CLEVELAND (AP) – Guardians manager Terry Francona has missed so much time in the last two seasons that even the absence of four games has been difficult.

“It was a forced retirement,” he said. “It wasn’t much fun.”

Francona and two of his coaches cleared health and safety protocols on Wednesday and returned to the team after missing part of last week after giving a positive COVID-19 test.

Francona returned to the game on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds along with bench coach Demarle Hale and assistant coach for shots Justin Tula. The trio tested positive for coronavirus last week when the Guardians were in Chicago and returned to Ohio by bus as the team continued their trip to Minnesota.

In recent weeks, The Guardians have dealt with two separate outbreaks, and the latest number of cases has raised the team’s awareness.

“So far, I think we’re lucky,” Francona said. “It was starting to work, to the end. As soon as he gets to the club, everyone breathes on each other. We live together.

“But I’ll say yes, it’s not that it’s over and you can weaken the guard. We will need to disguise indoors to take care. Because if it happens, it’s too late. “

First baseman teacher Josh Naylor remains the only Guardians player who is currently on the sidelines of the virus. However, Naylor is close to returning and has returned to the club. Francone said he could be in the lineup as early as Friday when the Guardians open a three-game series at home against Detroit.

The 63-year-old Francona, in his 10th season in Cleveland, has been dealing with some symptoms this past weekend but has felt better in the last few days. He has missed most of the last two seasons to deal with serious health issues.

Upon Francona’s return, pitching coach Carl Willis returns to his usual duties after serving as manager.

Sandy Alamar and Mike Sarbo, coaches of the team on first and third bases, are still disabled after positive tests.

On Tuesday, the coach of the strikers Chris Valaika returned to the Guardians, missing three games.

The guards considered bringing up other coaches from the minors, but Francona said the team decided to transfer healthy members of his staff to other roles to give the players some continuity.

“The most important thing with Karl was that we try to maintain a sense of normalcy,” he said. “If you miss seven guys, it’s kind of hard. First, we know that players will be respected when Carl will speak. We just wanted the games to go as they should. “

Tampa Bay 6, Detroit 1

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (AP) – Isaac Paredes has twice spoken out against his former teammates to double the total in his major league career, helping the Tampa Bay Race beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Wednesday. the afternoon, which Eduardo Rodriguez left in the first inning and headed to the list of victims.

Rodriguez (1-3) withstood just one exit and averaged a speed of 91.9 miles per hour for his fastball, which is 2.4 miles per hour below the season average. He left the mound with Tigers head coach Doug Teter.

“His left side is bored,” manager AJ Hinch said. “It got worse during his warm-up. He tried to get out there, and you could tell he came out. He will come out a little. Probably Il. ”

Rodriguez allowed three runs, four strokes and two moves, throwing just 11 of 23 pitches. After signing a five-year contract for $ 77 million, he has a 4.38 ERA.

Among the Tigers ’rotation at the start of the season, Casey Meese, Matt Manning and Tyler Alexander have already spent time at Illina.

“No one will feel sorry for us either,” Hinch said. “We need to play better. We need to beat better. We need to play at a higher pace. We need to get into the strike zone. I could go on for a while. We need to do much more than link rotation. ”

Drew Rasmussen (4-1) has conceded four shots in five innings on the result with seven strikeouts and no walks, increasing to 4-0 from a 1.01 ERA in the last five starts. Matt Whistler, Colin Poche and JP Feyereisen finished, while Feyereisen scored two on the ninth during his 15th consecutive appearance without points.

Paredes, who traded the Tigers for the Austin Meadows on April 5, made solo home runs in the third against Ronnie Garcia and in the eighth against Willie Peralta.

“After the first one, I heard the guys in the bullpen say some things,” Paredes said through an interpreter. “But after the second one, I think they didn’t want to say anything.”

Paredes made one home run in 2020 and 2021 for the Tigers.

“As I said before, I want to defeat them. I want to play against them, ”he said. “But I just give 100% of the skill I have and I’m just very lucky to be here and be able to play against them.”

The Yandi Diaz had three of the 11 Rays hits that won for the fifth time in seven games.

Spencer Torkelson Hammers is seventh from Whistler and has four home runs for the Tigers, who have scored 20 homers in the major leagues in 38 games.

The first five Tampa Bay batters have reached. Diaz, Vander Franco and Harold Ramirez loaded the base with single games, Randy Arazaren passed on four fields, and Francisco Mejia scored a single result from two rounds and increased the score to 3-0. After another move Rodriguez replaced Garcia.

The three-round inning eased Rasmussen.

“It really allowed me to get a job and just work in the strike zone,” he said. “Today my goal was to get back into my count after the first (inning). Because we killed so early, it was easier for us to do it. “

FILE – In this photo on July 9, 2021, Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona is watching the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Cleveland. The Cleveland Guardians did not report new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, May 12, 2022, a day after an outbreak inside their club caused a delay in Chicago and sent manager Terry Francon and five coaches home from a trip. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak, file)

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