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Games postponed as MLB rocked by virus outbreak

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It adopted a pair of minor league rules before the season to aid in scheduling and speed up games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Manfred sent this warning to the players union on Friday - at the conclusion of a week that's seen the league ravaged by positive tests.

Teams were permitted to field 60-player pools to mitigate a potential outbreak, but for the Marlins' sake, they are now without exactly half of their Opening Day roster.

The St. Louis Dispatch reported the Cardinals have been instructed to self-isolate and are remaining in their hotel rooms with no plans going to ballpark. The Philadelphia Phillies, who played the Miami Marlins on Sunday, will reportedly postpone the team's weekend games after two members of the Phillies tested positive for coronavirus. Their opponents have felt the residual effect of it.

The Yankees were scheduled to play the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, but that game officially was postponed "out of an abundance of caution", according to Major League Baseball.

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One coach and one clubhouse attendant tested positive, according the team's release.

Major League Baseball will be looking to make up all of its postponements this season within a tight scheduling window (teams are scheduled to play 60 games in 66 days), which means doubleheaders will be necessary. "The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts".

As a result of these postponements, the Yankees are now scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday. The hope, weather permitting, was for the Jupiter site to resume practicing this weekend.

After Thursday's game, the Nationals will be stuck in Washington because their three-game series at Miami scheduled for Friday through Sunday was postponed because of the Marlins' outbreak. The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players Tuesday, July 23, 2020, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

During a recent radio appearance on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, USA Today baseball reporter Bob Nightengale said that "at least" one Marlins player went out prior to playing the Braves, and it is believed that sparked an outbreak that has infected at least 17 players and coaches.

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