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Brewers, Cards try again after virus postponement

Miller Park is seen Tuesday in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Brewers were scheduled to host their home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, but the game was postponed, due to two positive COVID-19 tests within the St. Louis Cardinals organization, the Brewers opponent this weekend. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By The Associated Press

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Saturday:

WHO’S PLAYING?

The Cardinals will see if they can begin their series at Milwaukee after St. Louis became the latest team to get shut down by the coronavirus.

The Brewers’ home opener was postponed Friday because two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19.

“TV Show suggestions please,” tweeted Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, who had been scheduled to start.

Six clubs were off Friday because of the virus and its effects — Miami and Philadelphia had positive tests in their organizations, leaving Washington and Toronto with no games this weekend.

Commissioner Rob Manfred talked to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s virus protocols in hopes of finishing the shortened, 60-game season.

“Every player in this league better take a hard look at what you’re doing off the field, because what you do affects, more than just you and your team,” Chicago Cubs outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tweeted. “Your decisions off the field will put all of our seasons in jeopardy this year.”

IDLING NATS

With the Nationals just hanging around with no games this weekend, new reliever Will Harris will get a chance to heal without missing too much action.

Harris was put on the 10-day injured list Friday with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.

Because of a coronavirus outbreak among the Marlins, Washington’s weekend series at Miami was postponed. Max Scherzer and the World Series champs won’t play again until hosting the New York Mets on Tuesday.

HOT PADS

Eric Hosmer, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres are off to a nice start after bringing up the rear in many offensive categories in recent seasons.

San Diego’s plus-18 run differential (44 runs scored/26 allowed) going into the weekend was tied for second in team history in its first seven games. The Padres also were plus-18 in 1997, after going +30 in 1996. That was when Tony Gwynn was still active.

Additionally, the Padres scored at least three runs in each of their first seven games for the third time in franchise history. Plus, they’ve looked sharp doing so in their new brown and gold color scheme, including home and road pinstripes.

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