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START: Braves, Phils keep winning, Melvin out

A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:

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GROOVES

Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves are on a 10-game winning streak heading into their home game against Pittsburgh while rookie Bryson Stott and the Phillies are on a nine-game winning streak as they host Arizona.

It’s only the third time since divisional play began in 1969 that two teams have started a day with nine-game winning streaks. The Milwaukee Brewers have won 10 in a row and the Boston Red Sox have won nine in a row through June 17, 1978, and the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals have won nine in a row through to September 5, 2004.

The World Series champion Braves are on their longest winning streak since winning 14 in a row in 2013. Kyle Wright (6-3, 2.39 ERA) starts for Atlanta against Jose 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 left-hander Kyle Nelson will be used as an opener by the Diamondbacks.

A DOUBLE-HEAD SPLIT

San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson had to leave the dugout at Petco Park after entering COVID-19 protocols between games of a doubleheader against Colorado.

Quality control coach Ryan Flaherty served as acting manager for Game 2.

The Padres won Game 1 2-1 in 10 innings. That gave them a 37-22 record, the best mark in franchise history in 59 games.

Earlier in the day, the Padres announced that starting pitcher Mike Clevinger and reliever Adrian Morejon had been placed on the COVID-19 injured list.

MINNESOTA CRUSH

Big League batting leader Luis Arraez and the Twins attempt to complete 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 had at least three hits for the seventh time this year, bringing his average to .367. Now in his fourth season, the 25-year-old has a career batting average of .322.

CHECK IT OUT

Phillies closest Corey Knebel will be assessed after feeling tightness in his right shoulder during the warmup before the ninth inning on Saturday.

Knebel is 2-4 with 11 saves and a 3.24 ERA in his first season with Philadelphia.

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