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Chad Bettis announces retirement from baseball

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Per Nick Groke of The Athletic, pitcher Chad Bettis has announced his retirement from baseball. The right-hander, who signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February, said, “Today I am walking away from the game with my head held high, knowing that I pushed my body as far as it could go physically.”

Bettis, 31, was selected by the Rockies in the second round of the 2010 draft and remained with the organization through 2019. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in late 2016. Bettis triumphantly returned to the majors in August 2017.

Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, Bettis went 31-31 with a 5.12 ERA, 431 strikeouts and 210 walks over 600 2/3 innings.

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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