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Cardinals swap in off days, stuff schedule with doubleheaders vs. Tigers, Brewers

Cardinals swap in off days, stuff schedule with doubleheaders vs. Tigers, Brewers

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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt pauses in the dugout during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Shildt has edged out Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

With 52 days to cram in 55 games, the Cardinals have given up off days in exchange for two interleague doubleheaders against Detroit and that's just the start of a rewritten, revised, and now over-stuffed schedule.

As part of Major League Baseball massive overhaul of the schedule to accommodate more than a dozen postponements this past week due to two COVID-19 outbreaks, the Cardinals will have two doubleheaders against the Tigers and three in the closing weeks of the season against the Brewers.

All of the games will be seven-inning long, per MLB's new rule.

Here is the breakdown:

• On Aug. 13, Cardinals will play a doubleheader at Detroit.

• On Aug. 14, the Cardinals will start a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox. The game originally scheduled for the Field of Dreams on Aug. 13 has been moved back a day to the South Side. The Field of Dreams even has been canceled for 2020 and will be played in 2021. The Cardinals will not be involved in it.

• On Sept. 10, the Cardinals will host Tigers for a doubleheader.

• On Sept. 14, the Brewers will host the Cardinals for a doubleheader at the start of a previously scheduled series.

• On Sept. 16, the Brewers will host the Cardinals for a doubleheader at Miller Park. This was originally the finale of a three-game series. Instead, the Cardinals will have a five-game series in three days.

• On Sept. 25, the Cardinals will host the Brewers for a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. The Brewers will be the home team for Game 1 of this doubleheader to complete the makeup of this past weekend's series that was postponed.

The Cardinals also have responded to demand and will begin selling cardboard cutouts of fans to place in the stands for coming games.

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