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MLB notebook: Pirates open ballpark doors to Blue Jays

USATSI_10124294-scaledThe Toronto Blue Jays may not be able to call Rogers Centre home this season, but they already have another team willing to house them.

Pittsburgh Pirates President Travis Williams said Monday that the Blue Jays could call their PNC Park home if they are able to safely accommodate them and the Pirates.

“In an effort to help in the return of the game we all love, we continue to have active discussions with Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays organization regarding the possibility of hosting home games for the Blue Jays at PNC Park this season” Williams said. “This will be a monumental challenge for our staff, but leaning in to help others is what Pittsburghers do best.

“If we are able to safely accommodate, not only will it bring additional international attention to our city, it will also bring with it jobs and revenue for local hotels, restaurants and other businesses that will support the Blue Jays organization as well as additional visiting teams.”

Fauci to throw Opening Day first pitch

The Washington Nationals announced Monday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ leading infectious disease expert, will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.

The Nationals host the New York Yankees on on Thursday to kick off the shortened 2020 MLB season.

A’s place Puk on IL

The Oakland Athletics place prized young starter A.J. Puk on the injured list with shoulder strain on Monday.

Puk is in Los Angeles getting his shoulder checked out by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. There is no timetable for his return at this point.

Veteran infielders not ready for Giants

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Monday that veteran corner infielders Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt won’t be ready to play by Opening Day.

The Giants will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday to kick off their respective shiortened 2020 MLB seasons.

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