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FIRST ERROR GOES TO TBS AS START IS BLACKED OUT

A technical problem causes viewers to miss the first 20 minutes of the game.

A router problem in the Atlanta transmission operation of the TBS television network was blamed for a 20-minute delay of the broadcast of the game Saturday night. Rays fans missed B.J. Upton's first-inning home run because of the problem.

"This impacted our live feed from being distributed to any of the other networks in the Turner portfolio and caused the delay in our coverage," the network said in a statement. "Both our primary and backup routers were impacted by this problem. We apologize to baseball fans for this mishap that caused a delay in our coverage."

Major League Baseball spokesman Rich Levin said the league was not told of a problem before the game. Levin said delaying the start was not an option because both starting pitchers had warmed up. Fans tuning into the game were stunned to find a Steve Harvey Show rerun on TBS until the broadcast was joined just after Carlos Pena walked in the bottom of the first.

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