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Phillies to resume play on Saturday

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Major League Baseball just announced that the Philadelphia Phillies will resume play Saturday, not this Friday as had been initially planned. Specifically, their July 31 game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park has been rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Saturday.

The Phillies, as you know. have been idled since their weekend series against the Miami Marlins. So far no Phillies players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of their matchup, though one visiting clubhouse attendant did. Major League Baseball gave no reason why the Jays series has been converted into a doubleheader on Saturday instead of Friday-Saturday-Sunday games, but it’s possible it’s about making sure the latest COVID-19 tests have come back before play resumes.

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.