UPDATE: Play resumed at about 4:59 PM Eastern. The delay was officially 17 minutes. It isn’t expected to affect either pitcher adversely.
4: 50 PM: It’s 0-0 in bottom of the second inning at Comercia Park for Game 3 of the ALCS, but there is a delay in the action: there was a power surge and the lights have gone off. They are apparently turning them back on and off again or whatever you need to do to reboot the system. It was presumed there would be a 15-minute delay or so until play could be resumed.
It’s obviously still daylight out, but it’s a gray day in Detroit and the game started with the lights all on, so apparently they want to make sure the game is played under uniform conditions. Starters John Lackey and Justin Verlander will be given as much time as they require to warm up once play resumes.
A greater implication, however: the weather. Rain is in the forecast for sometime after 7pm this evening in Detroit, so officials clearly would like to get the game in before it starts to get wet out.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: