Blue Jays to play double-header vs. Phillies on Saturday

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

Friday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed and the two teams will instead play a double-header on Saturday.

The first game of the double-header will begin at 3:07 p.m. ET/ 12:07 ET with the second game following 30 minutes after the first one concludes. Coverage for both games will begin on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet NOW at 2:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. PT.

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The Phillies haven’t played a game since they hosted the Miami Marlins last Sunday due to an outbreak among Marlins players and coaches. A four-game home-and-home series between the Yankees and Phillies this week has already been postponed.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that for the second straight day, no Phillies players or on-field staff recorded a positive COVID-19 test.

The Blue Jays will be the home team for the three-game series against the Phillies but the games will be played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia due to on-going renovations to Sahlen Field in Buffalo, which will host the majority of Blue Jays home games this season.

The Blue Jays had to find an alternate site for home games after the Canadian federal government denied their request to host games in Toronto due to the frequent travel across the Canada-U.S. border required. The Jays are currently scheduled to play their first home games in Buffalo from Aug. 11-13 against the Marlins.

In a statement Tuesday, MLB said the Marlins were the only team to record positive tests since last Friday.

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