NBC Sports’ Peter King blasts MLB for Yankees-Red Sox COVID postponement

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“Following positive COVID-19 tests within the New York Yankees organization, tonight's game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium has been postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing,” the MLB release said. ... That means Boston's five All-Stars — Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. CBS BostonRed Sox-Yankees Game Postponed Due To Positive COVID-19 In Yankees Organization

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Following positive COVID-19 tests within the New York Yankees organization, tonight's game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium has been postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. ... and Wandy Peralta, each placed on the COVID-19 list ahead of Thursday's contest. CBS sports.comYankees COVID-19 outbreak: Red Sox game postponed after three test positive; Aaron Judge placed in protocol

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Peter King just said what many baseball fans were thinking.

The NBC Sports NFL insider joined WFAN on Friday to talk about the COVID-19 outbreak on the New York Yankees which forced the postponement of Thursday’s game with the Boston Red Sox. And it’s safe to say King, who was scheduled to visit Yankee Stadium for the series opener between the blood rivals, isn’t a happy camper. Per WFAN:

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The Yankees reportedly had six players test positive, including right fielder Aaron Judge and third baseman Gio Urshela. And King thinks there’s a very simple solution.

The Red Sox sit in first place in the American League East, 1.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and eight games ahead of the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees and Red Sox were scheduled to meet eight times after the All-Star break and before the July 30 trade deadline. No word yet on a makeup date for Thursday’s game.

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Alex Cora worried about Red Sox All-Stars after Aaron Judge placed in COVID-19 protocol

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Aaron Judge, Boston Red Sox (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The MLB regular season was all set to resume after the All-Star break with a lone primetime matchup between the Red Sox and Yankees on Thursday, until it wasn’t.

It was reported three Yankees players tested positive for COVID-19, among them was a recent member of the AL All-Star squad. Aaron Judge was among the Yankees placed in COVID-19 protocol.

Multiple sources have told me Aaron Judge is the player involved.

The five #RedSox All-Stars were told to take social distancing precautions until the situation is resolved. https://t.co/XloV3zwkb9

— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 15, 2021

The three other Yankees position players who are in COVID-19 protocol are Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka, and Gio Urshela. Because Judge was at the All-Star Game with other players, this has triggered contact tracing questions for the Red Sox players (and presumably others).

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 15, 2021

This leaves everyone who came in close contact with Judge during the festivities in Denver this past week at risk of also testing positive and at risk of spreading the virus to their teammates, coaches, personnel, family etc.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he is “worried” because the five Boston players who took part in All-Star Weekend are not vaccinated. Among them includes shortstop Xander Bogaerts, third baseman Rafael Devers, outfielder JD Martinez, pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, and Matt Barnes.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora says he is "worried" about his team's 5 All-Stars in light of Yankees outbreak. Said that of Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi and Matt Barnes, not all are vaccinated.

— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 15, 2021

There have been no reports so far of any Red Sox players or personnel testing positive for COVID-19.

Boston recently called up their top outfield prospect and No.3 overall youngster in their farm system, Jarren Duran. The highly anticipated debut of Duran will have to wait to make his first big-league appearance for now.

It remains to be seen what the next steps are following the postponement of the first of four-games in this weekend series.

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