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MLB submits plan to Canadian government to play in Toronto

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Rob Gillies of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball has submitted a plan to the Canadian government in order for teams to play in Toronto during the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. MLB must get approval from the government as well as health authorities on Ontario.

Details for the 2020 season were released yesterday. The regular season will start on July 23 or 24 and will feature 60 games. Of those 60 games, 40 will be played against divisional opponents and 20 will be regional interleague (for the Blue Jays, this would mean NL East teams). Thus, nine teams would need to travel from the United States to Canada for road games, as would the Blue Jays returning home from road trips.

Canada is closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada for nonessential reasons are required to quarantine for two weeks.

In the event that baseball can’t be played in Canada, the Blue Jays could potentially play at their advanced Single-A/spring training facility in Dunedin (FL). However, all MLB spring training facilities were recently shut down due to a coronavirus outbreak in Phillies and Blue Jays camps. The Jays may also try to use the facilities of their minor league affiliates in Buffalo (NY) and Manchester (NH), home to their Triple-A and Double-A teams, respectively.

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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