04/15/2007 5:53 PM ET
Monday's Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park moved to 12:05 p.m. start
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox announced this morning that the starting time of today's game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has been moved from 10:05 a.m. to a tentative 12:05 p.m. start.
The Fenway Park gates will now open at 9:05 a.m. this morning.
The change in starting time was made due to the heavy rain and high winds overnight and this morning. The Red Sox will make every effort to play Monday's game. However, the ballclub wants to alert our fans that the possibility of further delays does exist.
Further updates will be provided periodically.
REMINDER OF STREET CLOSURES ON MONDAY
Fans are reminded of the street closures in the vicinity of Fenway Park on Monday due to the running of the 111th Boston Marathon. Beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m., the following streets will be closed: Beacon St., Brookline Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and Storrow Drive as well as the Kenmore Square area. Access to the Fenway Park area will be open on Boylston St., south of Fenway Park.
PATRIOTS DAY DATA: The Red Sox are 63-48 all-time on Patriots Day, including 26 doubleheaders players between 1903 and 1966...Boston is 57-39 at home (50-38 at Fenway Park) and 6-09 on the road...The Sox have been scheduled to play at home on Patriots Day every year since 1959...Boston was postponed due to bad weather in 1959, 1961, 1965, 1967, and 1984 and did not play in 1995 during the players strike...Sox defeated Seattle, 7-6 in 2006 on Mark Loretta's two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning.
STARTING TIME TIDBITS: Patriots Day at Fenway Park has traditionally been a single game with an 11:00/11:05 a.m. start since 1968 with a few exceptions, last in 1987 (12:05 p.m. start)...The starting time was moved to 10:05 a.m. for 2007 to accommodate the new beginning of the Boston Marathon, which begins at 10:00 a.m.
EARLIEST EVER: According to research by baseball historian Bill Nowlin, the earliest starting time ever found for a Red Sox game was 10:00 a.m. on April 20, 1903 at Boston's Huntington Avenue Grounds...The Sox, then called the Pilgrims, hosted the Philadelphia A's in a Patriots Day separate admission doubleheader with game one beginning at 10:00 a.m....In that contest, a crowd of 8,376 saw Cy Young defeat Rube Waddell, 9-4...On April 20, 1953 and April 19, 1954, the Red Sox started the 1st game of their Patriots Day doubleheaders at 10:15 a.m....So, Monday's game is believed to be the 2nd earliest scheduled start ever for a game in franchise history.