Red Sox Game Postponed

April 19, 2013 by  

Red Sox Game Postponed, The Red Sox and Bruins’ games scheduled for Friday night in Boston have been postponed. The Red Sox were scheduled to play the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park and the Bruins had a significant game scheduled against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden, but the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had all but closed down the city.

After spending the day in limbo, the baseball teams finally got word around 3 p.m. that a decision had been made. The Red Sox announced it on their Twitter page: “OFFICIAL: Tonight’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park scheduled for 7:10 pm has been postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers.”

The Bruins soon followed suit. They announced a plan to play the game on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., if the situation in the city allows. The Penguins had been scheduled to play the Sabres Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but that game has been moved to April 23.

Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said residents of Boston and its neighboring communities should “stay indoors, with their doors locked” as the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continued. The Red Sox players and employees were told to stay home until further notice, and the Royals remained in their hotel.

‘’We’ve been told not to go outside,” a Royals vice president, Mike Swanson, told The Associated Press before the announcement. “We’ve been told the hotel has been locked down, although I’ve seen a handful of people moving around. The streets are just, wow. It’s numbingly quiet for a noon hour in Boston.”

Coaches and equipment managers for the Bruins and the Penguins arrived at TD Garden Friday morning, but when the precautions were announced, their morning skates were canceled and they were escorted back to their hotels.

The N.H.L. has put a premium on having the game played because, while the Penguins and Bruins have clinched playoff spots, their seedings have yet to be determined. The Penguins are leading the Eastern Conference with 66 points with five games remaining. A victory over Boston would clinch the No. 1 seed for Pittsburgh. Boston is currently the fourth seed, 2 points behind division-leading Montreal; catching the Canadiens would put the Bruins in the second spot.

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