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What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday evening’s action

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Wednesday’s action is already under way with four early afternoon games and two mid-afternoon games. And, to be honest, the pitching matchups for the evening aren’t terribly exciting.

It’s worth noting that Aaron Sanchez will return to the Blue Jays’ rotation after a spell at High-A Dunedin. If it seems odd that someone who made the 2016 All-Star team would be voluntarily sent to Single-A on a non-rehab assignment, it’s because the Jays are trying to limit his innings. The 24-year-old hadn’t thrown more than 133 1/3 innings in a season coming into 2016, but he’s already at 156 1/3 with the Jays this year. Unsurprisingly, Sanchez didn’t actually pitch in a game while in Dunedin.

Sanchez enters Wednesday night’s start, a 7:05 PM EDT matchup against the Orioles’ Yovani Gallardo at Camden Yards, with a 12-2 record, a 2.99 ERA, and a 132/46 K/BB ratio. The Jays own a two-game lead in the AL East with a 75-57 record. The O’s are three games back in third place. Though there’s more than a month left, this will be a very important start for Sanchez and the Jays.

The rest of Wednesday evening’s action…

Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 7:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo), 7:05 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan), 7:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (David Phelps) @ New York Mets (Bartolo Colon), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Pat Dean) @ Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber), 7:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 7:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel), 8:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Rich Hill Bud Norris) @ Colorado Rockies (Jeff Hoffman), 8:10 PM EDT [Game Two]

St. Louis Cardinals (Luke Weaver) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Matt Garza), 8:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Luis Cessa) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 8:15 PM EDT

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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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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