World Series gets underway after rain delay

PHILADELPHIA Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:20pm EDT

1 of 14. New York Yankees baserunner Nick Swisher (R) is toppled after scoring on a single hit by teammate Andy Pettitte as Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (L) bobbles the ball in the fifth inning in Game 3 of the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series in Philadelphia October 31, 2009.

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Game Three of the World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies got underway on Saturday after a rain delay of 80 minutes.

The game was scheduled to begin at 7:57 p.m. local time (2357 GMT) but showers came through the area surrounding Citizens Bank Park around 7:15 p.m. and forced the grounds crew to cover the field with a tarpaulin.

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels threw the first pitch of the game, a strike to the Yankees' Derek Jeter, at 9:17 p.m.

New York and Philadelphia are tied in the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg. Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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