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Wednesday’s series finale between the Cleveland Guardians and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed following multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Guardians organization, the league announced.
It’s the first MLB game to be postponed this season because of the coronavirus.
The game was postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. The league said it will provide a rescheduling update when it becomes available.
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The announcement comes as Guardians manager Terry Francona tested positive for the virus just a few hours before the scheduled first pitch.
Francona, who has dealt with health problems in recent years, is not showing any symptoms, the team said.
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Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale was expected to manage the team during Wednesday’s game, but he also tested positive along with “multiple coaches and other team support staff members,” Guardians spokesman Bart Swain said.
Cleveland just went through a coronavirus outbreak recently, with infielders Owen Miller, Yu Chang, and pitchers Cal Quantrill and Anthony Castro all being placed on the COVID-19 injury list.
Both teams split the first two games of the three-game series. Cleveland won 12-9 on Monday, and Chicago won 4-1 on Tuesday.
It’s unclear when their series finale will be rescheduled. The Guardians have an off day Thursday before starting a weekend series in Minnesota on Friday.
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Meanwhile, the White Sox don’t have a break in their schedule and are set to host the New York Yankees on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report