Marlins starter Jose Fernandez couldn’t finish the sixth inning on Wednesday against the Tigers, yielding five runs on five hits and a walk. It was a tough day, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia took him for a two-run home run in the second inning, and the Tigers got three hits before chasing Fernandez from the game in the sixth. Reliever Dustin McGowan allowed two of his inherited runners to score, charged to Fernandez.
It was still a very dominant afternoon for Fernandez, however, as 13 of the 17 outs he recorded on Wednesday came via the strikeout. He had everything working, getting Justin Upton to strikeout three times while Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera each fanned twice.
This is a great sign for the Marlins, as Fernandez made only 11 starts last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, then suffering a strained biceps. The Marlins are expected to limit Fernandez’s innings this season, similar to the way the Mets handled Matt Harvey — who also had Tommy John surgery — last year.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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