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Masahiro Tanaka sounded pretty sure he will wear a protective insert in his hat Saturday night when he makes his first start of the season against the Red Sox.

And he was adamant that he won’t be spooked by the memory of getting hit in the head on July 4 by a Giancarlo Stanton liner that was clocked at 112 mph and left him with a concussion.

“When I went on the mound at Scranton I didn’t think of it at all,’’ Tanaka said on a Zoom call Friday afternoon before the Yankees’ 5-1 win over the Red Sox. He faced hitters at the Yankees’ alternate site earlier this week. “That said, I think I should be fine.’’

As for the insert that will be worn on right side of his hat in the area where the ball struck him and sent him to the dirt, Tanaka said it was suggested by the medical staff.

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“I think I will wear that in the game [Saturday]. I didn’t know about it. It was the trainers who recommended and wanted to know if I wanted to try this on,” Tanaka said. “I was on board with that and I did try it on. It actually turned out it didn’t bother me at all. You kind of forget that it is even in there. So that is when I felt this might work and also it gives me peace of mind, obviously and it will protect me in a sense, too. That is why I most likely use that in [Saturday’s] game.’’

Asked how deep he could go against the Red Sox, Tanaka said until he is removed from the game.

“I am not sure how many pitches I will be given. I guess we will see. Just compete on the mound until [Boone] takes the ball away from me,’’ Tanaka said.

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In addition to missing time due to the concussion, Tanaka has been faced with the challenges of working around the hurdles that COVID-19 has presented.

“Given the situation we are in it is challenging but every single player is in the same situation,’’ Tanaka said. “So there is really no excuse for that. My mindset for that is just to go out there and compete and be the best version that I can.’’

With COVID-19 hitting the Marlins hard and forcing them and the Phillies to pause their seasons and the Cardinals-Brewers game Friday night to be postponed, Tanaka addressed the issue.

“I feel like this was almost expected. In that sense I am not overly shocked or overly worried but obviously it is a concern that this is happening,’’ Tanaka said. “I think it is kind of a reminder that we really need to be responsible in the action and behavior we take.’’

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Fauci Says He Favors Requiring Everybody to Wear a Mask Amid Pandemic

Madison Summers August 14, 2020 0 Comments

Dr. Anthony Fauci is in favor of all Americans wearing a mask, he said when asked about a mask mandate.

Actor Matthew McConaughey sat down for a conversation with Fauci, where he asked Fauci about the respiratory virus and masks, “Why not make a mask mandate across the United States and fine people for not wearing masks?”

In response, Fauci said on Thursday evening, “My recommendation as you probably know because I’ve said it publicly so many times is that absolutely we should have universal wearing of masks.”

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases went on to explain the “difficulty” of implementing a federal mask mandate:

“The difficulty with mandates is that it tends to be a pushback about, do you have to waste time enforcing it, or can you really use the power of persuasion from the leadership, everybody doing it, because it’s so important? And there’s a debate whether you get any extra mileage out of mandating it. For myself, personally, I would say everybody should have to use it.”

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Fauci’s — a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force — remarks come as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden called for a “a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately” during a press conference on Thursday in Delaware.

Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris also said, “That’s what real leadership looks like. We just witnessed real leadership, which is Joe Biden said that as a nation we should all be wearing a mask for the next three months because it will save lives.”

However, President Donald Trump pushed back on Biden’s suggestion.

Trump said at Thursday’s press briefing, “We do not need to bring the full weight of the federal government down on law-abiding Americans to accomplish this call. Americans must have their freedoms and I trust the American people and their governors very much.”

Fauci previously suggested that he is “not totally against mandating” but he does not “want to step on anyone’s toes.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus “from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.”

During Fauci’s interview with McConaughey, the actor also mentioned that the wearing of masks–and even how to move forward during the pandemic–has become politicized.

Fauci responded, “The one thing that gets lost in this is that when you look upon yourself and your choice of doing what you want to do, even if you don’t care that you get infected, you’re a part of the propagation of the outbreak so what you are is you’re part of the problem, instead of part of the solution.”

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