NEW YORK – Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every team might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.
During an interview Saturday with The Associated Press, Manfred said Major League Baseball knows which player introduced COVID-19 into the clubhouse of the Marlins Marlins. Miami and Philadelphia both postponed games for an entire week.
Just 11/2 weeks into a pandemic-delayed regular season shortened from 162 games per team to 60, the coronavirus has forced 17 postponements in 10 days and prompted at least two more players to opt out Saturday: Milwaukee All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain and Miami second baseman Isan Díaz.
At least 18 Marlins players have been infected along with two St. Louis Cardinals.
Miami, which last played July 26 at Philadelphia, was set to resume its schedule Tuesday at Baltimore. The Phillies are due back Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Toronto missed its weekend series against the Phillies.
A Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day. After two St. Louis players tested positive, the entire team was given rapids tests Friday and saliva samples were sent to an MLB laboratory that indicated a third player and multiple staff members may be positive. Results of PCR saliva tests were not expected to be available until later Saturday.
WHITE SOX 11, ROYALS 5: In Kansas City, Missouri, Gio Gonzalez made his first start for the hot-hitting White Sox more than 16 years after they drafted him, and the veteran responded by holding the Kansas City Royals scoreless into the fourth inning.
Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high four hits, and rookie Luis Robert had four hits while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, leading a White Sox barrage of 21 hits in all.
That was plenty of support for Gonzalez, who scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six in 32/3 innings. Matt Foster (1-0), one of six White Sox relievers, got the win.
Much of Chicago's damage came off spot starter Ronald Bolanos (0-2), who allowed five runs in 12/3 innings. But just as much came against a Kansas City bullpen that had been among the best in the majors so far this season.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 1: In Minneapolis, Miguel Sanó hit a pair of homers and Kenta Maeda pitched six scoreless innings in his home debut for Minnesota.
Eddie Rosario added a solo homer for the Twins, who got another strong start from a veteran newcomer to its starting rotation. Maeda (2-0) retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning. Carlos Carrasco (1-1) gave up six hits in six innings for Cleveland and was done in by three solo home runs from the Twins.