MLB’s Marlins cancel home opener after players, staff test positive for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, July 27 (Xinhua) — Major League Baseball (MLB) side the Miami Marlins have canceled their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, due to be held without fans in attendance this evening, after several players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

ESPN reported that two members of the coaching squad, along with eight players, had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday evening local time.

The news of the positive tests comes as the abbreviated, 60-game MLB season got underway just days ago. It provides a glimpse into the difficult days ahead for the MLB as it tries to run the league as America’s COVID-19 caseload continues to skyrocket in the face of sustained community spread of the virus nationwide.

It also throws into doubt an upcoming game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees, with the Yankees set to use the same locker room as the Marlins did last week.

The Marlins were in Atlanta late last week to play a two-game series against the Braves. Two catchers for the Braves: Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers, are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, reported local daily The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Enditem

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