Yankees feared to have outbreak; game vs. Red Sox postponed
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Yankees feared to have COVID-19 outbreak; game against Red Sox postponed

The New York Yankees were supposed to open the second half of the 2021 MLB season hosting the rival Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. 

It's now unknown when either club will next take the field. 

Shortly after the Yankees canceled their batting practice due to alleged COVID-19 issues, multiple outlets reported Thursday's matchup was called off. 

MLB insider Jon Heyman added the Yankees are dealing with a "major" coronavirus setback. 

MLB later confirmed the game's postponement via a statement: 

"Following positive COVID-19 tests within the New York Yankees organization, Thursday night's game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium has been postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. Major League Baseball will continue to provide scheduling updates as available." 

Ahead of Thursday's developments, the Yankees added left-handers Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta to the COVID-19 injured list. ESPN's Marly Rivera reports three total New York pitchers are currently on the coronavirus-related IL. 

The Yankees endured a COVID-19 outbreak this spring, and The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) noted third-base coach Phil Nevin dealt with a serious coronavirus bout before he returned. 

The Bronx Bombers went into the All-Star break at 46-43 and eight games back of the first-place Boston Red Sox (55-36) in the American League East standings. New York is scheduled to host Boston Friday through Sunday pending the results of additional COVID-19 testing. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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