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The Red Sox and Bruins postponed home games Friday as authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, virtually shutting the city down. The teams announced about four hours before their night games were scheduled to start that they were scratched.
Police identified two suspects in Monday's explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 180. One man was killed during a shootout with police and the other was in custody Friday night after a police effort that dragged through the day.
Authorities in Boston suspended all mass transit, used by many fans to get to games, and told people throughout Boston and some of its suburbs to stay inside for much of Friday as the hunt for Suspect No. 2 went on. Trains were finally allowed to run again after 6 p.m.
The NHL game between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Bank Garden was rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. today. The Red Sox were scheduled to play the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. this afternoon at Fenway Park. No makeup date was announced for the opener of the Red Sox three-game series against the Royals scheduled for Friday night.
Capacity at Fenway Park, about one mile from the finish line of the marathon, is 37,493 for night games. Capacity at TD Garden is 17,565. With fans advised to stay home and police devoted to the manhunt, the decision to postpone was easy.
- Associated Press