Puerto Rico blackout won’t affect MLB game

The island-wide blackout that hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday is not expected to affect the Major League Baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians scheduled in San Juan.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted Wednesday morning that the game will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m. ET at Hiram Bithorn Stadium despite the power outage.

Cleveland beat Minnesota 6-1 on Tuesday night in the first game of the two-game series, which marks MLB’s first regular season games in Puerto Rico since 2010.

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ESPN, which will be broadcasting Wednesday’s game, reported that John Blakeman, the director of operations for the Puerto Rico Series, told them that every area of Hiram Bithorn Stadium can run on generators that can operate for up to 48 hours.

“The game will not be affected at all,” ESPN quoted Blakeman as saying.

Puerto Rico’s power authority said it estimates power will be restored to the island commonwealth within 24 to 36 hours. The cause of the blackout is unclear.

Puerto Rico is still recovering nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure and electrical grid.