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The Phillies are planning to play.   After what will be seven days total without Phillies baseball, the Phillies will play an actual Major League Baseball game.  After a frustrating week for the Phillies with some added challenges, the Phillies are set to make up the series against the New York Yankees that they missed this past week.

The Phillies formally announced the resumption of games Saturday afternoon:

The Phillies had been scheduled to play the Marlins in Miami.  

This series is hurricane-permitting.  Hurricane Isaias is set to make landfall in Florida early tomorrow, then is expected to track up the coast, potentially affecting Philadelphia and New York Tuesday into Wednesday.  Perhaps the reason the times are listed as "TBD" is to try to work around bad weather when possible.

Speaking to reporters in a Saturday afternoon Zoom call including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Joe Girardi said that the Phillies had two "false positive" COVID tests that led to further shutdowns.   There were reports that a coach and additional Phillies staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.  It appears it is just the visiting clubhouse employee who contracted the virus.

When the Phillies halted play on Monday, the Yankees were set to play the Marlins in Miami.  Instead, the Yankees traveled to Baltimore to face the Orioles.  The Orioles would have been the opponent of the Yankees this week. Instead, the Orioles will essentially take a bye as the Marlins are not ready to play yet.

When asked about pitchers, Girardi would not speculate, noting that Hurrican Isaias could quickly mess that up.  

"Can we just get through Monday?"

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