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Yankees-Phillies postponed once again

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Tonight’s Yankees-Phillies game scheduled to be played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia has been postponed. It’s the second straight day these two teams will be idled.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are leaving Philadelphia today and will practice at Yankee Stadium tonight. The second two games of the four-game home-and-home series are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in the Bronx.

It is unclear at the moment if the Phillies are traveling or if they are staying in Philadelphia for the time being. They, as you are no doubt aware, played over the weekend against the now-COVID-wracked Miami Marlins. Sherman said that, based on what he’s hearing, there have not been any positive COVID-19 tests on the Phillies yet, but as epidemiologists weighing in on baseball’s protocols in recent days have noted, positive cases may take multiple days to appear after exposure. Indeed, the current consensus is that four to five days after exposure is when people tend to be the most contagious. That, according to epidemiologist Zach Binney, who has been weighing in frequently on pro sports COVID-19 protocols, counsels against the Phillies playing until at least this weekend. He called a one or two game postponement for the Phillies “optics.”

For now all we know now is that tonight’s Yankees Phillies game is postponed. In the meantime, Major League Baseball will continue to feel its way through all of this.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.