Cardinals game postponed, doubleheader set for Wednesday

Cardinals game postponed, doubleheader set for Wednesday

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Members of the Busch Stadium grounds crew cover the field before the scheduled start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in St. Louis. A strong line of thunderstorms moving through the area delayed the start of the game. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Posted on April 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 19 at 11:07 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals game scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed by a severe storm that set off a tornado siren.

A day-night doubleheader was set for Wednesday with games at 1:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

The game was called after a delay of two hours and 21 minutes. Based on forecasts, the Cardinals announced 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch that it would not begin on time.

Heavy rain reached Busch Stadium about 20 minutes after the scheduled 7:15 p.m. start. Hail came down so hard some small cubes pounded through the roof and into a back aisle of the press box.

Thousands of fans stayed in their seats even after a tornado warning siren sounded, then sprinted up the aisles to relative safety.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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