Houston Astros' Dusty Baker tests positive for COVID-19 before Friday game

CLEVELAND -- Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19 before Friday night's 9-3 win over 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 (70-38) lead the AL West by 12½ games over Seattle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.