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Marlins schedule suspended until at least Monday; Phillies until Friday

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Major League Baseball has announced that the Miami Marlins schedule has been suspended. They will, tentatively, resume play on Monday. The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, will not play until Friday. Instead of the Phillies-Yankees games scheduled for Yankee Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles — previously scheduled to play the Marlins in Baltimore later this week — will now play the Yankees in Baltimore.

All of this, of course, was caused by the COVID-19 outbreak on the Marlins and the potential risk to the Phillies, who played Miami this past weekend. In suspending the Marlins schedule, Major League Baseball likewise diffuses the potentially explosive situation presented by the Washington Nationals players voting not to make the trip to Miami this weekend.

The Marlins had four players test positive for Sunday’s game against the Phillies, but played anyway, had eight more players test positive yesterday and four more today. Their Monday and Tuesday games against the Orioles were postponed as were the Phillies games against the Yankees scheduled for Philadelphia.

Despite Major League Baseball’s announcement that the Marlins schedule is suspended until Monday, it’s possible that it may be suspended longer than that. That’s because because Miami’s mayor just released a statement saying that the team should be required to quarantine for 14 days given that they were knowingly exposed to COVID-19. Many baseball teams have already received special dispensation from local governments on such requirements. It’s unclear how Marlins situation will play out give than statement from the mayor and given that Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who has moved to aggressively curtail cities’ efforts at fighting the pandemic, could weigh in as well.

Here’s the official announcement from Major League Baseball:

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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