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Rays find shelter in nearby Delaware

Rays find shelter in nearby Delaware

The Rays expected that they wouldn't have any use for their Philadelphia hotel rooms beyond Monday. They were going home, for better or for worse. And so they checked out of those rooms at the downtown Philadelphia Westin prior to Game 5 of the World Series, with plans to fly back to Tampa Bay early Tuesday morning.

Then came the rain, and the announcement that the Rays and Phillies wouldn't conclude Game 5 on Monday because of the weather. The Rays needed a place to sleep. The Westin was booked.

The Rays wound up in Delaware.

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Such was the logistical nightmare that followed the Rays following the announcement of Game 5's postponement, ensuring that those in charge would, well, lose a bit of sleep. Rays executives made several calls around the metro area before finding vacancy at a hotel in Wilmington, Del., roughly a 40-minute drive from downtown Philadelphia.

"I think this whole World Series has been kind of weird, to say the least," Game 5 starter Scott Kazmir said. "It's just something you've got to do. So we're just going to go to Delaware and hopefully play [Tuesday]."

The Rays originally booked their Philadelphia hotel planning that even if they extended the World Series to six games, they would fly back home directly following the conclusion of Game 5. That much is standard practice for Major League teams. But the suspension of Game 5 changed their plans and altered their needs, and the Westin could no longer accommodate them.

"It was one of those things where, man, this is crazy," Rays first baseman Carlos Pena said of the weather. "This is kind of fun. This is a great story to be a part of."

The Rays and Phillies are tentatively scheduled to resume Game 5 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, weather permitting, before playing Games 6 and 7 -- if necessary -- at Tropicana Field on dates to be determined.

Regardless of when the World Series resumes, MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said that there were still questions as to whether or not the league would insert an additional off day into the schedule.

The Rays, meanwhile, trail this World Series three games to one, and are tied, 2-2, in the sixth inning of Game 5. Until they know more, they will lounge at their new digs in Delaware, roughly 23 miles south of Citizens Bank Park, and wait.

"When the World Series is over, baseball is over," Pena said. "We know it's going to be over pretty soon. But we definitely want to extend it to the last day. That's something all of us in here want to do. So it feels great to know that there's still life. We still have a heartbeat."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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