Opening Day of the 2020 regular season was delayed four months. It is only fitting that the first game would also see a rain delay. Thursday night’s Opening Day matchup between the Yankees and Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. has gone into a rain delay in the top of the sixth inning.
Games played in 2020 that enter a rain delay but are not official will be resumed at a later date. Games become official after five innings, or four and a half if the home team is leading. Thursday’s game would be considered official.
The visiting Yankees currently lead the Nationals 4-1. Max Scherzer has thus far allowed four runs on six hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a two-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning, an RBI double to Aaron Judge in the third, and an RBI single to Stanton in the fifth.
Gerrit Cole served up a solo homer to Adam Eaton in the bottom half of the first inning but has otherwise kept the Nationals off the board. Over five innings, he has given up just the one run on the one hit with a walk and five strikeouts.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”