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Yankees' home opener delayed amid coronavirus scheduling shakeup

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 15:57:14-04

THE BRONX, N.Y. — And the hits just keep on coming for Yankees fans.

The MLB announced Tuesday that the Bronx bombers’ home opener will be delayed as part of schedule changes related to the Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak.

The Yankees were supposed to host the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and Thursday, but they will now be heading to Baltimore to play the Orioles instead.

The Orioles were initially scheduled to face off against the Marlins this week, but those games have been postponed to later in the season after members of the Florida team tested positive for coronavirus.

“The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind. 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,” MLB said in a statement Tuesday. “The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care.”

The Marlins had just wrapped a weekend series in Philadelphia when players and staff began to test positive for coronavirus.

The series opener between the Yankees and Phillies, originally scheduled for Monday, was postponed again Tuesday. The entire Yankees-Phillies series has also been moved to later in the season.

The Yankees would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used this past weekend.

The Phillies underwent another round of coronavirus testing out of an abundance of caution. Manager Joe Girardi said none of the Phillies have tested positive so far.

The Marlins’ upcoming series against the Washington Nationals has also been postponed.

“Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their baseball operations for a resumption early next week,” the league said in a statement Tuesday.

Additional scheduling for the first week of August is expected to be announced later this week.

This story comprises reporting from The Associated Press.