Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco and Jorge Soler homered, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a six-game slide by pounding the Chicago Cubs 13-2 on Thursday night. Keller (1-0), who opened the season on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus, struck out seven in five scoreless innings.
Seven-year-old Luke Fynaardt of New Sharon, Iowa, couldn’t see his favorite baseball player, Chicago Cubs infielder/outfielder, Ian Happ, play in person this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, his parents did the next best thing. They purchased a cardboard cutout of their son that was displayed in the Kauffman Stadium stands for part of this week's Major League Baseball series against the Kansas City Royals.
Chicago Cubs manager David Ross scanned Major League Baseball's new memo detailing stricter COVID-19 protocols – most of which the Cubs already were enforcing. The bigger challenge for the Cubs occurs this weekend when they visit St. Louis to face the rival Cardinals, who will be playing their first games since July 29 after seven players and six staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.