MLB reschedules postponed Blue Jays-Phillies games

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Philadelphia Phillies players practice at Citizens Bank Park, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Major League Baseball announced a number of scheduling updates on Thursday, including the Toronto Blue Jays‘ postponed games against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Blue Jays will now face the Phillies in a pair of double-headers on Aug. 20 at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field and on Sept. 18 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The games in Buffalo will start at 1:05 p.m. ET and make up for the contests originally scheduled for July 31 and Aug. 1, while the games in Philadelphia will get underway at 4:05 p.m. ET and include both the original game scheduled to be played that day and a game originally scheduled for Aug. 2. The Blue Jays will serve as the home team in the first game of the double-header in Philadelphia.

As a result of the rescheduled games, the start time for the Blue Jays-Baltimore Orioles game on Aug. 19 has been moved to 1:05 p.m. ET from 7:35.

Due to MLB rule changes implemented last week, double-headers during the shortened 2020 season will only last seven innings.

MLB was forced to postpone the Blue Jays’ series in Philadelphia originally scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 after two Phillies staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of a series against the Miami Marlins.

The Marlins experienced a large outbreak in which at least 21 members of the team’s travelling party tested positive for the virus.

Due to the Marlins outbreak and spread of the virus amongst the St. Louis Cardinals organization, MLB was forced to postpone a large number of games. Below is a full look at MLB’s rescheduled games as a result of the recent surge in positive tests across baseball:

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