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Royals vs Reds game tonight postponed; teams will play doubleheader on Wednesday

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An abundance of caution, as they say

Shogo Akiyama #4 of the Cincinnati Reds bats in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Great American Ball Park on August 12, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Royals defeated the Reds 5-4.
Shogo Akiyama #4 of the Cincinnati Reds bats in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Great American Ball Park on August 12, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Royals defeated the Reds 5-4.
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Tonight’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals has been postponed “out of an abundance of caution” after a Reds player tested positive for Covid-19 last week. However, there have been no further positive cases on the team, and the game will be rescheduled for Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.

Cincinnati last played on Friday, August 14 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but on the morning of Saturday, August 15, an unnamed Red tested positive for Covid. Not wanting another situation like the Miami Marlins or St. Louis Cardinals, Major League Baseball postponed Saturday and Sunday’s games to later in the season.

After a scheduled off day on Monday, Cincinnati was scheduled to play the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City tonight. But while no additional Reds player or coach has tested positive, the team and the league decided to play it safe and hold off on returning for another day. Tomorrow, the doubleheader, consisting of two seven-inning games with a half hour break in between, will begin at 4:05 pm.

The postponement also postpones Mike Moustakas’ return to Kansas City as a member of the Reds. Moustakas was still on the injured list last week when the Royals split a two-game set with the Reds in Cincinnati. After tomorrow’s set of games, the Royals and the Reds will not play again for the rest of the 2020 season.