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San Francisco bans gatherings of 1,000 or more people, sporting events included

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Earlier today Washington governor Jay Inslee issued an order restricting gatherings of more than 250 people in three counties, including King County, where the Seattle Mariners play. That will effectively cancel at least the Mariners first seven games of the season at home, and likely moving them to Arizona, the visiting team’s park or another neutral location. At least if Major League Baseball has a say in the manner.

It may not have a say, because more state and local governments are likely to pass similar bans in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Such as San Francisco, which just did this:

If that ban lasts for any significant length of time it will impact the Giants, who play an exhibition game at Oracle Field against the Athletics on March 24 and then open their home schedule on April 3 against the Dodgers. They play their first six regular season games on the road in Los Angeles and Arizona.

Major League Baseball has said nothing about any of this in the past two days. In their silence, it would seem that government officials are going to make the decisions for them.

UPDATE: The Giants have canceled their March 24 exhibition game with the Oakland Athletics in San Francisco:

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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