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The Dodgers won the World Series in 6 games on Tuesday, after third baseman Justin Turner was removed from the game for testing positive for COVID-19, according to CBS News. Controversy erupted when Turner returned to the field to celebrate the victory, after reportedly being told to not to do so.
Turner was removed from the game during the eighth inning immediately after his positive test result was known. It was announced after the game that he tested positive. This was the MLB’s first positive test of the playoffs, and the first among any active players for almost two months.
Turner had a test from Monday come back inconclusive in the second inning, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. Once the lab completed running a test from Tuesday, MLB was informed Turner tested positive and immediately told the Dodgers that he had to come out of the game.
The Dodgers won the game 3-1, and clinched the series over the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2. This is the Dodgers first World Series win since 1988. After the game, Turner tweeted that he was asymptomatic and felt “great.” Shortly after the tweet, however, a masked Turner returned to the field and was carrying around the trophy while celebrating with teammates. He was next to manager Dave Roberts in front for the team picture with the trophy, and he even took off his mask at one point.
Although none of his teammates seemed upset, Ken Rosenthal reported that Turner was told after the game specifically not to go on the field. The MLB is launching an investigation into the situation.
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