Paul Goldschmidt # 46 of the St. Louis Cardinals plays on the first base against the Minnesota Twins during the opening game at Target Field on July 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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MLB confirmed earlier reporting from CNBC on Friday that the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals will be postponed on July 31.
"Today's scheduled game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park was delayed as part of a traditional double header on Sunday, August 2nd, at 1:10 p.m. (CT)," said MLB. "The rescheduling based on two positive COVID-19 tests in the organization of the Cardinals is in line with the protocols to allow enough time for additional tests and contact tracking. The Saturday game between the clubs will continue as planned at 6.10pm ( CT), Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates. "
The postponement follows Monday's announcement to suspend the Miami Marlins series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Philadelphia Phillies-New York Yankees series and the Phillies series against the Toronto Blue Jays until Sunday due to positive Covid-19 cases.
"Major League Baseball will coordinate with health professionals and the Major League Baseball Players Association to plan for Phillies to resume play and provide further planning updates if necessary," the league said in a statement Thursday after moving the Phillies . Blue Jays series.
A source familiar with the matter, speaking to CNBC, confirmed reports that MLB is expected to announce double-header games that will be cut to seven innings this season due to the pandemic.
Despite positive cases spreading among clubs, there is currently no gap between the league and the Major League Baseball Players Association regarding the Covid 19 protocols. The two teams continue to strive to end the 60-game season, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC.
"The protocols work for 29 of the 30 teams and allow 870 players, almost 150 coaches and 65 referees. They all worked for a week and we really had no outbreaks except for one club," said MLB agent Scott Boras told CNBC on Thursday "Squawk Alley".
Boras said baseball officials had "anticipated positive tests" that he believed would allow "to review the logs for a particular team and their behavior, knowing that the logs would work anywhere else."