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Wednesday August 4th, 2021 3:34AM

The Latest: Red Sox closer Matt Barnes tests positive

By The Associated Press

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be ready for opening day.

Manager Alex Cora said Saturday that Barnes is asymptomatic. Matt Andriese, who was scheduled to start a spring training game against Pittsburgh, was scratched because of contract tracing.

“It’s a fire drill now,” Cora said.

Barnes had emerged as the top candidate for the closer’s job this spring. He will need to remain out for at least 10 days.

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