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July 08, 2012

Lightning scatters players, fans at Rangers Ballpark

A sudden bolt of lightning and loud clap of thunder in the top of the fourth inning Sunday stunned a crowd of more than 40,000 at Rangers Ballpark and had players and umpires running off the field to seek shelter.

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli wasted no time leaving the field, as he left his crouch behind home plate and ran to the Rangers' dugout. Twins left fielder Josh Willingham, who was at first base, dived to the ground.

The game was halted by umpires, who quickly left the field, and rain started to fall about 10 minutes later. The field was covered ahead of the rain, and the game was expected to resume and be completed.

-- Jeff Wilson

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