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Blue Jays receive exemption letter, will hold training camp in Toronto

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported on Thursday that the Blue Jays received an exemption letter from the Canadian government, allowing them to hold training camp in their hometown of Toronto. There had been some speculation that, if the Canadian government hadn’t signed off, the Blue Jays might have had to train in Buffalo, New York, the home of their Triple-A affiliate. Dunedin, Florida, home of the Jays’ Single-A team and spring training, was another possibility.

The exemption letter is only valid for training camp. The Blue Jays will have to apply for another exemption from the Canadian government in order to play their regular season home games in Toronto.

As a result of the exemption, the Blue Jays have agreed to even more stringent testing protocols. They will take an additional PCR test before they cross the border, will be tested an additional time every week, and submit to quarantining. They will not be allowed to leave the Rogers Centre and the attached hotel, Davidi notes, and the players will be apart from their families during training camp. This is all in addition to the health and safety protocols laid out by Major League Baseball and those prescribed by certain states in the U.S.

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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