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New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox postponed after New York’s positive COVID-19 tests

Jun 28, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael King (73) hands the ball to  manager Aaron Boone (17) while talking with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael King (73) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) while talking with catcher Gary Sanchez (24) during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The first Major League Baseball game following the All-Star Break between the host New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox has been postponed, the league said Thursday, because the Yankees returned multiple positives for COVID-19.

“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,” MLB said in a statement.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that three players returned positive tests and three more results were pending. The three confirmed cases — Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes and Wandy Peralta — were all vaccinated, Cashman said.

The game has not been given a new date, with MLB saying it will provide scheduling updates as available.

The historic American League East foes were set to play a nationally televised game on ESPN at 7 p.m. Thursday at Yankee Stadium before the other 28 major league teams resumed action Friday.

The Red Sox entered the break in first place in the division with the Yankees eight games back in a virtual tie for third. Boston is 6-0 against the Yankees this season, with 12 games left in their season series saved for the second half of the schedule.

–Field Level Media