lost 15 of 21 games to fall behind Tampa Bay and Toronto in the AL East. Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (1-2, 4.31) faces 2019 All-Star John Means (1-3, 6.58).

NOT SO HOT CORNER

All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season for the AL West-leading Athletics because of a strained right hip. He’s scheduled for surgery Monday in Vail, Colorado.

The two-time Gold Glover was hitting .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs in 37 games this year. He batted only .120 (3 for 25) with 17 strikeouts and one walk his last eight games.

The A’s could use a combination of recently acquired Tommy La Stella, rookie Vimael Machin and Chad Pinder at third base. Multi-purpose Tony Kemp figures to get time all around the infield in Chapman’s absence.

A CUTTER ABOVE

On Instagram, Angels reliever Mike Mayers saw a picture of the ball that Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera traced his fingers on to demonstrate to the late Roy Halladay how he threw his patented cutter. Mayers experimented with the pitch in the offseason and successfully added it to his repertoire. He hasn’t given up an earned run in 19 of his 21 appearances this season. “It’s been a huge difference maker,” Mayers said.

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