Astros manager Baker tests positive for COVID

by Daryn Albert - Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19, and bench coach Joe Espada filled in for him for Friday night's game against the Cleveland Guardians.

Houston Astros' Dusty Baker tests positive for COVID-19 before Friday's game 9:08 PM ET Associated Press CLEVELAND -- Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19 before Friday night's game against the Cleveland Guardians . Baker held his usual pregame availability with the media about two hours before the 7:10 p.m. game. The announcement of the positive test came after the game started. Baker, 73, is in his third season as Houston's manager. Bench coach Joe Espada filled in for Baker against Cleveland. The Astros (69-38) lead the AL West by 11 1/2 games over Seattle.