A day of rain followed by an even wetter forecast for Monday evening has prompted Major League Baseball to postpone game three of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium.
The next game in the best-of-seven game series, in which the Royals lead the Baltimore Orioles 2-0, will be played at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday.
The decision to call off the game was announced around 3:30 p.m. Peter Woodfork, senior vice president of baseball operations for MLB, said an inch of rain had already fallen at the stadium with a forecast calling for continued rain through the night.
“It’s what’s fallen as well as what’s coming up,” he said.
The good news is that while heavy rain and winds are expected Monday night, the precipitation should stop Tuesday morning and the rest of the week should be dry, with sunny weather expected Wednesday and Thursday.
Game four will be Wednesday at 3:07 p.m., with game five, if necessary, following on Thursday, also at 3:07 p.m. Both of those games would also be in Kansas City. If the Royals were to win the next two games there would be no Thursday game needed.
Fans can use their Monday tickets for Tuesday’s game three. Those tickets are marked “Home Game 1.” Game four of the series is Wednesday, and fans can use “Home Game 2” tickets. If a fifth game is needed, “Home Game 3” tickets would be good for Thursday.
“People who purchased individual tickets for Tuesday, and had been planning to come that day, wouldn’t be able to come Tuesday, they have to come Wednesday,” Toby Cook, the Royals’ vice president of community affairs and publicity, told The Star earlier this week.
Fans who came to the stadium Monday and paid for parking could receive a voucher good for parking to Tuesday’s game upon exit. Any parking passes marked for ALCS “Home Game 1” will be honored Tuesday.
Games six and seven, if needed, would be played in Baltimore on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both those games are scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. Central time.