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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ opener postponed; more positive COVID tests announced + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while we all wait to see when the season will start for the D.C. ballclub...

Fans Return To Parks Across The Nation On Baseball’s Opening Day Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

How did Davey Martinez first learn of the positive tests for COVID-19 on his team? One got a positive result upon returning to D.C., and two more have since tested positive with one that is likely positive but requires more testing. When did the manager receive the bad news?

“It was — I got a phone call in the morning and it was — you know, it hit me a little bit,” the fourth-year skipper told reporters last night. “Because my first reaction was to make sure that person was okay and wasn’t feeling sick and then getting on the phone and trying to figure out, ‘Well, what’s next?’ and make sure I talk to the players and let them know what’s going on, and just tell them that we’ve just got to hold tight right now and we’ve got to go through these protocols. So, like I said, so far the players have been great, like I said, they want to be on the field they want to play, but they’re going through all the right steps and that’s all we can do right now.”

Contact tracing continued last night, and the Nationals were waiting to learn just how bad an issue they have on their hands, then they’ll move on to figuring out when their season’s going to start.

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Postponed:

Nationals in holding pattern after two more confirmed positive cases - (Washington Times)
"General manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday night that the Nationals had two additional confirmed positive cases among players, bringing the team’s total to three confirmed cases."

With at least three positive tests, Nats' opening series in flux - (MASN)
"Two more Nationals players, and potentially a third, have now tested positive for COVID-19, all of them close contacts to the original player who learned Wednesday he had tested positive..."

Washington's Opening Day was supposed to bring back hope, but the virus won again - (WaPost)
"On Opening Day, an unwanted reminder that our longest season hasn't yet ended."

Season opener postponed, won't be made up Friday - (MASN)
"No makeup date has been determined, but the league said in a statement that the game will not be played Friday 'out of an abundance of caution.'"

Mike Rizzo says two more Nationals players have tested positive for coronavirus - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Two more players of the Washington Nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, general manager Mike Rizzo said on Thursday."

Mets-Nationals Opening Day postponed; 3 Nats players test positive for coronavirus - (WaPost)
"The Nationals were scheduled to open their season at home on Thursday."

Mets-Nationals Opening Day postponed - (MLB.com)
"The Nationals' and Mets' 2021 season opener at Nationals Park on Thursday night was postponed because of ongoing contact tracing within the Nats organization following the positive COVID-19 test result of a player on Wednesday."

Other Nats Stories:

Juan Soto is a rising star for the Washington Nationals - (WaPost)
"Soto is only fixed on giving himself the best chance to succeed. Everyone around him notices."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

More Washington Nationals players test positive for COVID-19 - (USA TODAY)
"While it's opening day for most teams in Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals don't know when they'll be able to start their season."

Mets vs. Nationals Opening Day game postponed after three Washington players test positive for COVID-19 - (CBSSports.com)
"Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo spoke with reporters Thursday evening and said that in total, there are three confirmed players who tested positive, with one more player likely."

Business is returning to Nationals Park. What will it look like in the era of Covid? - (Washington Business Journal)
"Because of Covid, the Washington Nationals didn't get to host fans after winning the 2019 World Series. Games are capped at 5,000 fans for now."

NL EAST UPDATES:

What's next for Mets after Opening Day COVID-19 postponement - (New York Post)
"Before the Mets and Nationals could open the 2021 season, a leftover uninvited guest from last year spoiled the plan."

Sandy Alcantara shines in Marlins' Opening Day loss - (MLB.com)
"Alcantara struck out seven batters in his outing, scattering two hits, walking two batters and hitting another."

5 takeaways from Braves’ 3-2 opening-day loss to Phillies - (AJC.com)
"The Braves lost to the Phillies, 3-2 in 10 innings, on Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia. While it was a frustrating defeat, it was only the first contest of a 162-game marathon."