MLB ripped over handling of Yankees-Indians rain delays


Major League Baseball came under withering criticism from fans and journalists on social media on Wednesday night, after the Yankees-Indians playoff game in Cleveland was marred by the league's response to rainy weather.

The threat of bad weather prompted the league to delay the start of the American League Wild Card Series by about an hour -- during which time it never actually rained.

The game started about 50 minutes late, and was delayed for a second time in the bottom of the first inning, when stormy conditions kicked up only about 20 minutes after first pitch. The Indians were leading, 1-0.

The second delay lasted just over a half-hour.

Both starting pitchers -- Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Carlos Carraso of the Indians -- returned to the mound after the second delay. Tanaka was tagged for three additional runs in the first, before finally closing out the frame in a four-run hole.

Carrasco was lifted after three innings, having thrown 73 pitches. He exited with his team enjoying a three-run lead, but it quickly evaporated when Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela crushed a grand slam in the top of the fourth.

Fans and pundits alike were annoyed over the weather episode.