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04/10/08 7:47 PM ET
Early storm spares Rangers Ballpark
Downpour sparked tornado warnings but didn't affect game
By Ken Daley / Special to MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The downpour that caused postponement of Wednesday night's game against Baltimore was nothing compared to the severe thunderstorm that raked the ballpark in the wee hours before Thursday's doubleheader. The powerful storm that blew through Arlington at about 3:50 a.m. CT on Thursday triggered tornado warning sirens and left an estimated 175,000 homes without power throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Rangers Ballpark, however, was mostly spared. Power was not disrupted and ballpark engineers found only minor damage to some outfield signage. The grounds crew reported hail damage to the infield tarp, but the lush field was dry and ready to go by the start of Thursday's doubleheader. There were no reports of Rangers players or staff sustaining wind damage at their homes. Manager Ron Washington, who lives about five minutes from the stadium in North Arlington, said he wasn't even aware of the storm's strength until mid-morning. "Everyone seems to have come through it OK," he said.
Ken Daley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.