Pandemic MLB exhibition games have make-it-up-as-you-go feel

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (35) is met at home plate after hitting a grand slam during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By JOSH DUBOW, the Associated Press

The second day of baseball exhibitions had an eccentric feel to it. The first inning of a game at Dodger Stadium ended before Los Angeles made a single out against Arizona. A game went to the 10th inning in Philadelphia even with the Orioles leading the Phillies 4-1. The Yankees hit in the bottom of the ninth with a 6-0 lead over the Mets. It’s all part of Major League Baseball’s attempt to get teams ready for when the abbreviated 60-game season begins Thursday night.