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Play resumes in ALCS Game 3 after 17-minute power outage at Detroit’s Comerica Park

Mike Oz
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(USA Today)

Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers was scooting along Tuesday afternoon, relatively speaking.

The first two games of the series lasted a combined seven and a half hours, and featured a near combined no-hitter and a dramatic grand slam. So something crazy was bound to happen in Game 3. Fittingly, the power went out.

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Cue your favorite Super Bowl joke. Or, perhaps, your best joke about Detroit being bankrupt.

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(USA Today)

Actually, a power substation near the stadium went down, causing the lights to go out at Comerica Park and delaying play in between the top and bottom of the second inning. The score was 0-0 at the time.

The delay lasted 17 minutes, with play restarting just before 5 p.m. ET. Umpires were waiting for the stadium lights to turn back on before play could resume. But as you'll notice, it wasn't dark in Detroit yet.

The delay didn't seem to rattle Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, who had a perfect inning with two strikeouts after play started again.

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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