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Blue Jays to get approval to play in Toronto

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For the past several weeks it’s been unclear where the Toronto Blue Jays were going to play this year. While the U.S.-based teams were all given the green light to play in their home parks, Canada/Ontario/Toronto had not yet done so for the Jays. Meanwhile one alternative plan — to play at their spring training home in Dunedin, Florida — seemed unworkable given the COVID-19 outbreak there.

Now, it seems, those problems are going to solved: the Toronto Sun reports that government clearance for the Blue Jays to play in Canada is expected as early as Monday. The team is reportedly making arrangements to transport staff and players to Toronto this week.

So, with that, it looks like everyone will be playing in familiar surroundings. That will feel weird due to the lack of fans, but familiar besides that.

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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