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COVID-19: Taiwan Baseball League Successfully Hosts First Game Without Fans

As of right now in the United States, we sit and wait to see when Major League Baseball will return to action. Reports over the last few weeks indicated that the MLB is working to build a plan together to see the most efficient way to return. The Chinese Professional Baseball League became the first league to play regular-season baseball in 2020 on Sunday.

The Taiwan-based league was scheduled to begin March 14, but it moved the opener to April 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rain on Saturday pushed Opening Day to Sunday.

The game was played without fans in the stands. There were, however, some strategically placed robot fans, including some that beat drums to add an aura of atmosphere to the game.

Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions beat the Chinatrust Brothers 4-1 in an 11-inning game that lasted more than 4 1/2 hours.