Royals, Cardinals open season full of coronavirus alterations

Major League Baseball season begins this weekend, but it will look different than usual due to the coronavirus.

Teams will play 60 games, rather than the usual 162. They will only face teams from two divisions, in an effort to reduce travel between regions.

Neither the St. Louis Cardinals nor the Kansas City Royals will have fans in the stands.

Social distancing will also be enforced, even between players and umpires.

Players will have to use and disinfect their own equipment, which they will not be allowed to share.

Announcers will also not travel with teams this year.

However, the stands may still be populated, just by cardboard cutouts.

Most teams play their first games Friday. The season runs through late September.

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