MLB postpones Blue Jays-Phillies series after more positives

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gave his team a 1-0 lead with a second-inning home run against the Washington Nationals Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. 

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Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo revealed news of the postponed series Thursday, saying his club was "not going to Philadelphia", where the series was scheduled to take place.

Montoyo said his team plans to remain in Washington - where they were concluding a series with the Nationals Thursday night - and hopes to work out at the Nationals' stadium while awaiting further instruction from Major League Baseball. "Hopefully MLB works through this".

Earlier Thursday, word emerged that another player with the Miami Marlins - who recently played at Philadelphia - tested positive for COVID-19, bringing their total outbreak to 17 players, according to a person familiar with the situation.

All activity at Citizens Bank Park was canceled Thursday until further notice.

The postponement comes after the Phillies announced that two staff members, one coach and one clubhouse attendant, had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Phillies and Jays were initially scheduled to start play Friday, but that had already been pushed to a doubleheader Saturday. The team has now played more than 10 percent of its schedule.

Major League Baseball home plate umpire Joe West temporarily left Thursday's game between the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays after being hit in the head by Bo Bichette's flying bat in the bottom of the first inning.

Moving onto the Buffalo Bills part of this fun curve ball (pun intended), the Nationals made a decision to have some fun with the "Buffalo Blue Jays" ahead of the Blue Jays home game... at Nationals Park.

Even though the Toronto Blue Jays are not scheduled to play their first home game in Buffalo until August 11th, their opponent wanted to "blend in" with the locals.

With files from The Associated Press.

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