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Falling ice concerns prompt closures around CN Tower

Falling ice concerns prompt closures around CN Tower

On Monday morning, it didn't seem like the night's game between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays was in danger of being postponed.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Blaine Boyer is calling a local bus driver a hero for keeping his cool after a risky moment on an icy Toronto highway. The team also had its road games against the Cleveland Indians postponed on Saturday and Sunday due to inclement weather. The Blue Jays are hitting the ball well.

The Blue Jays said crews were working to fix a hole in the roof of the Rogers Centre and fans would be treated to a "traditional doubleheader" Tuesday afternoon.

"It's hard to describe, it was really loud", Miller said.

The original structural engineer of the Rogers Centre said the hole in the stadium's retractable roof caused by falling ice after a weekend ice storm was relatively minor.

In the previous doubleheaders at the stadium formerly known as Skydome, Toronto swept the Los Angeles Angels on July 17, 1989, and the Cleveland Indians on October 5, 2001.

The dome was eventually patched up and things are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

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Third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Lucas Duda have led Kansas City's hitters.

Images on Twitter showed a hole in the roof over right field, along with tarps set up on the field to catch dripping water.

"We looked at it and thought, you know what, somebody would have to come back on short rest at the end of the week and I don't know if it's worth the risk", Gibbons said of the Biagini short-term callup. While the team was en route to its Toronto hotel, a flying chunk of ice broke the windshield of a team bus, showering the driver in glass.

Large chunks of ice falling from the CN Tower have closed the surrounding grounds for the second day in a row. Boyer quickly sprang into action, grabbing the wheel and helping stop the bus, likely preventing what could have been a tragic accident.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, regardless of what the weather's like outside, baseball goes off without a hitch at the Rogers Centre.

The Air Canada Centre is open but police say people going to tonight's Raptors playoff game should give themselves extra time. Saturday's National Basketball Association playoff game at the same arena between the Raptors and Washington Wizards was delayed by a leak along the baseline.

By late Monday afternoon, provincial power utility Hydro One said crews had restored power to more than 300,000 customers across much of the province.


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