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Lightning Bolt Stops Rangers, Twins Game

It started to rain about 10 minutes after the bolt

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 08: Heavy clouds at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington during a game between the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers on July 8, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    A bolt of lightning close to Rangers Ballpark followed by an immediate loud clap of thunder led to a delay in the game between the Rangers and Twins.

    While there were storms in the surrounding area Sunday night, no rain was falling when there was suddenly a jarring bolt of lightning. Rangers officials said it struck north of the stadium and that there were no immediate reports of injuries.

    Roy Oswalt was preparing to throw a pitch when the flash and sound caused him to cringe. Catcher Mike Napoli took off running toward the dugout, as did Twins batter Ryan Doumit. Josh Willingham, the runner at first, dropped to the ground and umpire crew chief Jeff Kellogg immediately stopped the game.

    It started to rain about 10 minutes later.