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Take two: MLB appears to be past its first wave of coronavirus outbreaks, for real this time.

The Miami Marlins are back on track after more than half their team tested positive last month, as they’ve played nine games in the last 10 days and managed to avoid a return by the virus. The St. Louis Cardinals weren’t so fortunate at first, as they were hit by a second wave that extended their hiatus, but they’re finally ready to go and will resume play on Saturday, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Cardinals will play doubleheaders on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday, notes Goold. There’s hope they could still get close to playing their full 60-game schedule, and maybe even complete it entirely, though that might require going an extra day after the season, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. As a reminder, doubleheader games are only seven innings each this summer, as a temporary 2020 measure to help get in as many contests as possible.

So far, St. Louis has played just five games, and hasn’t taken the field since July 29. By comparison, the Oakland A’s have played 19 already and will add their 20th on Friday.

The Cards did have one more staffer test positive, reports Buster Olney of ESPN on Thursday, but apparently that wasn’t enough to scuttle their imminent return plans. During their outbreak the last few weeks, they had cases among at least 10 players (seven at first, then three later) plus several staffers.

The 2020 season will sit under the specter of the pandemic until the final inning of the final game, so the sport will never truly be out of the woods. But so far, all systems are go, one-third of the way through the campaign.

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