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Major League Baseball suspends season opener due to COVID-19

New York, United States | Major League Baseball (MLB) announced this Wednesday the first postponement of a game this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the product of an outbreak that emerged in the Cleveland Guardians.

The clash that the Guardians were to play this Wednesday at the Chicago White Sox field was postponed after several members of the ninth tested positive for covid-19.

The league did not immediately release a new game date for the Guardians, who until last year were called the Cleveland Indians.

The move came hours after the Guardians announced that 63-year-old coach Terry Francona had tested positive for covid-19 and that, although he was asymptomatic, he would be sidelined for an indefinite period.

Francona, a two-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox, has missed games the past two seasons with various gastrointestinal, hip and foot problems.

The 2022 Major League Baseball season kicked off a month ago with a week-long delay due to the labor dispute between owners and players.

Last year, the competition postponed nine of its more than 2,400 matches due to the pandemic.

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