An investigation by the Colorado Rockies found that a fan did not yell a racial slur at Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson during Sunday’s game at Coors Field. Instead, the investigation found that the fan was yelling in the direction of Rockies’ mascot Dinger. 

According to an article published by ESPN, the Rockies spoke with the fan accused of the incident and also spoke with fans sitting near the man. The organization was able to conclude that the man was yelling “Dinger.” 

On Sunday, the Rockies said they were “disgusted” at what was being reported as a fan yelling the racial slur in the direction of Brinson. 

Rizzo Test Positive for COVID-19

On Sunday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced that first baseman Anthony Rizzo tested positive for Covid-19. 

Rizzo publicly said earlier this season that he is not vaccinated and wasn’t planning to get vaccinated for his own personal beliefs. 

Boone said that Rizzo was experiencing symptoms, but that he was “doing all right.” 

Rizzo tested positive for the virus after Saturday’s game against the Mariners, in which he went 0-for-4 in New York’s 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Rizzo now joins a list of Yankees that includes starting catcher Gary Sanches and starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery on the Covid-19 list. 

Cole tested positive last Monday and Montgomery tested positive on Tuesday. Sanchez was placed on the Covid-19 list on Thursday. Boone said that all Sanchez, Cole, and Montgomery were all feeling better. 

Players who test positive for Covid-19 are required to be sidelined for at least 10 days before they are allowed to return to play, according to MLB protocols. 

The positive tests in the Yankees clubhouse occurred after the Yankees returned from a road trip in Florida, which included games with the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins. Boone believes that some of the positive test results are connected to playing in a state with Covid cases rising at a fast rate. 

“I think a lot came out of Florida where we were in this wave of them,” Boone said. “It’s a little of you don’t know when and where it’s spreading.” 

The Yankees have at least 85 percent of their tier-one personnel vaccinated, which allows for lesser restrictions on the virus, but the Yankees have been hit hard by Covid a couple of different times this season. 

White Sox Sweep Cubs, Get More Good News

Not only did the White Sox sweep their crosstown rival Chicago Cubs over the weekend in pretty dominant fashion, outsourcing the Cubs 22-9 un the three games they received news that their star centerfielder Luis Rober is set to come of thee the injured list on Monday. 

Robert was activated from the injured list on Monday and is expected to be roaming the outfield against the Twins for the first time since May when he injured his flexor tendon while running to first base. 

Prior to the injury, the young Cuban was hitting .316 with a .822 OPS and one homer in just 25 games and 95 at-bats. Robert joins a lineup that has also seen the return of Eloy Jimenez to the lineup in recent weeks. 

Since returning from the injured list with a torn pectoral muscle, Jimenez has nine hits, three of which are home runs with nine runs batted in. He is slashing .273/.294/.667 in his nine games this season. 

The White Sox are getting healthy at the right time and with the pitching staff they have, the Sox appear to be primed to make a run for a potential American League Pennant. 

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Alec Busse is a journalism student at the University of Illinois with a minor in public relations entering his senior year. Alec covers Illinois football and men's basketball for Orange and Blue News, is a game picker for Tallysight and co-hosts the Inside the Arc Podcast. Alec is from O'Fallon, IL, a suburb of St. Louis and grew up cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, Chicago Bears and Illinois Fighting Illini.

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