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MLB: Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
A bucket is placed between the seats at the Rogers Centre due to water leaks after a section of ice fell on the roof before a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays. 
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Ice, ice, go away, come again another day.

Or, you know, don’t. The Toronto Blue Jays have two games scheduled for today, and it’d be really nice to get them in before the whole of the Rogers Centre roof collapses.

I’m exaggerating. It seems guaranteed that the games will be played today, especially after yesterday’s game had a 90 percent chance of happening (and there’s been roughly 20 more hours to do repairs on the roof).

Today is just the second time that the Blue Jays have had a doubleheader at the Rogers Centre, the first being back in June of 1989, just when the Rogers Centre had opened. A previous game at Exhibition Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels was rained out, and the rescheduled game was moved to be part of a doubleheader at the Rogers Centre.

Despite the initial announcement by the Blue Jays, Joe Biagini is penciled in to start the second game of the series. He’ll be called up before the game; Jaime Garcia is still expected to start the first game.

There’s been a few updates about the status of the roof:

  • There were multiple holes from ice falling, but the largest (about three foot by five foot, the one seen in the pictures), had been patched up by the time of the game.
  • Before any game is played today, the roof will be re-evaluated.
  • The two games are part of a traditional doubleheader, with tickets to today’s regularly-scheduled game getting you into the Rogers Centre to watch both games. Tickets to last night’s game can be exchanged for tickets to a list of games that you can find here.

Yesterday’s incident led to some fun tweets and tidbits of information.

And then there’s this tweet, which has absolutely nothing to do with the Rogers Centre roof, but it’s still entertaining.