The Major League Baseball schedule may as well be written in pencil nowadays, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
And now, the pandemic has altered the plans for the Detroit Tigers.
MLB announced on Saturday night that the Tigers will host the St. Louis Cardinals for a four-game series, all at Comerica Park, from Tuesday to Thursday, with a Wednesday doubleheader.
The Tuesday game will begin at 6:10 p.m., the Wednesday doubleheader — featuring back-to-back seven-inning games under a rule adopted this week — at 3:10 and the Thursday game at 1:10.
The Cardinals have had six players and/or staff members test positive for COVID-19 since Friday, and had their entire three-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee postponed.
Originally, the Tigers were scheduled to host the Cardinals for single games on Monday and Tuesday, and then go to St. Louis for games on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the new schedule, the Tigers will be the visiting team for two of the games against the Cardinals this week.
It is not clear when the Cardinals will travel from Milwaukee to Detroit.
The Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak appears unrelated to that of the Miami Marlins, who have been off since facing the Phillies on Sunday.
The Marlins’ outbreak, which affected nearly two dozen players and staff members in the organization, has impacted the schedule of the Yankees, Orioles, Phillies, Blue Jays and Nationals, too.
In a rule that went into effect Saturday for this season, doubleheaders will be played as two back-to-back games, both as seven-inning regulation games, similar to the rules followed by minor-league teams for years.
The Tigers and Reds were rained out on Saturday at Comerica Park, and so the teams will play a doubleheader — the first in MLB history under the seven-inning rule — beginning at 12:10 p.m. Sunday.
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