Kansas City at Minnesota

Bridge collapse postpones Royals-Twins; Indians series to go on

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- This weekend's four-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will be played as scheduled at the Metrodome, despite the fatal freeway bridge collapse near downtown.

The Twins postponed Thursday afternoon's game against the Kansas City Royals because of the disaster that occurred about a half-mile from the stadium. The accident sent dozens of cars into the Mississippi River as fans were filing into the Dome on Wednesday night.

Cleveland third baseman Casey Blake spent three seasons in the Twins' organization, often drove over the bridge.

"It's a big blow to that city," Blake said. "That's some serious stuff there. I would imagine the city is very somber. I don't know what affect it will have on the players or the crowd. It's sad."

Thursday's postponed game will be made up on Aug. 31 as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Minnesota trails Cleveland by 5½ games in the AL wild-card race. The two teams will play Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon and Monday night. With Twins starters each pushed back a day, All-Star Johan Santana will pitch on Friday against Indians ace C.C. Sabathia.

The Twins encouraged patrons to use public transportation to get to the stadium. President Dave St. Peter said the team was encouraged to proceed with the series following consultation with the Minneapolis Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families who are impacted by this horrific situation," St. Peter said.

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The Royals-Twins game is postponed, moved to a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31.  (AP)
The Royals-Twins game is postponed, moved to a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31. (AP)

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