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Juan Soto tests positive for coronavirus, placed on injured list

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Washington Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been placed on the injured list and will, obviously, miss tonight’s season opener against the Yankees.

Nats GM Mike Rizzo said that Soto was asymptomatic, so that’s good. The Nats being without the guy who, with Anthony Rendon gone, will be expected to carry the offense for the defending World Series champs is not so good. Given that he’s asymptomatic, though, it hopefully won’t be for too long. He’ll require two negative tests before he can rejoin the club.

Here’s Mike Rizzo, from a conference call this afternoon:

“We’ve got to make our plans to play without Juan for an extended period of time. We’re going to have to learn how to adjust to these things. The team that does the best job of keeping their star players on the field and healthy has a better chance of winning.”

Soto had already been behind, having missed the first two weeks of Summer Camp for undisclosed reasons, possibly because of the need to quarantine due to his coming in contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus per a Washington D.C. city rule. As a result, he didn’t report until July 16.

Last year Soto hit .282/.401/.548 with 34 homers and 110 RBI. He was a star in the postseason, going 9-for27 (.333) with three homers and seven RBI in the World Series, powering the Nats past the Astros.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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