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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/28/20

A COVID-19 outbreak within the Marlins organization impacts the Bombers; yesterday’s Yankees-Phillies suspended, tonight’s game up in air; MLB hopes the Marlins can resume play on Wednesday; medical experts discuss whether it’s safe to play at Citizens Bank Park

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CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: Almost 40 percent of the Miami Marlins’ active roster has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last couple of days. In total, 11 of the 33 players who traveled to Philadelphia, plus two coaches, have the virus. Despite the clear outbreak, MLB has no plans to suspend the season as of now. Rob Manfred and the owners had a conference call on Monday afternoon, and the idea of stopping the season wasn’t discussed. Instead, they talked about redoubling health directives, such as players wearing masks in the clubhouse, and reinforcing “on-field behavior prohibitions” against things like high fives and spitting. | Alyson Footer: Speaking about Philadelphia, the Phillies played the Marlins over the weekend in Citizens Bank Park. Guess who is the Yankees’ next foe? Yes, the Phillies. And where? Yes, at Citizens Bank Park. Yesterday’s tilt was postponed, and tonight’s game could be in jeopardy. The Marlins used the visiting clubhouse that the Yankees would have used yesterday.

MLB Network | Tom Verducci: Yesterday, it was announced that the Miami Marlins won’t be playing today vs. the Baltimore Orioles, in addition to last night’s suspended game. The league is hoping that Miami is able to resume play on Wednesday at Camden Yards instead of Marlins Park, although that would depend on several things — such as the Maryland government and another round of tests. | Keith Sargeant: According to NJ Advance Media (subscription required), “medical experts agree the only way for the Yankees to feel comfortable entering the visiting clubhouse used by the Marlins is if Phillies officials implement a rigorous sanitation of the quarters located in the ventilation-deprived bowels of the ballpark.” They raise the question whether the Yankees would be safe playing at Citizens Bank Park or not.