LEADING OFF: Cards back in action, Yanks seizing AL East

first_img A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday___BACK IN THE SHUFFLEThe Cardinals are set to resume their season by hosting the Cubs. St. Louis has been off since last Friday when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Seven players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina. Ace Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.57), who said he kept his arm fresh this week by throwing baseballs into a hotel mattress, is set to pitch against Chicago veteran Jon Lester (1-0, 0.82)PULLING AWAYThe season is only two weeks old, but the New York Yankees could have a commanding lead on AL East-rival Tampa Bay by the end of the weekend. The reigning AL East champions Yankees are 9-3 to start this 60-game season and four games ahead of the Rays entering their four-game weekend series. Tampa Bay was supposed to be New York’s biggest obstacle to a repeat but already has work to do. Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 3.38) faces Rays lefty Blake Snell (0-0, 5.40).RED-HOT RAMIREZIndians slugger José Ramírez seems to have found his vintage form after a down 2019. The switch-hitter has homered from both sides of the place twice in the first 15 games of this season, a first in major league history, according to STATS. Coming off three straight wins against Cincinnati, Cleveland is set to open a three-game series in Chicago against the AL Central-rival White Sox.LET’S TRY THAT AGAINMLB announced changes to the regular season schedule Thursday to account for 21 games postponed in the first two weeks by coronavirus issues, and a few clubs are looking at unusual finishes. The Phillies and Marlins are set to play seven times in five days next month, and Miami will finish the season playing 27 games in 23 days, a stretch featuring no days off and four doubleheaders in a 10-day span. Philadelphia — which has not even had a player test positive since opening day — is slated for six doubleheaders in 60 games, meaning 20% of their games this season will be just seven innings long.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:54 IST LEADING OFF: Cards Back In Action, Yanks Seizing AL East The Cardinals are set to resume their season by hosting the Cubs. St. Louis has been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests Associated Press Television News COMMENT Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:54 IST FOLLOW USlast_img

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