Umpire's exit delays start of Rays-Angels opener

ANAHEIM -- Friday night's Rays-Angels game was delayed by 11 minutes because homeplate umpire Tom Hallion had to leave due to an undisclosed personal issue.

Hallion's departure forced the four-man crew to go with three umpires. Tony Randazo moved from first base to home plate.

The game, scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start saw its first pitch at 7:16 p.m.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.