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Tarp problems jeopardize Rangers/Yankees game

Problems putting down the tarp when the rains came in New York may result in the game being called after 4 1/2 innings


In the midst of a cursed season, the Rangers may end up losing a 4 1/2 inning game to the Yankees because the New York grounds crew could not get the tarp down.

With one out and a runner on second in the bottom of the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium, rain started falling at a rate that led the umpires to delay the game.  The grounds crew, however, had all sorts of trouble wrangling the tarp -- at one point, someone was apparently trapped under it as they wrestled with it in left field -- and by the time they got the infield covered, there had been almost fifteen minutes of downpour, and the infield was thoroughly soaked.

The Yankees went into the bottom of the fifth up 2-1, so it is possible that this could be called as an official game.  However, with rain continuing to fall, and in the forecast for tomorrow, it leaves open the question of whether the field can be fixed in time for tomorrow afternoon's series finale.

Its just one more ratchet thing to happen in the Rangers' ratchet season.

UPDATE -- The plan is apparently to continue the game at 9:05 Central, which would mean a delay of almost an hour and a half.  And Yu Darvish is apparently going to come back out and resume pitching.