Yankees to Play Four Games Vs. Phillies Next Week: Report

Lou DiPietro
July 31, 2020 - 5:22 pm
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From Philly to Baltimore to New York…back to Philly via New York?

According to a report by MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees will have their schedule for next week changed: instead of an off-day Monday before heading to Baltimore for a three-game series with the Orioles, they will stay in New York to start their four-game, split-city series with the Phillies, which will see two games in the Bronx and two more in Philadelphia.

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That Yankees-Phillies series was scheduled for this past Monday-Thursday, but was postponed after the Marlins had an outbreak of COVID-19 while in Philadelphia for the series prior. The Marlins’ series with the Orioles – a similar four-game, two-and-two home-and-home – was also postponed, leaving the Yankees and O’s to scramble to put together a quick two-game set in Baltimore Wednesday and Thursday.

MLB had said in their release announcing all of those changes that additional scheduling changes for the week of August 3 were pending. The Yankees’ current/original schedule had them set to go to Baltimore after Monday’s off-day, while the Phillies – who had their series with the Blue Jays this weekend also postponed due to COVID-19 concerns – had an off-day Monday before a trip to Miami for three games with the Marlins. Given all the machinations, then, it is possible that Baltimore and Miami could join up to make up their games as well.

Per MLB, both the Marlins and Phillies are shut down through the weekend with no further directive beyond that, but a report has surfaced from ESPN’s Jeff Passan that “MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season.”

Neither that report nor the Yankees’ switch has been confirmed, and Yankees manager Aaron Boone would not speculate when asked about the switch in Friday’s pre-game Zoom media session.

“I don’t know anything for certain yet. I know there’s some optimism there, but I think it’s still too early to know one way or another,” Boone said.

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