CLEVELAND (AP) -- One strike away from being an official game, the Cleveland Indians' home opener against the Seattle Mariners was postponed Friday night when daylong snow wouldn't stop.
The Indians were leading 4-0 with two outs in the top of the fifth, when the umpires halted play for the third time. The first pitch had been delayed for nearly an hour because of the winterlike weather.
Crew chief Rick Reed called the game at 8:41 p.m. -- 4 hours and 36 minutes after the scheduled first pitch -- ending a strange day and night when the groundscrew spent more time on the field than any of the players.
In addition to a 57-minute delay at the start, the game was interrupted for 22 minutes, 17 minutes and finally for 1:17.
At one point, Reed summoned Indians manager Eric Wedge and Seattle's Mike Hargrove to the umpire's dressing room to figure out what to do. Earlier, the two managers had a heated on-field discussion.