Ice chunk from nearby tower punc­tures dome, post­pones game

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TORONTO (AP) — Even mov­ing in­doors couldn’t get the Blue Jays back on the field.

Toronto post­poned Mon­day’s se­ries opener against Kansas City af­ter chunks of ice crashed down from the nearby CN Tower fol­low­ing a week­end of freez­ing rain, in­clud­ing one that punc­tured a hole in the Rogers Cen­tre roof.

An­drew Miller, the Blue Jays’ ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness op­er­a­tions, was stand­ing in the in­field with two col­leagues around 10 a.m. Mon­day, ex­am­in­ing ex­ist­ing dam­age, when a fall­ing piece of ice tore a hole about 3 feet by 5 feet in the PVC roof over right field, send­ing ice and pieces of in­su­la­tion crash­ing onto the turf.

“We saw it hap­pen,” Miller said. “It was pretty fright­en­ing. It was re­ally loud. It sounded like fire­works or some kind of ex­plo­sion go­ing off.”

It’s the first post­pone­ment at Rogers Cen­tre since a game against the Roy­als was called off fol­low­ing a col­li­sion be­tween two pan­els of the sta­dium’s mov­ing roof on April 12, 2001. The teams will play a dou­ble­header on to­day.

“If you come to a dome and get banged, some­thing ain’t right,” Roy­als man­ager Ned Yost said about an hour be­fore the game was called.

Mon­day’s starters, Kansas City left-han­der

Eric Skoglund and Blue Jays lefty Jaime Gar­cia, will start Game 1 to­day. Game 2 will also fea­ture a pair of left­ies, with Kansas City’s Danny Duffy go­ing against Toronto’s J.A. Happ.

Weather also wiped out Toronto’s game at Cleve­land on Sun­day, one of six games around the ma­jors to be post­poned. It was the sec­ond straight weather-re­lated post­pone­ment for the In­di­ans and Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays com­pleted a two-year, $10 mil­lion me­chan­i­cal up­grade of the re­tractable roof be­fore the 2017 sea­son, and this year are look­ing at re­plac­ing the roof cover, which dates from the sta­dium open­ing in 1989. The sta­dium’s ar­ti­fi­cial turf sur­face, one of two such fields in the ma­jors, does not have drainage.

AP photo

Toronto Blue Jays coach Tim Leiper looks up from tarps pro­tect­ing the field at Rogers Cen­tre in Toronto on Mon­day. An ice chunk from a nearby tower made a hole in the roof, bring­ing wa­ter on the field.

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