MLB unveils schedule for 60-game
season; Nationals-Yankees first up
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[July 07, 2020]
(Reuters) - The defending World
Series champion Washington Nationals will play host to the New York
Yankees on July 23 in the first game of the 60-game Major League
Baseball season, the league announced on Monday.
Later that day, the San Francisco Giants will visit the Los Angeles
Dodgers as MLB tries to get its season, whose March 26 opening day
was pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic, off the ground.
Fourteen games are scheduled for July 24, and the final day of the
regular season will take place on Sept. 27, followed by playoffs.
The pandemic, which has upended the global sports calendar, forced
the league to shorten its 162-game season to 60 games after an
agreement between the players and team owners was worked out.
The revised 2020 schedule features each club playing 40 games
against intradivision opponents, as well as 20 games against their
opposite league's corresponding geographical division in an effort
to cut down on travel.
Fans will not be allowed to attend games, at least initially.
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Training camps reopened on Wednesday with all players and staff
going through COVID-19 testing before entering team facilities.
The first workouts and "full baseball activities" began on Friday.
Players and team staff will be regularly tested for COVID-19 and
anyone who tests positive will be placed on an injury list.
Anyone who tests positive will have to test negative twice before
they are allowed to return.
MLB will also implement several rule changes designed to speed up
the pace of play this season, including putting a runner on second
base at the start of every half inning past the ninth inning.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll. Editing by Gerry Doyle)
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