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The MLB season is looking increasingly precarious as the St. Louis Cardinals continue to deal with a coronavirus outbreak affecting its team.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ home opener against St. Louis was scrapped on Friday just hours before the first pitch after two Cardinals players reportedly tested positive.

The team said in a statement that they learned Thursday night about the results from samples collected Wednesday.

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Players and staff were instructed to isolate themselves in their hotel rooms.

On Saturday, The Athletic reported that between four and six additional members of the team and staff had tested positive. An MLB insider reported that the game, scheduled for later that night, had also been postponed.

Neither the Cardinals nor MLB have confirmed the new cases but another large-scale outbreak within the league would likely threaten the already fragile, shortened season.

The Cardinals played the Minnesota Twins earlier this week, who then went on to play the Cleveland Indians on Thursday and Friday. The Twins have not reported any positive cases as of yet.

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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) consoles pitcher Carlos Martinez on the cap as he pulls him following a solo home run by Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Minneapolis.  (AP)

The first team to be hit hard by coronavirus were the Miami Marlins. Their first reported case was last week but the total number of infected members now stands at 21, a source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The Philadelphia Phillies played the Marlins during that time period and no player tested positive. They did, however, have a coach and clubhouse attendant test positive.

With six teams idled Friday by the pandemic, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols.

Manfred and Clark talked about what needs to be done to finish the season, a person familiar with the conversation said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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The conversation between Manfred and Clark, first reported by ESPN, comes amid growing evidence that the spread of infection threatens to overtake efforts to play ball.

Given the tight timeline imposed by the MLB for regular-season games, if the schedule gets too thrown off, Manfred may be forced to cancel the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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Out of fizz: Dr Pepper suffers soda shortage amid pandemic as demand increases and other brewers warn of aluminum can supply struggles

Dr Pepper has become the latest brand to be hit by shortages amid the pandemic, as demand for the fizzy drink increases and other brewers warn of aluminum can supply struggles. 

The brand acknowledged on social media Monday that soda fans are struggling to get their hands on the popular drink, with a shortage across all flavors including its newest addition Dr Pepper & Cream Soda.

'We know it's harder to find Dr Pepper these days. We're working on it – hang tight!' it tweeted. 

The company said it is 'doing everything we can to get it back into your hands' including 'working with our distribution partners to keep shelves stocked nationwide, while ensuring the safety of our employees'.

Dr Pepper has become the latest brand to be hit by shortages amid the pandemic, as demand for the fizzy drink increases and other brewers warn of aluminum can supply struggles

The shortage is affecting all flavors including its newest addition Dr Pepper & Cream Soda (left) and Dr Pepper Diet Cherry (right)

Keurig Dr Pepper did not immediately return DailyMail.com's request for comment about the cause of the shortage. 

However the company told CNN its low inventory is due to a surge in popularity for the product, after sales of the soda 'increased consistently over the last four years'. 

'Rest assured we're working with our local distribution partners experiencing low inventory levels in certain markets to meet this increased demand, and we encourage every loyal Dr Pepper fan to continue checking their local retailer for their favorite varieties,' the company told the outlet. 

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Toilet paper brand Charmin tweeted its support of the company following Monday's social media statement. 

'Welcome to the club. We feel your pain,' it replied to Dr Pepper, referring to the shortage of toilet paper after frantic shoppers stockpiled items as the virus began to ravage America back in March.   

The brand acknowledged on social media Monday that soda fans are struggling to get their hands on the popular drink

Toilet paper brand Charmin tweeted its support of the company

The challenge to keep Dr Pepper on store shelves across the nation comes as drinks companies have been hit by a shortage in aluminum cans, driven by a change in drinking habits amid the pandemic. 

Panicked shoppers stockpiled grocery items including canned drinks and foods back in the spring as the outbreak spread across America, stores shuttered and states issued stay-at-home orders.

Scenes of grocery stores with depleted shelves became a common occurrence and several items - in particular toilet paper, canned goods, bottled water and cleaning products - were in short supply as people bought up hoarded emergency supplies. 

Demand for aluminum cans then continued to rise as, with bars and restaurants closed, shoppers turned to buying cans of beers and seltzers such as White Claw to drink in the safety of their homes.   

'Beverages in convenient take-home packages like aluminum cans are particularly popular right now, and beverage company employees are doing all they can to make sure store shelves remain fully stocked,' the American Beverage Association told CNN.   

Shoppers stockpiling goods at a Costco in Los Angeles back in March. Panicked shoppers stockpiled grocery items including canned drinks and foods back in the spring as the outbreak spread across America, stores shuttered and states issued stay-at-home orders

Brewers have since been forced to prioritize aluminum can supply toward their most popular brands, with Karl Strauss halting production of seasonal beers and Brooklyn Brewery focusing on its best-selling drinks. ​​ 

It is not clear whether the aluminum cans shortage is a factor in the current supply issues Dr Pepper is facing. 

Yet, the future of the supply of aluminum cans is now shrouded in more uncertainty after President Trump hit Canada with a re-imposition of high tariffs on aluminum from its northern neighbor.

The 10 percent tariff first went into place in 2018 but was lifted last year. 

Trump announced this month the tariff will be restored from August 16. 

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