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May 6, 2016: Major League Baseball Moves Games from Puerto Rico

Concerns over the Zika virus have forced this month’s Pirates-Marlins series out of Puerto Rico, with the two games moving to Miami. Major League Baseball and the players’ union announced today that Pittsburgh and Miami would meet May 30 and 31 at Marlins Park. The union had asked Commissioner Rob Manfred to move the games after players expressed fears about getting and possibly transmitting the Zika virus.

Puerto Rico has had 785 confirmed Zika cases, including its first death from the virus.

The C.D.C. had spoken to players and staff members from both teams about the potential risks.

“It was a tough decision for us, it was a tough issue,” Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole said. “In the end, after the thorough presentation by the C.D.C., there was just significant concerns for players and players’ families potentially expecting kids and people who may or may not be pregnant.”

Source: The Associated Press

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