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Indians apologize to fans for long delays

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The Cleveland Indians apologized to fans a day after three rain delays stalled their game Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The game was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. and did not end until 2:53 a.m. Saturday. The third delay lasted 2 hours and 39 minutes and did not restart until 12:13 a.m. Overall, the delays combined to last 4:49.

Indians president Mark Shapiro told reporters later Saturday that he felt "terrible" and would reach out to fans.

The team released a statement Saturday morning apologizing for the delays.

"For those who were unable to remain at the ballpark, we apologize for the inconvenience of the delays and subsequent re-start of the game after midnight," it read. "...There was a multitude of extenuating circumstances that led to what we recognize was a challenging experience for our fans. ... We value each and every one of our fans. We want to thank the fans that did stay for some or all of the game for their loyalty, patience and perseverance. Our fans were incredible last night."

The team said that the delays occurred because: there was considerable uncertainty about the remainder of the weekend's weather forecast; there is a limited ability to make up the game on a future date because the Rays are not scheduled to return to Progressive Field for the rest of the season; the teams do not have viable mutual off days this season to reschedule.
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