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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/2/20

Yankees-Phillies series expected to go ahead; Manfred says no reason to cancel season now, puts pressure on players; Tanaka wears protective equipment in season debut.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: After some initial reports to the contrary, it appears as if the Yankees-Phillies series set for the Bronx will go ahead as scheduled on Monday. The Phillies have been off since last weekend after playing the Marlins, who have seen COVID-19 spread through their clubhouse, and then having members of their organization also test positive. The fact that so many series already have and still are being affected by last weekend shows how precarious things could get this season.

ESPN: Despite the aforementioned issues, Rob Manfred has said that he believes there’s no reason to stop the season now, despite the issues with positive tests on the Marlins and Cardinals. He also attempted to put pressure on the players to follow the directives and take personal responsibility following the outbreaks.

New York Post | George A. King III: Masahiro Tanaka made his 2020 debut on Saturday and did so wearing a new piece of equipment. The pitcher missed the part of summer camp and first go round in the rotation after getting hit in the lead by a liner during a simulated game on July 4th. On Saturday, he wore an insert in the right side of hit hat where he was hit by the ball. Tanaka said it was suggested to him by the training staff and didn’t have any issues pitching when he tested it out.