The lockdown and massive police manhunt that effectively shut down Boston on Friday forced the postponement of the scheduled game between the Royals and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Royals learned of the decision about four hours prior to the game’s scheduled start at 6:10 p.m. Central time. The Red Sox cited a desire “to support efforts of law enforcement officers.”
There was no announcement of a rescheduled date, although the Royals learned Friday evening that Saturday’s plans remain unchanged: The teams will play a single game, as previously scheduled, at 12:10 p.m. Central time.
That leaves open the possibility of a Sunday doubleheader.
“I appreciate what Boston is doing by canceling the game,” Royals infielder Elliot Johnson said in a post on Twitter. “You would much rather play, but there are bigger things at stake here than baseball.”
The National Hockey League game Friday between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins was also postponed. That game is now scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Central time Saturday.
Scheduling plans crystallized somewhat after the police apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, in a Watertown neighborhood as darkness fell Friday over the city.
He is the remaining suspect in Monday’s bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 180.
Tsarnaev escaped an overnight car chase and gun battle that claimed the life of his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the other major suspect in the bombings.
The Royals and Red Sox have limited options in rescheduling the postponed game. This weekend series marks the Royals’ only visit this season to Boston.
While the Royals have an open date Monday, the Red Sox are scheduled to play Oakland at Fenway Park.