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1. STILL IMAGE FROM MILWAUKEE BREWERS' TWITTER PAGE WITH STATEMENT FROM BREWERS PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS AND GENERAL MANAGER DAVID STEARNS, SAYING:
"Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season. We fully support Lorenzo's decision, and we will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse."
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2. STILL PHOTO OF MILWAUKEE BREWERS CENTER FIELDER LORENZO CAIN HITTING AN RBI SINGLE IN THE 7TH INNING IN MLB GAME AGAINST THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES AT PNC PARK
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3. STILL PHOTO OF MILLER PARK WITH BREWERS TEAM MEMBERS ON FIELD BEFORE THEIR HOME OPENING GAME AGAINST THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS WAS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
4. BREWERS PLAYERS TAKING BATTING PRACTICE BEFORE GAME AGAINST CARDINALS WAS POSTPONED
5. STILL PHOTO OF CARDBOARD CUTOUTS OF FANS IN STANDS AT MILLER PARK
6. EXTERIOR OF MILLER PARK
STORY: Major League Baseball (MLB) postponed Saturday's (August 1) game and Sunday's (August 2) double-header between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers after initial rapid tests showed another player and "multiple" staff on the Cardinals may have COVID-19.
MLB is scrambling to keep its coronavirus-shortened season on track after numerous games were postponed due to positive test results, with an outbreak on the Miami Marlins injecting uncertainty just days after the delayed, truncated season began.
The league had already rescheduled Friday's game between Milwaukee and St. Louis after two Cardinals players tested positive.
Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain opted out of the rest of the 2020 season, the team said on Saturday, though it did not specify why.
"We fully support Lorenzo's decision, and we will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse," Brewers President and General Manager David Stearns said in a written statement.
The Boston Red Sox confirmed on Saturday that 27-year-old pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez would miss the rest of the season after developing myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, after his COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Red Sox expect Rodriguez to return next season.
The league said on Friday that there were 29 new positive tests - 20 players and nine staff members - in the past week, comprising 0.2% of all tests taken in that period.
The Marlins have been quarantined in Philadelphia since Sunday after numerous members of the club tested positive after playing against the Phillies, who head to the Bronx to play the Yankees on Monday.
Three Phillies staffers had tested positive for COVID-19, MLB said, though two of those reports turned out to be false positives.
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