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Fans using cell phones cause brief delay at Fenway

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Fans turn on the flashlight on their cellphones as Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes walks back to the mound during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park in Boston (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Fans turn on the flashlight on their cellphones as Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes walks back to the mound during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park in Boston (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

by KEN POWTAK
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - Fans using their cell phone lights caused a brief delay when the Detroit Tigers were batting in the seventh inning at Fenway Park Wednesday night.

It started to grow with one out in the seventh of Boston's 7-1 win and circled the stands when Detroit's Niko Goodrum took a called third strike from pitcher Matt Barnes.

Before Nicholas Castellanos stepped to the plate, he chatted with plate umpire Mike DiMuro. Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire also came out to talk with DiMuro, who walked over to Boston's dugout.

Red Sox security asked fans in the center-field bleachers to stop using the phones as flash lights, and play resumed.

Castellanos then singled to center.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora joked that "that's a good weapon."

Cora said the umpires asked him if they could find a way to make it stop, but security had taken care of the problem.

Says Boston center fielder Andrew Benintendi: "It was kind of cool."

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